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Union Executive for IAS Prelims Preparation

The Indian Constitution not only prescribes the fundamental rights and duties of the citizens, but also the structure and Organisation of the Government, i.e Union Executive and State Executive.

Part V of the Constitution deals with the Organisation of Union Executive. The Union Executive consists of President, Vice-President, Prime Minister and his Council of Ministers , Attorney General.

Again this is yet another important area. The no. of questions ranges from 2-4 each year. A thorough reading of even the Bare Act of Constitution of India can enable us to answer questions from this part.

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. PM & Council of Ministers
  4. Cabinet Committees
  5. Attorney General
  • Laxmikant 4th edition: Chapter 17-21

[2012 Prelims]

1) The Prime Minister of India, at the time of his/ her appointment

a) need not necessarily be a member of one of the Houses of the Parliament but must become a member of one of the Houses within six months
b) need not necessarily be a member of one of the Houses of the Parliament but must become a member of the Lok Sabha within six months
c) be a member of one of the Houses of the parliament
d) must be a member of the Lok Sabha
2) According to the Constitution of India, it is the duty of the President of India to cause to be laid before the Parliament which of the following?

1) The Recommendations of the Union Finance Commission
2) The Report of the Public Accounts Committee
3) The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
4) The Report of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes
Select the correct answer the using the codes given below:

a) 1 only
b) 2 and 4 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

[2013 Prelims]

1) Consider the following statements: Attorney general of India can
1. Take part in the proceedings of the Lok Sabha
2. Be a member of a committee of the Lok Sabha
3. Speak in the Lok sabha
4. Vote in the Lok Sabha
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 and 4 only
c) 1,2,3
d) 1 and 3 only

2) Consider the following statements:
1. The council of ministers in the Centre shall be collectively responsible to the Parliament.
2. The union ministers shall hold the office during the pleasure to the President of India.
3. The Prime Minister shall communicate to the President about the proposals for legislation.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1,2,3

[2014 Prelims]

1) Which of the following is/are the function/functions of the Cabinet secretariat?
1. Preparation of agenda for Cabinet Meetings
2. Secretarial Assistance to cabinet committees
3. Allocation of Financial resources to the Ministries.
Select the correct answer using the code given below
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 2 only
d) 1,2,3

2) Consider the following statements
1. The President shall make rules for the more convenient transaction of the business of the Government of India, and for the allocation among Ministers of the said business.
2. All executive actions of the Government of India shall be expressed to be taken in the name of the Prime Minister.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both
d) None

[2015 Prelims]

1) Consider the following statements:
1. The Executive Power of the union of India is vested in the Prime Minister.
2. The Prime Minister is the ex officio Chairman of the Civil Services Board.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both
d) None