UPSC Law Syllabus

UPSC Law Syllabus For IAS Exam

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam has Law as one of the Optional Subjects with two papers (Optional Paper I and Paper II). The IAS Exam has three stages- Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Mains stage has nine papers, including two papers of optional subject.

This article provides you with the UPSC Law syllabus for optional.

Law is one of the optional choices that greatly influence the chances of success both in Prelims and UPSC Mains. This is because it is possible to score very well in Law if you have prepared well for General Studies and read up on Law related topics. Law as an optional subject is a popular choice among UPSC aspirants with a background in law, finance, international trade, administration and management. Its popularity stems from the UPSC Syllabus, which has a very large overlap between General Studies and Law. This means that the effort made for preparation for one subject also pays off in the other, increasing the chances of success.

Law Optional for UPSC Syllabus

Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks.

UPSC Law Syllabus for Paper I

Constitutional and administrative Law :

1. Constitution and Constitutionalism:The distinctive features of the Constitution.

2. Fundamental Rights—Public interest litigation; Legal Aid; Legal services authority.

3. Relationship between Fundamental rights, Directive principles and Fundamental duties.

4. Constitutional Position of the President and relation with the Council of Ministers.

5. Governor and his powers.

6. Supreme Court and the High Courts:

(a) Appointments and transfer.
(b) Powers, functions and jurisdiction.

7. Centre, States and local bodies:

(a) Distribution of legislative powers between the Union and the States.

(b) Local Bodies.

(c) Administrative relationship among Union, State and Local Bodies.

(d) Eminent domain-State property-common property-community property.

8. Legislative Dowers. privileges and immunities.

9. Services under the Union and the States:

(a) Recruitment and conditions of services;Constitutional safeguards; Administrative tribunals.

(b) Union Public Service Commission and StatePublic Service Commissions—Power andfunctions.

(c) Election Commission—Power and functions.

10. Emergency provisions.

11. Amendment of the Constitution.

12. Principle of Natural Justice—Emerging trends and judicial approach.

13. Delegated legislation and its constitutionality.

14. Separation of powers and constitutional governance.

15. Judicial review of administrative action.

16. Ombudsman: Lokayukta, Lokpal etc. International Law :

1. Nature and Definition of International Law.

2. Relationship between International Law and Municipal Law.

3. State Recognition and State Succession.

4. Law of the sea: Inland Waters,Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone and High Seas.

5. Individuals: Nationality, statelessness; Human Rights and procedures available for their enforcement.

6. Territorial jurisdiction of States, Extradition and Asylum.

7. Treaties : Formation, application, termination and reservation.

8. United Nations: Its principal organs, powers and functions and reform.

9. Peaceful settlement of disputes—different modes.

10. Lawful recourse to force : aggressions, self-defence, intervention.

11. Fundamental principles of international humanitarian law—International conventions and contemporary developments.

12. Legality of the use of nuclear weapons; ban on testing of nuclear weapons; Nuclear non- proliferation treaty, CTST.

13. International Terrorism, State sponsored terrorism, Hijacking, International Criminal Court.

14. New International Economic Order and Monetary Law : WTO, TRIPS, GATT, IMF, World Bank.

15. Protection and Improvement of the Human Environment : International Efforts.

UPSC Law Syllabus for Paper II

Law of Crimes:-

1. General principles of Criminal liability : mens rea and actus reus, mens rea in statutory offences.

2. Kinds of punishment and emerging trends as to abolition of capital punishment.

3. Preparations and criminal attempt

4. General exceptions.

5. Joint and constructive liability.

6. Abetment

7. Criminal conspiracy.

8. Offences against the State.

9. Offences against public tranquility.

10. Offences against human body.

11. Offences against property.

12. Offences against women.

13. Defamation.

14. Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

15. Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and subsequent legislative developments.

16. Plea bargaining.

1. Public Interest Litigation.

2. Intellectual property rights—Concept, types/prospects.

3. Information Technology Law including Cyber Laws—Concept, purpose/prospects.

4. Competition Law—Concept, purpose/prospects.

5. Alternate Dispute Resolution—Concept, types/prospects.

6. Major statutes concerning environmental law.

7. Right to Information Act

8. Trial by media.

Law of Torts

1. Nature and definition.

2. Liability based upon fault and strict liability; Absolute liability.

3. Vicarious liability including State Liability.

4. General defences.

5. Joint tort fessors.

6. Remedies.

7. Negligence.

8. Defamation.

9. Nuisance.

10. Conspiracy.

11. False imprisonment.

12. Malicious prosecution.

13. Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

Law of Contracts and Mercantile Law

1. Nature and formation of contract/E-contract.

2. Factors vitiating free consent.

3. Void, voidable, illegal and unenforceable agreements.

4. Performance and discharge of contracts.

5. Quasi-contracts. 6. Consequences of breach of contract.

7. Contract of indemnity, guarantee and insurance. 8. Contract of agency.

9. Sale of goods and hire purchase.

10. Formation and dissolution of partnership.

11. Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

12. Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

13. Standard form contracts. Contemporary Legal Developments

IAS aspirants should note that while Law for UPSC can potentially be a very high scoring choice, preparation should be thorough to be able to score well in this paper. Also, candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC Law question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC Law optional exam.