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Indian Polity and Governance
Jatin Verma


In this course, Jatin Verma will cover all the important aspects of Indian Polity and Indian Democracy at work relevant for the UPSC Civil Services Exam, other exams conducted by UPSC and the State PSC exams. The course will be conducted in Hinglish (80% English and 20% Hindi) and will be focussed on Prelims.

About this course
Live Sessions

The course consists of 35 sessions of 1 hour 30 mins duration each. Session recording will be provided for all the sessions.

Discussion Forums

Access to a private forum moderated by Jatin Verma where you can discuss and debate with your peers, access learning material and more.

Personalized Learning

All learners will have access to weekly doubt clearing sessions, live quizzes, learning materials and discussion with peers.

In this course, Jatin is covering 33 detailed and comprehensive sessions where all the essential topics related to Indian Polity with the Current Affairs part will be taken. All the important issues facing Contemporary Indian Democracy will be discussed with recent examples. It will also cover important Prelims oriented factual details as well as analytical issues from all the relevant books: IGNOU notes, NCERTs, Granville Austin, M.V. Pylee, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Frontline magazines (Relevant articles). Jatin will also cover all the Important Current Affairs issues for the topic - Democracy at Work like - Anti Defection Law, One-Nation, One-Poll, RTI Backlog, Analysis of Supreme Court Judgement in the last few years. Here, Salient Recommendations of Important Committees like Second ARC, Punchhi Commission, NCRWC, Law Commission and other relevant topics will be discussed. He will also discuss the tips on Mains answer writing: How to interpret words like Critically Analyse, Examine, Elucidate depending on the wording of the statement in the question. This course will help you to analyze and inter-link Polity and Governance related issue by yourself.  
Course Curriculum

The course is divided into 35 sessions in total, and will offer personalised guidance and doubt-clearing to all the learners part of the limited batch.

  • 2nd March to 18th May 2018
  • Class Timings: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Basics of Indian Polity: Parliamentary System, Legislature, Executive & Judiciary Interface
Friday, 2nd March, 4:00 pm
Historical Background: Making & Features of Indian Constitution; Constituent Assembly debates
Monday, 5th March, 4:00 pm
Evolution of Fundamental Rights: A.K. Gopalan To Keshvanand Bharti Case [Emergency era]
Thursday, 8th March, 4:00 pm
Fundamental Rights: Detailed Explanation: Equality before Law & Equal Protection of Laws
Sunday, 11th March, 4:00 pm
Fundamental Rights: Due Process of Law Vs. Procedure Estd. by Law; Right to Privacy, Writs
Monday, 12th March, 4:00 pm
Fundamental Rights- Doctrine of Checks & Balances Vs. Doctrine of Separation of Powers
Wednesday, 14th March, 4:00 pm
Directive Principles of State Policy- Implementation; Fundamental Duties [Article 51A]
Thursday, 15th March, 4:00 pm
Constitutional Amendments: Process & Ramifications; Various types of Majorities
Saturday, 17th March, 4:00 pm
Parliament-1: Functioning, Procedures, Rules of Parliament; Anti Defection Law
Tuesday, 20th March, 4:00 pm
Parliament-2:Legislative Procedure: Diff. b/w Money Bill & Finance Bill
Friday, 23rd March, 4:00 pm
Devices of Parliamentary Proceedings: Joint sittings; President’s Address; Question Hour
Monday, 26th March, 4:00 pm
Parliament: Current Issues; NCRWC; Punchhi Commission
Thursday, 29th March, 4:00 pm
Budget- Detailed Explanation: Vote on Account; Guillotine [Art.110]
Sunday, 1st April, 4:00 pm
Parliamentary Control over Executive: CAG Reports, Question Hour, Parliamentary Committees
Wednesday, 4th April, 4:00 pm
President: Role, Powers and Responsibilities in Coalition Government Era
Thursday, 5th April, 4:00 pm
Prime Minister: Role, Powers & Responsibilities; PMO & Collective Decision Making
Saturday, 7th April, 4:00 pm
Cabinet System: Interface between Cabinet and CoM; Cabinet Committees
Tuesday, 10th April, 4:00 pm
Principle of Ministerial Responsibility: Difference between Britain & Indian system
Friday, 13th April, 4:00 pm
Different types of Ministers: Cabinet Minister, Minister of State, Minister of State[IC]
Monday, 16th April, 4:00 pm
State Legislature- Basics; Sarkaria Commission & Punchhi Commission Recommendations
Tuesday, 17th April, 4:00 pm
State Executive: Governor- Diff Between powers of President & Governor
Thursday, 19th April, 4:00 pm
Chief Minister & Coalition Politics; Council of Ministers- Parliamentary Secretaries
Sunday, 22nd April, 4:00 pm
Federal Set-up: Centre-State Relations; Cooperative Federalism; Fiscal Federalism
Monday, 23rd April, 4:00 pm
Centre-State Administrative Relations: Emergency-Art.356- Sarkaria & Punchhi Commission
Wednesday, 25th April, 4:00 pm
Centre- State Financial Relations: GST; 14th Finance Commission
Saturday, 28th April, 4:00 pm
District & Local Administration:Role of District Collector: An Overburdened functionary
Monday, 30th April, 4:00 pm
Panchayats & Municipalities -Gandhi’s Concentric Circles Model, Grass Roots Democracy [2nd ARC]
Tuesday, 1st May, 4:00 pm
Scheduled & Tribal Areas: 73rd Amendment & PESA, Forest Rights Act
Thursday, 3rd May, 4:00 pm
Judiciary in India: Supreme Court, High Court and Subordinate Courts
Friday, 4th May, 4:00 pm
Judicial Doctrines; Judicial Overreach; Judicial Activism; Basic Structure Doctrine
Sunday, 6th May, 4:00 pm
Views of thinkers like A.G. Noorani on Judiciary’s Performance; Tribunals; Attorney General
Monday, 7th May, 4:00 pm
Constitutional, Statutory, Regulatory & Various Quasi-Judicial bodies
Thursday, 10th May, 4:00 pm
Non- Constitutional Bodies: NHRC; CVC; NCBC; NITI Aayog; Chief Information Commission
Tuesday, 15th May, 4:00 pm
Role of civil services in a Democracy
Thursday, 17th May, 4:00 pm
Development Processes & the Development Industry ; Role of NGOs, SHGs, Donors & Charities
Friday, 18th May, 4:00 pm
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About the educator
Jatin Verma

Have appeared in UPSC CSE thrice. Have been taking Unacademy Plus courses since November 2017. Academics- Polity, Economics n Pub Admn.

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