|13 . Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments,
significant provisions and basic structure
14 . 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.
15 . Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and
16. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
17 . Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers
& privileges and issues arising out of these.
18 . 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.
19. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
20 . Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of
various Constitutional Bodies.
21 .Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
22 . Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues
arising out of their design and implementation.
23 . Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs,
various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other
24. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States
and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions andBodies
constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
25 . Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to
Health, Education, Human Resources.
26 . Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
27 . Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-
applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency
& accountability and institutional and other measures.
28 . Role of civil services in a democracy.
29 . India and its neighborhood- relations.
30 . Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or
affecting India’s interests.
31 . Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s
interests, Indian diaspora.
32 . Important International institutions, agencies and their structure, mandate