Law Optional Syllabus for UPSC 2022: Download PDF

Law Optional Syllabus for UPSC

Law Optional Syllabus for UPSC can be read or downloaded from here. Aspirants should study the syllabus before starting their preparation for the exam.



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 transfers. 

(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 powers, 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 and functions. 

(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 nonproliferation 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.


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 tranquillity. 

10. Offences against the 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. 

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. 

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