[Special Course 01] 20-20 and 50-50 Series 2021

Course Highlights

  • Extremely High Yielding topics for Prelims.
  • You can expect 20 to 40+ questions directly from these topics, and at least 50 questions indirectly. [Kindly remember that the cut-off itself is approx. 50%.]
  • Why such a high Hit rate in Prelims: Simple! These topics are made from UPSC Previous year papers. UPSC invariably asks these topics in Prelims for past 40+ years.
  • Total number of topics: Approx. 100 (1-3 pages notes)
  • 20-20 meaning: Approx 20-25 topics. These are some small topics- Time to revise = approx. 20 minutes.
  • 50-50 meaning: Approx 50 topics. These are relatively larger topics- Time to revise = approx. 40-50-60 minutes.
  • This course, along with 5 Basic books, and Synopsis IAS Current Affairs Programme would be a decisive step for your Prelims.
  • Read Description for topic list.

Topic List

01. Modern History

  • British Policies: White racism; Social and Cultural Policy; Economic Policy; Land Tenure; Relation with Indian States; Foreign Policy; Policy for Local Bodies; Police Reforms; Army Reforms; Judicial Reforms; Civil Service Reforms; Education Policy; Policy for Press;
  • British Policies: Constitutional Development
  • Indian Response to British Policies: Trade Union; Peasant Revolt; Tribal and Civil Uprising.
  • Social Reform Movement: Name of Person; Organisation; Published Book/ Ideology.
  • Viceroy
  • Congress Sessions: Year; Location; President; Moto.
  • Freedom Struggle: Event; Personality; Chronology.

02. Art and Culture

  • Ancient and Medieval: Important terms -one-liner. Includes Society and Administration.
  • Ancient and Medieval: Map, Capital, Port, and Rivers separating territory.
  • Vijaynagara Empire
  • Indian Literature
  • Indian Philosophy including Hinduism as a Religion.
  • Religion: Buddhism, Jainism, Bhaktism and Sufism.
  • Rock-cut Architecture
  • Travelers and their accounts.
  • GI Tags.
  • Tribes, with especial emphasis on PVTGs
  • Heritage: Intangible Heritage, World Heritage Sites
  • Miscellaneous Topics like Jhum; water-storing; viticulture etc. etc.

03. Science and Technology

  • Nuclear Technology
  • Defence Technology
  • Space Technology: ISRO – PSLV; GSLV; Orbits.
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computers and IT.
  • IPR issues.

04. Internal Security

  • Indian Missile Program
  • Indian Navy: Aircraft Carriers,Naval Ships, Submarines.
  • Current Affairs: UAVs, Weapons, Aircrafts.
  • Military Exercises: Army, Navy, and Air.
  • Military Negotiations: Members (learn exceptions); India is a member?; Aim and Specific Terms.
  • Nuclear and Space: Integrate it with Science and Technology.

05. Environment

  • Environmental Bodies: HQ; Aim; India is a member.
  • Treaty/Protocol: Origin; India is a member?; Objective. (8-10)
  • Indian Environment Laws: Like Air act, Water Act etc. (6-70)
  • Environmental Funds: Who; India is a member?; for whom/objective. For Example Green Climate Fund
  • Species: Protection Status (IUCN and Indian); Geographical distribution; State Bird/Animal.
  • Type of Pollutants: 2 NAQI
  • One Compilation to replace Shankar IAS.

06. Maps (Location and Description)

  • Biomes and Climate: World
  • Natural Vegetation of India; not climate.
  • Protection Areas: Biosphere Reserves (18); National Parks; Tiger Reserves; Wildlife Sanctuaries; Ramsar Sites
  • Soils of India: ICAR-8; not World.
  • Southeast Asia; West Asia
  • Lines: (3 + 2 + 2): Countries; Cities; Seas/ Oceans.
  • Maps of India: Topic-wise
  • National Waterways
  • Previous Year Questions: Very Important

07. International Relations

  • International Grouping (Multilateral): Member (India); Headquarter (if any). For Example SCO, RCEP.
  • International Organisations (Global): Headquarter; India is a Member; objective/ Moto. For Example UNSC.
  • Indices and Reports: Who; Components. (not Rank)
  • International Fiance: Members (India); Share of members (a>b>…); Headquarter; Objective. [Learn only 4 multilateral financial institution– NDB, AIIB, World Bank, IMF.
  • International agreements: like P5+1, BTIA, Nuclear deals, banking deals, child, labor, corruption, terrorism etc.
  • Transport Corridor: Declaration; Member countries; Multi-Model; Energy grids.
  • West Asia: Important terms in news. For example: Two State Solution

08. Economy

  • Monetary Policy: Components and Definition
  • Budget: Components and Definition
  • BOP: Components and Definition
  • National Income: GDP; Inflation.
  • Economics Survey: 15- 20 terms every year.
  • Indices: Who releases what? E.g CSO- WPI, CPI etc.
Note: Economy, for this course, has approx. 30 pages notes. This subject coincides with current affairs and with Geography.   

09. Polity and Governance

  • Decentralization: 5th and 6th Schedule; Union Territory; Local Bodies (Panchayats and Municipalities).
  • Constitutional and non-constitutional bodies.
  • Ministry/department: Structure ; Policy/scheme (which ministry, Target Group/ Year).
  • Committees and Commissions

20-20 & 50-50


Rs. 2999