Challenger Civil Services Academy




About the College

At Challenger we transcend your general academic career into the career with golden opportunities to become either a civil servant or any other career of your choice, by the time you finish your graduation.

Our three tier integrated course provides the holistic approach to inculcate among our aspirants the natural inclination to succeed in the competitive exams. Our success mantra is to dig out the inherent potential of the aspirants in such a supportive and creative environment that success evolves as the part of his/her natural personality.


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3 Years Degree With Civils 






Powerful Career

Professional Life

Govt Support & Public Support.

Health Support

Secure Life

Serving Nation Opportunity.

Civil Education With All Amenities.

College Building

Classroom With AC


Computer LAB

Students With Parents

Law Career Program

College Ground

Dean Lecturer


Students Trip

Classroom View

Classroom With Students.

Library With Complete Tutorials.

Computer LAB

College Program

Guest Lecture

Students in Classroom

Dean Motivational Speech


Students Trip

Faculty Profile

Dr. Amir Ullah Khan
Amir Ullah Khan is the Chief Mentor at the Challenger Civil Service Academy and a development economist with a special interest in trade, health and education. Amir graduated in Electronics Engineering from Osmania University, then studied Rural Management at IRMA and got his PhD from Jamia Milla Islamia Central University. He joined the Indian Civil Service in the 1993 batch after which he worked for the Ministry of Finance, GOI and the UNDP at Project LARGE. He then took over as Executive Director and editor of Encyclopedia Britannica India. Amir was then Director at India Development Foundation and Adjunct Professor of Business and Law at the Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Amir also was the founder Vice Chancellor at the Glocal University in Saharanpur UP and a member of the governing board at the Presidency University in Bangalore. Amir then served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Advisor at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Amir Ullah Khan is now a member of the Sudhir Comission of the Government of Telangana. He was earlier member of the Kundu Commission of the Government of India. He teaches at the Indian School of Business, Foreign Service Institute, IIFT, NALSAR, NMIMS and the Manipal Institute of Technology. Amir has consulted with the World Bank, CII, Planning Commission and USAID. He has authored a number of papers and books. His latest publication is titled “Education and Health, a focus on UP” that he has co authored with Dr Rajiv Kumar of Niti Aayog
Dr. Amir Ullah Khan
Chief Mentor

2. Mr. Riaz Shaikh , (MS (Computer Information Systems), MBA, Ph.D)

Experience – 22 Years

Riaz Shaikh studied Electronics & Communication Engineering from Osmania University, MBA (Finance) from MS University, and MS (Computer Information Systems) from Georgia State University. He is currently working on a PhD in HR from IBS. After a 20+ year career spread across diverse sectors and geographies, he has joined Challenger Civil Services Academy as the Dean. With a shared vision of an equitable, peaceful, and prosperous India, he is working to groom competent, happy, ethical professionals whose motto will be to attain leadership through service. At CCSA, he has introduced a pedagogical philosophy focused on Holistic, Personalized, Interactive, Multimedia, Modular, Conceptual, and Contextual teaching.
Mr. Riaz Shaikh
Mr. S.V. Narayana, (MA (Eng), MSC (Geography), Bed) Experience – 20 Years.

S.V.Narayana is the Associate Dean of Challenger Civil Services Academy. Geography Lecturer by specialization, he has more than 20 years of teaching experience for various competitive examinations. He has taught thousands of students and guided them to achieve their dreams of getting government jobs. He is one of the pioneers of integrated Civil Services coaching in the state, and has been associated with a number of renowned educational institutions and coaching centres of civil services.
Mr. S.V. Narayana,
Associate Dean
Mr. Rajendra Prasad Sana, (M.A. Geography) Experience – 9 Years
Working as a senior Geography faculty for Challenger Civil services Academy, armed with a Masters in Geography. Has professional experience of 9 years in teaching UPSC - CSE and PSC examinations. Has taught in various civil services academies all subjects related to Geography – GS Geography (Prelims & Mains), Optional Paper 1 & 2, Disaster Management, Environment & Ecology, and Bio Diversity.Strives to motivate and engage all the students in learning through audio visual method which is an effective way of teaching, as Geography is all about Evolution and Change in Physical environment and human interaction with it for welfare of the society. Makes classes more interactive with student participation, paving the way for effective learning and preparation for Civil Services examination.
Mr. Rajendra Prasad Sana
Geography faculty

Mr. Ravi Gisala, (MA Public Administration)

Experience – 8 Years

Ravi Gisala has done his Masters in Public Administration, and has over 8 years of teaching Public Administration (Prelims & Mains, Optional) for Civil Services tests.
Mr. Ravi Gisala
Public Administration

Mr. Ravindra Reddy,  M.A (History)

Experience – 7 Years

Mr. T. Ravindra Reddy has done his MA in History from University of Hyderabad, and he has also got MPhil (Women's Studies) from Pondicherry university with Gold Medal. He has over 5 years of experience teaching History to Civil Services aspirants. He taught AP history for Group – I, Group – II Students.
Mr. Ravindra Reddy

Mr. Arnab Dutta,  M.A. M.Phil.

Experience – 10 years

Mr.Arnab Dutta Pursuing PhD from JNTU in European Studies with over ten years of teaching experience as an Assistant Professor in History. Self-motivation, creativity and dexterity define the professional acumen.
Mr. Arnab Dutta
Assistant Professor in History

Miss M. Vani,  M.A (Geography & Ph.D)

Experience – 2 Years

M.Vani has an Msc, and is pursuing her PhD in Geography from Osmania University. She teaches Geography for BA and Civil Services students.
Miss M. Vani

Miss. Zuberiya, M.A (History)

Experience – 4 years

S. Zuberiya, teaches History and Contemporary Issues at CCSA. She has done her MA (History) from Osmania University. She has cleared UPSC Prelims and appeared for Mains 2017, and can use her own experiences to be a better teacher to her Civil Services students.
Miss. Zuberiya

Miss. P. Deepthi,  M.A (Sociology)

Experience – 4 years

P. Deepthi teaches Social Issues and Environmental Studies at CCSA. She has obtained her Masters in Sociology from Lovely Professional University. In class, she has a an Interactive approach, and triggers discussion with a question to which students add their perceptions. She conducts role plays, and also asks her students to design a social awareness advertisement so that in future when they become administrators it helps them empathise with the common people. She shows students relevant documentaries and asks them to give a write-up to analyze their understanding capabilities. Her motto is the APJ Abdul quote "Learning gives Creativity, Creativity leads to Thinking, Thinking provides Knowledge, Knowledge makes you great" and she strives to make her students follow and achieve greatness.
Miss. P. Deepthi
V. Murali Krishna, a B.Tech graduate, quit his MNC software engineering job to prepare for Civil Services. While pursuing that dream, he works as a Civils Coordinator for Challengers Civil Services Academy, and closely monitors students and helps with their academic issues.
Mr. Murali Krishna
Mr. Venkat Sai, B.A Experience – 2 years A. Venkat Sai, has got his BA, and is preparing for civil services. He is working as a Civils Coordinator at CCSA, where he is entrusted with the task of assisting students in their studies and guiding them in achieving their goals.
Mr. Venkat Sai

Dr. Srinivas Soma,  (MBA and PhD in retailing Management)

Experience – 20 Years

Dr. Srinivas Soma is the principal, Challenger Civil Services Academy Boys Campus. He is a senior faculty in Economics, Indian Economy (GS) with more than 20 years of teaching, research and Administrative experience at various levels i.e., Intermediate , UG, PG, Engineering streams. He has a Master Degree in Economics, MBA and PhD in retailing Management Formerly, Dr.Soma was a Senior Faculty at Sri Chaitanya IAS Academy and Narayana Educational Institutions and other leading institutions in the state. He made many of his students to secure many state level top ranks at various levels. Many of his students are well placed in Good positions in Govt jobs, PSUs, Banks and in Private sector. He has to his credit presentation of many research papers at various national and International seminars and Conferences. His articles are published in many reputed Journals and Books.
Dr. Srinivas Soma,
Mr. Rajiv Dayal Singh
Mr. Rajiv Dayal Singh, is an MA (English), with 18 years of Academics / Industry experience in training and counseling students, professionals, youths and executives, as per the latest trends in academic, media, and corporate world, making them fully equipped in language skills, soft skills and behavioral skills to sustain them in any professional environment. He has undergone various advanced professional and technical training courses. His areas of expertise include Life Skills, Soft Skills, English Language Teaching, Business Communication, Voice & Accent, Communication Skills, Presentation Skills, Strategic Team Building, Innovative Leadership, Initiation, Creativity & Curriculum Design.
Mr. Rajiv Dayal Singh
Raja Sekhar D, teaches Polity, having done his MBA (HR) from Osmania University, and has 5 years of Civil Services teaching experience. Inspiration from the Einstein quote “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn” has made him introduce creative and new teaching methods which not only improve the analytical ability of the students but also inspire them in many ways to develop their personality. He has designed a successful programme for civil services which is being implemented and is helping many aspirants in their Civils preparation.
Mr. Raja Shekar
Mr. Satish Goud, M.A (Political Science), Ph.D Experience – 3 Years
Mr.Satish Goud, teaches Indian Polity and Political Science at CCSA. He has got his Masters in Political science from University of Hyderabad Bed from Osmania University. Apart from teaching he has worked as Research assistant for various research institutes. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in Developmental studies from Centre for Economic & Social Studies.
Mr. Satish Goud
Indian Polity and Political Science

Mr. Prasanna Kumar,   M.B.A (Hr & Marketing)

Experience – 5 Years

Mr. Prasanna Kumar is a Senior Faculty for Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude at the Challenger Civil Services Academy. Prasanna did his MBA (HR & Marketing) from JNTU (Kakinada). With his strong Logical, Analytical and problem solving skills, he teaches students fundamental concepts and also short cut tricks for competitive exams.
Mr. Prasanna Kumar
Senior Faculty for Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude

Mr. Srivatsa,  M.Sc (Physics)

Experience – 8 years
Y. Srivatsa Kumar has done his M.Sc (Physics) and teaches Science & Technology at CCSA. S&T has always fascinated him and he is restless to inspire that same fascination in his students. He draws immense pleasure in understanding the working of nature, and believes that "Science is the ever widening horizon of our understanding of Nature". He also recognizes that "Technology is a tool by which we use science for the betterment of Society". Understanding S&T provides us a new window towards its application in areas like health, Governance, Law & Order education etc. Understanding the new frontiers of S&T like Artificial intelligence, Genetic Engineering, Big Data, Internet of Things, etc., is essential to understand its application to societal benefit.
Mr. Srivatsa

Mr. Babu Reddy, B.Tech, P.GDCE

Experience – 4 Years

Mr. Babu Reddy wears many hats -- engineer, entrepreneur, voracious reader, columnist & writer. He is a mentor at CCSA, and his areas of interest include International Relations, Internal Security, Indian Economy, and Science & Technology. His passion for teaching led him to become a civil services trainer, and he has worked in the leading Civil Services Academies in both academic and administrative capacities. With his vast experience in teaching, publishing and also with the passion to give high quality education at affordable fee especially considering the middle class back ground students, he has also given lectures to thousands of students in various schools on study techniques and motivation.
Mr. Babu Reddy

Mr. Anjaiah,  M.A. (Telugu), M.Phil

Experience – 5 years

Mr. Anjaiah has got his MA, MPhil, and is now pursuing PhD (Telugu) from University of Hyderabad. He teaches Telugu and Sanskrit at CCSA .
Mr. Anjaiah
Telugu and Sanskrit

Mr. M.A. Muheeb,  B.Tech,  LLB

Experience – 4 years

MA Muheeb has done his B.Tech in Civil Engineering, but is now focused on training Civil Service aspirants. He is also doing LLB (Honors) and preparing for a Civil Services career. He is a mentor for Polity at CCSA. He believes “We shall not be remembered by the manner we fail, but instead we have to register our names in the history, after we fell, how spectacularly we rose again”. He strives to inculcate the motivation, self confidence and knowledge to the aspirants for their successful future endeavors.
Mr. M.A. Muheeb

Miss Manorama , M.A (History)

Experience – 2 years

K. Manorama has an MA in History from Osmania University. She is a Civils Coordinator at CCSA, and guides students in their academics, while preparing for her own civil services exams.
Miss Manorama

All About Civil Services

The Exam:

   Every year the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services examination all over India to select around 1000 Candidates to serve in various wings of the administration in Central and State Governments

Eligibility Criteria for Civil Services Exam:



Age limit *

No. of Attempts*


(any stream)


21-30 yrs (+2 yrs)

4+2 attempts


(any stream)


21-33 yrs (+2 yrs)

7+2 attempts


(any stream)


21-35 yrs (+2 yrs)


  • These provisions are temporary in practice from 2014


STAGE – 1:

Prelims (Objective Pattern)

   The Preliminary exam contains two papers:

Paper I (General Studies) 200 marks: 2 hours (100 MCQs)

Paper II (CSAT) 200 marks: 2 hours (80 MCQs) (Qualifying test) Note: Detailed syllabus is given in the next section

STAGE – 2:

Mains (Descriptive Pattern)

   Candidates will be selected for the Mains in the approximate ratio of 1:13

Compulsory Language papers English    300 marks* Indian Language     300 marks*

Candidate has to qualify in these papers. However, the marks obtained in these papers will not be considered for final ranking or merit list.

Written Papers that count for the Merit List:

Paper – I

 Essay 250 Marks

Paper – II

 General Studies – I 250 Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper – III

 General Studies – II 250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

Paper – IV

 General Studies – III 250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper – V

 General Studies – IV 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


Paper VI

 Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

Paper – VII

 Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

  • Personality Test (Interview) 275 Marks


 The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on Indian Languages‘ and English‘ but the papers on ‗Essay‘, ‗General Studies‘ and Optional Subject‘ of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain 25% marks in Indian Language‘ and 25% in English‘ as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for Candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disability (only Hearing Impairment sub- category) provided that they have been granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned Education Board/University. The candidate needs to provide an undertaking/self declaration in this regard in order to claim such exemption to the Commission.

Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language Papers, Paper-A and Paper-B, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English. Notwithstanding this, the Candidate will have the choice to write the Optional Papers in English also if candidates opt to write Paper I-V except the Qualifying Language Papers, Paper-A and Paper-B, in any one of the language included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages included in the Eight Schedule to the Constitution of India mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the

total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

  The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.


(Interview) – 275 Marks

  • Successful candidates in the Main exam are generally called for personality test in Dholpur House (Delhi) by the UPSC in the ratio of 1:3.
  • At Challenger, we strive hard to help you not just meet but overcome the challenges at every point, right from your first day at the academy through your journey to becoming a Civil Servant.
  • Special care is taken to guide students on the dos and don‘ts in the interview, train them for the interview through a series of mock interviews, and help them rise above the competition. Because, at Challenger, we believe, success comes through hard work, consistency and perseverance.


All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)

Group ‘A’ Services:

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue service (IRS)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Railway personnel Service
  • Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service
  • Posts of Assistant security Officer in Railway
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Protection Force
  • Indian Customs and Central Excise Service
  • Indian Defence Estate Service
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  • Indian Trade Service (Assistant Works, Manager, Non-technical)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Postal Service

Group ‘B’ Services

  • Railway Board Secretariat Service (Section Officer Grade)
  • Armed Forces Head Quarters Civil Service (Section Officer Grade)
  • Customs Appraisers Service
  • The Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services & Police Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service

Note: Most IAS aspirants become aware of Civil Services only after Graduation, waste precious years and attempts through improper and inadequate coaching. Help us to help you realize your dream.


Ø  The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

  • Both question papers will be of the objective type
  • Each paper will be of two hours duration

Ø  Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • Current events of national and international
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development, Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives,
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require any specialization in any of the subject of General

Ø  Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • Comprehension,
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills,
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision-making and problem-solving;
  • General mental ability,
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. (Class X level)
  • Data interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data Sufficiency etc. (Class X level),
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Note 1: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Note 2: The questions will be of objective type.


Note 3: It is mandatory of candidate to appear in both the papers in the Civil services (Prelim Examination) for the purpose of evaluation.


   The main examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

   The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

   The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the Honors’ Degree level i.e. a level higher than the Bachelors’ Degree and lower than the Masters’ Degree.

   In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and Law, the level corresponds to the Bachelors’ Degree. Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:-

Ø  Qualifying Papers on Indian Languages and English

The aim of the paper is to test the candidate‘s ability to read and understand serious discursive prose and to express his ideas clearly & correctly in English and Indian Language concerned.


The pattern of questions will be broadly as follows:

Comprehension of given passage Precis Writing

  Usage and Vocabulary Short Essay

Indian Languages:

  Comprehension of given passage Precis Writing

  Usage and Vocabulary Short Essay


  Translation from English to Indian Languages and vice-versa.

Note 1: The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.


Note 2: The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian Languages (Except where translation is involved)


  • Essay: Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact

PAPER-II  (General Studies- I)

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

  • Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from Ancient to Modern times.
  • Modern Indian History from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities,
  • The Freedom Struggle-its various stages and important contributors contributions from different parts of the
  • Post-Independence consolidation and re-organization within the
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as Industrial Revolution, World Wars, Redrawing of National Boundaries, Colonization, Decolonization, Political Philosophies like Communism, Capitalism, Socialism etc., their forms and effect on the Society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of
  • Role of Women and Women’s Organization, Population and associated issues, Poverty and Developmental issues, Urbanization, their problems and their
  • Effects of Globalization on Indian Society
  • Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism &
  • Salient features of World’s Physical
  • 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)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as Earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone , 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.


PAPER-III (General Studies- II)

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations

 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
  • 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 Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of
  • 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
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and
  • 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
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human
  • Issues relating to poverty and
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other
  • Role of Civil Services in a
  • 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 form their structure,

PAPER-IV (General Studies-III)

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from
  • Government
  • 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 farm 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
  • Land reforms in
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio technology and issues relating to intellectual property
  • Conservation, Environmental    Pollution    and    Degradation,    Environmental    Impact Assessment
  • Disaster control and Disaster
  • Linkages between Development and Spread of
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal
  • 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

PAPER-V (General Studies- IV)

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

(This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him

in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects.)

The following broad areas will be covered.

  • 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
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non- partisanship, 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.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and
  • 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; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate 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
  • Case Studies on above

PAPER-VI & PAPER VII Optional Subject Papers I & II

Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given below:




Animal Husbandry and Veterinary








Civil Engineering


Commerce and Accountancy




Electrical Engineering














Mechanical Engineering


Medical Sciences






Political Science and International Relations




Public Administration








Literature of any one of the following languages


  • Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English


The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. Each paper will be three hours duration.

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