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OAS Prelims: Complete Study Materials

Paper-I

1. Current events of national and international importance.


2. History of India and Indian National Movement.

A. Ancient India

  1. Historical Geography of India                                                      
  2. Prehistoric India                                                                                       
  3. Harappan Civilization                                                                                
  4. Vedic Culture                                                                                               
  5. Jainism and Buddhism                                                                              
  6. Rise of Magadha and Alexander’s invasion                                           
  7. The Mauryan Empire                                                                                  
  8. Post-Mauryan Period                                                                                 
  9. Sangam Age                                                                                             
  10. Gupta Age                                                                                                   
  11. Harshvardhan                                                                                              
  12. Pallava, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas                                                     
  13. Imperial Cholas                          
  14. Spread of Indian Culture                              

B. Medieval India

  1. Early Medieval India
  2. Delhi Sultanate
  3. India under Delhi Sultanate
  4. Bhakti Movement
  5. Vijayanagar and Bahamani Kingdoms                                                
  6. Mughal Empire                                                                                          
  7. India under Mughals                                                                               
  8. The Marathas 

C. Modern India

  1. The Coming of Europeans and 18th Century India
  2. India under Company rule (1757-1785)
  3. India under Company rule (1785-1805)
  4. India under Company rule (1805-1835)
  5. India under Company rule (1835-1866)
  6. Revenue Administration and Economic Policies
  7. Education and Social Reforms
  8. British India after 1858
  9. Socio-Religious Reform Movements

D. Indian National Movement

  1. Revolt of 1857
  2. Indian National Movement (1885-1905)
  3. Indian National Movement (1905-1916)
  4. Indian National Movement (1917-1947)
  5. Constitutional Development (1858-1947)
  6. History of Independent India (1947-2000)
  7. Regional Revolts before and after 1857
  8. Rise of Political Ideas and Association

3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

A. Physical Geography of India

  1. India: Size and Location
  2. Physical Features of India
  3. Drainage of India
  4. Climate of India
  5. Natural Vegetation
  6. Soils of India

B. Economic Geography of India

  1. Land Resources and Agriculture
  2. Mineral and Energy Resources
  3. Manufacturing Industries
  4. Transport, Communication and International Trade

C. General Geography

  1. Universe and Solar System
  2. Latitudes and Longitudes
  3. Motions of the Earth
  4. Origin and Evolution of the Earth
  5. Interior of the Earth
  6. Evolution of Geography

4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

A. India Polity-I

  1. Historical Evolution & Constituent Assembly
  2. Salient Features of the Constitution
  3. Sources and Preamble of Constitution
  4. Union and its territories & Citizenship
  5. Fundamental Rights
  6. DPSPs and Fundamental Duties
  7. Union Executive
  8. Union Legislature
  9. State Executive
  10. State Legislature

B. Indian Polity-II

  1. Indian Judiciar
  2. Local Bodies
  3. Parliamentary Committee
  4. Emergency Provisions
  5. Centre- State Relations
  6. Political Parties and Elections
  7. Constitutional and Non-Constitutional Bodies

5. Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

A. Macroeconomics

  1. Introduction to Economics
  2. National Income Accounting
  3. Goods, Prices and Inflation
  4. Money and Banking
  5. Government Budget and Economy
  6. External Sector

6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.

7. General Science.