The Constitution, in its current form (September 2012), consists of a preamble, 25 parts containing 448 articles, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments to date.

Parts:

The individual Articles of the Constitution are grouped together into the following Parts:

  • Preamble
  • Part I – Union and its Territory
  • Part II – Citizenship.
  • Part III – Fundamental Rights.
  • Part IV– Directive Principles of State Policy.
  • Part IVA – Fundamental Duties.
  • Part V – The Union.
  • Part VI – The States.
  • Part VII – States in the B part of the First schedule (Repealed).
  • Part VIII – The Union Territories
  • Part IX – The Panchayats.
  • Part IXA – The Municipalities.
  • Part IXB – The Co-operative Societies.
  • Part X – The scheduled and Tribal Areas
  • Part XI – Relations between the Union and the States.
  • Part XII – Finance, Property, Contracts and Suits
  • Part XIII – Trade and Commerce within the territory of India
  • Part XIV – Services under the Union, the States.
  • Part XIVA – Tribunals.
  • Part XV – Elections
  • Part XVI – Special Provisions relating to certain classes.
  • Part XVII – Languages
  • Part XVIII – Emergency Provisions
  • Part XIX – Miscellaneous
  • Part XX – Amendment of the Constitution
  • Part XXI – Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions
  • Part XXII – Short title, date of commencement, Authoritative text in Hindi and Repeals

Schedules:

Schedules are lists in the Constitution that categorize and tabulate bureaucratic activity and policy of the Government.

  • First Schedule (Articles 1 and 4) – This lists the states and territories of India, lists any changes to their borders and the laws used to make that change.
  • Second Schedule (Articles 59(3), 65(3), 75(6), 97, 125, 148(3), 158(3), 164(5), 186 and 221)- – This lists the salaries of officials holding public office, judges, and Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
  • Third Schedule (Articles 75(4), 99, 124(6), 148(2), 164(3), 188 and 219)—Forms of Oaths – This lists the oaths of offices for elected officials and judges.
  • Fourth Schedule (Articles 4(1) and 80(2)) – This details the allocation of seats in the Rajya Sabha (the Upper House of Parliament) per State or Union Territory.
  • Fifth Schedule (Article 244(1)) – This provides for the administration and control of Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes
  • Sixth Schedule (Articles 244(2) and 275(1))— Provisions for the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Mizoram.
  • Seventh Schedule (Article 246) —The union (central government), state, and concurrent lists of responsibilities.
  • Eighth Schedule (Articles 344(1) and 351)—The official languages.
  • Ninth Schedule (Article 31-B) – Validation of certain Acts and Regulations.
  • Tenth Schedule (Articles 102(2) and 191(2))—”Anti-defection” provisions for Members of Parliament and Members of the State Legislatures.
  • Eleventh Schedule (Article 243-D) — Panchayati Raj (rural local government).
  • Twelfth Schedule (Article 243-W) — Municipalities (urban local government).

Appendices:

  • Appendix I—The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954.
  • Appendix II— Re-statement, with reference to the present text of the Constitution, of the exceptions and modifications subject to which the Constitution applies to the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Appendix III—Extracts from the Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1978.
  • Appendix IV—The Constitution (Eightysixth Amendment) Act, 2002.
  • Appendix V— The Constitution (Eightyeighth Amendment) Act, 2003.

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