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DETAILED TEST CALENDAR FOR MAINS ANSWER-WRITING PROGRAMME (MAP) 2.0 – CSE 2024

PHASE 1: 10th September 2023 – 30th January 2024

TEST NO:

DATE

TEST NAME

SYLLABUS

1

10/09/2023

Sectional Test-1 (GS 2)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions, and basic structure.

·        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.

·        Separation of powers between various organs, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

·        Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.

·        Parliament and State legislature’s structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

·        Contemporary and Current issues of Polity

2.

17/09/2023

Sectional Test-2 (GS 2)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        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.

·        Salient features of the Representation of People's Act.

·        Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

·        Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies.

·        Contemporary and Current issues of Polity

3.

24/09/2023

Sectional Test-3 (GS 2)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

·        Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

·        Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

·        Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

·        Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

·        Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability, and institutional and other measures.

·        Role of civil services in a democracy.

4

01/10/2023

Sectional Test-4 (GS 2)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        India and its neighborhood- relations.

·        Bilateral, regional, and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

·        Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.

·        Important International institutions, agencies, and fora- their structure, mandate.

5

08/10/2023

Sectional Test-5 (GS 4)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 130 Marks)

·        Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of ethics in human actions, Dimensions of ethics, Ethics in private and public relationships, Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, Role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values.

·        Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

·        Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the weaker sections

·        Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

·        Case Studies

6

15/10/2023

Sectional Test-6 (GS 4)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 130 Marks)

·        Contribution of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers: Western & Indian. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in

·        Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations, and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance.

·        Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

·        Case Studies

7

22/10/2023

Sectional Test-7 (GS 3)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development, and employment.

·        Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

·        Government Budgeting

·        Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

8

29/10/2023

Sectional Test- 8 (GS 3)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

·        Issues related to direct and indirect farming; subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

·        Food processing and related industries in India- scope' and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

·        Land reforms in India

·        Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

·        Investment models

9

05/11/2023

Sectional Test- 9 (GS 3)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Science and Technology - developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

·        Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

·        Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nanotechnology, biotechnology, and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

 

10

19/11/2023

Sectional Test- 10 (GS 3)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

·        Disaster and disaster management

11

26/11/2023

Sectional Test- 11 (GS 3)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

·        Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

·        Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

·        Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism

·        Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

12

03/12/2023

ESSAY TEST - 1

(2 Essays / 3 Hours / 250 Marks)

·        ESSAY

13

10/12/2023

ESSAY TEST - 2

(2 Essays / 3 Hours / 250 Marks)

·        ESSAY

14

17/12/2023

Sectional Test-12 (GS 1)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Indian Society: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty, and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.

·        Effects of globalization on Indian society. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

15

24/12/2023

Sectional Test-13 (GS 1)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Modern History: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

16

31/12/2023

Sectional Test-14 (GS 1)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Post-Independence: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

·        World History: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

17

07/01/2024

Sectional Test-15 (GS 1)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Ancient and Medieval India

18

14/01/2024

Sectional Test-16 (GS 1)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Art & Culture: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

19

21/01/2024

Sectional Test-17 (GS 1)

(10 Questions/ 1.5 Hours / 125 Marks)

·        Physical Geography: Salient features of world's physical geography.

·        Human and Economic Geography: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

·        Geophysical Phenomena: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and icecaps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

20

28/01/2024

ESSAY TEST - 3

(2 Essays / 3 Hours / 250 Marks)

·        ESSAY

21

29/01/2024

Comprehensive Test - 1  (GS 1) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 1 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

22

29/01/2024

Comprehensive Test - 2 (GS 2) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 2 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

23

30/01/2024

Comprehensive Test - 3 (GS 3) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 3 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

24

30/01/2024

Comprehensive Test - 4 (GS 4) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 4 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

 

 

PRELIMS BREAK FROM FEBRUARY TO MAY 2024

 

PHASE 2: 30th June 2023 – Till Mains 2024

25

30/06/2024

ESSAY TEST - 4

(2 Essays / 3 Hours / 250 Marks)

·        ESSAY

26

07/07/2024

Comprehensive Test - 5 (GS 1) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 1 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

27

14/07/2024

Comprehensive Test - 6 (GS 2) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 2 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

28

21/07/2024

Comprehensive Test - 7 (GS 3) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 3 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

29

28/07/2024

Comprehensive Test - 8 (GS 4) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 4 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

 

 

30

04/08/2024

ESSAY TEST - 5

(2 Essays / 3 Hours / 250 Marks)

·        ESSAY

31

11/08/2024

Comprehensive Test -9 (GS 1) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 1 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

32

18/08/2024

Comprehensive Test - 10 (GS 2) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 2 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

33

25/08/2024

Comprehensive Test - 11 (GS 3) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 3 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

34

01/09/2024

Comprehensive Test - 12 (GS 4) (20 Questions / 3 Hour / 250 Marks)

·        GS 4 – COMPREHENSIVE TEST

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