#39 What is the Syllabus,Booklist for Economy Optional?

What is Economics?

Economics is a social science concerned with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. It studies how individuals, businesses, governments, and nations make choices about how to allocate resources.

What is the syllabus of economics optional?what all does it cover?

The Economic optional covers 500 marks for both papers. Before stuffing one must be well versed with the subject syllabus. Below is the detailed syllabus for the same.


1.Advanced Microeconomics :

(a) Marshallian and Varrasiam Approach to Price determination.

(b) Alternative Distribution Theories; Ricardo, Kaldor, Kaleeki.

(c) Markets Structure: Monopolistic Competition, Duopoly, Oligopoly.

(d) Modern Welfare Criteria: Pareto Hicks and Scitovsky, Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, A. K. Sen’s Social Welfare Function.

2.Advance Macroeconomics :

 Approaches to Employment Income and Interest Rate determination: 


Keynes (IS)-LM) curve, 

Neoclassical synthesis and New classical, 

Theories of Interest Rate determination and Interest Rate Structure.

3.Money-Banking and Finance :

(a) Demand for and Supply of Money

Money Multiplier Quantity Theory of Money (Fisher, Pique, and Friedman) 

Keynes’s Theory on Demand for Money, 

Goals and Instruments of Monetary Management in Closed and Open Economies. 

The relation between the Central Bank and the Treasury. 

Proposal for ceiling on the growth rate of money.

(b) Public Finance and its Role in Market Economy: 

In stabilization of supply, allocation of resources and in distribution and development. 

Sources of Government revenue, forms of Taxes and Subsidies, their incidence and effects. Limits to taxation, loans, crowding-out effects, and limits to borrowings. 

Public expenditure and its effects.

International Economics :

(a) Old and New theories of International Trade.

Comparative advantage,

Terms of Trade and Offer Curve.

Product Cycle and Strategic Trade Theories.

Trade as an engine of growth and theories of underdevelopment in an open economy.

(b) Forms of Protection: 

Tariff and quota.

(c) Balance of Payments Adjustment:

Alternative Approaches.

Price versus income, income adjustments under fixed exchange rates.

Theories of Policy Mix.

Exchange rate adjustments under capital mobility.

Floating Rates and their Implications for Developing Countries : Currency Boards.

Trade Policy and Developing Countries.

BOP, adjustments and Policy Coordination in open economy macromodel.

Speculative attacks.

Trade Blocks and Monetary Unions.

WTO: TRIMS, TRIPS, Domestic Measures, Different Rounds of WTO talks.

Growth and Development :

(a)Theories of growth : Harrod’s model;

Lewis model of development with surplus labour.

Balanced Unbalanced Growth.

Human Capitals and Economic Growth.

Research and Development and Economic Growth.

(b) Process of Economic Development of less developed countries: 

Myrdal and Kuzments on economic development and structural change: 

Role of Agriculture in Economic Development of less developed countries.

(c) Economic Development and International Trade and Investment, Role of Multinationals.

(d) Planning and Economic Development: 

changing role of Markets and Planning,

Private-Public Partnership.

(e) Welfare indicators and measures of growth

Human Development Indices. 

The basic needs approach.

(f) Development and Environmental Sustainability

Renewable and Non-renewable Resources, 

Environmental Degradation, 

Intergenerational equity development.

Paper 2

A. The Pre-Liberalization Era

  • Contribution of Vakil, Gadgil and V.K.R.V. Rao.
  • Agriculture : Land Reforms and land tenure system, Green Revolution and capital formation in agriculture.
  • Industry Trends in composition and growth, Role of public and private sector, small scale and cottage industries.
  • National and Per capita income : Patterns, trends, aggregate and sectoral composition and changes therein.
  • Broad factors determining National Income and distribution, Measures of poverty, Trends in poverty and inequality.

B. The Post-Liberalization Era

(i) New Economic Reform and Agriculture 

  • Agriculture and WTO, 
  • Food processing, 
  • Subsidies, 
  • Agricultural prices and public distribution system, 
  • Impact of public expenditure on agricultural growth.

(ii) New Economic Policy and Industry: 

  • The strategy of industrialization, 
  • Privatization, 
  • Disinvestments, 
  • Role of foreign direct investment and multinationals.

(iii) New Economic Policy and Trade: 

  • Intellectual property rights: 
  • Implications of TRIPS, TRIMS, GATS and new EXIM policy.

(iv) New Exchange Rate Regime

  • Partial and full convertibility, 
  • Capital account convertibility.

(v) New Economic Policy and Public Finance: 

  • Fiscal Responsibility Act, 
  • the Twelfth Finance Commission and 
  • Fiscal Federalism and 
  • Fiscal Consolidation.

(vi) New Economic Policy and Monetary System:

  • Role of RBI under the new regime.

(vii) Planning

  • From central Planning to indicative planning, 
  • Relation between planning and markets for growth and decentralized planning : 
  • 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments.

(viii) New Economic Policy and Employment: 

  • Employment and poverty
  • Rural wages
  • Employment Generation
  • Poverty alleviation schemes
  • New Rural, Employment Guarantee Scheme


What is the booklist for the subject?

Economics is a very dynamic subject hence, you must limit your resources for the same and study them multiple times to yield benefits. Be selective while studying.

  1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  2. The Indian Economy – Sanjiv Verma
  3. Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri
  4. Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
  5. Banking – S.B. Gupta
  6. Dictionary of Economics – Graham Bannock; T.E. Baxter, Ray Rees
  7. Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin
  8. Economic Survey: Twelve Five Year Plan: New Industrial Policy – Government of India
  9. Economics – Paul A. Samuelson
  10. Economics Choice – Koutsweanik
  11. Growth and Development – M L Jhingan
  12. International Economics – Bo Soderston
  13. International Economics – H.G. Mannur or Salvatore
  14. International Trade – Bo Soderston
  15. MacroEconomic Analysis – Edward Shapiro
  16. Modern Banking – R.S. Sayers
  17. Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara
  18. Money Supply in India: Concepts, Compilation and Analysis: Functions and Working – Reserve Bank of India
  19. National Income Accounting – Neethu
  20. Outline of Monetary Economics – A.C.I. Day
  21. Public Finance – H.L. Bhatia
  22. Public Finance – K.K. Andley and Sundharam
  23. The Economic Times
  24. Economical and Political Weekly

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