(Syllabus) Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) Syllabus & Paper : Law


Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET)-2010

Syllabus & Sample Questions: Law (Paper-II)

1. Constitutional Law of India

  • Preamble.
  • Fundamental Rights and Duties.
  • Directive Principles of State Policy.
  • Judiciary.
  • Executive.
  • Union State Legislative Relations.
  • Emergency Provisions.
  • Amendment of the Constitution.
  • Write Jurisdiction.

2. Legal Theory

  • Nature and Sources of Law.
  • Positivism, Natural Law Theory, Sociological Jurisprudence.
  • Theories of Punishment.
  • Rights and Duties.
  • Concepts of Possession and Ownership.

3. Public International Law

  • Nature of International Law and its relationship with Municipal Law.
  • Sources of International Law.
  • Recognition of States and Governments.
  • United Nations.
  • Settlement of International Disputes.
  • Human Rights.

4. Family Law

  • Concepts in Family Law.
  • Sources of Family Law in India.
  • Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage.

5. Law of Contracts-General Principles

  • Essentials of a valid contract.
  • Offer, acceptance and consideration.
  • Capacity to Contract-Minor’s contract.
  • Elements vitiating contract—mistake, fraud, misrepresentation, public policy, coercion, undue
  • influence, frustration of contract.
  • Remedies for breach of contract—Damages.

6. Law of Torts

  • Foundation of Tortuous Liability.
  • General Defenses to an action of Torty.
  • Vicaricus Liability.
  • Remoteness of Damages.
  • Contributory Negligence.
  • Absolute and Strict Liability.

7. Law of Crimes—General Principles

  • Nature and Definition of Offence.
  • General Exceptions.
  • Common Intention and Common Object.
  • Criminal Attempt, Conspiracy and Abetment.
  • Offences against Women.

8. Labor Law

  • Concepts-Industry, Industrial Dispute and Workman
  • Trade Union-Rights and Immunities of Registered Trade Union, Registration and its advantages
  • Methods for settlement of Industrial Disputes under Industrial Dispute Act, 1947
  • Strike and Lockout as Instruments of collective Bargaining Retrenchment, Lay-off and closures.

Paper-III (Parts A & B) (Core & Elective/Optional)


  • Essential Features of Indian Constitution.
  • Distribution of Legislative Powers between Union and States.
  • Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles of State Policy.
  • Judiciary.
  • Parliament and State Legislatures.
  • Amending Process of the Constitution.
  • Role of Election Commission in Democratic Process.


  • Nature, Scope and Importance of Administrative Law.
  • Principles of Natural Justice.
  • Administrative Discretion and its Control.
  • Judicial Review of Administrative Action—Writ Jurisdiction.
  • Lokpal and Lokayukta.


  • Nature and Sources of Law.
  • Legal Concepts—Right, Duty, Ownership, Possession and Person.
  • Judicial Process—Application of Doctrine of Precedent of India.
  • Judicial Contribution in bringing Social Changes.
  • Law and Morality.


  • General Principles of Criminal Law—meaning, nature, essentials and stages of offence.
  • Joint Liability; Abetment and Criminal Conspiracy.
  • Offences against Human Body.
  • Offences against Property.
  • Defamation.


  • Environmental Pollution—Meaning of Environment and Environmental Pollution; Kinds of Pollution.
  • Legislative measures for prevention and control of Environmental Pollution in India—Air and Water Pollution and General Protection of Environment.
  • International Development for Protection of Environmental Pollution.
  • Remedies for Environmental Protection—Civil, Criminal and Constitutional.
  • Importance of Forest and Wild life in protecting environment.
  • Environmental impact assessment and control of Hazardous wastes.


  • Nature of International Law and its sources.
  • Concept of Sovereignty and its relevance today.
  • Recognition of State and Governments.
  • Extradiction, Asylum, Nationality and Status of Refugees.
  • International Court of Justice.
  • UNO and its organs.
  • Global Trade Regime under International Law.


  • Marriage.
  • Divorce.
  • Adoption and Guardianship.
  • Maintenance.
  • Matrimonial Remedies.
  • Uniform Civil Code.


  • Concept and Development of Human Rights.
  • Contribution of United Nations in the Development and Implementation of Human Rights.
  • Implementation of Human Rights in India—Role of National Human Rights Commission.
  • Protection of Marginalized Groups—Women, Children, Minorities and Refugees.


  • Nature and definition of Tort.
  • General Principles of Tortuous Liability.
  • Specific Torts—Negligence, Nuisance and Defamation.
  • Absolute Liability—Emerging trends in India.
  • Consumer Protection—Evolution of Consumer Rights and Redressed of Consumer Grievances.


  • Partnership Act—Nature and essentials of partnership mutual rights and liabilities of partners,
  • advantages of registration of firms.
  • Sales of Goods Act.
  • Negotiable Instruments Act.
  • Company Law—Role of Directors, Doctrines of Indoor Management and Ultra Vires.

Sample Questions: Paper-II


1. Read Assertion (A) and Reason (R) and with the help of codes given below, point out the correct explanation :

Assertion (A) : President in consultation with the Chief Justice and four other senior-most Judges of the Supreme Court decides about the appointment of the Judges of the Supreme Court. Reason (R) : President of India is the Head of the Executive.

Codes :

(A) Both A and R are true and R is good explanatory of A.

(B) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanatory of A.

(C) A is true but R is false.

(D) A is false but R is true.

2. The author of ‘Social Engineering’ is

(A) John Austin

(B) H.L.A. Hart

(C) Roscoe Pound

(D) John Salmond

3. Jus Cogens means

(A) Securing Justice

(B) U.N. Peace-keeping Force

(C) Place where International Court of Justice is located

(D) A peremptory principle of International Laws.