Important Topics for Civil Services Mains Exam 2018 Suggested By Expert AK Mishra Sir

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  • This is the time when no stone must be left unturned and no important topic left unread.

  • There are some important topics that you must have completed by now and if not, make sure you do the most if it within this very week

  • Topics can be covered anywhere from the subjects, in relation to the current updates

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In the revision phase for Civil Services Mains Exam 2018, aspirants preparing for India’s most competitive examination now have less than a month to cover the syllabus in the entirety. This is the time when no stone must be left unturned and no important topic left unread.  To help aspirants excel in their quest, Chanakya IAS Academy’s experts under the able guidance of Success Guru AK Mishra have compiled a list of some crucial topics aspirants must know for the Civil Services Mains Exam 2018, along with 25 Important Topics from Current Affairs. See what all you have studied and what still requires a quick mug up 

Paper I – Essay 
Topics can be covered anywhere from the subjects, in relation to the current updates, like – 

1. Higher Education in India and its importance 
2. Digitalisation 
3. Analyse the current foreign policies of India 
4. Subsidy and its effects 
5. Pollution, the rising terror in India 
6. Artificial Intelligence 
7. Awarding the death penalty 
8. Reservation System in India and its consequences 
9. Cybercrime and cyber security 
10. India in space 

Paper II, GS I – Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

1. Society – 

a) Women – Their role, globalisation effect on women, Gender-Ratio, Women’s Organisations, etc. 
b) Globalisation and its effects
c) Population and its effects (Also, diversity of India & Poverty)
d) Religion, Caste and Regions along with other aspects like communalism, secularism, and related debates.

2. History – World & Indian History

a) India before Independence - Prominent Personalities in the Freedom Struggle of India, Slogans, consequential events, British Policies, etc.)
b) India after Independence (Notable people and their contribution) 
c) World History – Major revolutions like the Industrial revolution, Colonisation and decolonisation, Socialism, World War situations, people involved and effects of the aftermath). 
d) Cultures and Arts
e) Literature, prominent names and quotations.  

3. Geography: 

a) Physical Geography – India and World (also, islands)
b) Resources distribution across the globe – Natural Resources, Key Places in South Asia (Specifically India) and issues involved. 
c) Climate and weather conditions in different areas
d) Flora, fauna and other geographical features
e) Natural disasters – Earthquakes, Cyclones, Landslides, Volcanic eruptions, Tsunamis, etc. (also some major disasters occurred recently like Kerala Floods, etc.)
f) Urbanisation – Persistent problems and remedies
g) Industrialisation – Locations, affecting factors, Problems faced and remedies (India and world)

Paper III, GS II – Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

1. Indian Governance System
2. Federal Constitution of India 
3. Quasi-judicial body
4. Parliament of India and its constitution
5. Supreme Court of India, current constitution and major decisions
6. India and International Relations with prominent countries like USA, China, Russia, etc. 
7. India Foreign Policies
8. Pacts and treaties like Indus Water Treaty and Indo-Pak Analysis
9. Governmental Social Welfare Schemes 
10. Socio-Economic Development in India 
11. Globalisation and its effects
12. Liberalization & Privatization along with its effects

Paper IV, GS III – Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

1. Science & Technology – 

a) Scientific Projects
b) Important Programmes and Schemes
c) Developments and its implications along with the effects 
d) Information Technology and its awareness
e) Space Sciences and recent advancements (India & World)
f) New Technology Advancements like Robotics, Nanotech, Biotech, etc. 
g) IPR Issues
h) Disaster Management 

2. Economic Development – 

a) Indian Economy (especially, in the current situation)
b) Economic growth in India
c) Employment in India (and employment generation)
d) Schemes and initiatives (like Gold Monetisation Scheme, Mudra Bank Scheme, etc.)
e) Digital Economy and its impact

3. Capitalism and its implications 

a) Industrial policies and major changes 
b) Liberalisation and its effects
c) Government budgeting system, fiscal budgets, Subsidies and related challenges
d) Taxation in India, GST and its impact 
e) Infrastructural growth in India and issues therein – Railways, Roadways, Airports, etc.
f) PPP Model
g) Bills and its provisions 
h) FDI and other investment models 
i) Trading patterns in Indian Economy 

4. Environment and Agriculture  

a) Environmental Conditions in India and world
b) Environment Conservation Projects and Impact Assessment 
c) Pollution and curbing the issue
d) Power plants, Green Energy Corridors
e) Agriculture in India
f) Farming in lieu of using e-technologies, and other developmental tools
g) Processed foods industry in India 
h) Land Reforms 
i) Food Security, related issues and remedies 

5. Security: 

a) Cyber Crime and security 
b) Social Media Crime and security – Digital signatures, cyber warfare, etc.
c) Extremism and development
d) Money laundering and Org. Crime
e) Cross-Border Crime 

Paper V, GS IV – Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

1. Ethics: 

a) Basic Theory of Ethics, Types and ethical management 
b) Laws and Ethics
c) The human interface in Ethics 
d) Prominent thinkers and ethical reformers – India and world 
e) Human Values and conceptual ideologies  
f) Contribution to the ethical values 
g) Concepts of Emotional Intelligence and its application 
h) Conscience and emotions 

2. Ethics and Public Organisations – 

a) Ethical Governance and Public Administration 
b) Strengthening Ethics 
c) Accountability 
d) Philosophies and related concepts

3. Ethics and public behaviour: 

a) Job Values – Ethics, Integrity, Fairness, dedication and sympathy towards Public service and various issues 
b) Influence from Social and other factors 
c) Ethical Attitude and Politics 
d) Ethics in Family and Society
e) Educational Institutions in imparting social and ethical values 

Important Topics from Current Affairs to study from – 

1. Cashless Economy 
2. Unrest in Kashmir
3. Ceasefire violations at India-Pak borders 
4. Responsible Media Reporting and key issues 
5. Reservation and politics 
6. Interstate water disputes: Focus on Cauvery Water Dispute
7. Triple Talaq and different views 
8. Judicial Appointments and related controversies 
9. Activism
10. Restriction on the entry of women in places of worship
11. Uniform civil code
12. Awarding capital punishments and death sentences 
13. Social Media and related issues  
14. Euthanasia or the living will
15. FRDI Bill
16. Marital rape
17. Net neutrality
18. Respecting national anthem
19. The special court for trying politicians
20. Lateral entry in Bureaucracy 
21. Higher Education Commission of India
22. National Policy on Biofuels
23. AI a danger to humanity?
24. Mob lynching - a new normal
25. Does RBI need more power to monitor Banks?

There are some important topics that you must have completed by now and if not, make sure you do the most if it within this very week and revise the same atleast twice before writing the exam. With this do not forget to enrol for Mains Test Series and assess your preparation. Wish you all the very best. 

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