Advanced Foundation Course - UPSC

"Early Bird gets the Worm"

The Quote aptly summarizes the need to start your Civil Services Exam preparation early to get ahead in the race. To crack the UPSC Civil Services Examination(CSE), one requires a great deal of hard work which has to be sustained over time. A large number of toppers, who could crack the examination in their young 20s owe their success for starting their preparation early i.e., during their graduation years. In the light of this, we at ICSTA have designed the 'Advanced Foundation Course' with a intention to give a rock solid foundation to degree students in their UPSC Civil Services exam preparation.

The objectives of the Course are

  • To generate interest in the humanities subjects like History, Geography, Political Science & Economics in students which form the core of UPSC CSE Preparation.
  • To put to an end to the stressful rote learning mechanism followed by most students and make them learn the subjects in a joyful way.
  • To make students understand the significance of the theoretical concepts and their application in the contemporary world
  • To provide a glimpse of the working of Civil Services in India for the young aspiring generation.
  • To teach the basics of the subjects relevant for the Civil Service Exam through expert faculty.
  • To keep the students constantly motivated and engaged to prepare for Civil Services Exam

Duration of the Course : 8 Months

Syllabus of the Advanced Foundation Course

Indian Polity

Indian Constitution – Key Features, Secularism, Role of Parliament, Judiciary, Understanding and confronting Marginalisation.

Democracy – Features and Need, Constitutional Design, Electoral Politics, Working of Institutions, Democratic Rights

Power Sharing, Federalism, Democracy and Diversity, Gender, Religion and Caste, Popular Struggles and Movements, Political Parties, Outcomes of Democracy, Challenges to Democracy.

Challenges of Nation Building, Integration of Princely States, Reorganisation of States, Era of One party Dominance, Politics of Planned Development, India’s External Relations, The Crisis of Democratic Order, Rise of Popular movements Regional aspirations, Recent Developments in Indian Politics


Origin, Evolution, Interior of Earth, Distribution of Oceans and Continents, Rocks, Geomorphic Processes, Landforms and their Evolution

Composition and Structure of Atmosphere, Temperature, Atmospheric Circulation and Weather Systems, Water in the Atmosphere, Movements of Ocean Water

World and India Population – Distribution, Density and Growth, Population Composition and Human Development, Human Settlements, Migration : Types, Causes and Consequences

India Structure and Physiography, Drainage system, Climate, Vegetation, Soils, Natural Hazards and Disasters


Concept of Development, Sectors of Indian Economy, Money and Credit, Globalisation and Indian Economy.

Indian Economy on the Eve of Independence, Indian Economy (1950-1990), Liberalisation, Globalisation and Privatisation, Poverty, Human Capital Formation in India, Rural Development, Employment in India, Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development.

GDP and Welfare, Money and Banking, Budget and Fiscal Policy, Balance of Payment, Foreign Exchange Market, Trade Deficit, Savings and Investment


Stone Age, Indus Valley Civilisation, Vedic Period, Jainism and Buddhism, Bhakti Movement

The Following Dynasties to be studied in Social, Economic, Religious and Cultural dimensions : Mauryas , Guptas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas , Hoysalas, Vijayanagara Kingdom

Advent of Europeans, First War of Indian Independence, Socio Religious Reform Movement, Swadeshi Movement, Minto – Morley Reforms, Home Rule movement, Montague Chelmsford Reforms, Revolutionary Activity, Non cooperation Movement, Salt Satyagraha, Gandhi – Irwin Pact, Quit India Movement, Mountbatten plan and Indian Independence, Partition

Current Affairs
  • Discussion on Topics of National and International importance
  • Newspaper Reading
Skill Development Classes
  • Communication Skills
  • Behavioural Development
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Emotional Intelligence

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