1 July 2018

Online IAS Preparation - Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services examination consists of three stages.
They are:
  1. Preliminary Examination - Written
  2. Main Examination - Written
  3. Interview
  1. Preliminary Examination - Written

    • Paper I → General Studies Objective Type → 200 Marks (Compulsory Paper)
      → 
      Current events of national and international importance
      → History of India
      Indian National Movement → Geography of India
      World Geography

      ⇒ Indian Polity and Governance
      Constitution
      → Political System
      → Panchayat Raj
      → Public Policy
      → Rights
      → Issues etc.

      ⇒ Economic and social development
      Sustainable development
      → Poverty
      → Inclusion
      → Demographics
      → Social sector initiatives.

      General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and climate change
      General Science

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    • Paper II → Civil Services Aptitude Test Objective Type → 200 Marks (Compulsory Paper) CSAT
      → 
      Basic Numeracy (Class X Level)
      → Data Interpretation
      → General Mental ability
      → Comprehension
      → Decision making and Problem solving
      → Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
      → Interpersonal skills along with communication skills
  1. Main Examination - Written → 1750 Marks

    • Qualifying Papers

      ⇒ Paper 1 → One of the Indian Languages → 300 Marks
      ⇒ 
      Paper II → English → 300 Marks
      These papers are of Matriculation standard.
    • Counted for Merit

      ⇒ Paper I → Essay → 250 Marks⇒ Paper II → General Studies I → 250 Marks → Indian Heritage and Culture
      → History and Geography of the World
      → Society

      ⇒ Paper III → General Studies II → 250 Marks → Polity
      → Constitution
      → Governance
      → Social Justice
      → International Relations

      ⇒ Paper IV → General Studies III → 250 Marks → Economic Development
      Security and Disaster Management
      → Environment
      → Bio-diversity
      → Science and Technology

      ⇒ Paper V → General Studies IV → 250 Marks → Ethics
      → Integrity
      → Aptitude

      ⇒ Paper VI → Optional Subject → Paper I → 250 Marks⇒ Paper VII → Optional Subject → Paper II → 250 Marks
  2. Interview/Personality Test → 275 Marks

  3. Grand Total = 2025 Marks

List of optional subjects for Mains Exam

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology
  26. Literature of any of the following →
    • Assamese
    • Bengali
    • Bodo
    • Dogri 
    • Gujarati
    • Hindi
    • Kannada
    • Kashmiri
    • Konkani
    • Maithili
    • Malayalam
    • Manipuri
    • Marathi
    • Nepali
    • Oriya
    • Punjabi
    • Sanskrit
    • Santhali
    • Sindhi
    • Tamil
    • Telugu
    • Urdu
    • English
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24 July 2017

Indian National Movement - Revolt of 1857 (Part I) - Who, How and What

On May 10, 1987, a band of sepoys opposed and killed the European officers. They reached Delhi by the morning of 11 May 1857, crossing Jamuna and set the toll house on fire and entered the Red Fort. They went to the Red Fort to request Bahadur Shah II to be their leader. They wanted him to grant permission to their revolt.

Bahadur Shah II was the then Mughal emperor. He was not powerful. He was actually a pensioner of British East India Company. He only had a name as a Mughal Emperor.

Bahadur Shah II was confused by the request of the sepoys. He was also indecisive about their intentions and also his role. As he was surrounded by sepoys, he was afraid that the sepoys may harm him, if he oppose to their decision. Finally, he gave in. He was declared as the Shahenshah-e-Hindustan. Then the sepoys set out to capture Delhi. In this process, Simon Fraser, an English political agent and many other Englishmen were killed by the sepoys. The sepoys also occupied and destroyed many public offices.

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This marked the beginning of the Revolt of 1857. This revolt was a failure at the end. But what made it the most important phase in the History of India was, the impact, the revolt had on the whole nation.

The capture of the city of Delhi and the news that Bahadur Shah was the emperor o Hindustan gave positive meaning to the revolt. The revolt of sepoys at Meerut and Delhi gave strength to the sepoys in the North as well as Central and Western India. Punjab and Bengal were slightly affected. But South India remained silent. The army of the East India Company had Indian soldiers. Half of them kept their loyalty to the army aside and stood up for the cause of the freedom of our nation.

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Within a month, the revolt reached different parts of the country. They include Kanpur, Lucknow, Benares, Allahabad, Bareilly, Jagdishpur and Jhansi. The anti-British feelings in the rebels was very high. The local aristocrats and feudal chiefs who suffered at the hands of the British were made their leaders.

Revolt against the British in different parts of the country


Kanpur


At Kanpur, Nana Saheb was chosen as the leader. He was the adopted son of the last Peshwa, Baji Rao II. Also some reigns were took over by Begum Hazrat Mahal. Her son Birjis Qadir was made the Nawab. The offices were shared equally by Muslims and Hindus.

Barielly


Khan Bahadur was made the leader at Barielly. He also warned the commissioner about the revolt. But, once the revolt started, he gathered 40,000 soldiers and gave a tough fight to the British.

Bihar


Kunwar Singh was the leader of the revolt at Bihar. He was a Jamindar of Jagdishpur. Because of the repeated unfair actions of the British towards him regarding his estates, he developed a grudge against the British. He joined sepoys doubtfully when they reached Arrah from Dinapore.

Jhansi


The most phenomenal leader of the revolt was Rani Lakshmibai. Lord Dalhousie was the Governor General at that time. He refused to allow her adopted son to take the throne. He applied the Doctrine of Lapse and took over the kingdom. Lakshmibai tried many things to stop this. She then realised that it was not going to change anything. She then joined the sepoys. She became one of the most terrifying enemies that British had ever fought.

The revolt spread to every part of the military in Bengal and a few in Bombay. But the Madras army remained totally silent and loyal.
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2 January 2017

Medieval Indian History - North India - Pala Dynasty

The period of early medieval India starts after the collapse of Harshavardhana's empire. During that period there were many small clans and states in North India. They all were called Rajputs. They ruled for 500 years from 7th century.

Rajputs comprises of Chauhans, Pratiharas, Rashtrakutas, Pawars, Solankis, Chandelas and others. During the time of Rajputs, there was another powerful dynasty called Pala dynasty.

Pala Empire

PALA was the name added to the names of the kings as suffix. They came into emergence from the middle of the 8th century and ruled for many years. They came into power in Bengal and Bihar and ruled from 760 - 1142 AD.


Gopala


During the early medieval period, there were many independent states and small kingdoms. This made them to fight against each other for power. Those fights were continuous that both the economy and society of the country weakened. This situation provides a good chance for foreigners to attack and take over the country. Law and order was missing in the country during that period.

During the early medieval period Bengal was divided into two parts. Eastern part was called Vanga and Western Part was called Gauda. Around 730 A.D. considering the political situation, Gopala became the king of Bengal. He was able to bring order in the region. He is the founder of Pala empire.

Gopala
↓ 
Dharmapala (son)
↓ 
Devapala (son)

Mahipala I


Dharmapala


Dharmapala was the son of Gopala. He ruled between 780 - 815 A.D. He was able to develop Bengal as a leading state in North India. He brought control over Bengal and Bihar. He was a follower of Buddhism. He encouraged learning a lot. And that is the reason why he founded Vikramashila university. Before it was a university, Vikramashila was a Buddhist Monastry.

Dharmapala occupied Gangetic Doab() and invaded Kanuj. Kanuj was an important city in North India. He removed the king and placed his men as his nominee to the throne. But, the nominees and successors of Palas were not so efficient. They couldn't protect the glory of Pala kingdom.

Doab is a term used in India and Pakistan. Do means two, ab means river. It means that the region lying between the junction of two rivers. Her, Gangetic doab means the part of the Indo-Gangetic plain. The two rivers are Ganges and Yamuna. And the region between the junction of these two rivers is called Gangetic Doab.

The Palas from Doab region was thrown out by Rashtrakutas, where as the nominees of Palas in Kanuj were removed by Pratiharas.

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Devapala


Devapala was the son of Dharmapala. He ruled between 815 - 855 A.D. He took over both Assam and Kalinga. He defeated many Rajput clans and took control over them in Bihar. He encouraged arts. He constructed temples like Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya.

Nalanda university became famous under Pala rule. Oddantapuri was another university founded by Palas. Vajrayana was a new form of Buddhism that was developed in Vikramashila university. It was spread to Tibet in 11th century.


Downfall of Pala empire


The Pala rulers after Devapala were not so efficient to handle the kingdom. After the death of Devapala, the Pala kingdom was destroyed. To the end of 12th century Muslim rulers occupied the Pala kingdom.


Mahipala I



The later Mahipala I is known as the founder of the second Pala kingdom. He ruled from 988 - 1033 A.D. He successfully recaptured the lost territories in northern and western Bengal.


Economy


The Pala dynasty had close trading relations with the countries of South-East Asia. They were in close contact with Shailendra Kings of Shrivijaya in Indonesia.

They introduced Feudal economy(). Trade was decreased. But agro economy flourished. Minerals were important in economic growth and development.

Feudalism was a political, military and social system in middle ages. It was based on the ownership of the land, resulting in the relationship between the lord and vassal. Lord is who donates the land. While, vassal is to whom the land is donated.

Pala kings were Monarchs. They followed Buddhism as well as Hinduism. Their army consisted of Infantry, Cavalry, Elephants and Chariots. There was a legend that, during the period of Dharmapala and Devapala they had a huge army of Nine Lakh soldiers. Their languages include Pali, Sanskrit and Prakrit.

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18 December 2016

Indian Polity - India as a Federal form of government

India satisfies the features as a Federal system of government. But it is not a complete federation. India also has other qualities that deviates from the federal form. Of these some are unitary and some are unique.

America and Canada are two federal governments. Though they are federal, they have two different types of federation. India follows the Canadian model of federation.

The characteristics where India follows the Canadian government are:

  1. India and Canada are formed by integration, which means dividing one big union into small states, whereas America is an integration formed by uniting small states to form one nation.
  2. India and Canada use the term UNION in the pace of FEDERAL. They considered it more applicable for the functioning of their governments. But Americauses the word Federal.
  3. India and Canada gave more powers to the centre than the state. Though the states have their power and independence, they cannot surpass the centre. Thus, the centre is stronger than states in India and Canada. But, in America the powers are equally distributed to the centre and the states.
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India satisfying federal features

Dual government

The government is divided between the centre and the states. The centre is assigned some fields to work on as well as the states are given some other functions to work. The division of power is done by the Constitution of India. It kept the Union at the centre and the states in the sides connecting the centre.

The matters of National importance, Defence, Currency, Economy, International Relationships and Communications are handled by the centre. The states handles the matters of regional interest, public order, agriculture, health, government and others.

Written Constitution

The constitution of India is a written constitution. It is also the lengthiest constitution in the world. At the time of adoption, Indian constitution contained a Preamble, 395 articles which are divided into 22 parts and 8 schedules. But at present, it contains a Preamble, 448 articles divided into 25 parts, 12 schedules and 101 amendments. The latest amendment 101 is on 8 September 2016, which is the introduction of Goods and service tax.

The constitution of India contains the structure, organisation, functions, power, implementation of both the central and state governments. It also set limits up to what extent should either the states or the centre should function or operate. It does so, to avoid conflicts and arguments between the centre and the states and to facilitate the smooth functioning of the government.

Division of powers

The division of power between the centre and the states is done by the constitution. The cnstitution divided the powers into three lists. They are the Union list, States list and the Concurrent list. These lists are in the seventh schedule of the constitution. The items in the union list are tackled by the Centre, the items in the States list are handles by the states. Where as the subjects in the Concurrent list are to be handled by both the Centre and the States. While dealing with the matters in the concurrent list, if any disagreement arises between the centre and the states, in this situation the constitution gave power to the centre to take over the situation.

There are also some items that does not all into any of these three lists. Such items are called Residuary subjects. The constitution gave the power over these residuary subjects to be dealt by the centre. Originally, at the time of framing the constitution, the union list consists of 97 subjects, states list consists of 66 subjects and the concurrent list had 47 subjects. At present, there are 100 subjects in union list, 61 subjects in states list and 52 in the concurrent list.

Supremacy of the Constitution

Without any doubt, the constitution is the supreme law of India. Everything works and functions as per the guidelines of the constitution in India. The power of division of power is with the constitution alone. It decides the works and duties that both the centre and the states have to follow. Whatever the centre or the states does they should be within the provisions of the constitution. If, in case of any deviations, those actions or laws will be declared invalid by the Supreme court or the High courts. Again this power of judicial review is given to the courts by the constitution. 

All the crucial components of the government like the Legislature, Administration and Jurisdiction, all function as per the constitutional provisions. This makes clear that the constitution is the Supreme in India.


Rigid Constitution

It is already known that constitution is the supreme in India. To maintain this supremacy, it should be rigid. A rigid constitution means, a constitution that cannot be amended or can be changed easily. it takes the action of both the states and the central governments and a special majority of the parliament and have to get approval from the legislatures to make an amendment. As all these processes are not so easy to implement, they definitely takes time, formation of committees, tons of discussions and reviews to result in intelligent, reliable, admissible and justifiable actions, the constitution os said to be a rigid constitution.

Independent Judiciary

The judiciary in India is independent from the government. It does not need to rely on the government to exercise its powers. In India, supreme court is the head of the judiciary. The constitution made judiciary independent to protect the supremacy of the constitution and to settle the matters involving centre and the states together. If the judiciary is not independent and is depending on the government, it cannot protect the powers of the constitution and also there will be bias in the decisions and the settlements made by the judiciary relationg to the Issues of the Centre and States.

Bicameral Legislature

The constitution provides the legislature of India to be Bicameral. Cameral in English means a judicial or government related, Chamber. Bi means two. Together, Bicameral means two chambers. In India, these two chambers are called Houses. These two house of legislature in India are the Upper house and the Lower house. Upper house is called Rajya Sabha. Lower house is called Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha represents the states of India and the Lok Sabha represents the people of the country. Of these two, the Lok Sabha is powerful than Rajya sabha. Though less powerful than Lok sabha, there is a need for Rajya sabha. As it represents the states, it protects the states to secure its rights and interests when there is an unnecessary involvement of the centre. t speaks on behalf of the states. 

Indian government satisfies the features of a federal system of government. Still, it is not a complete federation. Because, India also has the features of the Unitary system of government and some other features, that are not federal nor unitary.

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12 December 2016

Indian Polity - Federal System of Government

Government of India has the features of the Federal system of Government.

What is a Federation?


Federation is a word derived from Latin 'foedus' which means treaty or agreement. By this, the meaning is to be derived as, a federation is a new political system that was formed through a treaty or agreement between different units. Different countries call these units by different names. For example, in US they are called States, in Switzerland they are called Cantons. They are called Provinces in Canada, Republics in Russia.

Again, to form a federation, there are two ways. One is integration and the other is disintegration. In the case of integration, independent states are combined together to form a union or nation. Whereas, in disintegration, one big nation is converted to a federation by giving freedom to the states or regions to promote regional interest. US can be taken as an example for integration, while Canada can be taken as an example for disintegration.

The oldest federation in the world is US formed in 1787, after the American Revolution during 1775 - 83.

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Types of governments


There are two types of governments, Unitary government and Federal Government.

Unitary Government


It is the government where the whole power lies with one government, that is national government. In this type of government, the state or regional governments do not have individual power. They have to follow as per the instructions of the union or central government.

Some countries that follow unitary system of government are Britain, France, Japan, Norway, Spain, Belgium, China, Italy, Sweden.

Features of Unitary government


The unitary government is a single government, there is no place for any other government. The constitution of a unitary government varies, which means that, it may be a written or an unwritten constitution. Here, there is no need for the division of power, because all the power is enjoyed by the national government. In the unitary form of government, sometimes the Constitution enjoys supremacy and sometimes not. For example, in Japan, Constitution is supreme, whereas in Britain, Constitution is not supreme.

Not every country, following the unitary form of government, follows the same set of features. They vary from country to country. The quality of constitution in unitary form of government varies from rigid to flexible. Example for unitary government with rigid constitution is France, and for unitary government with flexible constitution is Britain. The judiciary also varies from independent to non independent. In the same way, legislature also varies from Bicameral, example Britain, to unicameral, example China.

Federal government


It is the government, where the central and the state governments function independently under their own jurisdiction. Here, the power is divided between the state and the central government by the constitution. They both have individual powers.

Some countries that follow federal form of government are US, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Argentina.

Features of federal government


The federal government is different from unitary government in every aspect. The unique thing about the federal government is that it's qualities are fixed and they won't vary like that of the unitary government.

The government in the federal system is dual, that is, it has both central or union government and the state government. The constitution in the federal system is a written constitution. The federal government divides the power between the nation and the states. The supreme body in the federal government is the Constitution, and this is always a rigid constitution, which means, it is to easy to make changes or amendments to the constitution. Here, the Judiciary is independent, and the federal system follows a bicameral legislature, means, the Parliament has two houses Upper house and the Lower House.

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20 November 2016

Indian National Movement for IAS exam

Indian National Movement is the most important part of the History of India, and also the most important topic for the UPSC Civil services, and other State board exams.

Below are the list of topics under the India's Struggle for Independence.

India's Freedom Struggle

  1. The Revolt of 1857
    Part 1
  2. Rise of National Consciousness
  3. Indian National Congress
  4. Early Nationalists
  5. Militant Nationalism
  6. Swadeshi movement
  7. Surat Split of 1907
  8. Indian Councils act of 1909
  9. The Muslim League
  10. First World War
  11. Gandhi
  12. Rowlatt act
  13. The Non-cooperation movement
  14. Communists
  15. Subhash Chandra Bose
  16. Jawaharlal Nehru
  17. Simion Commission
  18. Nehru Report
  19. Pesant movements
  20. Lahore congress
  21. Purna Swaraj
  22. Civil Disobedience Movement
  23. First Round table conference
  24. Gandhi-Irwin Pact
  25. Second round table conference
  26. Civil disobedience continued
  27. Socialist forces
  28. Separatist trends
  29. Indian freedom struggle
  30. Congress crisis
  31. Formation of forward bloc
  32. Quit India movement
  33. Indian National Army
  34. Wavell Plan
  35. The eve of Independence
  36. Independence and partiton
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25 March 2016

Sources of the Indian History

Indian History

Sources of the Indian History

  • About 4500 years ago earliest cities were found around River Indus.
  • About 2500 years ago Cities were found around the River Ganga.
  • The area south to River Ganga is Magadha.
  • About 2500 years ago Iraninans and Greeks came to India.
  • The people in the past moved from one place to another place for different reasons like fook, livelihood and also to escape natural disasters.

The name INDIA

Our country has different names like, Hind, Hindusthan, Bharatvarsha, Aryavart, India or Bharath. We derive the name INDIA from the River Indus, which means Sindhu in Sanskrit. Iraninans and Greeks called Hindos or Indos.

Sources of the Indian History

We can know the history from the Manuscripts and inscriptions. There are some site from the past which will help us to know our pasts. These sites are of three types:
  1. Habitation sites
  2. Factory sites
  3. Habitation cum factory sites
Now we will know six sources of Indian history
  1. Religious literature:

    • These are nothing but the religious or the spiritual texts that convey our pasts.
    • Vedas → They will tell us about the social life of Aryans, and their struggle with Dushyas.
    • Ramayana and Mahabharatha → our epics, tells the story of the kings and people of their respective ages.
    • Tripitakas → These are the Buddhist religious texts, that show the important events and social life of their time.
    • Jatakas and Nikayas → Give us the social history between 600 BC and 400 AD.
    • Angas → These are the Jain religious texts.
  2. Traditions - The Purans:

    •  The eighteen Puranas form an important source of history.
    • They provide the information about the royal families.
    • They are a mixture of Mythology, Tradition and History.
    • They provided material to bring into light, Epics to Mauryas, the Ceylonese tradition of Buddhists, Jain storie about Chandraagupte and Samprati.
  3. Secular and historical literature:

    •  These are nothing but the books that are non religious.
    • Some important texts
      • Vishakadatta's → Mudrarakshasa
      • Bana's → Harsha Charita
      • Chand Bardai's → Prithvi Raj Raso
      • Kalhana's → Rajatarangini
      • Bilhana's → Vikrama Charitha
      • Bhallala's → Bhoj Prabandha
      • Patanjali's → Grammar
      • Chanukya's → Arthasathra
      • Kalidas's → Dramas
  4. The evidence of Foreigners

    •  Foreign writers who visited the India in the past also contribute more to the sources of our history.
    • Greek Writers: 

      • Heredotus
      • Megasthenes → lived in the court of Chandragupta Maurya; He wrote the book 'Indica'
      • Arrian
      • Ptolemy
  5. Chinese Buddhist writers:

    •  They form the basis of our history between the 4th and the 7th centuries AD.
      • Fahein → wrote about the Guptas
      • Hiuen Tsang → wrote about Harsha
      • I-Tsing → wrote about the later Hindu Period
      • Alberuni's → 'Tekik-i-Hini', describes about the history of the 11th century
      • Taranath → he is a Tibet writer, he gave account of some Buddhist Kings.
  6.  Archeological Evidence

    1. Monuments

      •  Monuments are Ruins of the cities evacuated in India.
      • The most important such remains are:
        • Harappa
        • Mohenjadaro
        • Taxila
        • Pataliputra
        • Devagam
        • Bitrigaon
        • Cambodia
    2. Inscriptions

      • Inscriptions are found on Ashokan Pillar, Allahabad Pillar, Udayagiri caves and copper plates; these provided reliable information for the study of information of their respective periods.
    3. Coins

      • These provide historical information.
      • The Samudragupta's character and career has been primarily has been primarily built up from his coins.

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