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Thursday, November 6, 2008

How to Prepare Polity for IAS / UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination

Polity is very important not only from IAS/ UPSC Civil Services Prelims but also from Mains Examination point of view, so the aim should be to get a good grip over polity.

One can rely on Ravindran Sir's notes on polity (Vajiram and Ravi) which can be sourced from any xerox shop in Rajender Nagar, Delhi. In case you are residing outside Delhi, then the best book for polity is "Polity by Laxmikant", this book should be read from end to end preferably. I personally found Polity by Laxmikant to be the best book as it is written in simple language and points format. It is a must read for any serious civil services aspirant.
There are usually 9-10 questions from polity in UPSC prelims general studies paper and most of them are easily doable if one is thorough with the concepts in polity.

For instance a matching question can be asked of the form :

Column - A                     --------------           Column - B
1.Directive Principles       --------------         A.South Africa
2.Emergency Provision    --------------         B.USA
3.Amendment Procedure  -------------          C.Ireland
4.Fundamental Rights      --------------         D.Germany

where you have to match from which country the respective provisions of the Indian Constitution have been taken. The correct key to above question just for information is : 1-C ; 2-D ; 3-A ; 4-B  

Similar type of matching questions are asked for Constitutional Amendments and their domain, for example it can be asked that with what does 91st Amendment Act 2003 deals?(it has put a ceiling on number of ministers). So prepare all the important and latest amendments.

Looking up previous polity questions asked in GS prelims paper would give you a fair idea that having clarity of concepts in polity would ensure you will answer correctly almost all polity related questions.

Many times aspirants are worried that how they can remember all the articles of the Constitution.Well ,the truth is you need not remember all the articles but only the important articles. For instance you should know that President can seek advisory opinion of Supreme Court under Article-143. The idea is that those provisions of constitution which keep coming in news are important like Article 144(Uniform civil code), Article-356(President's Rule) etc.

I shall be giving a list of important articles in one of the subsequent posts for benefit of newcomers to this exam. Happy studying !!!


Unknown said...

give some tips for lok prashasan

thx in advance

Abhishek said...

@sd ...will be shortly posting few pointers on how to prepare public administration from prelims point of view in consultation with friends who have already cleared PT with PA as first optional.I personally had psychology as my first optional.Just wait for a few days ...all d best !!!

Anonymous said...

Ravindran sir's notes is legalistic. quite irrelevant for GS. Printed notes is also unsatisfactory.

Lakshmikant, as u recommended is quite comprehensive.

vishwa said...

is laxmikant good for the mains