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Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (English) 3rd Edition

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Author: M Laxmikanth
Language: English
Length: 644 pages
Publisher: Tata McGraw - Hill Education
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Published in the year 2013, Indian Polity For Civil Services Examinations is a book that provides the readers with insight into important topics that need to be understood by students to clear the civil services examination.

Summary Of The Book

Indian Polity For Civil Services Examinations has been designed to meet the requirements of students preparing for civil service examinations. This book covers the entire syllabus, which civil service aspirants need to understand.

This book has been divided into 11 parts, which include Constitutional Framework, Central Government, System of Government, State Government, Constitutional Bodies, Union Territories And Special Areas, Local Government, Non-Constitutional Bodies, Other Constitutional Dimensions, Political Dynamics, and Working of the Constitution.

The first part of the book deals with the historical background of the constitution, and throws light on fundamental rights, fundamental duties, citizenship, and features of the constitution. The second part deals with the parliamentary system, emergency provisions, special provision for certain states, inter-state relations, and the current status of Jammu & Kashmir. The third part provides insight into the central government by explaining the roles of the President, Prime Minister, and Vice-President. In the fourth part, students are provided detailed information on the state government, explaining the role of the Chief Minister, Governor, state council of ministers, subordinate courts, and high court.
In the fifth part, the readers are provided insight into the Panchayati Raj as well as urban local governments. The sixth part deals with union territories, and scheduled, and tribal areas. In the seventh part, the author throws light on the constitutional bodies, which include the finance commission, election commission, advocate general of the state, special officer for linguistic minorities, national commission for SCs, national commission for STs, and union public service commission.

The eighth part of this book throws light on the planning commission, national human rights commission, state human rights commission, lokpal, and lokayuktas, central vigilance commission, and state information commission. In the ninth part, the readers are provided insight into public services, anti-defection law, tribunals, and special provisions for ST’s, Anglo-Indian’s, minorities, and BC’s. In the tenth part, the readers are also provided insight into national integration, foreign policy, pressure groups, political parties, and elections. The eleventh part deals with the national commission’s plan to examine the constitution’s working.

In this third edition, the author also provides 7 appendices at the end of the book. The appendices cover topics such as table of precedence, definitions under the constitution, constitutional amendments at a glance, subjects of union, state, and concurrent lists, articles of the constitution, and ministries/departments of the central government. This edition of Indian Polity For Civil Services also comes with updated UPSC preliminary, and main question papers as well.

About M. Laxmikanth

M. Laxmikanth is an author, and trainer.

Apart from this book, Laxmikanth has written Governance in India for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination, Indian Polity, and Public Administration.

Laxmikanth completed his master’s degree from Osmania University in 1989. Following that, he started his own coaching academy, Laxmikanth’s IAS. Laxmikanth has a great deal of experience coaching civil service aspirants.

Table of Contents


1. Historical Background
2. Making of the Constitution
3. Salient Features of the Constitution
4. Preamble of the Constitution
5. Union and its Territory
6. Citizenship
7. Fundamental Rights
8. Directive Principles of State Policy
9. Fundamental Duties
10. Amendment of the Constitution


11. Parliamentary System
12. Federal System
13. Centre-State Relations
14. Inter-State Relations
15. Emergency Provisions
16. Special Status of Jammu & Kashmir
17. Special Provisions for Some States


18. President
19. Vice-president
20. Prime Minister
21. Constitutional Provisions
22. Parliament
23. Supreme Court


24. Governor
25. Chief Minister
26. State Council of Ministers
27. State Legislature
28. High Court
29. Subordinate Courts


30. Panchayati Raj
31. Urban Local Governments


32. Union Territories
33. Scheduled and Tribal Areas


34. Election Commission
35. Union Public Service Commission
36. State Public Service Commission
37. Finance Commission
38. National Commission for SCs
39. National Commission for STs
40. Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities
41. Comptroller and Auditor General of India
42. Attorney General and Solicitor General of India
43. Advocate General of the State


44. Planning Commission
45. National Development Council
46. National Human Rights Commission
47. State Human Rights Commission
48. Central Vigilance Commission
49. Central Information Commission
50. State Information Commission
51. Lokpal and Lokayuktas


52. Official Language
53. Public Services
54. Tribunals
55. Special Provisions for SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities and Anglo-Indian
56. Rights and Liabilities of the Government57. Authoritative Text in Hindi Language
58. Anti-Defection Law


59. Political Parties
60. Elections
61. Pressure Groups
62. National Integration
63. Foreign Policy


64. National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution
APPENDIX I: Articles of the Constitution
APPENXIX II: Subjects of Union, State and Concurrent
APPENDIX III: Table of Precedence
APPENDIX IV: Oath by the Constitutional and other
APPENDIX V: Definitions under the Constitution
APPENDIX VI: Constitutional Amendments at a Glance
APPENDIX VII: Ministries/ Departments of the Central Government

Specifications of Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (English) 3rd Edition (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Tata McGraw - Hill Education
Exam CSAT, Civil Services Mains, Civil Services General
ISBN-10 0070153167
Edition 3rd Edition
Number of Pages 644 Pages
Publication Year 2009
Language English
ISBN-13 9780070153165
Binding Paperback
Authored By M Laxmikanth

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vinod meena

Jun 12, 2014

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best for upsc

gets all the topics in place and in the best possible lucid manner and language which when not understood becomes a headache for non-law students.


Apr 4, 2014

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Must read for civil services

Very useful book for the preparation of Polity for civil services/PCS. I would strongly recommend this book over other available books of polity like Basu & Kashyap.

Abhyudaya Shrivastava

Mar 24, 2014

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An Excellent Book!

This book by TMH is a boon for all the students. It is precise. And unlike "Our Constitution" by Subhash Kashyap, it is more lucid, to the point and direct. Those who are not having a background in Pol. Science will find it very useful. Our teachers in the coaching institute had warned us about a fe… (View complete review)

Shankar D Nair

Feb 23, 2014

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Pukka Pukka

A treasure trove for every civil service aspirant. Even if you are an student from Law background, reading this book would you matter you very much as things are given in tailored exam point of view.

If someone had suggested you this book, then please don't give place for a second thought …
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Vignesh Raghav

Feb 9, 2014

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An Excellent book!

Lucidly explains all he topics in a clear and an understandable way.Topics are cleary divided into various subsections and are elaborately discussed in depth.Must appreciate the author for his efforts in
dividing the topics for easy understanding.Must buy for UPSC aspirants

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Gaurav Tyagi

May 31, 2012

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indian polity is ma second book which im reading for the indian polity part in g.s fo civil service exam ma 1st book was 'our constitution' by subhash c khashyap after reading 'our consitution' ma expectation was modrate with this book before i started reading it. im not over with the book yet but from what i have read till now i can surely say i found this book better than 'our constitution' and when i say this im not critising our constituion' that is wonderful book too. but according to ma level, the language used in indian plity by m laxikanth is much more understandable as he has written …

A Jain

Feb 25, 2013

why its a must book for every civil services aspirant ??

A Classic....must for anyone wishing to have details of Indian Constitution.

Reasons why its a must book for every civil services aspirant :

1.Lucid and very precisely written.
2.upto date with the latest changes and additions happen in Constituion
3.Properly oragnised in sections which makes it easier to understand the structure of indian constitution
4.Large no of problems given at the end of every chapter which help aspirants to revise/brush up their learning & to test their understanding.
5.Thorough coverage of each aspect related to indian polity : Analy…

Ajay Rana

Feb 27, 2012

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Beautifully written book

The book is written beautifully. A good selection for serious candidates. Best thing is that the book has been segregated in such a manner so as to make revision easy for students.. Also important points have been marked and tabulation and comparing of various topics are done in an impeccable manner.

Shafeeq Ahmed

Oct 5, 2011

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A very Great Book

I purchased this book and it covers all most all the topics one need to know about Indian Polity for civil Service Exam and the contents were organised in good manner for easy revision. A must needed book for civil service aspirants.

The delivery of this book from the flipkart is also very timely and I received it within 24 hours.

Thadou chapa

Feb 6, 2012

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best polity book

being from a non-Arts background i find the subject preety tough. I went through ncert book n then startd reading this book. I wud say its a great book. Easy to understand. N especially the new topics were very helpful. N for flipkart.... Wat to say, this is somewer around the 10th stuffs i brought from u guys n u guys r simply amazing.

Tanmay J

Jan 4, 2012

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Good Book for UPSC students

The book provides concise outlook to the subject. It is a great book for the General Studies section for the Mains exam of UPSC. Apart from that, the book is a best guide for someone who wants know know how our Polity works and something about the constitution.

ravi sharma

Jan 20, 2013

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nice formatted book

the book is written in a style which makes it easy going with the readers, segregated into small chapters of pages ranging from just 1 to 49.... it is extremely easy to prepare notes from the book..... the only con not only with this book but with all the McGraw Hill books is that these books are not updated time to time.... i bought the 18th reprint... most probably printed in late 2012 but the book doesnt have any information, whether the previous year questions or anything else from 2009!! what is the use of reprinting the book again n again without updating it?? McGraw Hill shoud pay heed …

Nilendra Bardiar

Jun 23, 2012

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The very best!

This book is a very easy read and you can go through it very quickly still comprehending and acquiring all that is needed for this section of the mains exam.

It is even easier to revise and trust me, what you will read from this book will remain with you for a long time as everything is arranged very well and systematically. However I need to add here that I have political science background and the subject is one of my optionals in mains.

Having said all about the book and confessing that I bought it from flipkart, I would like to tell you that this very same edition is avai…

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Sep 19, 2011

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Thank You Flipkart

Thank You Flipkart. Very prompt and quick delivery

Omkar Moghe

Mar 9, 2012

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Great Book....

The thing is most of us usually study polity just for examination but aren't really interested in it. This book gives all the concepts in simple understandable and objective language. Another thing is that it is to the point, it does not overwhelm you information that you wont be able to remember anyways. It tell you what you need to know.


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