IAs GS Mains

IAS Exam Study Materials

Complete Study Material for GS 1 Mains: Indian Heritage and
Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to
modern times.
Source – Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania (AIR 51)
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3tAE13PvWJNX0JWbWR2QkloYTQ
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTM280NTRINzdDSk0

2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
Source – From Plassey to Partition by Shekhar Bandopadhyay
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-7pRR2ueeZTZlZwNjNrU2ZvWjA/view?usp=sharing

3. The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
Source – From Plassey to Partition by Shekhar Bandopadhyay
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-7pRR2ueeZTZlZwNjNrU2ZvWjA/view?usp=sharing

4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
Source – India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B09kMr7btph8dTV5ejRrVlRxOE0/view?usp=sharing

5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars,
redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism,
capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
Source – The Story of Civilization – Volume 1
Source – The Story of Civilization – Volume 2
Notes Link – Volume 1 – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B09kMr7btph8b1hVVG9CaXRRUDg/view?usp=sharing
Notes Link – Volume 2 – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzgwc9H2IfTcRDVRNWEwdVlXS2M/view?usp=sharing

6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
Source – Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkQmyYIKVgARHZwYU81MUFUX2c/view?usp=sharing

7. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
Source – Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja (See Index)
Source – Vision Material for Role of women and women’s organization
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkQmyYIKVgARHZwYU81MUFUX2c/view?usp=sharing
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7YJIXHJzDESd0o0a2tpc2liREk/view?usp=sharing

8. Effects of globalization on Indian society
Source – Vision Material
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7YJIXHJzDESMEhCNzFpS09ET3M/view?usp=sharing

9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
Source – Chronicle IAS Academy Material
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04R0E4U1JCdHFFRGc

10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
Source – All Geography NCERTs from class 6th to 12th
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzt0O_hwpxJydEhXWnZBZGFVaGs

11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
Source – All Geography NCERTs from class 6th to 12th
Notes Link – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzt0O_hwpxJydEhXWnZBZGFVaGs

Complete Study Material for GS 2 Mains: (Governance,
Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
Source: D D Basu (1st 5 chapters)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwTN1vSwyvuwM1A0cE1lYlJiRzQ
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal
structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
Source: Laxmikant Chapters 12, 13 14.
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcNmV3X05URjlZYUk
Source: ARC Report
Notes Link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-7pRR2ueeZTUlZYcGNMME9sRHc/view?usp=sharing
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
Source: Vision Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04bENLSXk4dnV1Nlk
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
Source: Vision Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04a1VaRTNHOW5yWlk
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

5. Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
Source: Laxmikant
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcNmV3X05URjlZYUk
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
Source: Laxmikant (Union Executive, Parliament of India, Supreme Court of India, Executive in the States,
State Legislature, High Courts and Subordinate Courts, Local Government: Urban and Rural)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcNmV3X05URjlZYUk
Source: Vision Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESTUtJRkYtZ3k2cEk
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04WnY5QmpaN0JLb2M
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various
Constitutional Bodies.
Source: Part 7 of Laxmikant (Constitutional Bodies)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcNmV3X05URjlZYUk
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04STJNZzdaVTlhMFU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
Source: Part 7,8 and 9 of Laxmikant (Constitutional Bodies)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcNmV3X05URjlZYUk
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESUm1jcmN3YkxsMDQ
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04Y1dfS21sNWxVVjQ

Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESZTdLRHNFQTJWV0k
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

11. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and
associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04a3FPSjRwSVpKbE0
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

12. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04V2RKcjdMaURqTlU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education,Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Source: 12th Plan
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5sDrG7K0n2PQV9xSjVZZVFsQlU
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx0ZMfWNOUZpd19rSmlybTBJOTg
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

14. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizen’s charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESd2Q1UlVXNll5eU0
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

15. Role of civil services in a democracy.
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04eVJIUW5JTVB6X0E
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

16. India and its neighbourhood- relations.
Source: Rajiv Sikri (Read basic part from this book)
Notes Link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkQmyYIKVgAV3A0U09IMThZUzQ/view?usp=sharing
Source: Add current points from these current affairs magazine
http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

17. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
Source: 2015 All India Rank 38 Notes
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTUi12amN4VDJXTWs
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

18. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
Source: Vision IAS handout
Notes Link 1:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04NTk3WnNVLTlOQVk
Notes Link 2:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7YJIXHJzDESS3BuQV84U3ZkQjQ/view?usp=sharing
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

19. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.
Source: 2015 All India Rank 38 Notes
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTUi12amN4VDJXTWs
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

Complete Study Material for GS 3 Mains: (Technology, Economic
Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster
Management)

1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and
employment.
Source: NCERTs class 9, 10, 11, 12
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04aFdTUDVWaXJjOE0
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04eDhIS2JYTVRuUFE
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

3. Government Budgeting.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04UWlwU0lCWE5xMUk
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

4. Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
Source: Vision IAS Handouts + Random sources (select the best from both sources which you like)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTTjJic1dGOTZLUTQ
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bx0ZMfWNOUZpMVdzX1hFRjJHdUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04Nk50QVhBN1JVZ2s
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream
requirements, supply chain management.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04dnV0aXBzOHJCWjA
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

7. Land reforms in India.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04dERwczl4aTg2LU0
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

8. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
Source: Ramesh Singh (Chapters 6 and 9)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-7pRR2ueeZTMzh4N2dtcTFic3c/view?usp=sharing
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
Source: Dutt and Sundaram (Chapter 8)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzgwc9H2IfTcT1ZrQm5kQzdCMHM
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

10. Investment models.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04R3k2SkFBaVlRdVU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

11. Science and Technology – developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

Source: Science and Technology (TMH Publication)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTS1hZNXlsUVlqNUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

12. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new
technology.
Source: Science and Technology (TMH Publication)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTS1hZNXlsUVlqNUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

13. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
Source: Science and Technology (TMH Publication)
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTS1hZNXlsUVlqNUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

14. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Source: Shankar IAS Book
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkQmyYIKVgATWpzVmJ4TUJWN2M
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

15. Disaster and disaster management.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8MW9ORDc0cUU1ODg
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

16. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESLTlBbTJMdDJIRUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

17. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESLTlBbTJMdDJIRUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs 

18. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
Source: GS Score Handouts
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTcUpsakRxMmQxWjg
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7YJIXHJzDESLTlBbTJMdDJIRUU
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

19. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8TZaX9ba9oHdXV6X3hiV3JzcjQ
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8TZaX9ba9oHRjhXaWJxYXRrbW8
Source: Vision IAS Handout
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04RE16Y016Y0ZXdDA
Source: Random Pdf
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bzf3Puazcx04d2JPVndBdlhHcDQ
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

20. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
Source: Wikipedia
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTUWExT3hYYklPY0E
Current Affairs: http://www.visionias.in/beta/blog/current-affairs#monthly_current_affairs

Complete Study Material for GS 4 Mains: (Ethics, Integrity and
Aptitude)

1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions;
dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

2. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

3. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

4. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship,
objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

5. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

6. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

7. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

8. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity;
Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of
Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ

9. Case Studies on above issues.
Source: Lexicon by Chronicle
Notes Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B09kMr7btph8clREdDRNby1GaGM
86 solved case Studies Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7pRR2ueeZTejJ2SGh1RlJlSzQ