“You need to know generally about any topic for General Studies because the name itself says ‘GENERAL’ - Gaurav Agarwal – AIR 1 – 2013.
Every year, thousands of aspirants like you aspire to become civil servants and all of them have certain doubts during their UPSC preparation journey. Over the years of interaction with these candidates, we realized that the questions are almost the same, so we’ve tried to answer most of them in this document.
Q. Is Laxmikanth Indian polity book enough for UPSC?
Q: Is it mandatory to read advanced books such as Subhash Kashyap or DD Basu for the preparation?
Ans: No, it is not but for your understanding, you can refer for particular topics such as Parliament & its committees from Subhash Kashyap for better understanding and also for value addition. However, these books are meant for law graduates. So, it is advisable that you refer only when needed.
EduRev Tip: Time management is important during the preparation and it is advisable to stick to minimal resources as far as possible.
Q. Is it mandatory to read the Indian constitution?
Ans: Yes, one should have a basic understanding of the constitution. This will help you in interlinking the articles with current affairs for e.g. The demand for Universal Civil Code in the country, this is mentioned in the article 44 of the constitution, Jammu and Kashmir reorganisation act the process of this is explained in the article 3 of the constitution and many more. If you wish to read the original text of Indian Constitution, you can explore Indian Constitution : Original Text
Q. Do I need to memorize all the articles of the constitution?
Ans: No, you don’t have to. Try to understand the basics, when you revise it many times, it will automatically be ingrained in your memory. Trust us, it is based on our own personal experiences. And also, you don’t have to remember all the 450 articles. Only a few important articles like Article 72, 110, 249, 266, 267, 312 etc are important.
Q. How reading Indian Polity will help in recognizing the current events which are relevant to the examination?
Ans: Questions from Polity cover both static (basic) as well as the dynamic (current events) part. For example in 2014, the Judicial Appointment Bill was in the news very frequently.
So, you must know the basics of Judiciary – its mode of appointment, powers and its autonomy granted by the Constitution of India.’ Issues related to Judiciary’s autonomy come under the dynamic part whereas the mode of appointment and powers of Judiciary comes under the static part.
This is the best way to go about reading Polity. If you can read this way, then many myths about Polity (like mugging-up all the articles, everything and anything about the Constitution) can be dealt with easily.
In 2014, two questions had come from the Judiciary, based on the current issues. These were of static nature-
Question 1: The power to increase the number of judges in the Supreme Court of India is vested in
a) The President of India
b) The Parliament
c) The Chief Justice of India
d) The Law Commission
Question 2: The power of the Supreme Court of India to decide disputes between the Centre and the States falls under its
a) Advisory jurisdiction
b) Appellate jurisdiction
c) Original jurisdiction
d) Writ jurisdiction
Q: Is it mandatory to read 2nd ARC reports entirely for Governance in Mains examination?
Ans: Yes, but you have to do a selective study of the topics. It is a bulky document and useful information out those documents are the suggestions made in the document which can be quoted in your mains answer. You can find PDFs of the 2nd ARC reports under the Administrative Reforms & Commission Reports section in this EduRev course Indian Polity for UPSC (Civil Services) Prelims.
Q: Should I read all the policies/ acts relevant to Indian Polity?
Ans: No, you don’t need to read all of them as there are a plethora of them. UPSC always asks questions on such topics which are trending and currently in the news. But having a basic idea of most of them is required to tackle a question when asked. Indian Polity for UPSC (Civil Services) Prelims course on EduRev offers 100+ tests for your practice and helps you in continuous revision during the UPSC preparation.