UPSC Mains: Important Chapters and Topics from India Year Book (IYB) 2017

UPSC 2017: Important Chapters and Topics from India Year Book

Below given are some important chapters and topics in the chapter of Indian Year Book, which every aspirant should give importance to in both UPSC Prelims and Mains perspective.

Chapters in India Year Bool 2017 that should be give first priority are given below along with the topics in those chapters. It is recommended to aspirants to go through the relevant ministry websites for any government schemes and and make notes accordingly. 

Chapter 1: Land and the People
  • The Main Land
  • River Systems
  • Climate
  • Flora and Fauna


Chapter 2: National Symbols
  • National Flag
  • State Emblem
  • National Anthem
  • National Song
  • National Calender


Chapter 3: Polity

States and Union Territories – recommended to read Laxmikant.

  • The Union
  • The States
  • Union Territories
  • Local Government-Municipalities and
  • Citizenship
  • Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties
    and Directive Principles of State Policy
  • Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)
  • Election Commission of India (ECI)
  • Youth Parliament Competition
  • National Conference on e-Governance
  • Good Governance Practices
  • Right to Information (RTI)
  • Official Language
  • Inter-State Council
  • Zonal Council
  • National Authority, Chemical
    Weapons Convention
  • Project Monitoring Group
  • Public Grievances Mechanism
  • Grievance Redressal
  • Civil Services Day
  • e-Office Project
  • Administrative Reforms Commission


Chapter 4: Agriculture
  • National Policy for Farmers (NPF)
  • Major Programmes
  • Commission for Agricultural Costs and
    Prices (CACP)
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
  • National Agricultural Science Fund
  • Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
  • National Programme for Bovine Breeding
    and Dairy Development
  • National Livestock Mission
  • Fisheries


Chapter 5: Culture and Tourism
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Tangible Cultural Heritage
  • Tourism
  • Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat


Chapter 6: Basic Economic Data

Recommended to focus more on Economic Survey.

  • National Statistical Commission
  • Central Statistical Office (CSO)
  • Annual Survey of Industries (ASI)
  • Twenty Point Programme
  • Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)


Chapter 9: Defence
  • Ministry and the departments
  • Operations/Training Exercises in 2016
  • Defence Production
  • Research and Development
  • Pension – One Rank One Pension Scheme


Chapter 10: Education
  • Mid Day Meal Scheme
  • Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
  • National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
  • New Initiatives
  • Social Audit
  • Copyrights


Chapter 11: Energy
  • Initiatives
    • UMPPs (Ultra Mega Power Plants)
    • Captive Power Plants
    • UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana)
    • National Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme
  • New and Renewable Energy
  • Some of the PSEs
    • Central Electricity Authority
    • National Thermal Power Limited
    • Power Grid Corporation
    • Power Finance Corporation
    • Rural Electrification Corporation
    • ONGC Limited
    • ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL)
    • Coal India Limited
  • Mangroves
  • Coral Reefs
  • Biosphere Reserves
  • New Initiatives
  • Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)
  • NAFCC (National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change)
  • Sustainable Development
  • Ozone Layer Protection


Chapter 12: Environment
  • Botanical Survey of India
  • Zoological Survey of India
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP)
  • UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana)
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Animal Welfare Board of India
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Industrial Categorization
  • National Green Tribunal (NGT)


Chapter 16: Health and Family Welfare
  • National Health Policy (NHP)
  • NHM (National Health Mission)
  • NUHM (National Urban Health Mission)
  • NRHM (National Rural Health Mission)
  • Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY)
  • Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Industrial Categorization
  • National Green Tribunal (NGT)


Chapter 18: India and the World
  • Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • East Asia Summit
  • International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC)
  • Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
  • United Nations
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  • BRICS Summit
  • Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation (BIMSTEC)
  • Nalanda University


Chapter 23: Planning
  • National Institution for Transforming India Aayog (NITI Aayog)
  • Soil Health Card (SHC)
  • Public Financial Management System (PFMS)
  • Housing for All
  • RURBAN Mission
  • Road Map for Poverty Elimination


Chapter 24: Rural & Urban Development
  • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)
  • National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM)
  • Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI)
  • Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)
  • Indira Awaas Yojana – Rural Housing
  • National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya – Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)
  • The National Land Reforms Modernization Programme (NLRMP)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA)
  • Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
  • Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)
  • e-Panchayat Initiatives
  • National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP)
  • Bharat Nirman
  • National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)
  • Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)
  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA)
  • Smart Cities Mission


Chapter 25: Scientific and Technological Developments
  • Nano Science and Technology
  • New Initiatives
  • Survey of India (SOI)
  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Indian Space Programme
  • Atomic Energy


Chapter 28: Welfare
  • Scheduled Castes
  • Persons With Disabilities (PWDs)
  • Tribal Affairs
  • Minorities
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD)
  • National Commission for Women (NCW)
  • Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK)


Chapter 29: Youth Affairs and Sports
  • National Youth Policy (NYP) 2014
  • National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)
  • Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (1972)
  • National Youth Corps (NYC)
  • National Service Scheme (NSS)
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)
  • National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKY)
  • The Sports Authority of India (SAI)
  • National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
  • Arjuna Award
  • Dhyan Chand Award for Life Time Achievements
  • Dronacharya Award
  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy (MAKA)
  • Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar