General Studies Paper 3 Syllabus – UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam.

General Studies Paper 3

General Studies Paper 3 Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam comprises of five major areas such as Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. Detailed syllabus of General Studies Paper 3 as provided by UPSC is as below:

General Studies Paper 3 Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilisation 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.

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  • Effects of liberalisation on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial
  •  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; indigenisation of technology and developing new
  • 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 non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organised crime with
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Books list for General Studies Paper 3

The basic book-list suggested by many toppers is given in the post-IAS Books for UPSC Civil Service Prelims & Mains. We are prescribing a special booklist that focuses only on General Studies  Paper 1 of Mains Exam.

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  1. India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  2. Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  3. Economic Survey. (Economy)
  4. Science and Technology in India. (Science and Technology)
  5. Environment by Shankar IAS Academy
  6. India Year Book 2022 (Current Affairs)
  7. Manorama Yearbook 2023. (Current Affairs)

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