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Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations

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Preface I am pleased to place before the readers a thoroughly revised, enlarged and updated edition of this widely read book on Indian Polity. In 2011 and 2013, the UPSC changed the pattern and syllabus of the preliminary and main examinations, respectively. In both the changes, the scope of Indian Polity has been considerably increased. Hence, this new edition of the book is more relevant now and is aimed to meet the expanded need of the aspirants. In the course of revision and updat...
Preface

I am pleased to place before the readers a thoroughly revised, enlarged and updated edition of this widely read book on Indian Polity.

In 2011 and 2013, the UPSC changed the pattern and syllabus of the preliminary and main examinations, respectively. In both the changes, the scope of Indian Polity has been considerably increased. Hence, this new edition of the book is more relevant now and is aimed to meet the expanded need of the aspirants. In the course of revision and updation of this edition of the book, the various new developments related to the subject like recent constitutional amendments, parliamentary legislations, executive decisions and supreme court judgments have been taken into account.

Changes in this Edition:

1. Addition of 8 new chapters.
2. Addition of new appendices.
3. Inclusion of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 preliminary questions with answers.
4. Inclusion of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 mains questions.
5. Updation of the year – wise break-up of the UPSC questions in the preliminary and main examinations.
6. Inclusion of additional updated information on a number of topics.
7. List of Articles included at the end of each chapter.
8. New items included in various chapters.
New Chapters:

1. Basic Structure of the Constitution
2. Cabinet Committees
3. Parliamentary Committees
4. Parliamentary Forums
5. Central Bureau of Investigation
6. Cooperative Societies
7. Special Provisions Relating to Certain Classes
8. Electoral Reforms
New Appendices:

1. Flag Code of India
2. Allied Amending Acts at a Glance
3. Model Code of Conduct Relating to Elections
I firmly believe that is now a very comprehensive and updated manual. It is a matter of immense satisfaction that the previous three editions of this book have received an overwhelming response from readers. I am confident that readers would continue to repose their faith in this edition as well.

Constructive comments and concrete suggestions to further improve the book are welcome and shall be gratefully acknowledged.

 

Contents

 

  Part I Constitutional Framework  
1 Historical Background 1-10
2 Making of the Constitution 2-7
3 Salient Features of the Constitution 3-12
4 Preamble of the Constitution 4-7
5 Union and its Territory 5.1-5.7
6 Citizenship 6.1-6.7
7 Fundamental Rights 7.1-7.26
8 Directive Principles of State Policy 8.1-8.10
9 Fundamental Duties 9.1-9.4
10 Amendment of the Constitution 10.1-10.4
11 Basic Structure of the Constitution 11.1-11.2
  Part II System of Government  
12 Parliamentary System 12.3-12.7
13 Federal System 13.1-13.6
14 Centre-State Relations 14.1-14.21
15 Inter-State Relations 15.1-15.6
16 Emergency Provisions 16.1-16.13
  Part III Central Government  
17 President 17.3-17.15
18 Vice-President 18.1-18.4
19 Prime Minster 19.1-19.5
20 Central Council of Ministers 20.1-20.7
21 Cabinet Committees 21.1-21.3
22 Parliament 22.1-22.44
23 Parliamentary Committees 23.1-23.10
24 Parliamentary Forums 24.1-24.3
25 Supreme Court 25.1-25.11
  Part IV State Government  
26 Governor 26.3-26.12
27 Chief Minister 27.1-27.4
28 State Council of Ministers 28.1-28.5
29 State Legislature 29.1-29.18
30 High Court 30.1-30.9
31 Subordinate Courts 31.1-31.2
32 Special Status of Jammu & Kashmir 32.1-32.7
33 Special Provisions for Some States 33.1-33.5
  Part V Local Goverment  
34 Panchayati Raj 34.3-34.16
35 Municipalities 35.1-35.11
  Part VI Union Territories and Special Areas  
36 Union Territories 36.3-36.6
37 Scheduled and Tribal Areas 37.1-37.3
  Part VII Constitutional Bodies  
38 Election Commission 38.3-38.5
39 Union Public Service Commission 39.1-39.4
40 State Public Service Commission 40.1-40.4
41 Finance Commission 41.1-41.3
42 National Commission for SCs 42.-42.2
43 National Commission for STs 43.1-43.3
44 Special Officer for Linguistic minorities 44.1-44.2
45 Comptroller and Auditor General of India 45.1-45.4
46 Attorney General of India 46.1-46.2
47 Advocate General of the State 47.1-47.2
  Part VIII Non-Constitutional Bodies  
48 Planning Commission 48.3-48.6
49 National Development Council 49.1-49.2
50 National human Rights Commission 50.1-50.4
51 State Human Rights Commission 51.1-51.3
52 Central Information Commission 52.1-52.3
53 State information Commission 53.1-53.3
54 Central Vigilance Commission 54.1-54.4
55 Central Bureau of Investigation 55.1-55.3
56 Lokpal and Lokayuktas 56.1-56.7
  Part IX Other Constitutional Dimebsions  
57 Co-operative Societies 57.3-57.6
58 Official Langrage 58.1-58.4
59 Public Services 59.1-59.5
60 Tribunals 60.1-60.3
61 Rights and Liabilities of the Government 62.1-61.2
62 Authoritative Text of the Constitution in Hindi Language 62.1-62.2
63 Special Provisions Relating to Certain Classes 63.1-63.4
  Part X Political Dynamics  
64 Political Parties 64.3-64.10
65 Elections 65.1-65.8
66 Electoral Reforms 66.1-66.7
67 Anti-Defection Law 64.1-67.7
68 Pressure Groups 68.1-68.4
69 National Integration 69.1-69.5
70 Foreign Policy 70.1-70.5
  Part XI working of the constitution  
71 National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution 71.3-71.15
Appendix I Articles of the Constitution AI.1-AI.9
Appendix II Subjects of Union, State and Concurrent Lists AII.1-AII.4
Appendix III Table of Precedence AIII.1-AIII.4
Appendix IV Oath by the Constitutional and Other Authorities AIV.1-AIV.3
Appendix V Definitions Under the Constitution AV.1-AV.2
Appendix VI Constitutional Amendments at a Glance AVI.1-AVI.9
Appendix VII Allied Amending Acts at a Glance AII.1-AVII.4
Appendix VIII Model Code of India AVIII.1-AVIII.4
Appendix IX Flag Code of India AVII.1-AVIII.3
Appendix X Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Prime Ministers, etc. AIX.1-AIX.7
Appendix XI UPSC Questions on Indian Polity (General Studies – Prelims) AXI.1-AXI.30
Appendix XII Practice Questions on Indian Polity (General Studies-Prelims) AXII.1-AXII.28
Appendix XIII UPSC Questions on Indian Polity (General Studies - Mains) AXIII.1-AXIII.8
Appendix XIV Practice Questions on Indian Polity (General Studies - Mains) AXIV.1-AXIV.2

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Item Code: NAK020 Author: M Laxmikanth Cover: Paperback Edition: 2014 Publisher: McGraw Hill Education Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 9781259064128 Language: English Size: 10 inch x 7.5 inch Pages: 652 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 925 gms
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