UPSC Must Read: How To Tackle Laxmikanth's Indian Polity; Know Details Here

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Jan 2, 2021

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January 2, 2021: A UPSC aspirant shared his story on how to tackle Laxmikanth's Indian Polity and how they utilized the book. Go through the details below to know about it. 

Priyank, the UPSC aspirant said that he started to read Laxmikanth's Indian Polity along with the class 11 and 12 NCERT's portion on Polity. Once the NCERT's concept of polity gets cleared, an aspirant must proceed to start Laxmikanth's polity. 

It's better to read them cover to cover for the first 2 - 3 times. If an aspirant goes through the book logically, then it can be placed better and while memorizing the important aspects of the book can be done later. 

Each chapter is linked and inter-related to each other such as the chapters on Supreme Court-High Court and Parliament-State legislatures. Aspirants can make use of these interconnections to read the book faster. 

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For UPSC Prelims

  • Mainly focus on the tables that are provided in the book
  • No need to memorize the article numbers 

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For UPSC Mains 

  • Mainly give importance to the chapters with committee recommendations
  • Make a timeline of the cases of the landmark Supreme Court, it will be helpful in writing answers 

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Extensive Use of Laxmikanth's Book on Indian Polity 

  • While going through the first few chapters on the making of the constitution, watch the series called Samvidhan on Rajya Sabha television for a better understanding 
  • Watching the respective acts and reading about modern history, will strengthen the foundation 
  • Make notes on various articles on the chapter on ‘Rights’ and mainly focus and memorize on Part III (Fundamental Rights) 21, 15, 19, 32, 34, 35
  • While reading the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) chapter, slot them under the categories of Social, Philosophical, and Gandhian
  • Chart them according to the concept of Backward classes, women, environment, industrial workers, etc 
  • Focus mainly on the chapter ‘Duties’ 
  • The chapter on ‘Parliament’ will take an entire day, therefore, note the differences between resolutions, legislations, rules, acts, motion, and ordinance 
  • Make short notes, questions that may be asked in Legislature (starred, unstarred, short notice, etc) this will help you to revise the notes at later stages 
  • Simultaneously, go through the chapters on ‘President’ and ‘Governor’ 
  • Similarly, pay heed to the chapters dealing with ‘Prime Minister’ and ‘Chief Minister’ together
  • Read the chapters on ‘Constitutional Bodies’ together
  • Make a table so that you can understand how appointments are made, whom the President appoints, what their tenure is, on what criteria reappointments are made, etc 
  • Study the chapter on ‘Local Self Governance’ together and list out all the committees including Singhvi, B R Mehta, and others mentioned 
  • Give your focus to the chapter on ‘Emergency provisions’ and make notes 
  • Ensure to solve previous year question papers 
  • And if there are new questions asked, then try to solve all those along with the objective questions mentioned at the end of the book

Check: IAS 2020 Syllabus for Prelims and Main, Pattern and Books 

If you're completely thorough with Indian Polity, then you can almost clear all sections of the UPSC exams including the interview stage. So Keep these tips and pointers in mind the next time, when you prefer Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity. 

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.