SYLLABUS WISE NOTES FOR GROUP-II SERVICES PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
Section – A
GENERAL STUDIES AND MENTAL ABILITY
1. Events of national and international importance.
2. Current affairs- international, national and regional.
3. General Science and its applications to the day to day life Contemporary developments in Science & Technology and Information Technology
4. Social- economic and political history of modern India with emphases on Indian national movement.
5. Indian polity and governance: constitutional issues, public policy, reforms and e-governance initiatives.
6. Geography of India with focus on Andhra Pradesh.
7. Disaster management: vulnerability profile, prevention and mitigation strategies, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the assessment of Disaster
8. Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
9. Logical reasoning, analytical ability and logical interpretation.
10. Data Analysis: Tabulation of data Visual representation of data Basic data analysis (Summary Statistics such as mean, median, mode and variance) and Interpretation.
11. Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social, Cultural, Political and legal implications/problems.
Section – B
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANDHRA PRADESH
1. Social and Cultural History of Andhra Pradesh: Geographical Features of Andhra – Its Impact on History and Culture – Pre-historic Cultures – The Satavahanas, The Ikshvakus – Socio-Economic and Religious Conditions – Literature, Art and Architecture – The Vishnukundins, The Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi, Telugu Cholas– Society, Religion, Telugu Language, Literature, Art and Architecture.
2. Various Major and Minor dynasties that ruled Andhradesa between 11 and 16 centuries A.D. Socio- Cultural and Religious conditions in Andhradesa between 11 to 16 centuries A.D, Social Structure, Caste System, Status of Women. Growth of Telugu Language, Literature, Art, Architecture and Painting.
3. Advent of Europeans- Trade centers- Andhra under the Company– 1857 Revolt and its impact on Andhra- Establishment of British Rule- Socio- Cultural awakening, Justice Party/Self Respect Movements- Growth of Nationalist Movement in Andhra between 1885 to 1947– Role of Socialists– Communists– Anti- Zamindari and Kisan Movements. Growth of Nationalist Poetry, Revolutionary Literature, Nataka Samasthalu and Women Participation.
4. Origin and growth of Andhra Movement- Role of Andhra Mahasabhas- Prominent Leaders- Events leading to the formation of Andhra State 1953. Role of Press and News Papers in the Andhra Movement. Role of Library Movement and Folk & Tribal Culture
5. Events leading to the Formation of Andhra Pradesh State – Visalandhra Mahasabha – States Reorganization Commission and Its Recommendations – Gentlemen Agreement – Important Social and Cultural Events between 1956 and 2014.
6. Nature of the Indian Constitution – Constitutional Development – Salient features of Indian Constitution – Preamble – Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy and their relationship – Fundamental Duties, Distinctive features – Unitary and Federal.
7. Structure and functions of Indian Government- Legislative, Executive and Judiciary- Types of Legislatures- Unicameral, Bicameral- Executive – Parliamentary, Judiciary- Judicial Review, Judicial Activism.
8. Distribution of Legislative and Executive Powers between the Union and the States; Legislative, Administrative and Financial relations between the Union and the States– Powers and the Functions of Constitutional Bodies- UPSC, State Public Service Commissions, CAG and Finance Commission.
9. Centre- State relations- Need for Reforms- Rajmannar Committee, Sarkaria Commission, M.M. Punchchi Commission – Unitary and Federal features of Indian Constitution.
10. Amendment Process to the Constitution – Centralization Vs Decentralization – Community Development Programs- Balwantray Mehta, Ashok Mehta Committees 73 and 74 Constitutional Amendment Acts and their Implementation.
11. Indian Political Parties- National, Regional- One Party, Bi-Party, Multi-Party Systems- Regionalism and Sub-Regionalism–Demand for New States – Sri Krishna Committee – National Integration- Threats to Indian Unity.
12. Welfare Mechanisms in India-Provisions for Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Minorities, Reservations for SCs, STs and Backward Classes- Prevention of SCs and STs Atrocities Act- National and State SCs, STs and BCs Commissions, Women’s Commission, National and State Minorities Commissions – Human Rights Commission- RTI- Lokpal and Lok Ayukt.
Section – C
PLANNING AND ECONOMY
1. Indian Economy and present status
Socio- Economic – Goals and Achievements – New economic reforms 1991. Regulation of the Economy – Creation of regulatory bodies-NITI Aayog- Co operative Federalism and decentralization of financial resources – Lack of inclusive growth and sustainable development : causes, consequences and solutions.
2. Indian Economic Policies
Agricultural policies – Contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP – Issues of financing, production, marketing and distribution of agriculture. Industrial policies– Main features of industrial development in India – sectoral composition – Roles of private and public sectors in employment , productivity – Role of IT industries in development.
3. Resources and Development
Types of resources – Physical capital and finance capital – Population- size, composition and growth–Trends; Occupational Distribution of Work force – Human Development Index as a measurement of development. Demographic Dividend.
4. Money, Banking and Public Finance
Monetary policy of RBI – Fiscal policy – Objectives – Fiscal Imbalance and Deficit Finance –New Foreign Trade Policy. Current account imbalances; FDI. Inflation , its causes and remedies; Budget – taxes and non-tax revenue. Goods and Service Tax (GST)
5. National Income
National Income and concepts – Gross Domestic Product – Net Domestic Product, Per capita income.
6. Economic Policies of Andhra Pradesh:
Socio Economic welfare Programmes of Government of Andhra Pradesh. Composition of Population in Andhra Pradesh – Rural – Urban, Sex Ratio, Age Distribution.
7. Agriculture and Industrial Growth of Andhra Pradesh
Contribution of agriculture to income and employment in Andhra Pradesh. Land reforms in Andhra Pradesh – Cropping pattern – Irrigation Policy of Andhra Pradesh – sources of agricultural finances -agricultural subsidies – public distribution system in Andhra Pradesh. Industrial Development in Andhra Pradesh – Growth and structure of industries – – Incentives to industries – Industrial corridors in and SEZs in Andhra Pradesh – Bottlenecks for industrial development – Power projects
8. Resource Development of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Budgetary resources and constraints – Fulfillment of the conditions of A.P Bifurcation Act – central assistance and issues of conflict – public debt and projects of external assistance.
Andhra Pradesh State Gross Domestic Product – Comparison with India and neighboring States.
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