1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  2. 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.
  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  5. Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  6. 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.
  7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

Constitution of India

  • Aimed at changing the social, political, economic and psychological state of India.
  • Decisions in constituent assembly:
    • Consensus, Accommodation and by the art Art of selection and modification
  • Building the constitution:
    • 1922 Young India Gandhi talked about self-determination
    • 1928 first draft of a document by Nehru, “Nehru Report”
    • 1938 Haripura session of Congress, declaration of demand for a constituent assembly
  • 1940 August offer — first time agreed to devising of constitution for the Indians
  • 1942 Cripps offer — first time agreed to devising of constitution for the Indians by the Indians