Topic-Wise GS 3 Questions for UPSC Mains

The General Studies (GS) 3 Paper of UPSC Civil Services (Mains) Examination comprises Economic Development, Agriculture, Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology, Security and Disaster Management. This article will provide you with the set of GS-III Questions asked in UPSC Mains from the year 2013-2021 in the IAS Exam.

Candidates preparing for UPSC 2022, can download the topic-wise UPSC Prelims Questions PDF in the linked article. 

Aspirants can get a similar set of topic-wise GS 1, 2, and 4 questions of UPSC Mains from the links provided in the table below:

Important Topics of Mains GS 3

The major topics in the IAS Mains General Studies paper 3 are:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Agriculture
  3. Science & Technology
  4. Environment & Ecology
  5. Security, and
  6. Disaster Management

In mains GS 3 paper, questions revolve around the above-mentioned topics. The only difference is in the number of questions from these. To understand the trend analysis of the GS 3 along with the strategy and syllabus, candidates can check GS 3 Structure, Strategy and Syllabus page.

GS 3 Questions Topic Wise Analysis

The table below mentions the number of questions asked from each topic in UPSC Mains GS-III from 2013-2021:

GS 3 Questions – Economics
Year Number of Questions
2013 8
2014 7
2015 6
2016 6
2017 6
2018 5
2019 4
2020 4
2021 5

Candidates can get the Economics Questions for UPSC Mains GS 3 in the linked article.

GS 3 Questions – Agriculture
Year Number of Questions
2013 4
2014 2
2015 2
2016 3
2017 4
2018 4
2019 4
2020 4
2021 4

Candidates can get the Agriculture Questions for UPSC Mains GS 3 in the linked article.

GS 3 Questions – Science & Technology
Year Number of Questions
2013 5
2014 3
2015 6
2016 3
2017 2
2018 3
2019 4
2020 4
2021 3

Candidates can get the Science & Technology Questions for UPSC Mains GS 3 in the linked article.

GS 3 Questions – Environment & Ecology
Year Number of Questions
2013 2
2014 2
2015 1
2016 3
2017 2
2018 4
2019 2
2020 3
2021 3

Candidates can get the Environment Questions for UPSC Mains GS 3 in the linked article.

GS 3 Questions – Security
Year Number of Questions
2013 5
2014 3
2015 4
2016 4
2017 4
2018 3
2019 4
2020 4
2021 3

Candidates can get the Security Questions for UPSC Mains GS 3 in the linked article.

GS 3 Questions – Disaster Management
Year Number of Questions
2013 2
2014 1
2015 1
2016 1
2017 1
2018 1
2019 2
2020 1
2021 2

Candidates can get the Disaster Management Questions for UPSC Mains GS 3 in the linked article.

Check all UPSC Previous Question Papers in one place, in the linked article.

UPSC Preparation:

Frequently Asked Questions on Topic-Wise GS 3 Questions for UPSC Mains

Q 1. How many questions are there in UPSC mains GS 3?

Ans. There are 20 questions, 10 questions carrying 10 marks each and 10 questions carrying 15 marks each.

Q 2. Is coaching material enough for UPSC?

Ans. No, BYJU’S study material is good for UPSC preparation. Ultimately, there is no substitute for hard work, and how well you manage your time while preparing for the examination and during the examination.

Q 3. How can I prepare for UPSC GS 3?

Ans. Candidates can refer to the steps given below to prepare for UPSC GS 3 paper:

  • Understand the syllabus and contours of the subjects that are covered in the GS-3
  • Go through the previous years questions to get a better idea of the type of questions that may be asked

The subjects covered in UPSC GS 3 are environment, science and technology, agriculture, economic development, security, disaster management. Go through the daily video analysis of The Hindu newspaper, go through the analysis given in Rajya Sabha TV, regularly prepare the notes.

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