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About the BookThe UPSC with an aim to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory conducts the IAS Mains Examinations. In 2013, UPSC introduced major changes in the syllabus of General Studies for Civil Services Mains Examinations and as per the new syllabus the entire GS has been divided into four papers. Following the new pattern, exceptional and first of its kind books for all four General Studies Papers are being introduced by Arihant. These books consist of in-depth coverage of all the topics in the syllabus at one place with conceptual clarity to fulfill the needs and demands of the aspirants.The present fully revised & updated edition for General Studies Paper 1, Indian Heritage & Culture and History & Geography of the World & Society covers Indian Art & Culture from Modern Times. The modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present – significant events, personalities, issues, etc along with the History of the World which includes events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc, along with their forms and effect on the society. In the following chapters the book covers salient features of Indian society, diversity of India, role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. This paper also covers the effects of globalization on Indian society, social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism as well as salient features of world’s physical geography and important geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone, etc. The issues related to society and women have been covered in detail. The book has been designed with a special exam-oriented structure in accordance with the UPSC syllabus. The contemporary examples have been discussed with theoretical examples and section wise practice questions and model papers based on the UPSC pattern have been provided in the book. This is the very first book after the changed pattern of Civil Services to synthesize all topics at one place.With in-depth coverage of the various aspects of Indian Heritage & Culture and History & Geography of the World & Society, this book for General Studies Paper 1 will prove to be the best resource for the upcoming IAS Mains General Studies Paper 1 2015.About the AuthorAn editorial team of highly skilled professionals at Arihant, works hand in glove to ensure that the students receive the best and accurate content through our books. From inception till the book comes out from print, the whole team comprising of authors, editors, proofreaders and various other involved in shaping the book put in their best efforts, knowledge and experience to produce the rigorous content the students receive. Keeping in mind the specific requirements of the students and various examinations, the carefully designed exam oriented and exam ready content comes out only after intensive research and analysis. The experts have adopted whole new style of presenting the content which is easily understandable, leaving behind the old traditional methods which once used to be the most effective. They have been developing the latest content & updates as per the needs and requirements of the students making our books a hallmark for quality and reliability for the past 15 years.

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