TAMIL NADU PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Post of Assistant Editor in the Tamil Nadu Archives in the Tamil Nadu Ministerial
Service - Constitutional Law (P.G. Standard) - Syllabus
                            UNIT - I (INTRODUCTION)
Constitution – Constitutional Law – Constitutionalism: Rule of Law – Separation of
Powers and Doctrine of Checks and Balances – Preamble - Nature and Salient
Features of the Indian Constitution – Preamble – Union and its territory – Formation of
New States – Alteration of Areas and Boundaries – Current Issues and Challenges –
Citizenship.
                               UNIT - II (FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS)
Concept of State and its Expansion – Laws Inconsistent with Fundamental Rights and
Related Doctrines – Right to Equality : Doctrine of Reasonable Classification -
Protective Discrimination – Reservation Policy, Abolition of Untouchability, Abolition of
Titles – Right to Freedom : Speech and Expression, Assembly, Association, Movement,
Residence, Trade and Occupation – Reasonable Restrictions – Protection in Respect of
Conviction for Offences - Life and Personal Liberty; Right to Education - Arrest and
Detention – Right Against Exploitation – Right to Freedom of Religion – Cultural and
Educational Rights – Saving of Certain Laws – Right to Constitutional Remedies:
Concept of Locus Standi, Public Interest Litigation, Compensatory Jurisprudence.
                   UNIT - III (DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF THE STATE POLICY ANDFUNDAMENTAL DUTIES)
Definition and Application of the Principles - Relationship with Fundamental Rights –
Fundamental Duties.
                     UNIT - IV (UNION AND STATE EXECUTIVE)
The President – Election, Term of Office, Powers and Functions, Impeachment,
Immunities, Pardoning Power, Ordinance Making Power – President and Union Council
of Ministers – State Executive – Governor – Appointment, Powers and Functions –
Immunities, Pardoning Power, Removal of Governor, Doctrine of Pleasure, State
Council of Ministers.
                 UNIT - V (UNION AND STATE LEGISLATURE)
Composition of the Parliament and State Legislature – Office of the Speaker –
Qualifications and Disqualifications of Members, Office of Profit, Legislative Privileges,
Anti Defection Law – Judicial Interpretations.
                 UNIT - VI (UNION AND STATE JUDICIARY)
The Supreme Court of India – Composition – Appointment and Removal of Judges –
Contempt of Court – Original Civil Jurisdiction – Appellate Jurisdiction: Civil, Criminal
and Other Matters – Special Leave to Appeal – Power of Review – Curative Petition –
Writ Jurisdiction – Advisory Jurisdiction – Independence of Judiciary – Judicial
Appointment Commission – State Judiciary: High Court in the States – composition, 

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