Detailed Weekly Plan 2 [24th June – 29th June]

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Weekly Plan – 2

(24th June, 2015 – 29th June, 2015)


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24th June 2015  


History Modern India- I ( 1700-1857)


  • Type of Administration (Revenue, Military) followed during the Mughal’s rule. Example: Mansabdari System, Jagirdhari – its significance and impact.
  • The British rule. Example: Subsidiary alliance, Permanent Settlement, Mahalwari system etc. – its significance and impact.
  • Similarities and Differences between the Mughal and the British Administration
  • Consolidation of the British rule in India– through enactment of various Acts/Laws (Regulation Act, 1773 to Indian Independence Act, 1947). Atleast two to three important changes/provisions made under each Act and the Governor Generals involved should be noted down. And also the impact of the Act should be given importance.

Religious and Social Reform Movements (from 1800 AD to 1947 AD)

  • The Ideological base – rationalism, humanism and universalism
  • Reform Movements like Brahmo Samaj, Arya Samaj, Theosophical Society, Harijan Movement etc.- who started these movements; what was the objective and emphasis of these movements; how these movements were important in building a sense of nationalism among Indians.
  • Social reforms that had an impact on Education, Status of Women, Caste system of the society.


25th June 2015  


History Modern India- II (1857-1905)


  • Colonial Rule in India: Political-Administrative organization, Policies of the British India.
  • Social, Economic setup like Agrarian Systems (Example: Permanent Settlement)
  • Important Reports, Sessions, Acts, Committees setup during the British period
  • Various revolts/movements/agitations (like 1857 revolt )
  • The Purpose of the movement[s]
  • The Reasons which led to the movement[s]
  • The Consequences of the movement[s]
  • The people who participated in this movement[s]
  • Famous Personalities involved in the movement[s] and their contribution
  • The role of Press and Literature

Note: Also note down the ‘chronology’ of the major Movements and Missions sent by the British to gain support of the Indians and extend their rule.


  • NCERT – Class 8th (New) – ‘Our Pasts – III’
  • NCERT-Class 12th ‘Modern India’ (OLD)
  • Tamil Nadu Edition- Class 12th


  • Spectrum Modern India – Rajiv Ahir

Reference Books: India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra;  Plassey to Partition by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay


26th June 2015  


Economics – Introduction to Economics


  • MacroEconomics – Poverty, Growth, Employment etc
  • Microeconomics – decisions/choices made at a company, household or an individual level
  • Difference between Growth and Development; indicators used to measure. Example: To measure Growth- GDP is used and for Development – HDI (Human Development Index)
  • National Income Accounting – Gross National Product (GNP), Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Gross National Income (GNI), Factor cost, Market Price, Purchasing power parity(PPP), Per-Capita Income (PCI) – a general understanding on how they are calculated and what all factors go into their calculation. Example: GDP is calculated using either of the following 3 methods- production method, expenditure method, income method.
  • Primary , Secondary, Tertiary Sectors – what constitutes each sector? What are their contributions to the GDP. Example: Primary sector covers agriculture and allied activities, mining . It contributes 13.7% to India’s GDP
  • Capitalist, State, Mixed Economic System – which type of Economic system India has adopted and why?

 Note: Don’t just read definitions, analyze! For example: When do we use GDP for measurement of Growth and not GNP? Which method is followed in India and why? When we say ‘why’ a particular method was adopted- it means that, one has to understand both positives and negatives of the method.


27th June 2015  


Economics – Growth & Development


  • Poverty– concepts like Below Poverty line (BPL), Poverty Gap, Poverty estimates by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), which Institution in India decides on Poverty line- Planning Commission
  • Different Committees set-up to measure poverty, methodology used – Alag committee, Lakadwala, Suresh Tendulkar Committee, NC Saxena Committee, Rangarajan Committee – A general understanding of how each committee differed in their measurement. Example: Rangarajan Committee was set-up by Planning Commission in 2012; Methodology used is ‘Monthly Expenditure of family of five’. According to the estimates- poverty per day per person in urban area is 47 Rs and in rural area it is 32 Rs
  • Inequality– how is it measured –Gini co-efficient , Lorenz Curve; concepts like relative inequality, absolute inequality.
  • Issues with employment, different types of unemployment like disguised unemployment, underemployment etc; Globalization and its impact on labour.
  • Demographic Dividend, Skill Development
  • Development Indicators from International organisations like HDI, MPI (Multiple Poverty Index), Millennium Development Goals etc.

Note: Make a note of the Government Schemes, Committees related to growth, development, eradication of Poverty, Employment, Labour issues etc. like MGNREGA, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Bharat Nirman etc; Initiatives like ‘Make in India’, Innovation Council, Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS)


  • Macroeconomics- Class 12th , NCERT
  • NCERT 11th – Indian Economic Development
  • NCERT- Class 9thand 10th (for basics)
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  • Sriram’s IAS Economics Notes


28th June 2015  


General Science and Technology


The questions from this section are based on your general understanding and awareness. It will be more of application oriented and latest developments on the lines of UPSC  Standards.


  • NCERT– Class 6th to 10th and Biology- class 12th
  • Newspaper- The Hindu, Times of India, Down to Earth and Science Daily


29th June 2015  


Environment /Ecology – National and International- Biodiversity, Wildlife, Flora and Fauna, Conservation measures


The questions from this section are based on your general understanding and awareness. It will be more of application oriented and latest developments on the lines of UPSC Standards.


  • ICSE books- class 9th and 10th
  • NCERT Class 11th– Environmental Geography and NCERT Biology-class 12th
  • NIOS- Environment Notes
  • Newspapers: Times of India, The Hindu and Down to Earth


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