The UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination consists of 9 papers conducted over a period of 5 days. Out of these, the first two papers in IAS Exam-English and compulsory Indian language, are qualifying in nature. Candidates have to secure at least 25% marks in these two to be eligible for merit ranking, based on the rest of the UPSC Mains papers and the interview.
Check the table below to understand the scheme and subjects of IAS examination:
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In this series of articles, we will be talking about the structure of General Studies Papers in Mains. Candidates targeting UPSC 2020 may check the linked article.
IAS Mains General Studies-III
The UPSC Syllabus for General Studies III is focussed on the following subjects:
- Economic Development
- Disaster Management
As we can see, there is scope for significant overlap between the topics covered in General Studies II and General Studies III.
Structure of Mains General Studies Paper-III for IAS
The major features of the General Studies Paper III in Mains Exam are:
- There are 20 questions printed in both English and Hindi, the questions can be answered only in the language specified during application.
- The paper is divided into two sections, the first ten questions are of 10 marks each and have a 150 word limit for the answers, and the last ten questions are of 15 marks each and have a 250 word limit for the answers.
- The paper has a special emphasis on Economic Development, so it is expected to have questions answers to which would theoretically spill over to Social Justice and international relations from GS II. Also, the questions from Environment may have some overlap with the Geography knowledge required for GS-I and Economic Development and Biodiversity from GS II itself. Due to this, analysing each question and writing to the point answers within the word limit is important.
- The questions related to Security and disaster management are mostly asked in the second half of the paper, so it is important to brush up on topics related to Internal Security and Disaster Management as well as new age topics like cybercrime.
It is always advisable to check IAS Toppers of previous years’ exams so as to know their strategies to ace the examination.
Syllabus of Mains General Studies Paper-III for IAS
The following is the detailed Syllabus for General Studies III Paper in the UPSC Mains Examination:
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|Subsidies, Poverty Alleviation and Agricultural Technology||
|Food Processing and Related Industries||
|Science and Technology||
|Achievements of Indians in Science and Technology||
As we can see from the syllabus, internal security occupies a major part of the syllabus along with agriculture and related topics. It is equally important to pay attention to IAS Daily Current Affairs
While preparing for the General Studies Paper III., it is very important to look at the trends from the previous papers to understand the pattern of questions. We will be discussing the syllabus and questions in more detail in subsequent articles.
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