IAS Main (Written) Exam 2014:General Studies III:Understanding Syllabus

Article would help students to understand the syllabus of IAS Main (Written) General Studies Paper III and make strategy accordingly

Jagran Josh
Sep 26, 2014, 15:43 IST

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) IAS Main (Written) Exam consists of four General Studies Papers. IAS Main (Written) Exam 2014 would commence from 14 December 2014. IAS Main (Written) Exam General Studies Paper III is concerned with the topics related to Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

Candidates must stick to the Syllabus for IAS Main General Studies Paper III notified by the UPSC for General Studies Paper III. Questions asked in IAS Main 2013 were current oriented and more weightage was given to Economics. Questions were direct and analytical. Candidates should develop the analytical grasp over the topics of this paper by reading intensively and extensively.

Detailed explanation of  the Syllabus of IAS Main General Studies Paper III is as follows:-

Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
•    Various Five years Plans objectives and causes of failures
•    Mobilization of financial resources for plans
•    Change in patterns of growth and development. Comparing growth between pre reform and post reform eras.
•    Employment issues, measurements, economic reforms and employments, various programs for employment generation.

Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
•    Issues related to Poverty and its eradication
•    Financial inclusion
•    Various policies and programs for inclusive growth

Government Budgeting

It includes Expenditure of government, Taxation Policies  and Different Forms of Budget , FRBM Act  and Issues related to Federal Finance and recommendation of Finance Commission

Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
Its subtopics include Green Revolution, Prospects of Second Green Revolution, concept of evergreen revolution,  Rabi, Kharif and Zaid crops

Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

Land reforms in India

It includes Abolition of intermediaries, Tenancy reforms, Ceiling on holdings , Consolidation of holdings and cooperative farming.

Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

Different components of Economic reforms , Impacts of Economics reforms on growth,  employment  and Desirability of more economic reforms etc.

Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

Investment models.

FDI, FII, PPP, etc.

Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Disaster and disaster management.

Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

such as Roshni for Naxalite affected areas and Himayat for Kashmir.

Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

Such as situation in Kashmir and Naxalite problems in India

Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism

Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate


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