For example, Netaji Bose files were declassified in August 2016 and there were many articles comparing his contribution with Gandhiji and Nehru. But for Mains preparation, Bipan Chandra’s book is very important.
Hence, there was a question on this issue in Mains 2016: Because this topic demands specific knowledge of Freedom Struggle and its various facets, you must read Bipan Chandra’s Struggle For India’s Independence. If time permits, you can also read selectively from Plassey to Partition.
You don’t have to master the topics, all you need is BASIC UNDERSTANDING and the ability to analyze.
Basic understanding comes from reading and re-reading.
You should also read world history from NCERT books of class IX, X and XI (only modern world history part). Best alternative is a book by Arjun Dev – History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century You can go through this book – Old NCERT World History Class-X – if you are fond of old NCERT books.
Other sub-topics are general in nature and can be found in Magazines and Newspapers.
You should also read about role of women from ancient to modern times (including freedom struggle, art and culture etc).
We know that now there are 4 General Studies Papers apart from one Essay and Optional paper each.
This article discusses preparation strategy for 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.
(read only important counries – USA, UK, EU, SA, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Australia etc)Ministry of External Affairs has briefs on all bilateral relations of India with regional and global groupings: This is a dynamic part – effects of globalization, WTO policies, domestic policies of developed countries and their effect on other countries (lot of examples from USA, UK can be given – visa row, war on terrorism, immigration policies, economic policies etc)Indian diaspora – their contribution to India, India’s contribution to them, Their contribution to the world etc. UNO and its various bodies, agencies must be studied with respect to their structure, role, relevance and reforms. International Organizations (no UN bodies) such as APEC, ADB, ASEAN, OECD, NATO should be studied. Finally, for some articles from Yojana magazines (2013) that are related to many topics from this Paper, click here. To get the interview call all you need to do is: Read, Re-read the same source, Write and Revise. If you get a running nose on the day of the exam, 2 hours out of 3 hours goes in draining it and drying it.
Their problems in the residing countries, their rights in India – constitutional/statutory provisions if any, their participation in track two diplomacy, their role in Indian economy etc etc. Preparation for this paper can be finished in 20 days provided you are focused and determined.
This book is more analytical and has important insights on all important events and personalities related to this topic.