Basic Foundation Course - UPSC

" Loftier the building, Deeper its foundations "

The Quote aptly emphasizes the significance of a well laid foundation. Like wise to crack the UPSC Civil Services Examination(CSE), undoubtedly the most prestigious examination in India, the student requires a foundation which is strong and deep. We at ICSTA, have designed the 'Basic Foundation Course' with a intention to give a rock solid foundation to PUC students so that they can get ahead in the race by starting early compared to others.

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 : 7 Months

Syllabus of the Basic 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.


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


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, Comparative Development experiences of India and its neighbours


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

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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