This paper covers - Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.Under this heading  total 12 topics and around 40 sub-topics are given in the syllabus.

Let us discuss it topic wise-

TOPIC-1 Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Strategy to cover this-

1- study social science topics of Ncert (class VI to XII)

2- Indian culture- Spectrum

3- notes and question answers of www.prepareias.in

TOPIC-2   Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

 Strategy to cover this-

1-Freedom Struggle- Vipin Chandra

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TOPIC-3 [The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.]

 Strategy to cover this-

1-Freedom Struggle- Vipin Chandra

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TOPIC – 4  Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

 Strategy to cover this-

1-India after Gandhi- Ramchandra Guha

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TOPIC-5 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.

 Strategy to cover this-

1-World History- NCERT

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TOPIC-6 -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

 Strategy to cover this-

 1-NCERT – Indian Society Class 12 

 2-Indian Society – Ram Ahuja

  3-Social Problems in India – Ram Ahuja

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TOPIC-7 Salient features of world’s physical geography: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

 Strategy to cover this-

1-Certificate Physical and Human Geography 1st Edition

2-NCERT Class-XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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TOPIC-8 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)

  Strategy to cover this-

1) NCERT Class XII – Human Geography

2) NCERT Class-XII – India-People and Economy 

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