Important Acts, Bills, and Amendments to read for Civil Services Exam preparation

CSE Mains 2018 is scheduled to be commenced from September 28th onwards, and candidates who have cleared Prelims this year must be all set to take the 2nd important challenge of UPSC. To add in the list of crucial topics, that you must study, here in this article we are sharing some important Acts, Bills, and Amendments that you must study while preparing for GS Paper II of Civil Services Mains exam.

Before moving ahead to the important topics, take a look at how questions have been framed in past papers for the same:

Questions asked in Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2017 –

Q. Which of the following are envisaged by the Right against Exploitation in the Constitution of India?

  • Prohibition of traffic in human beings and forced labour
  • Abolition of untouchability
  • Protection of the interests of minorities
  • Prohibition of employment of children in factories and mines

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

A. 1, 2 and 4 only

B. 2, 3 and 4 only

C. 1 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Answer – C

Explanation – Introduce your topic with an insight into the Constitution and its laws in regard to the topic and then further explain how the government has further made separate laws to deal with typical cases like ‘employment of children in factories and mines’. You could mention crucial cases that have moved the courts, like the 1986 case of M.C. Mehta vs. Union of India, where attorney M. C. Mehta, also an awardee of the reputed Padma Shri, had filed a writ petition to the Supreme Court, about the concerns of children working in match-manufacturing units in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. The court ruled that children below the age of 14 could not be employed in hazardous work, and instead must be given free and compulsory education (under Article 45 of the Constitution).

Q. Which principle among the following was added to the Directive Principles of State Policy by the 42nd Amendment to the Constitution?

A. Equal pay for equal work for both men and women

B. Participation of workers in the management of industries

C. Right to work, education and public assistance

D. Securing living wage and human conditions of work to workers

Answer: B

Question Asked in Civil Services Mains exam 2018

Q. Explain the salient features of the Constitution(One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2016. Do you think it is efficacious enough ‘to remove the cascading effect of taxes and provide for the common national market for goods and services’? (250 words)

Q.  Critically examine the Supreme Court’s judgement on ‘National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014’ with reference to the appointment of judges of higher judiciary in India.  (150 words)

Q. Does the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 ensure an effective mechanism for empowerment and inclusion of the intended beneficiaries in the society? Discuss  (150 words)

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Important Acts, Bills & Amendments (Passed, in force or pending) –

  1. Major Amendment Acts & Bills to the Constitution of India
  2. Human Rights (Amendment) Bill
  3. Anti-trafficking Bill
  4. Triple Talaaq Bill
  5. The Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, 2011
  6. The Jan Lok Pal Bill
  7. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2010
  8. The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010
  9. The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Work Place Bill, 2010
  10. The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013
  11. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  12. The Goods and Services Tax Amendment Bill, 2017
  13. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017
  14. The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  15. The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  16. Trade Disputes Act of 1929
  17. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill
  18. The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017
  19. The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017
  20. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  21. The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  22. The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  23. The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill
  24. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  25. The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  26. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016
  27. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  28. Women’s Reservation Bill [The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008]
  29. National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014
  30. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018
  31. The Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance, 2018
  32. The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2018
  33. The Finance Bill, 2018
  34. The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018
  35. The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017
  36. Prasar Bharati (Amendment) Bill, 2010
  37. Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act, 2013
  38. Companies Act, 2013
  39. Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005
  40. DNA Profiling Bill, 2012
  41. Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill, 2011
  42. Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill, 2010
  43. Information Technology Act, 2008
  44. National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009
  45. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2013 (POSCO)
  46. The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013
  47. Coal Regulatory Authority bill 2013
  48. E-waste (Management and Handling) Act, 2011
  49. Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill, 2014
  50. Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002
  51. Child Labour (Prohibition) Act, 1986
  52. Scheduled Tribes and Recognition of Forest Rights Bill, 2006
  53. Environment Protection Law, 1986
  54. Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013. (Important, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan)
  55. Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
  56. Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016
  57. Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992
  58. Apprentice Act 1961/ Amendment Bill 2014
  59. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013
  60. Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Act, 1988
  61. The National Food Security Act, 2013

Note – The list has been compiled under the guidance of Subject Experts and with inputs from crucial online sources for Civil Services Examination preparation.

Having all the important topics in hand, it’s time you give way to your curious brain to let flow in the world of exploring and learn all about the important Acts, Bills, and amendments for Civil Services Examination!


One comment

  1. here can anyone suggest me…..can i make it!!coz i am hindi medium student in my schooling and now i am studyinng in dental college and reading all the stuff in english…i am so confused..if i want enter in this field …..can i make my dreams come true!!


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