UPSC Civil Services Examination General Studies (GS paper 3) syllabus

UPSC Civil Services Examination CSE/IAS, mains General Studies (GS 3), syllabus mainly focus on following areas and subjects 1) Technology, 2) Economic Development, 3) Bio diversity, Environment, 4) Security and Disaster Management. Detailed syllabus provided by UPSC is goven below:



UPSC CSE General Studies (GS Paper 3) syllabus

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

⚫ Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

⚫ Government Budgeting.

⚫ 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

⚫ 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.

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

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

⚫ Investment models.

⚫ 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.

⚫ Role of external state and nonstate actors in creating challenges to internal security.

⚫ 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

UPSC CSE Mains syllabus

Mains exam consists of a total of 9 papers, Essay, GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4, Optional 1, Optional 2, Indian Language Paper and English language Paper. The main exam has 1750 marks.

PaperMax MarksSyllabusNature
Paper - A - Indian Language300 MarksOne of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.Qualifing
Paper- B - English Language300 MarksEnglish LanguageQualifing
Paper-I Essay250MarksWrite essays on multiple topicsCounted for merit ranking
Paper-II General Studies I250MarksIndian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and SocietyCounted for merit ranking
Paper-III General Studies II250MarksGovernance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relationsCounted for merit ranking
Paper-IV General Studies III250MarksTechnology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster ManagementCounted for merit ranking
Paper-V General Studies IV250MarksEthics, Integrity and AptitudeCounted for merit ranking
Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1250MarksSyllabusCounted for merit ranking
Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2250MarksSyllabusCounted for merit ranking


One must try to concentrate his studies in accordance with the syllabus given by UPSC and should organise notes paper wise, upsc mains exam requires a lot of writing practice as well.


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