#12: Internal Security : Booklist , Syllabus & Preparation Strategy

What is Internal Security? What is the nature of the subject?

The topic of internal security is covered in UPSC general studies 3 paper along with some topics from Biodiversity ,Environment and Technology . Internal security deals with the act of keeping peace within the borders of a sovereign state or other self-governing territories, generally by upholding the national law and defending against internal security threats. It has many topics correlating with current events of national development. 

What is the syllabus for the subject? What are the attributes of Internal security?

A major part of the topic is covered by reading newspapers and reading magazines related to it. However UPSC has formulated a defined syllabus for the same to help us prepare the  subject strategically and wisely. 

Internal Security

Internal Security Challenges

Terrorism Threat to India

Organized Crime

The linkage between Development and Spread of Extremism

Insurgency in North-East

Security Challenges in Border Areas

Basics of Cyber Security

Cyber Warfare

Social Media and Internal Security Threat

Money Laundering

Black Money in India

Police Reforms in India

Various Security Forces and Their Mandate

What resources should an aspirant refer for the topic? Is there a separate dedicated book required? 

Internal security is current affairs based so, a good grasp over the current events will help you develop an insight on the topic. Magazines like Yojana and Kurukshetra  play an important role in further strengthening the base. However one should always start by reading the NCERT first. Some recommended books :

  • India’s National
  • Security: A Reader Challenges to Internal Security of India
  • Current Affairs from The Hindu

However there is no subject specific books for this topic so one must follow the syllabus.

How should I prepare for the subject? How to read a newspaper keeping in mind the syllabus?

How does UPSC cover the topic?

Now, UPSC for the ease of students provides us with the defined syllabus but preparing for the same is a bigger challenge. Due to its relevance with the daily news almost all information seems to gulp .But that is not what a smart aspirant would do . Here ,preparing the strategy in a smarter way will pave the way for you . Revise the syllabus thoroughly before jumping to books . The syllabus is small and concise so should be your notes . It should cover only the relevant part .A good research of the topic will yield you good content for the answer as well as marks. Try to solve as many previous year papers as you can to understand the type of questions asked by UPSC. Managing your time will always prove to be cherry on cake.


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