UPSC: Law is one of the scoring optional subjects of UPSC IAS Mains Exam. The reason being its syllabus overlap with the Prelims and Mains GS Papers. Hence, the candidates with a background in law, finance, international trade, administration choose this subject as their optional for the UPSC Main exams. The UPSC Mains optional papers carry a total weightage of 500 marks divided among two Papers of 250 marks each. UPSC offers 48 optional subject choices to the UPSC aspirants. In this article, we have provided the Law optional syllabus for UPSC IAS Mains 2020.
UPSC Optional Syllabus for Law- Paper I
A. Constitutional and administrative Law
Constitution and Constitutionalism:
The distinctive features of the Constitution.
Fundamental Rights—Public interest litigation; Legal Aid; Legal services authority.
Relationship between Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles, and Fundamental Duties.
Constitutional Position of the President and relation with the Council of Ministers.
Governor and his powers.
Supreme Court and the High Courts:
Appointments and transfer.
Powers, functions and jurisdiction.
Centre, States and local bodies:
Distribution of legislative powers between the Union and the States.
Administrative relationship among Union, State and Local Bodies.