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COMBINED CIVIL SERVICES - II

General Studies Preliminary Examination (for Group – II (CSSE -I) Services) 200 ITEMS - 300 MARKS Unit-I General science : Physics-Universe-General Scientific laws-Scientific instruments-Inventions and discoveriesNational scientific laboratories-Science glossary-Mechanics and properties of matter-Physical quantities, standards and units-Force, motion and energy-electricity and Magnetism -Heat, light and sound-Atomic and nuclear physics. Chemistry-Elements and Compounds-Acids, bases and salts-Oxidation and reduction-Chemistry of ores and metals-Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds-Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides Botany--Main Concepts of life science-The cell-basic unit of life-Classification of living organism--Nutrition and dietetics-Respiration Zoology-Blood and blood circulation-Endocrine system-Reproductive system-Genetics the science of heredity-Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Bio- diversity and its conservation-Human diseases, prevention and remedies-Communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases Unit-II. Current Events History Latest diary of events – National-National symbols-Profile of States -Eminent persons & places in news-Sports & games-Books & authors -Awards & honours-Latest historical events-India and its neighbours - Appointments-who is who? Political Science Problems in conduct of public elections- Political parties and political system in India- Public awareness & General administration - Role of Voluntary organizations & Govt.,Welfare oriented govt. schemes, their utilityGeography--Geographical landmarks-Policy on environment and ecologyEconomics- Current socio-economic problems New economic policy & govt. sector Science Latest inventions on science & technology Latest discoveries in Health Science Mass media & communication Unit III. Geography Earth and Universe-Solar system-Atmosphere hydrosphere, lithosphere-Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate-Water resources -rivers in India-Soil, minerals & natural resourcesNatural vegetation-Forest & wildlife-Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries- Social geography – population-density and distribution-Natural calamities – disaster managementUnit IV. History and culture of India South Indian history-Culture and Heritage of Tamil people--Advent of European invasion-Expansion and consolidation of British rule-Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors-Social reforms and religious movements-India since independence-Characteristics of Indian culture-Unity in diversity –race, colour, language, custom-India-as secular state-Organizations for fine arts, dance, drama, music-Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in TN-Political parties and populist schemes- Prominent personalities in

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the various spheres – Arts, Science, literature and Philosophy – Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar , M.S.Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J.Krishnamoorthy etc.

UNIT-V. INDIAN POLITY Constitution of India- Preamble to the constitution- Salient features of constitution- Union, State and territory - Fundamental rights- Fundamental duties- Human rights charter- Union legislature – Parliament- State executive-. State Legislature – assembly- Status of Jammu & Kashmir-. Local government – panchayat raj – Tamil Nadu- Judiciary in India – Rule of law/Due process of law- Indian federalism – center – state relations- Emergency provisions- Elections Election Commission Union and State- Amendments to constitution- Schedules to constitutionAdministrative reforms & tribunals- Corruption in public life- Anti-corruption measures – Central Vigilance Commission, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India- Right to information - Central and State Commission- Empowerment of women. UNIT- VI. INDIAN ECONOMY Nature of Indian economy- Five-year plan models-an assessment-Land reforms & agricultureApplication of science in agriculture-Industrial growth-Role of public sector &...
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