How To Read Indian Polity By Laxmikanth

By moderator July 9, 2019 16:27

Indian Polity by Laxmikanth is the go-to book for UPSC aspirants as far as Polity is concerned. The book is divided into several parts.

The First part is the most important. A majority of questions come out from these following topics.

  1. Salient features of the Constitution
  2. Fundamental rights
  3. Fundamental duties
  4. Directive principles of state policy
  5. The Preamble

These topics are compulsory. The study of previous year papers shows that questions have been asked. The topic ‘Salient features of the Constitution’ is very important. Another important topic is the Preamble. These topics are important for both Mains and Prelims exam.

Topics of part 2 of Indian Polity by Laxmikanth:

  1. The parliamentary and presidential forms of government. : Study the differences and issues related to them. Study the reasons behind India choosing a parliamentary form of government.
  2. The federal and unitary features of the Indian Constitution.
  3. Centre-state legislations
  4. Interstate relations.
  5. Special Provisions for Some States
  6. The special status of Jammu & Kashmir
  7. Emergency provisions
  8. Types of emergencies
    1. National emergency
    2. President’s Rule

The types of emergencies are an important topic. Questions have been asked from national emergency and President’s rule. Chapter 16 deals with Article 370 which talks about the special status of Jammu & Kashmir. Similarly, chapter 17 talks about the special provisions of some states like Nagaland, Maharashtra, etc.

Important topics of Part 3 are:

  1. Parliament: Composition, working, parliamentary privileges, LokSabha, and RajyaSabha are important.
  2. Pardoning power of President
  3. The Prime Minister
  4. Supreme Court: very important
  5. Parliamentary committees
  6. The President and the Central Council of Ministers: Very important
  7. President’s powers, election, and impeachment: Very important
  8. Ordinance making power of President: important
  9. Public Interest Litigation

The Prime Minister is a very important topic. Read various details about judicial activism and Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

Part 4 of Indian Polity by Laxmikant

Indian Polity is related to states.

Please read about

  • The differences between the powers of the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers.
  • The differences between the powers of the President and the Governors.

Part IV of the book focusses on Constitutional bodies. Read the following topics:

  1. Constitutional bodies
  2. Statutory
  3. Non-statutory bodies.
  4. NITI Ayog
  5. Non-constitutional bodies
  6. Election Commission
  7. UPSC
  8. CAG

This is a dynamic topic and reading the newspaper will help a lot. Read about Election Commission, UPSC, and the finance committee. Also important are CAG and AG.

Part 5

  • Panchayati Raj. Look for the jurisdiction of the Panchayats, municipalities, etc. The PESA Act is the most important.
  • Other important topics are political parties, political dynamics, election laws, electoral reforms, and anti-defection laws are vital for the exam.

Appendix of the book:

Important reads are:

  • Constitutional amendments
  • Amendment process of the constitution
  • Articles of the constitution.
  • Union, state and concurrent lists
  • Major constitutional amendments.

In the making of the Constitution, just remember the drafting committee.

Indian Polity by Laxmikanth should is read from cover. Hindi medium aspirants can read from the Hindi edition of this book for success. Aspirants should also solve previous years’ UPSC question papers to understand the UPSC syllabus.

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By moderator July 9, 2019 16:27