I take immense pleasure in introducing you to the latest addition to the family
of books produced by Chanakya Mandal Pariwar (CMP) – UPSC Civil Services
Mains Examination General Studies Reference Book. Just like the other books
produced by CMP this book conforms to the highest standards followed at CMP,
which enables the formation of a well-informed public servant of good ethics and
UPSC Revised Pattern:
In 2013, UPSC revised pattern of Civil Services Examination. While keeping
the pattern for Prelims unchanged, the changes brought in other aspects of exams
are nothing short of revolutionary. The reduced relative significance of optional
subjects, which varies from candidate to candidate, is a welcome change as it will
reduce ‘optional shopping’ (deriving benefits only from the choice of optional subjects).
Contents of General Studies Paper-1, 2 and 3 are also well elaborated and thus
make tasks easy for the aspirants.
However, the change which I regard as most important, which is in line with
the practice at CMP since its conception is the introduction of General Studies Paper-4
on Ethics and Integrity. The increase in the relative importance of interviews in marking
scheme too reflects a major trend of selecting officers with character, which I
personally think Civil Services is all about (read ‘Service to the People’ elsewhere in
About this book:
This book follows the revised pattern of UPSC Civil Services Mains
Examination as notified by UPSC in 2013. It covers General Studies Paper 1, 2 and
3. Accordingly, this book is divided into corresponding three broad sections. Each
section is further subdivided into subsections in the following manner.
GS1 – Culture, Geography, Modern History, Post-independence
Consolidation, Sociology, World History.
GS2 – Governance, International Relations, Polity, Social Security.
GS3 – Agriculture, Economy, Environment, Science and Technology, Security
and Disaster Management.
Each subsection is further arranged in series of chapters to enable the reader
to comprehend the topics as easily as possible. An attempt has been made to
explain topics in as few words as possible without compromising on the quality and
quantity of the information.
I take this opportunity to thank the supporting members of CMP as without
their support, this book could never have been a reality. I am convinced that this
book will be of great help to all the aspirants of UPSC Civil Services and also that
they will find it as useful as other productions of CMP.
I have always maintained that the time and energy you put in preparing for
competitive exams never goes waste. Irrespective of whether you are selected for a
post or not, you win, because in the process, you develop, your personality grows
rich, your grasp of issues increases. I am convinced that this book will help you at
every step in this process and I wish you all the best for the same.
My best wishes…,