Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth – 7th Edition

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Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth – 7th Edition

The 7th edition of “Indian Polity” by M. Laxmikanth remains one of the most comprehensive and essential resources for UPSC IAS aspirants. Here’s an overview of the book, including its index and an analysis of its contents:

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  • Author: M. Laxmikanth
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Edition: 7th Edition, published in 2023
  • Purpose: Designed to provide a deep understanding of the Indian political system and the Constitution of India, it is indispensable for Civil Services aspirants.

Index (Table of Contents)

  1. Historical Background
  2. Making of the Constitution
  3. Concept of Constitution
  4. Salient Features of the Constitution
  5. Preamble of the Constitution
  6. Union and its Territory
  7. Citizenship
  8. Fundamental Rights
  9. Directive Principles of State Policy
  10. Fundamental Duties
  11. Amendment of the Constitution
  12. Basic Structure of the Constitution
  13. Parliamentary System
  14. Federal System
  15. Centre–State Relations
  16. Inter-State Relations
  17. Emergency Provisions
  18. President
  19. Vice-President
  20. Prime Minister
  21. Central Council of Ministers
  22. Cabinet Committees
  23. Parliament
  24. Parliamentary Committees
  25. Parliamentary Forums
  26. Supreme Court
  27. Judicial Review
  28. Judicial Activism
  29. Public Interest Litigation
  30. Governor
  31. Chief Minister
  32. State Council of Ministers
  33. State Legislature
  34. High Court
  35. Subordinate Courts
  36. Tribunals
  37. National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
  38. Lok Adalat and other courts
  39. Panchayati Raj
  40. Municipalities
  41. Union Territories
  42. Scheduled and Tribal Areas
  43. Election Commission
  44. Union Public Service Commission
  45. State Public Service Commission
  46. Finance Commission
  47. Goods and Services Tax Council
  48. National Commission for SCs
  49. National Commission for STs
  50. National Commission for BCs
  51. Special Officer for Linguistic Minorities
  52. Comptroller and Auditor General of India
  53. Attorney General of India
  54. Advocate General of the State
  55. Constitutional Prescriptions
  56. NITI Aayog
  57. National Human Rights Commission
  58. State Human Rights Commission
  59. National Commission for Women
  60. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
  61. National Commission for Minorities
  62. Central Information Commission
  63. State Information Commission
  64. Central Vigilance Commission
  65. Central Bureau of Investigation
  66. Lokpal and Lokayuktas
  67. National Investigation Agency
  68. National Disaster Management Authority
  69. Bar Council of India
  70. Law Commission of India
  71. Delimitation Commission of India
  72. Co-operative Societies
  73. Official Language
  74. Public Services
  75. Rights and Liabilities of the Government
  76. Special Provisions Relating to Certain Classes
  77. Special Provisions for Some States
  78. Political Parties
  79. Role of Regional Parties
  80. Elections
  81. Election Laws
  82. Electoral Reforms
  83. Voting Behaviour
  84. Coalition Government
  85. Anti-Defection Law
  86. Pressure Groups
  87. National Integration
  88. Foreign Policy
  89. National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution
  90. Landmark Judgements and their Impact
  91. Important Doctrines of Constitutional Interpretation
  92. World Constitutions


  1. Comprehensive Coverage:
    • The book covers all aspects of the Indian political system, including detailed sections on the historical background, making of the Constitution, and the salient features of the Constitution.
    • It provides in-depth analysis and explanations of fundamental rights, duties, and the intricate workings of the parliamentary system and federal structure.
  2. Updated Content:
    • The 7th edition includes updates on recent constitutional amendments, changes in the political landscape, and new chapters on contemporary issues such as GST Council, National Investigation Agency, and National Disaster Management Authority.
  3. Exam-Focused:
    • The book is structured to meet the needs of UPSC aspirants, with clear headings, subheadings, and bullet points to facilitate easy reading and quick revisions.
    • It includes multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and practice questions at the end of each chapter to help students test their understanding and prepare effectively.
  4. Appendices:
    • The appendices provide additional resources like constitutional articles, lists of amendments, and important acts, making it a handy reference tool for quick lookup during revisions.
  5. Clear and Concise Language:
    • Written in a clear and concise manner, the book simplifies complex constitutional concepts, making them accessible to students from diverse academic backgrounds.