Paper II-Specialist (Arts Syllabus), Secondary TET, Assam

SERIES-A (For Arts Stream)
Total Marks: 100

(Syllabus for Assam Higher Secondary Teachers Eligibility Test(TET)-2013)



  • Central problems of an economy and opportunity cost.

Consumer Behaviour and Demand

  • Consumer’s Equilibrium: Meaning
  • Demand: Market demand, determinants of demand, demand curve, movement along, price elasticity of demand.

Producer Behaviour and Supply

  • Production function: returns to factor and returns to scale.
  • Supply: market supply, determinants of supply, supply curve, price elasticity of supply.
  • Cost and Revenue: Concepts of costs, short-run cost curves (fixed and variable costs; total, marginal, Average costs)

Forms of Market and Price Determination:

  • Meaning and features.

National Income and Related Aggregates– Basic Concepts and Measurement

  • Macroeconomics: meaning.
  • Circular flow of income, concepts of GDP, GNP, NDP, NNP (at market price and factor cost), National Disposable Income (gross and net); Private Income, Personal Income and Personal Disposable Income

Determination of Income and Employment

  • Aggregate demand, aggregate supply and their components,
  • Propensity to consume and propensity to save (average and marginal)
  • Meaning of involuntary unemployment and full employment.

Money and Banking:

  • Money: meaning, evolution and functions,
  • Central bank : meaning and functions
  • Commercial banks: meaning and functions

Government Budget and the Economy

  • Government budget– meaning and its components.
  • Objective of government budget.
  • Classification of receipts: revenue and capital / classification of expenditure: revenue and capital
  • Balanced budget, surplus budget and deficit budget : meaning and implications.
  • Revenue deficit, fiscal deficit and primary deficit : meaning and implications; measures to contain different deficits, Current Account Deficit(CAD).



  • Cold War Era in World Politics: Emergence of two power blocs after the Second World War. Arenas of the cold war, Challenges to Bipolarity: Non Aligned Movement, quest for new international economic order. India and the cold war.
  • US Dominance in World Politics: Growth of unilateralism: Afghanistan, first Gulf War, response to 9/11 and attack on Iraq. Dominance and challenge to the US in economy and ideology.
  • International Organisations in a Uni-polar World: Restructuring and the future of the UN. India’s position in the restructured UN, SAARC.
  • Globalization and Its Critics: Economic, cultural and political manifestations. Debates on the nature of consequences of globalization. Anti-globalization movements. Globalization and India.


  • Nation-Building and Its Problems: Nehru’s approach to nation-building; Legacy of partition; challenge of ‘refugee’ resettlement.
  • India’s External Relations: Nehru’s foreign policy. Sino-Indian war of 1962, Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971. India’s nuclear programme and shifting alliance in world politics.
  • Regional Aspirations and Conflicts: Rise of regional parties. The Kashmir situation, Challenges and responses in the North East.
  • Rise of New Social Movements: Farmers’ movements, Women’s movement, Environment and Development-affected people’s movements. Implementation of Mandal Commission report and its aftermath.
  • Recent Issue and Challenges: Challenge of and responses to globalization: new economic policy: a critical analysis.




  • Transport, Communication and Trade –its importance: Land transport– roads, railways– rail network; trans– continental railways; Water transport– inland waterways; major ocean routes; Air transport– Intercontinental air routes;
  • People (India): Population: Distribution, density and growth; composition of population : linguistic and religious; rural-urban population change through time– regional variations; occupation; Migration: International, national– causes and consequences.
  • Resources and Development (India): Land resources– general land use; agricultural land use major crops; agricultural development and problems, common property resources. Water resources- Availability and utilization– irrigation, domestic, industrial and other uses; scarcity of water and conservation methods– rain water harvesting and watershed management (one case study related with participatory watershed management to be introduced). Mineral and energy resources- Metallic and non-metallic minerals and their distribution; conventional and non-conventional energy sources.
  • Industries (India): Types and distribution; industrial location and clustering; changing pattern of selected industries– iron and steel, cotton textiles, sugar, petrochemicals and knowledge based industries; impact of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation on industrial location.
  • Environmental pollution: Types, Problems and Urban-waste disposal
  • Assam (Land people and economy): Physiographic, Drainage Climate, People: composition, Distribution, Density



The story of the First Cities: Harappa Archaeology

  • Broad overview: Early urban centres
  • Story of discovery: Harappan civilization.
  • Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site.

Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story

  • Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta Period Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the understanding of political and economic history.

A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa

  • Broad overview: (a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism. (b) Focus on Buddhism. Story of discovery: Sanchi Stupa

Agrarian relations: The Ain-i-Akbari

  • Broad overview: a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries. Documents with other sources (b) Patterns of change over the period.
  • Story of discovery: Account of the compilation and translation of Ain-i Akbari.

The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles

  •  Broad Overview: (a) Outline of political history c, 15th-17th centuries.

Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition

  • Broad overview: (a) Outline of religious developments during this period. (b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints. Story of Transmission, Preservation of Bhakti-Sufi Compositions

Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports

  • Broad overview: (a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18th century. (b) East India Company, revenue settlements and surveys.

Representations of 1857

  • Broad Overview: (a) The events of 1857-58 (b) How these events were recorded and narrated.

Mahatma Gandhi

  • Broad Overview: (a) The nationalist movement 1918-48 (b) The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership. Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931

The Making of the Constitution

  • Broad Overview: (a) Independence and the new nation state. (b) The making of the Constitution.
  • Focus: The constituent Assembly debates.

Assam History:

  • Focus on the political, social, economic, religious and cultural history of Assam, Assam’s participation in the freedom movement.

*Standard of the Syllabus is HS Level (Final Year)

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