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Test Date Of Mock Test Schedule Topics Covered Primary (Essential) Secondary
Test1 Geomorphology: Factors controlling landform development; endogenetic and exogenetic forces; Origin and evolution of the earth's crust; Fundamentals of geomagnetism; Physical conditions of the earth's interior; Geosynclines; Continental drift; Isostasy; Plate tectonics; Recent views on mountain building; Vulcanicity; Earthquakes and Tsunamis; Concepts of geomorphic cycles and Landscape development ; Denudation chronology; Channel morphology; Erosion surfaces; Slope development; Applied Geomorphology : Geohydrology, economic geology and environment.
Climatology: Temperature and pressure belts of the world; Heat budget of the earth; Atmospheric circulation; atmospheric stability and instability. Planetary and local winds; Monsoons and jet streams; Air masses and fronto genesis, Temperate and tropical cyclones; Types and distribution of precipitation; Weather and Climate; Koppen's, Thornthwaite's and Trewartha's classification of world climates; Hydrological cycle; Global climatic change and role and response of man in climatic changes, Applied climatology and Urban climate.
  • India Geography books- NCERT
  • Geography of India- Khullar
  • India yearbook by publication division of Govt. of India
  • Economics Survey by Government of India
  • Human Geography by Majid Husain
  • Geography of population by R.C. Chandna
  • Indian Economics by Dutt and Sundaram
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Economical and Commercial Geography of India- Sharma and Coutinho
  • Test2 Settlements: Types, patterns and morphology of rural settlements; Urban development’s; Morphology of Indian cities; Functional classification of Indian cities; Conurbations and metropolitan regions; urban sprawl; Slums and associated problems; town planning; Problems of urbanization and remedies.
    Regional Development and Planning: Experience of regional planning in India; Five Year Plans; Integrated rural development programmes; Panchayati Raj and decentralised planning; Command area development; Watershed management; Planning for backward area, desert, drought prone, hill, tribal area development; multi-level planning; Regional planning and development of island territories.

  • India Geography books- NCERT
  • Geography of India- Khullar
  • Human Geography by Majid Husain
  • Regional Planning and Development by Chand & Puri
  • Urbanization and Urban systems in India by Ramachandran
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Test3 Political Aspects: Geographical basis of Indian federalism; State reorganisation; Emergence of new states; Regional consciousness and interstate issues; international boundary of India and related issues; Cross border terrorism; India's role in world affairs; Geopolitics of South Asia and Indian Ocean realm.
    Contemporary Issues: Ecological issues: Environmental hazards: landslides, earthquakes, Tsunamis, floods and droughts, epidemics; Issues relating to environmental pollution; Changes in patterns of land use; Principles of environmental impact assessment and environmental management; Population explosion and food security; Environmental degradation; Deforestation, desertification and soil erosion; Problems of agrarian and industrial unrest; Regional disparities in economic development; Concept of sustainable growth and development; Environmental awareness; Linkage of rivers; Globalisation and Indian economy.

  • India Geography books- NCERT
  • Geography of India- Khullar
  • Hindu’s Survey on Environment
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Modern political Geography of India by B.L. Sukhwal
  • Test4 Agriculture: Infrastructure: irrigation, seeds, fertilizers, power; Institutional factors: land holdings, land tenure and land reforms; Cropping pattern, agricultural productivity, agricultural intensity, crop combination, land capability; Agro and social-forestry; Green revolution and its socio- economic and ecological implications; Significance of dry farming; Livestock resources and white revolution; aqua - culture; sericulture, apiculture and poultry; agricultural regionalisation; agro-climatic zones; agro- ecological regions.
    Industry: Evolution of industries; Locational factors of cotton, jute, textile, iron and steel, aluminium, fertilizer, paper, chemical and pharmaceutical, automobile, cottage and agro - based industries; Industrial houses and complexes including public sector undertakings; Industrial regionalisation; New industrial policies; Multinationals and liberalization; Special Economic Zones; Tourism including eco -tourism.

  • India Geography books- NCERT
  • Geography of India- Khullar
  • Agricultural Geography by Masjid husain
  • India yearbook by publication division of Govt. of India.
  • Economics Survey by Government of India
  • Indian Economics by Dutt and Sundaram
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Hindu’s Survey on Agriculture and Industry
  • Economical and commercial Geography of India- Sharma & Coutinho
  • Test5 Physical Setting: Space relationship of India with neighboring countries; Structure and relief; Drainage system and watersheds; Physiographic regions; Mechanism of Indian monsoons and rainfall patterns, Tropical cyclones and western disturbances; Floods and droughts; Climatic regions; Natural vegetation; Soil types and their distributions.
    Resources: Land, surface and ground water, energy, minerals, biotic and marine resources; Forest and wild life resources and their conservation; Energy crisis.
    Note : Candidates will be required to answer one compulsory map question pertinent to subjects covered by this paperII:Geography of India. Refer any school Atlas for these question (Oxford/Orient Logman)

  • India Geography books- NCERT
  • Geography of India- Khullar
  • India yearbook by publication division of Govt. of India
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Test6 Transport, Communication and Trade: Road, railway, waterway, airway and pipeline networks and their complementary roles in regional development; Growing importance of ports on national and foreign trade; Trade balance; Trade Policy; Export processing zones; Developments in communication and information technology and their impacts on economy and society; Indian space programme.
    Cultural Setting: Historical Perspective of Indian Society; Racial, linguistic and ethnic diversities; religious minorities; major tribes, tribal areas and their problems; cultural regions; Growth, distribution and density of population; Demographic attributes: sex-ratio, age structure, literacy rate, work-force, dependency ratio, longevity; migration (inter-regional, intra- regional and international) and associated problems; Population problems and policies; Health indicators.

  • India Geography books- NCERT
  • Geography of India- Khullar
  • India yearbook by publication division of Govt. of India
  • Economics Survey by Government of India
  • Human Geography by Majid Husain
  • Geography of population by R.C. Chandna
  • Indian Economics by Dutt and Sundaram
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Economical and Commercial Geography of India- Sharma and Coutinho
  • Test7 Oceanography: Bottom topography of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans; Temperature and salinity of the oceans; Heat and salt budgets, Ocean deposits; Waves, currents and tides; Marine resources: biotic, mineral and energy resources; Coral reefs, coral bleaching; sea-level changes; law of the sea and marine pollution.
    Biogeography: Genesis of soils; Classification and distribution of soils; Soil profile; Soil erosion, Degradation and conservation; Factors influencing world distribution of plants and animals; Problems of deforestation and conservation measures; Social forestry; agro-forestry; Wild life; Major gene pool centres.
  • Physical Geography NCERT class 11
  • Physical Geography Savindra singh
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography: Goh Cheng Leong
  • Oceanography by Sharma & Vatal
  • Physical Geography by Strahler & Strahler;
  • Physical Geography Made Simple, Rupa Publisher
  • Contemporary topics form News papers and Magazines ( Yojna, Indianexpress, Hindu etc)
  • Test8 Economic Geography: World economic development: measurement and problems; World resources and their distribution; Energy crisis; the limits to growth; World agriculture: typology of agricultural regions; agricultural inputs and productivity; Food and nutrition problems; Food security; famine: causes, effects and remedies; World industries: locational patterns and problems; patterns of world trade.
    Population and Settlement Geography: Growth and distribution of world population; demographic attributes; Causes and consequences of migration; concepts of over-under-and optimum population; Population theories, world population problems and policies, Social well-being and quality of life; Population as social capital.
    Types and patterns of rural settlements; Environmental issues in rural settlements; Hierarchy of urban settlements; Urban morphology: Concepts of primate city and rank-size rule; Functional classification of towns; Sphere of urban influence; Rural - urban fringe; Satellite towns; Problems and remedies of urbanization; Sustainable development of cities.

  • Human Geography NCERT CLASS11
  • Economic and social Geography Made Simple by Rupa Publisher
  • Human Geography by Majid Husian
  • A Geography by Population by R.C. Chandna
  • Human and Eco.Geog. by Leong and Morgan
  • Economics Geography by Hertshorn and Alexander;
  • Agricultural Geography by Masjid husain
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Test9 Regional Planning: Concept of a region; Types of regions and methods of regionalisation; Growth centres and growth poles; Regional imbalances; regional development strategies; environmental issues in regional planning; Planning for sustainable development.
    Models, Theories and Laws in Human Geography: Systems analysis in Human geography; Malthusian, Marxian and demographic transition models; Central Place theories of Christaller and Losch;Perroux and Boudeville; Von Thunen's model of agricultural location; Weber's model of industrial location; Ostov's model of stages of growth. Heartland and Rimland theories; Laws of international boundaries and frontiers.

  • Human Geography NCERT class11
  • Model and theories book by K.Siddhartha
  • Human Geog. By Majid Husain
  • Regional geography by Chand & Puri
  • Economics Geography by Hertshorn and Alexander
  • Contemporary topics from News paper and Magazines (Yojna, Indian express, Hindu etc)
  • Test10 Environmental Geography: Principle of ecology; Human ecological adaptations; Influence of man on ecology and environment; Global and regional ecological changes and imbalances; Ecosystem their management and conservation; Environmental degradation, management and conservation; Biodiversity and sustainable development; Environmental policy; Environmental hazards and remedial measures; Environmental education and legislation.
    Perspectives in Human Geography: Areal differentiation; regional synthesis; Dichotomy and dualism; Environmentalism; Quantitative revolution and locational analysis; radical, behavioural, human and welfare approaches; Languages, religions and secularisation; Cultural regions of the world; Human development index.
  • Human Geography NCERT Class 11
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography: Goh Cheng Leong
  • Environmental geography-Savindra singh;
  • Evolution of Geography thought by Majid Husain
  • Ecology and environment – P.D. Sharma
  • Hindu’s Survey on environment
  • Geographic Thought Sudipta Adhikari
  • IAS COACHING OPTIONAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PLANNER


    Test Date Of Mock Test Schedule Topics Covered Primary (Essential)
    Sources(Generally all students appearing in mains read these Books)
    Secondary(Desirable)
    Sources(Generally high scores also cover these Books)
    Test1 Introduction: Meaning, scope and significance of Public Administration; Wilson's vision of Public Administration; Evolution of the discipline and its present status; New Public Administration; Public Choice approach; Challenges of liberalization, Privatisation, Globalisation; Good Governance: concept and application; New Public Management.

    Administrative Thought : Scientific Management and Scientific Management movement; Classical Theory; Weber's bureaucratic model – its critique and post-Weberian Developments; Dynamic Administration (Mary Parker Follett); Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and others); Functions of the Executive (C.I. Barnard); Simon's decision-making theory; Participative Management (R. Likert, C.Argyris, D.McGregor).

  • M. Laxmikanth: Pub.Adm
  • SHARMA & SADANA: Public Administration
  • Adm thinkers – Prasad and Prasad
  • Mohit Bhattacharya: New Horizons of Public Administration
  • Physical Geography by Sttahler & Strahler;
  • Physical Geography – Made Simple Rupa Publisher Physical Geography in Diagrams by Bunnett
  • Principles of Geomorphology by W.D. Thornbury
  • Test2 Administrative Behaviour : Process and techniques of decision-making; Communication; Morale; Motivation Theories – content, process and contemporary; Theories of Leadership: Traditional and Modern.

    Organisations: Theories – systems, contingency; Structure and forms: Ministries and Departments, Corporations, Companies, Boards and Commissions; Ad hoc and advisory bodies; Headquarters and Field relationships; Regulatory Authorities; Public - Private Partnerships.

    Personnel Administration: Importance of human resource development; Recruitment, training, career advancement, position classification, discipline, performance appraisal, promotion, pay and service conditions; employer-employee relations, grievance redressal mechanism; Code of conduct; Administrative ethics.

  • SHARMA AND SADANA: Public administration
  • Stephen P.Robbins: Organisational behaviour
  • Mohit Bhattacharya:New Horizons of public Administration
  • IGNOU NOTES(BA)
  • FADIA AND FADIA: Public Administration
  • Test3 Comparative Public Administration: Historical and sociological factors affecting administrative systems; Administration and politics in different countries; Current status of Comparative Public Administration; Ecology and administration; Riggsian models and their critique.

    Development Dynamics: Concept of development; changing profile of development administration; ‘Anti-development thesis'; Bureaucracy and development; Strong state versus the market debate; Impact of liberalisation on administration in developing countries; Women and development - the self- help group movement.

  • Adm thinkers- Prasad and Prasad
  • Mohit Bhattacharya
  • M. Laxmikanth
  • SHARMA AND SADANA
  • R.K. Arora: Comparative Public Administration
  • Test4 Accountability and control : Concepts of accountability and control; Legislative, Executive and Judicial control over administration; Citizen and Administration; Role of media, interest groups, voluntary organizations; Civil society; Citizen's Charters; Right to Information; Social audit.

    Administrative Law: Meaning, scope and significance; Dicey on Administrative law; Delegated legislation; Administrative Tribunals.

    Techniques of Administrative Improvement: Organisation and methods, Work study and work management; e-governance and information technology; Management aid tools like network analysis, MIS, PERT, CPM.

  • SHARMA AND SADNA
  • Mohit Bhattacharya:New Horizons of Public Administration
  • Special Issues of Indian Journal of Public Administration on Accountability
  • IGNOU(MA)
  • Test5 Public Policy: Models of policy-making and their critique; Processes of conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review and their limitations; State theories and public policy formulation.

    Financial Administration: Monetary and fiscal policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets types and forms; Budgetary process; Financial accountability; Accounts and audit.

  • M.Laxmikanth
  • Mohit Bhattacharya : New Horizons of Public Administration
  • Sharma & Sadana
  • IGNOU(MA)
  • Test6 Evolution of Indian Administration: Kautilya's Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in politics and administration - Indianization of public services, revenue administration, district administration, local self-government.

    Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government: Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism; Political culture; Bureaucracy and democracy; Bureaucracy and development.

    Civil Services: Constitutional position; Structure, recruitment, training and capacity-building; Good governance initiatives; Code of conduct and discipline; Staff associations; Political rights; Grievance redressal mechanism; Civil service neutrality; Civil service activism.

  • M. Laxmikant – Indian polity / D D basu
  • Arora & Goal : Indian Public Administration
  • 2nd ARC recommendations
  • Punchhi Commission
  • THE HINDU
  • IGNOU(BA)
  • Test7 Public Sector Undertakings: Public sector in modern India; Forms of Public Sector Undertakings; Problems of autonomy, accountability and control; Impact of liberalization and privatization.

    Plans and Priorities: Machinery of planning; Role, composition and functions of the Planning Commission and the National Development Council; ‘Indicative' planning; Process of plan formulation at Union and State levels; Constitutional Amendments (1992) and decentralized planning for economic development and social justice.

    Financial Management: Budget as a political instrument; Parliamentary control of public expenditure; Role of finance ministry in monetary and fiscal area; Accounting techniques; Audit; Role of Controller General of Accounts and Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

  • Fadia & Faida
  • 2nd ARC recommendations
  • Punchhi Commission recommendations
  • Avasthi Central Administration
  • Yojana and Kurukshetra
  • Test8 Union Government and Administration: Executive, Parliament, Judiciary - structure, functions, work processes; Recent trends; Intragovernmental relations; Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Minister's Office; Central Secretariat; Ministries and Departments; Boards; Commissions; Attached offices; Field organizations.

    State Government and Administration: Union-State administrative, legislative and financial relations; Role of the Finance Commission; Governor; Chief Minister; Council of Ministers; Chief Secretary; State Secretariat; Directorates.

    District Administration since Independence: Changing role of the Collector; Union-state-local relations; Imperatives of development management and law and order administration; District administration and democratic decentralization.

  • M. Laxmikant / D.D. Basu
  • Arora & Goal
  • 2nd ARC recommendations
  • Punchhi Commission recommendations
  • Special Issue of Indian Journal of Public Administration on District Administration
  • The HINDU
  • Fadia & Fadia
  • Test9 Rural Development: Institutions and agencies since independence; Rural development programmes: foci and strategies; Decentralization and Panchayati Raj; 73rd Constitutional amendment.

    Urban Local Government:
    Municipal governance: main features, structures, finance and problem areas; 74th Constitutional Amendment; Global-local debate; New localism; Development dynamics, politics and administration with special reference to city management.

    Miscellaneous topics: decentralised planning for economic development and social justice, district administration and democratic decentralisation.

  • M. Laxmikant / D.D. Basu
  • Arora & Goal
  • 2nd ARC recommendations
  • Punchhi Commission recommendations
  • Yojana and Kurukshetra
  • THE HINDU
  • Test10 Administrative Reforms since Independence: Major concerns; Important Committees and Commissions; Reforms in financial management and human resource development; Problems of implementation.

    Law and Order Administration: British legacy; National Police Commission; Investigative agencies; Role of central and state agencies including paramilitary forces in maintenance of law and order and countering insurgency and terrorism; Criminalisation of politics and administration; Police- public relations; Reforms in Police.

    Significant issues in Indian Administration: Values in public service; Regulatory Commissions; National Human Rights Commission; Problems of administration in coalition regimes; Citizen- administration interface; Corruption and administration; Disaster management

  • Arora & Goal
  • Fadia & Faida
  • 2nd ARC recommendations
  • Punchhi Commission recommendations
  • Special Issue of Indian Journal of Public Administration on Administrative Reforms
  • The HINDU