In CSE 2019 (Prelims), 11 questions asked by UPSC were directly related to specific laws.
UPSC not only asked about recent acts but also about those acts enacted years before. Further, the questions were not just about acts. The law-specific questions included bills, rules, and even regulations.
Notably, the sources from which UPSC asks questions in the Civil Services Examination (CSE) has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years. The traditional method of preparation is not sufficient now to answer most of the present-day questions.
This is when this book “Important Acts that transformed India” becomes quite relevant. Prepared by closely observing the recent patterns shifts in UPSC question paper, the book covers 100 important acts relevant for the exam. Also, related bills, rules, and regulations are discussed.
The book “Important Acts that transformed India” is written to complement and supplement the core text-books on Indian Polity. However, the scope of the book extends much more than the domain of Indian Polity or Governance.
The book can be used as a quick-reference guide to learn about the relevant laws in all subjects in the UPSC CSE Syllabus - like Society, Polity, Economy, Environment, Technology, Security etc - spread across the four General Studies Papers (GS1, GS2, GS3, and GS4).
As an all-in-one ready reckoner, this book will help to fill the gaps in your preparation and boost your marks in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims (objective), Mains (written), and Interview (personality-test).
UPSC CSE Prelims:
A lot of questions are asked in UPSC CSE Prelims from acts, bills, rules, regulations etc. To understand better, go through the question given below:
Question UPSC CSE 2019) Consider the following statements
- As per the recent amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927, forest dwellers have the right to fell the bamboos grown on forest areas.
2. As per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, bamboo is a minor forest produce.
3. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 allows ownership of minor forest produce to forest dwellers.
Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
UPSC CSE Mains:
In the UPSC Civil Services Main Exam (written), this book will help you fetch valuable marks – in all four papers of General Studies (I, II, III, and IV).
In UPSC CSE 2019, Questions worth about 65 marks were asked from this topic. Previous year trends of GS Paper 1-IV show that 5-6 direct questions can reasonably be expected ever year from Acts and Bills. To get an idea, please go through the question given below:
There is a view that the Official Secrets Act is an obstacle to the implementation of the Right to Information Act. Do you agree with this view? Discuss. (UPSC CSE 19, General Studies IV)
While questions like this can be directly answered from this book, the indirect application of the book is also very significant to score crucial marks. You can quote the provisions of many Acts discussed in this book when you write answers of polity, governance, society, environment, and ethics questions to provide a real-value addition to your answer.
UPSC CSE Interview:
Awareness about important laws and major provisions will help you a lot in the UPSC CSE Interview.
Candidates are very often asked to express their opinion about the Acts and Bills. For example, you can be asked to state your viewpoint on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Awareness about the significant provisions will help you stand out and score vital marks.