How to approach Indian polity and governance in Prelims and GS2 of mains?
Polity is an important topic at all the three stages of exam, be it Prelims, Mains or Interview.
The significance of the subject is carried forward, even when you get into the service. It forms an important part of administration.
Follow integrated approach while studying polity then half of the work is completed in GS2 of mains.
‘Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant’ http://www.amazon.in/Indian-Polity-M-Laxmikanth/dp/1259064123/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=3626&creative=24790&linkCode=ur2&tag=webm-21alone can fetch you close to 100% marks in Polity section in the Prelims stage. This is based on the experience of all the Toppers. The language used is lucid and very easy to understand, even for a beginner who is reading Polity for the first time. However, because of its factual nature, one must revise more.
9/11 Polity MCQs in CSAT-2014 could be solved from this book alone!
Highly recommend for UPSC Prelims, Mains, CAPF, CDS; SSC T1, BPSC & other state Public Services.
Other sources that must be read for current events on polity are : Hindu,Yojana, and India year book(polity 3 rd chapter).An app which you must download is UPSC Press Information Bureau. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=upsc.pib.news&hl=en
For mains, Laxmikant is not enough.There are not many direct polity questions in mains. Questions are generally issue based. But you can always make your answer more credible by citing constitutional provisions as every issue can be connected with constitution if you remember articles and have a decent understanding of its significance. Supplement Laxmikant with Subhash Kashyap http://dl.flipkart.com/dl/our-constitution-introduction-india-s-constitution-constitutional-law/p/itmdvtxzx5t3erg8?pid=9788123707341&affid=ashainpatn&affExtParam1=studyor D D Basu http://dl.flipkart.com/dl/introduction-constitution-india-21st/p/itmdyymcfk8jp8hf?pid=9788180389184&affid=ashainpatn&affExtParam1=study to get more clarity. Keep a copy of PM Bakshi to read articles.