The IAS Main will commence from 1st December, 2013. After changing the IAS Main Exam Pattern in civil services advertisement for 2013, this will be the first occasion that the IAS Main will be conducted on the new (Changed) Pattern. The General Studies has a greater weightage in the examination now in comparison to the earlier IAS Main Examinations.
The Detailed syllabus and exam pattern is discussed elsewhere in jagranjosh.com here we are concern with the General Studies -III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management).
Though provide separately this time but it was a part of the syllabus ever since General Studies is in existence. Economic Developmental concepts are the most dynamic concepts and the candidates are required to know the various upcoming economic issues influencing the economic development of the country. Our economy is mixed type and the traditional approach is to look up to the Government for all the services. But the time has changed now and Public-Private Partnership is emerging at a fast speed. So the candidates should keep a tab on the recent Economic issues and the latest happenings occurring around the world because in today’s scenario all the economies are interrelated and nobody can contradict the aftereffects of one economy’s spill over on the other country. The second most important area of concern in the paper is the Bio-diversity and Environment because it is emerging as the most important concern and has the implications on all the developmental projects.
This Paper requires the strong fundamentals of economic concepts and their implications on the Society as a whole. The current Government Policies, the basis of taking such decisions and their impact and implications on the nation as a whole. The In-depth knowledge of the economic concept is mandatory for this paper here the NCERT on Indian ECONOMIC Development; NCERT on Macro Economics And NCERT on Micro Economics comes into play. Apart from this the Books the candidates should also have a reading of One Basic Economy Book such as Indian Economy by MISHRA and Puri or Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram. In addition to this the candidate should also read thoroughly the Indian economic Survey and The important points and announcement of the Budget and link them with the ongoing economic development process.
For the Environment and Biotechnology one should keep reading the newspaper and visiting Jagranjosh.com/current-affairs for the current updates in the field of Biotechnology, Genetics, new developments in cloning technologies and the likes. For the basic the candidates should read NCERT Books for Science Class VIII, IX, X and also XI & XII for selected topics. The important is the current discoveries and inventions in field of Nano technology and the technologies which can help us in agriculture. For disaster management the candidates should read the fundamental objectives of the disaster managements. The IGNOU booklet on Disaster Management is very useful for this purpose. The candidates should also visit the ndma.gov.in to get a clearer picture and concepts of Disaster Management.
Nowadays the questions in the paper are twisted to churn out the maximum from the candidate and hence the questions of economy and their social impacts on the society are intertwined and hence difficult to answer. The candidate should also treat these questions in the light of the current happenings in the Indian Society. The candidates answer should reflect the actual conditions with their relation to the ideal conditions.
Jagranjosh wish the candidates all the best.