OPSC Main Exam Syllabus : Law

Updated on: Apr 18, 2013

Section A - (Constitutional Law of India)

1. Preamble and nature of Indian Constitution
2. General ideas on the fundamental rights
3. Right to equality
4. Right to freedom of speech and expression
5. Right to life and personal liberty
6. Right to Constitutional Remedies
7. Directive principles of State Policies and Fundamental Duties
8. Constitutional position of the President and relation with the Council of Ministers
9. Governor and his Powers
10. Appointment and Transfer of Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court
11. Supreme Court and High Courts : Powers and Jurisdiction
12. Union Public Service Commission and State Public Service Commissions : Powers and Functions
13. Distribution of Legislative Powers between the Union and the States
14. Administrative Relationship between Union and the States
15. Emergency Provisions
16. Civil Servants : Constitutional safeguards
17. Parliamentary Privileges
18. Amendment of the Constitution
19. Principle of Natural Justice
20. Judicial Review of Administrative Actions

Section B - (International Law)

1. Nature and Definition of International Law Relationship between International Law and Municipal Law
2. Individuals , Nationality, Statelessness; Human Rights and procedures available for their enforcement
3. State Recognition and State Succession
4. Treaties : Formation, application & termination
5. United Nations : Its principal organs, powers, and functions : General Assembly & Security Council
6. Concept of Human Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
7. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966
8. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966.
9. International Commission on Human Rights
10. New international economic order and monetary law: WTO, TRIPS, GATT, IMF, World Bank


Section A

Law of Crimes

1. General Principles of Criminal Liability: mens rea and actus reus, Mensrea in statutory offences
2. Stages of Crime : Preparations and criminal attempts
3. General Exceptions
4. Joint and constructive liability
5. Abetment
6. Criminal conspiracy
7. Offences against the State
8. Offences against public tranqulity
9. Offences against human body
10. Offences against property
11. Offences against Women
12. Defamation
13. Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988

Law of Torts

1. Nature and definition
2. Liability based upon fault & strict liability
3. Vicarious liability, State Liability
4. General defences
5. Joint tortfeasors
6. Negligence
7. Defamation
8. Nuisance
9. Conspiracy
10. False imprisonment
11. Malicious Prosecution
12. Consumer Protection Act, 1986

Section B

Law of Contracts and Mercantile Law

1. Formation of Contract
2. Factors vitiating consent
3. Void, Voidable, illegal and unenforceable agreements
4. Performance and discharge of contracts
5. Quasi-contracts
6. Consequences of breach of contract
7. Contract of Agency
8. Sale of goods and hire purchase
9. Formation and dissolution of partnership
10. Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 Negotiable Instruments meaning, Promissory Note, Bill of exchange, Cheque, crossing of cheques and Dishonor of cheques

Literature Of The Following Subjects

Note (i) - In regard to the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to Constitution, the scripts are given below :-

Language Script
  • Hindi -- Devanagari
  • Oriya -- Oriya
  • Sanskrit -- Devanagari
  • Persian -- Persian
  • Urdu -- Persian
Note (ii) - Candidates should note that the questions not required to be answered in a specific language will be answered in English.

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