Kerala PSC HSA Social Science Recruitment Exam updated Syllabus 2014

Kerala PSC HSA Social Science updated Syllabus

Kerala Public Service Commissions ( KPSC ) Recruitment Exam for selection towards the posts of High School Assistants (HSA) in Social Science now has a revised Syllabus. Exams will be conduted as 2 parts. ie, PART A and PART B. Details of the Syllabus are given below:



Module I : Renaissance and freedom movement
Module II: General Knowledge and current affairs
Module III: Methodology of teaching the subject

  • Psychological bases of Teaching the subject - Implications of Piaget,Bruner, Gagne, Vygotsky, Ausubel and Gardener - Individual difference,Motivation, Maxims of teaching.
  • Teacher - Qualities and Competencies - different roles - Personal Qualities - Essential teaching skills - Microteaching - Action research.
  • History/conceptual development. Need and Significance, Meaning Natureand Scope of the Subject.
  • Correlation with other subjects and life situations.
  • Planning of instruction at Secondary level- Need and importance.
  • Methods and Strategies of teaching the subject- Models of Teaching,Techniques of individualising instruction.
  • Curriculum - Definition, Principles, Modern trends and organizational approaches, Curriculum reforms - NCF/KCF.
  • Assessment; Evaluation- Concepts, Purpose, Types, Principles, Modern techniques - CCE and Grading- Tools and techniques -
  • Qualities of a good test - Types of test items- Evaluation of projects,Seminars and Assignments - Achievement test, Diagnostic test –Construction, Characteristics, interpretation and remediation.
  • Aims, Objectives, and Values of Teaching - Taxonomy of EducationalObjectives - Old and revised
  • Pedagogic analysis- Need, Significance and Principles.
  • Instructional resources- Laboratory, Library, Club, Museum- Visual and Audio-Visual aids - Community based resources - e-resources - Text
  • book, Work book and Hand book.


Module I
1. Definitions of History
2. Bronze Age Civilizations – Egyptian, Mesopotomian, Harappan
3. Graeco-Roman Civilizations
4. Renaissance, Reformation, Geographical discoveries.
5. Modern Revolutions – English, French, Russian Revolutions and
Industrial Revolution.
6. World Wars – League of Nations and United Nations

Module II

Vedic Age, Jainism and Buddhism.
Mauryas and Guptas.
State and Society in medieval India – Sultanate, Mughal and Vijayanagar.
Advent of Europeans – Birth and Growth of British power in India – Impact of Colonialism.
Emergence of Nationalism – Struggle for Freedom – Partition of India.
Sources of Kerala History – Jainism and Buddhism in Kerala.
Kerala in the Sangam Age – Perumals of Mahodayapuram – Bhakti Movement.
Rise of Modern Travancore – Resistance against Colonialism – Pazhassi Raja, Velu Thambi and Paliyathachan.
Renaissance in Kerala – Social and Religious reform movements.
National Movement in Kerala – Aikya Kerala Movement – Formation of Kerala State.

Module III: Economic Theory, Banking and Tools of Analysis

Issues and Concepts in Economics – Theories of Consumer Behaviour:
Cardinal and Ordinal Approaches – Elasticity of Demand – Production and
Cost Functions –National Income Concepts – Sectoral Composition of GDP –
– Theories of International Trade: Absolute cost Advantage – Comparative
Cost Advantage – Commercial banks and Central bank: Role and Functions.
Application of measures of Central Values, Dispersion and simple
Correlation in economics

Module IV: Indian economy, Development Economics, Public Finance and Kerala Economy

Overview of Indian economy – Economic Planning – Five Year Pans in
India- Major Development Issues: Poverty, inequality, unemployment –
Concepts of Human Development: Measurement of Development – PQLI,
HDI – Concept of sustainable development – Structure of Taxes and
Expenditure of the Government – Concepts of Federal Finance –
Development Experience of Kerala – Demographic transition, gender issues,
migration and urbanization.

MODULE V Meaning, importance and approaches to the study of Political Science

Major concepts in Political Science- state, civil society, sovereignty
Political culture, political socialization
Federalism, rule of law, judicial review, Judicial activism,
Role of Political parties and pressure groups6.
Democracy- meaning and features - Direct and Indirect democracy -
Parliamentary and Presidential systems
Indian political system: salient features of the Indian Constitution,
Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy. Working
of Union and State Governments: A brief analysis
Human Rights- Meaning and importance, Universal Declaration of
Human Rights


International Politics and Organizations. Diplomacy, Foreign Policy,Collective Security, Disarmament and Arms Control. UNO-Principal organs and functions. New trends: Globalization, WTO.
Public Administration. Principles of Organization, Bureaucracy: merits and demerits, New Public Administration, New Public Management, Development Administration, Significance of Local Self Government Institutions in India.
Political Thinkers:  Plato, J S Mill, Aristotle, Rousseau, Marx, Gramsci and Gandhiji: Major contributions

Module VII – Physical Geography

Solar System and Planets – latitudes and longitudes – time – seasons - maps, map
scales – basics of remote – structure of the earth – continents and oceans – continental drift – plate tectonics – rocks – weathering and erosion – fluvial, glacial, Aeolian, landforms. Composition and structure of atmosphere – temperature and their distribution – pressure belts, winds – condensation and precipitation – Major oceans and their characteristics – tides and currents.

Module VIII – Human and Regional Geography

Population – World population distribution, growth – migration – settlements – rural and urban – climatic regions of the world – Types of agriculture in the world - distribution of iron ore and coal in the world– distribution of industries in the world – iron and steel – cotton textiles. Physiography of India – drainage – climate – soils – forests – Distribution, growth and density of population in India - Distribution of rice, wheat, cotton and sugar cane in India. Irrigation and multipurpose projects of India.

Distribution of iron ore, coal, bauxite, mica, petroleum and atomic minerals – non- conventional energy resources – Distribution of iron and steel, textiles, and agro based industries in India – Transport in India – Geography of Kerala

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