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Target Spectrum's Handbook for General Studies: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 (Paper - 1) (English) 23rd Edition

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Table of Contents

SAMPLE Tests: solved general studies papers
General Studies Paper I (2011)
General Studies Paper I (2012)

Current Events of National and international importance


  • World Political Review
  • Africa 
  • Asia 
  • Europe  
  • Oceania
  • The Americas

International Organisations, Conferences and Reports

  • Organisations and Conferences
  • Reports 
  • Relations Between Countries
  • India and the World
  • India and International Organisations India and Neighbours
  • India and Other Asian Countries India and Africa
  • India and Europe
  • India and Americas

India: Political, Economic and Social Issues

  • New President Elected
  • Vice-Presidential Election
  • Government Policies
  • Legislature and Legislation
  • Judiciary
  • Federal and Inter-State Issues
  • Public Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Patents
  • Infrastructure
  • Financial Market
  • Social Sector
  • Environmental Issues

Science and Technology

  • Astronomy and  Space Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle
  • Health and Medicine
  • Defence Equipments
  • Information Technology
  • Environment
  • Biotechnology and Miscellaneous R&D
  • Persons in The News
  • Cultural Panorama
  • Sports Round-Up
  • Practice Questions

History of India

1.  Introduction
2.  Pre-History
3.  The Harappan Culture
4.  The Vedic Age
5.  The Age of the Buddha
6.  The Mauryan Empire
7.  Post-Mauryan Period (200 BC - AD 300)
8.  The Gupta Age
9.  North India and the Deccan after the Guptas
10. History of South India
11. Northern India—From the 8th Century to AD 1200
12. The Sultanate of Delhi
13. Provincial Kingdoms after the Sultanate
14. The Mughal Empire
15. The Marathas
16. Advent of European Commerce
17. British Expansion and Consolidation
18. Governors-General and Viceroys During the British Period
19. Administration Under British Rule
20. Economic Impact of British Rule
21. Socio-Religious Reform Movements
22. Development of Education 151
23. The Trade Union Movement 154
24. Development of the Press 157
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Practice Questions

Indian National Movement

1.  Early uprisings Against British Rule
2.  Growth of Nationalism
3.  The Struggle for Independence Begins: Early Phase (1885-1918)
4. The Gandhian Era (Till end of Second World War) 1919-1945
5.  The Final Phase and Achievement of Independence
6.  Personalities Associated with the National Movement
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Practice Questions

Indian and world geography

Part One: General and World Geography

1. Nature and Scope of Geography
2. A Geographer’s Tools
3. Earth in Space
4. Atmosphere
5. Atmospheric Moisture
6. Climate
7. Hydrosphere
8. The Lithosphere
9. Landforms of the First Order: Continents and Oceans
10. Landforms of the Second Order: Mountains,  Plateaus and Plains
11. Internal Forces of Earth and Landforms
12. External Processes and Landforms on Earth
13. Soils
14. Natural Vegetation and Wild Life
15. Social Geography
16. Economic Resources
17. Agriculture
18. Animal Husbandry and Fishery
19. Industry
20. Transport and Communication

Part Two: Indian Geography

1.  Introduction
2.  Geological History
3.  Landforms
4.  Drainage
5.  Climate
6.  Natural Vegetation and Wildlife
7.  Soils
8.  Agriculture
9.  Animal Husbandry and Fishery
10. Mineral Resources
11. Energy
12. Industry
13. Transport and Communication
14. The People
15. Settlements and Migration
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Practice Questions

Indian Polity and governance

1.  Historical Perspective
2.  Features and Philosophy of the Constitution
3.  Territory of the Union and Reorganisation  of the States
4.  Citizenship
5.  Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles  and Fundamental Duties
6.  The Union Executive
7.  The Union Legislature
8.  Comptroller and Auditor-General
9.  The State Executive
10. The State Legislature
11. The State of Jammu and Kashmir
12. Local Government : Panchayati Raj and  Nagarpalika
13. Union Territories and Special Areas
14. The Judiciary
15. Indian Federalism and Centre-State Relations
16. Emergency Provisions
17. Civil Services and Public Service Commissions
18. Elections
19. Official Language
20. Provisions Relating to Special Classes
21. Schedules of the Constitution
22. Amendment of the Constitution
23. Issue of Good Governance
24. Issue of Rights
25. Public Policy
26. India’s Foreign Policy
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Practice Questions

Economic and Social Development

1.  Economics, Economies and Development
2.  Nature of Indian Economy
3.  Planning
4.  National Income and Structural Change
5.  Capital Formation
6.  Agriculture
7.  Food Security
8.  The Cooperative Movement in India
9.  Industry
10. Service Sector
11. Infrastructure
12. Foreign Trade
13. Balance of Payments
14. Foreign Capital in Economic Development
15. Prices
16. Indian Currency, Exchange Rate and Convertibility
17. Financial Market
18. Public Finance
19. Demographics
20. Social Development Initiatives
Practice Questions

Issues in Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change

1.  Introduction
2.  Environmental Degradation
3.  Biodiversity
4.  Climate Concerns
5.  Indian Response to Environmental Ecology: Policies, Programmes and Legislation
6.  Selected National Parks and Sanctuaries  of India: A Survey
Practice Questions

General Science

  • The Basics
  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Life Science
  • Ready Reference Data
  • Practice Questions

General Knowledge review

  • India: General Information
  • India: States and Union Territories
  • India: Population Totals 2011
  • India : Security Set Up
  • India : Science and Technology
  • World Organisations
  • World: Survey of Countries
  • Cultural Panorama
  • Sports and Games
  • Firsts in The World and India

Practice Questions

  • Selected Questions from Previous Years Question Papers
  • Each set is accompanied with Answers and Explanatory Notes where required)
  • History of India
  • Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Environmental Ecology
  • General Science
  • General Knowledge/Miscellaneous

Practice Test Papers

  • Practice Test Paper One
  • Practice Test Paper Two

Specifications of Target Spectrum's Handbook for General Studies: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 (Paper - 1) (English) 23rd Edition (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Spectrum Books
ISBN-10 8179304701
Edition 23rd Edition
Number of Pages 1704 Pages
Publication Year 2012
Language English
ISBN-13 9788179304709
Binding Paperback
Author Spectrum
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Kedar Kulkarni

Nov 23, 2012

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Good book, but NOT the Best!! Reasons given below!!

This book comprehensively covers all the subjects & topics required for Paper-I in UPSC's civil services prelim exams. Lot of MCQ's have been provided for practice at the end of each section. BUT!! there are a lot issues in book the which I REGRET. As compared to Tata McGraw Hills General Studies Manual-I, this book lacks in presentation much of the info is in paragraphs. Font size is small and printing is poor. Many facts and figures in the book are not updated in various sections. This book will prove to be useful only if u combine ur studies with Monthly Magazines like Chronicle/Wizard, new

Pritesh Jain

Dec 1, 2012

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Good book with all topics well explained.

The book is well written and all topics are presented with details. In a bid to cover all aspects in detail the volume has become very huge. If you want to learn all things properly rather than just mug up so called relevant facts then, this book is for you.

Rahul verma

Jan 27, 2015


it is a good book to read covers everything from history to science to current affairs..
and it's question bank is a good one to solve...

vijay k.

Jan 23, 2014

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Totally satisfied

This is the best manual for upsc exam,for all aspirants who are going to prepare for civil services.
Best manual amongst all available in the market, i have also purchased other manuals , studied but later i purchased it and find it best...
so buy it !
best of luck !
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