CSS Syllabus Psychology – 100 Marks

 I. Nature and Scope of Psychology: Definition and scope, Psychology as a Science, Schools, Perspectives, and Models of Psychology, Recent Trends

II. Biological Basis of Behaviour: Nervous System, Neuron and its function, Central and Peripheral Nervous System, Endocrine System

III. Sensation and Perception: Sensory process through sense organs, Perception, Gestalt Principles, Binocular and Monocular cues, Illusions and Extra Sensory Perception, Determinants of Perception

IV. Learning and Memory: Nature and Forms of Learning, Types of learning: Classical and Operant Conditioning, Reinforcement, Extinction, Discrimination, Punishment, Observational Learning, Theories of Learning, Types of Memory, Process of Memory, Forgetting, Theories of Memory

V. Motivation and Emotion: Homeostasis, Factors affecting Motivation, Biogenic and Social Motives, Measurement of Human Motivation, Theories of Motivation, Emotions, Types of Emotions, Physiological changes and Emotion, Theories of Emotion.

VI. Psychological Assessment: Attributes of Psychological Measures, Validity, Reliability, Item Analysis, Norms, Modern Test Theory, Selection and Training, Educational and Clinical Assessment, Ethical Standards and Legal Issues

VII. Personality: Determinants of Personality, Factors in Development of Personality, Theoretical Perspectives, Traits and Types, Personality Assessment and Techniques, Cross-Cultural Issues.

VIII. Intelligence: Theories of Intelligence, Types of intelligence (IQ, EQ), Assessing

IX. Social Influence and Group Dynamics: Social Facilitation, Attribution, Conformity, Obedience, Altruism, Attitudes, Social Norms.

X. Developmental Psychology: Physical, Cognitive, Social and Emotional development in Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood and Old Age

XI. Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: Concept and causes of Abnormality, Clinical Assessment and Intervention, Different disorders such as Schizophrenia, Mood disorder, Anxiety disorder, Personality disorder, etc. Psychological treatment including different Therapeutic techniques.

XII. Organizational/Industrial Psychology: Leadership styles, Decision making, Work motivation, Organizational Culture, Stress and Conflict at Work and its Management, Organizational Socialization, Job related Attitude, Sexual Harassment, Glass Ceiling, Human Computer interaction.

XIII. Health Psychology: Beliefs and Behaviour, Models of Health Psychology, Assessment and Intervention, Models of Stress, Chronic and Terminal Illness, Role of Social Support.

XIV. Forensic Psychology: Psychology and Law, Investigation, Confession, Eyewitness Testimony, Working with Offenders, Juvenile Delinquents, Drug Addicts, Sex Offenders etc.


S.No. Title Author
1. Applied Industrial/Organizational
Aamodt, M.
2. Introduction to Psychology Atkinson R. C., & Smith, E. E
3. Social Psychology Baron, R. A
4. Introduction to Forensic Psychology Bartol, C. R
5. Foundation of Physiological Psychology Carlson, N. R.
6. Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to
Mind and Behavior
Coon, D., &Mitterer, J.
7. Development Across the Life Span Feldman, R.
8. Introduction to Psychology Fernald, L. D., & Fernald, P.S
9. Introduction to Psychology Atkinson & Hilgard’s, Fredrickson, B
10. Forensic Psychology Fulero, S. M., &Wrightsman
11. Foundation of Psychology Hayes, N
12. Introduction to Psychology Kalat, J. W
13. Abnormal Psychology Kring, A. M
14. Psychology Myers, D. G.
15. Psychology: Concepts and Connections Rathus, S.
16. Life Span Development Santrock,J. W.
17. Organizational Psychology Singh, P.
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