SERIES-A (For Arts Stream)
Total Marks: 100
PART I: ECONOMICS (25 MARKS)
? Introduction: Central problems of an economy and opportunity cost.
? Consumer Behaviour and Demand
Consumer’s Equilibrium: Meaning
Demand: Market demand, determinants of demand, demand curve, movement along, price elasticity of demand.
? Producer Behaviour and Supply
Production function: returns to factor and returns to scale.
Supply: market supply, determinants of supply, supply curve, price elasticity of supply.
Cost and Revenue: Concepts of costs, short-run cost curves (fixed and variable costs; total,
marginal, Average costs)
? Forms of Market and Price Determination: Meaning and features.
? National Income and Related Aggregates– Basic Concepts and Measurement
Circular flow of income, concepts of GDP, GNP, NDP, NNP (at market price and factor cost),
National Disposable Income (gross and net); Private Income, Personal Income and Personal
? Determination of Income and Employment
Aggregate demand, aggregate supply and their components,
Propensity to consume and propensity to save (average and marginal)
Meaning of involuntary unemployment and full employment.
? Money and Banking: Money: meaning, evolution and functions, Central bank : meaning and functions
Commercial banks: meaning and functions
? Government Budget and the Economy
Government budget– meaning and its components.
Objective of government budget.
Classification of receipts: revenue and capital / classification of expenditure: revenue and capital
Balanced budget, surplus budget and deficit budget : meaning and implications.
Revenue deficit, fiscal deficit and primary deficit : meaning and implications; measures to contain
different deficits, Current Account Deficit(CAD).
PART II: POLITICAL SCIENCE (25 MARKS)
? Cold War Era in World Politics: Emergence of two power blocs after the Second World War.
Arenas of the cold war, Challenges to Bipolarity: Non Aligned Movement, quest for new international economic order. India and the cold war.
? US Dominance in World Politics: Growth of unilateralism: Afghanistan, first Gulf War, response to 9/11 and attack on Iraq. Dominance and challenge to the US in economy and ideology.
? International Organisations in a Uni-polar World: Restructuring and the future of the UN.
India’s position in the restructured UN, SAARC.
? Globalization and Its Critics: Economic, cultural and political manifestations. Debates on the nature of consequences of globalization. Anti-globalization movements. Globalization and India.
POLITICS IN INDIA SINCE INDEPENDENCE
? Nation-Building and Its Problems: Nehru’s approach to nation-building; Legacy of partition; challenge of ‘refugee’ resettlement.
? India’s External Relations: Nehru’s foreign policy. Sino-Indian war of 1962, Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971. India’s nuclear programme and shifting alliance in world politics.
? Regional Aspirations and Conflicts: Rise of regional parties. The Kashmir situation, Challenges and responses in the North East.
? Rise of New Social Movements: Farmers’ movements, Women’s movement, Environment and Development-affected people’s movements. Implementation of Mandal Commission report and its aftermath.
? Recent Issue and Challenges: Challenge of and responses to globalization: new economic policy: a critical analysis.
PART III: GEOGRAPHY (25 MARKS)
FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
? Transport, Communication and Trade –its importance Land transport– roads, railways– rail network; trans– continental railways; Water transport– inland waterways; major ocean routes; Air transport– Intercontinental air routes;
? People: India
Population: Distribution, density and growth; composition of population : linguistic and religious; rural-urban population change through time– regional variations; occupation; Migration: International, national– causes and consequences;
? Resources and Development: India
Land resources– general land use; agricultural land use major crops; agricultural development and problems, common property resources;
Water resources: India
Availability and utilization– irrigation, domestic, industrial and other uses; scarcity of water and conservation methods– rain water harvesting and watershed management (one case study related with participatory watershed management to be introduced)
Mineral and energy resources: India Metallic and non-metallic minerals and their distribution; conventional and non- conventional energy sources;
Types and distribution; industrial location and clustering; changing pattern of selected industries– iron and steel, cotton textiles, sugar, petrochemicals and knowledge based industries; impact of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation on industrial location;
? Environmental pollution: Types, Problems and Urban-waste disposal
? Assam: land people and economy: Physiographic, Drainage Climate, People: composition, Distribution, Density
PART IV: HISTORY (25 MARKS)
? The story of the First Cities: Harappa Archaeology Broad overview: Early urban centres Story of discovery: Harappan civilization. Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site.
? Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta Period Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the understanding of political and economic history.
? A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa
Broad overview: (a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism. (b) Focus on Buddhism. Story of discovery: Sanchi Stupa
? Agrarian relations: The Ain-i-Akbari
Broad overview: a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries. Documents with other sources (b) Patterns of change over the period.
Story of discovery: Account of the compilation and translation of Ain-i Akbari.
? The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles Broad Overview: (a) Outline of political history c, 15th-17th centuries.
? Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition
Broad overview: (a) Outline of religious developments during this period. (b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints. Story of Transmission, Preservation of Bhakti-Sufi Compositions
? Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports
Broad overview: (a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18th century. (b) East India Company, revenue settlements and surveys.
? Representations of 1857
Broad Overview: (a) The events of 1857-58 (b) How these events were recorded and narrated
? Mahatma Gandhi
Broad Overview: (a) The nationalist movement 1918-48 (b) The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership. Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931
? The Making of the Constitution
Broad Overview: (a) Independence and the new nation state. (b) The making of the Constitution.
Focus: The constituent Assembly debates.
? Assam History: Focus on the political, social, economic, religious and cultural history of Assam, Assam’s participation in the freedom movement.
*Standard of the Syllabus is HS Level (Final Year)*