For any UPSC aspirant, the subject of polity is crucial to secure a good rank in the examination.
Manjul Shashi Jindal, an IAS officer who secured an AIR of 53 in the 2017 UPSC CSE, often takes to Twitter to share tips and strategies for aspirants.
In one such session, he reinforced the importance of being well prepared in polity.
He breaks this down into four parts:
1. What, How much, WhenHe recommends studying the NCERT Class 10 book called Constitution at Work, alongside Indian Polity by Laxmikant and his own set of notes.He recommends one spends two full months preparing for it.
2. How to use resourcesWhile the Laxmikant book chapters dealing with the history and making of the constitution feature in the beginning, Manjul recommends only coming to them towards the end of one’s preparation.
3. Key areas of focusSome of the areas are understanding the structure of our political system, constitutional dimensions, important Supreme Court judgements and landmark orders passed.
4. Get your fundamentals rightHe recommends using the NCERT’s Indian Constitution at Work for preparation and then venturing into preparing from Laxmikanth’s textbook.