Detailed Weekly Plan 10 [11th August – 16th August]

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Weekly Plan – 10

(11th August, 2015 –  16th  August, 2015)


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11th & 12th August 2015


History – Medieval/Culture


  1. Religious movements
  • Sufi and Bhakti Movements and Saints(special importance to Women Saints) – their doctrines and practices
  • revival of Hinduism (by Adi Sankaracharya)
  • Impact of these movements.
  1. Ruler’s/Empires (from Delhi Sultanates to Mughals)

              (You don’t have to remember the name of the rulers, dates)

             What you have to focus on is:

  • Political, Social, Economic organization during different ruler’s- the Delhi Sultanates, Vijayanagar Empire and the Bahamani Kingdoms, Mughals etc.
  • Art and Architecture during different rulers (especially during Mughal rule)
  • The rise and decline of different empires’ and dynasties’ – Causes


  • NCERT – Class 7th (New) –‘Our Pasts –II’
  • NCERT – Class 12th ‘Medieval India’ (OLD)
  • Tamil Nadu Edition-Class 11th


For Culture refer the below link –


  •  Class 11th NCERT (Old)- Textbook on fine arts-Specific book on Art and Culture
  • New NCERT-Class 12th-Themes in Indian History
  • Tamil Nadu edition -11th and 12th
  • CCRT Website
  • NIOS material
  • The Hindu


NOTE: Most part of ‘Culture’ section overlaps with Ancient and Medieval History. Apart from the above mentioned books, you can refer the below link for more information on Culture.

You need to study CCRT Website; and


13th August 2015              


Economy – International Economic Organisations


  • Bretton Wood Twins- World Bank, IMF
    • A general awareness on- When was it started? Where is its Headquarters?
    • What is the purpose? To whom do they lend money to?
    • How does It function?
    • Reports published by WB and IMF
    • Recently joined members of WB and IMF
    • World bank and World bank Groups
  • Relevance of IMF and WB to the developing countries (especially India)

Example: IMF was setup in 1944, its HQ- Washington, USA. Purpose- to facilitate balanced growth of International trade, Exchange rate, to overcome Balance of Payment crisis and it lends only to member countries and not for a specific purpose, unlike WB. Functioning- Each member is assigned a quota (based on size of the economy), which indicates the voting power, access to financing, the amount a member is obliged to provide to the IMF

  • What are SDR’s? how does it help member countries?

World Trade Organisation (WTO)

    • A general idea on how WTO came into being and what was the set-up before WTO
    • Difference between General Agreement on tariffs and Trade (GATT) and WTO
    • What is the objective of WTO? How does it function (example- WTO works on the principle ‘one country one vote’, unlike WB or IMF)
    • Recently joined members of WTO
  • Doha round – why is Doha round stalled? Issue’s between developed and developing countries
  • WTO and India – how has it helped India, if so in what way? what are the issues- is it a boon or a bane to India?
  • WTO principles– Most Favoured Nation (MFN)- non-discriminatory Trade, General system of Preference (GSP) for developing countries and Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for economics integration
  • Stages in economic integration – PTA > FTA > Customs Union > Monetary Union
  • Others Safeguard mechanisms– Safeguard Mechanisms, Sanitary and Phytosanitary agreement (SPS), Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)


WTO agreements

1.  Agreement on Agriculture(AoA) – Domestic support (Green Box, Amber Box, Blue Box), Export subsidies, Market access

2.  Agreement on TRIPS and Patent Issues

    • Make a note of the current issues related to Patent;
    • Copyrights, Trademark, Industrial Design right – for what type of products are each given

Example: Copyrights for creative and artistic work, whereas Patents for inventions

  • TRIPS agreement and Safeguards – Parallel importation, Compulsory Licensing
  • Geographical indicators – significance; to what products and for whom are they granted to? A general awareness on the latest products which have been granted the status

3.  General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

  • Difference between Protectionism and Import Substitution
  • instruments of protectionism- tariffs, import quotas, administrative barriers, anti-dumping duties, direct or export subsidies, exchange rate manipulation
  • A general idea about Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) group, NAMA 11


Regional trade agreements and Regional Groupings like ASEAN FTA, SAFTA, MERCOSUR, BRICS, SAARC, The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), G20 etc.

  • their objectives
  • recent summits especially where India is a major player in the grouping
  • recent initiatives undertaken in the summits
  • how do these initiatives help India?


Example: BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) latest summit (2014) was held in Brazil. Here, they came up with an initiative to create US$100 billion New Development Bank (NDB). NDB is seen as an alternative to the existing US-dominated World Bank and IMF. The bank is set up to foster greater financial and development cooperation among the five emerging markets. Unlike the World Bank, which assigns votes based on capital share, in the New Development Bank each participant country will be assigned one vote, and none of the countries will have veto power.

Note: Make a note of the International Economic organisations to which India is not a member of; and on Asian Development Bank (ADB), G4.


14th August 2015              


Economy – REVISION (of all the Topics from Economics)


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


15th August 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


16th August 2015


Environment /Ecology – Contemporary environmental issues- Climate change, Global Warming, Disasters, Pollution etc.


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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