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)
PART I: ECONOMICS (25 MARKS)
- 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).
PART II: POLITICAL SCIENCE (25 MARKS)
- 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.
POLITICS IN INDIA SINCE INDEPENDENCE
- 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.
PART III: GEOGRAPHY (25 MARKS)
FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
- 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
PART IV: HISTORY (25 MARKS)
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.
- 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.
- 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)