[Download] General Studies Paper3:(Economy, Agro, Disaster, Sci-Tech) of UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam 2013, topicwise separated

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  1. Prologue
  2. GS3 Question Paper: Topicwise
    1. Economy (60m)
    2. Agro and Food Processing (50m)
    3. Environment+Disaster 45m
    4. Sci-tech 45m
    5. Internal security (50m)
  3. GS3 Question Paper: Linear
  4. GS3: Original Scan / Hindi Medium
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Prologue

  • For UPSC Civil services Mains-2013 Question pears: GS1 click me; for GS2 click me; GS3 given here and GS4 coming soon.
  • General studies paper 3 uses the same rules: 1 mark = 20 words; 250 marks = 5000 words within three hours.
  • nothing from cropping pattern, irrigation system
  • nothing from e-technology for farmer
  • nothing from ‘economics of animal rearing’
  • nothing from linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  • nothing from ‘mandates of various security forces’
  • From investment model, straightforward question on PPP (contrary to the fear that of some random extremely complicated theory will be asked.)
  • History repeats itself: Some candidates made mistake in interpreting ‘pink revolution’ = increasing onion production (given all the news related to Onion price rise). Similar thing happened few years back when UPSC asked about “hot money” – some candidate wrongly defined “hot money” as money invested by terrorists in share market. (in that era, P-notes, terrorist money in sharemarket and FII pullout- all three were making news, so concepts got mixed up).

Anyways, more detailed analysis later. Let’s check the paper itself.

GS3 Question Paper: Topicwise

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Economy (60m)

Economic vs inclusive growth
  1. With a consideration towards the strategy of inclusive growth, the new company’s bill, 2013 has indirectly made CSR a mandatory obligation. Discuss the challenges expected in its implementation in right earnest. Also discuss other provisions in the bill and their implications.
10
Budget/taxation
  1. What are the reasons for introduction of Fiscal responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) act, 2003? Discuss critically its salient features and their effectiveness.
10
  1. What is meaning of the term tax-expenditure? Taking housing sector as an example, discuss how it influences budgetary policies of the government.
10
  1. Discussion the rationale for introducing Good and services tax in India. Bring out critically the reasons for delay in roll out for its regime.
10
investment model
  1. Adaptation of PPP model for infrastructure development of the country has not been free from criticism. Critically discuss the pros and cons of the model.
10
liberalization
  1. Examine the impact of liberalization on companies owned by Indian. Are the competing with the MNCs satisfactorily?
10

Agro and Food Processing (50m)

food security
  1. Food security bill is expected to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in India. Critically discuss various apprehensions in its effective implementation along with the concerns it has generated in WTO
10
subsidies
  1. What are the different types of agriculture subsidies given to farmers at the national and state levels? Critically analyze the agriculture subsidy regime with the reference to the distortions created by it.
10
[Food processing]
  1. India needs to strengthen measures to promote the pink revolution in food industry for better nutrition and health. Critically elucidate the statement.
10
  1. Discuss the impact of FDI entry into multi-trade retail sector on supply chain management in commodity trade pattern of the economy.
5
  1. Though India allowed foreign direct investment (FDI) in what is called multi brand retail through joint venture route in September 2012, the FDI even after a year, has not picket up. Discuss the reasons.
5
[Land reforms]
  1. Establish the relationship between land reform, agriculture productivity and elimination of poverty in Indian Economy. Discussion the difficulty in designing and implementation of the agriculture friendly land reforms in India.
10

Environment+Disaster 45m

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  1. What do you understand by run of the river hydroelectricity project? How is it different from any other hydroelectricity project?
5
  1. Write a note on India’s green energy corridor to alleviate the problems of conventional energy.
10
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  1. How important are vulnerability and risk assessment for pre-disaster management. As an administrator ,what are key areas that you would focus in a disaster management
10
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  1. What are the consequences of illegal mining? Discuss the ministry of environment and forests’ concept of “GO AND NO GO” zones for coal mining.
10
  1. Enumerate the National Water Policy of India. Taking river Ganges as an example, discuss the strategies which may be adopted for river water pollution control and management. What are the legal provisions for management and handling of hazardous wastes in India?
10

Sci-tech 45m

Public health related: 20m

  1. Bring out the circumstances in 2005 which forced amendment to section 3(d) in the Indian Patent Law, 1970. Discuss how it has been utilized by Supreme court in its judgment rejecting Novartis patent application for “Glivec“. Discuss briefly the pros and cons of the decision.
  2. What do you understand by fixed dose drug combinations (FDCs)? Discuss their merits and demerits.

Technology (physics/IT/nano/Misc.) 25m

  1. What do you understand by Umpire decision review in cricket? Discuss its various components. Explain how silicon tape on the edge of a bat may fool the system? 10m
  2. 5 x 3 = 15m
    1. What is digital signature? What does its authentication mean? Giver various salient built in features of a digital signature.
    2. How does the 3D printing technology work? List out the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.
    3. What is an FRP composite material? How are they manufactured? Discuss their applications in aviation and automobile industry

Internal security (50m)

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  1. Money laundering poses a serious threat to country’s economic sovereignty. What is its significance for India and what steps are required to be taken to control this menace?
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  1. What are social networking site and what security implications do these sites present?
  1. Cyber warfare is considered by some defense analysts to be a larger threat than even Al Qaeda or terrorism. What do you understand by Cyber warfare? Outline the cyber threats which India is vulnerable to and bring out the state of the country’s preparedness to deal with the same.
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  1. Article 244 of Indian Constitution relates to Administration of Scheduled areas and tribal areas. Analyze the impact of non-implementation of the provisions of fifth schedule on the growth of Left Wing Extremism.
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  1. How far are India’s internal security challenges linked with border management, particularly in view of the long porous borders with most countries of South Asia and Myanmar?

GS3 Question Paper: Linear

(10 marks 200 words each, unless specifically mentioned)

  1. With a consideration towards the strategy of inclusive growth, the new companies bill, 2013 has indirectly made CSR a mandatory obligation. Discuss the challenges expected in its implementation in right earnest. Also discuss other provisions in the bill and their implications.
  2. What are the reasons for introduction of Fiscal responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) act, 2003? Discuss critically its salient features and their effectiveness.
  3. What is meaning of the term tax-expenditure? Taking housing sector as an example, discuss how it influences budgetary policies of the government.
  4. Food security bill is expected to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in India. Critically discuss various apprehensions in its effective implementation along with the concerns it has generated in WTO
  5. What are the different types of agriculture subsidies given to farmers at the national and state levels? Critically analyze the agriculture subsidy regime with the reference to the distortions created by it.
  6. India needs to strengthen measures to promote the pink revolution in food industry for better nutrition and health. Critically elucidate the statement.
  7. Examine the impact of liberalization on companies owned by Indian. Are the competing with the MNCs satisfactorily?
  8. Establish the relationship between land reform, agriculture productivity and elimination of poverty in Indian Economy. Discussion the difficulty in designing and implementation of the agriculture friendly land reforms in India.
  9. two questions: each with 5 marks, 100 words
    1. 9A: Discuss the impact of FDI entry into multi-trade retail sector on supply chain management in commodity trade pattern of the economy.
    2. 9B: Though India allowed foreign direct investment (FDI) in what is called multi brand retail through joint venture route in September 2012, the FDI even after a year, has not picket up. Discuss the reasons.
  10. Discussion the rationale for introducing Good and services tax in India. Bring out critically the reasons for delay in roll out for its regime.
  11. Write a note on India’s green energy corridor to alleviate the problems of conventional energy.
  12. Adaptation of PPP model for infrastructure development of the country has not been free from criticism. Critically discuss the pros and cons of the model.
  13. Bring out the circumstances in 2005 which forced amendment to section 3(d) in the India n Patent Law, 1970. Discuss how it has been utilized by Supreme court in its judgment rejecting Novartis patent application for “Glivec“. Discuss briefly the pros and cons of the decision.
  14. What do you understand by fixed dose drug combinations (FDCs)? Discuss their merits and demerits.
  15. What do you understand by Umpire decision review in cricket? Discuss its various components. Explain how silicon tape on the edge of a bat may fool the system?
  16. two questions: each with 5 marks, 100 words
    1. 16A. What is digital signature? What does its authentication mean? Giver various salient built in features of a digital signature.
    2. 16B. How does the 3D printing technology work? List out the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.
  17. two questions: each with 5 marks, 100 words
    1. 17A. What is an FRP composite material? How are they manufactured? Discuss their applications in aviation and automobile industry
    2. 17B. What do you understand by run of the river hydroelectricity project? How is it different from any other hydroelectricity project?
  18. How important are vulnerability and risk assessment for pre-disaster management. As an administrator ,what are key areas that you would focus in a disaster management
  19. What are the consequences of illegal mining? Discuss the ministry of environment and forests’ concept of “GO AND NO GO” zones for coal mining.
  20. Enumerate the National Water Policy of India. Taking river Ganges as an example, discuss the strategies which may be adopted for river water pollution control and management. What are the legal provisions for management and handling of hazardous wastes in India?
  21. Money laundering poses a serious threat to country’s economic sovereignty. What is its significance for India and what steps are required to be taken to control this menace?
  22. What are social networking site and what security implications do these sites present?
  23. Cyber warfare is considered by some defense analysts to be a larger threat than even Al Qaeda or terrorism. What do you understand by Cyber warfare? Outline the cyber threats which India is vulnerable to and bring out the state of the country’s preparedness to deal with the same.
  24. Article 244 of Indian Constitution relates to Administration of Scheduled areas and tribal areas. Analyze the impact of non-implementation of the provisions of fifth schedule on the growth of Left Wing Extremism.
  25. How far are India’s internal security challenges linked with border management, particularly in view of the long porous borders with most countries of South Asia and Myanmar?

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Using the same three sacred audit rules from UPSC General Studies paper 1

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FRBM In the economic survey ch.3 summary and in Kelkar fiscal deficit article, I did mention FRBM, but never gave its salient features for 200 words. 10 0
GST Namit wrote about GST challenges and benefits with timeline. (October) 10 10
CSR spending Lloyd D’Souza (September entry) gave all the pros and cons/challenges, although didn’t provide “other provisions in the bill” 10 6
food security vs WTO http://mrunal.org/2013/11/result-october-writing-competition-revision-notes-for-everyone-border-security-bilateral-relation-constitution-comparision-culture-and-more.html

  • In October Competition- Rahul, Akansha and Vikrant neatly explained this topic.
10 10
Subsidies
  • #1: Again, in October competition, Rahul et al neatly summarized this subsidy issue (above link)
  • #2 truckload of schemes/subsidies under: this [Food processing] article
10 10
pink revolution
  1. Poultry and Meat under [Food processing] article series
  2. shrimp farming under [Food processing] article

Some books mention “pink revolution” = shrimp/prawn. But

  1. food processing Ministry in its pib release calls pink revolution =meat and poultry.
  2. FAO says the same.
  3. Even Narendra Modi says the same (in November-speech, he said “Congies are promoting “pink revolution” by giving subsidy to slaughter houses).

Anyways, Since the question mentions “pink revolution for nutrition and health” hence point goes to meat and poultry.

10 10
FDI (two Qs) 5 x 2=10 Under [Food processing] FDI, Export dumping article -sufficient content to write 100 words on each. additional matter in economic survey summaries 10 10
Land reform http://mrunal.org/2013/11/land-reforms-tenancy-reform-tenancy-protection-acts-in-india-features-benefits-obstacles-limitations-impact-evaluation.html#809[Land reforms] article series given more than sufficient points on this. 10 10
Disaster risk assessment
  1. P. Bharath Kumar’s summary of 2nd ARC’s crisis management report (sept. competition)
  2. Nalinesh Chand explained how MNREGA, PMGSY etc. can be used for risk reduction (Oct. competition)
10 10
Novartis Patent under [Public Health] series part 2 of 3, this section 3(D) “evergreening” was explained and pro and anti arguments also given.additional content under Arun Chettiyar‘s IPR article in September competition 10 10
3D printing http://mrunal.org/2013/09/science-tech-thehindu-june-july-aug-part-3-of-3-it-nano-space-national-cyber-security-policy-wi-vi-irnss-ilc-arihant-reactor.html#498under Hindu Sci-Tech compilations, this topic has been covered multiple times. Although I’ve never explained mechanism in ‘detail’, except that 3D printer uses “CAD drawing as reference” 5 3
money laundering http://mrunal.org/2013/11/result-october-writing-competition-revision-notes-for-everyone-border-security-bilateral-relation-constitution-comparision-culture-and-more.htmlIn October competition, Neha, Ravi Kumar and Nava Bharti gave to the point content for this. 10 10
digital signature Cyber Security from CERT compiled (September competition)But since it is a verbatim compilation of CERT website, hence cannot claim genuine credit under “spray and pray” rule. 10 0
Naxal vs. 5th sch. A.Anil Kumar, Praveen Katiyar et al (Sept. entry) 10 10
Border mgmt. http://mrunal.org/2013/11/result-october-writing-competition-revision-notes-for-everyone-border-security-bilateral-relation-constitution-comparision-culture-and-more.htmlBorder Securities entries from Ankush, Abhishek and others. Sufficient coverage of these porous borders. 10 10
total total out of 250 marks 145 119

This #epicsuccess was not possible without contribution by people in those three writing competition. So thank you all those who participated. Paper 4 coming soon.

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102 Comments on “[Download] General Studies Paper3:(Economy, Agro, Disaster, Sci-Tech) of UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam 2013, topicwise separated”

  1. everything from hindu newspaper

  2. It very simple when you read Mrunal Auditing……when you are sitting in the examination hall everything look like aata to hai but bhool raha hoon ……Moral of the story (specifically for those who have not been to examination hall yet)…make it habit to write down the answer completely for each question before making and comment on the level and standard of questions……write write and only write……nahi to sub kuch deemag mai hi rah jayega…nothing will come on paper…(this is my personal experience)…

    1. Hats off bro.. Well said :)

  3. 25 questions 180 minutes, pretty much boils down to approx 7 mins per question. I am going with the assumption that the average junta wont be knowing 2 questions per paper. So its 23 questions in 180 minutes boiling down to 7.8mins or approx equal to 8mins.

    My strategy would be to mark the sure questions first in the paper and go for them and finish then within 1hour 45 – 50 mins. I think with our optimized prep we can expect 12-15 sure questions to be answered. Next is mark the moderate preparation questions and try to finish it by and try to finish it by next 45-50 mins. This will be 5-8 questions in average. At the end we will be left with around 20 mins in hand in which we can add 1/2 points for the unknown questions in hope of getting grace marks or add extra points to the already written answers. I personally would go for adding 1/2 points for the unknown questions.

    In the prepatory level i think its important to give mock tests in the given pattern. The paper is lengthy and until we write fast in a legible manner which makes some coherent sense, we wont be able to crack it. We cannot allow ourselves to get nervous by seeing the paper, and that can happen only if we have a lot of question answer writting practise.

    Also now I am getting the importance of reading Hindu. Sio many points we can write if we regularly read and analyse Hindu. That i think should be the primary pick up point for this kind of paper.

  4. SIR I WANNA TELL U THAT IN 2012 ABOUT 3 HRS ARE ALLOTED TO WRITE AN UNINTRRUPTED ESSAY OF ABOUT 2500 WORDS SO HOW COULD ONE WRITE 5000 WORDS (200 EACH) WITH LOTS OF BRAIN STORMING IN JUST 3 HRS!!!!! ITS NOT A ATYACHAAR

  5. awesome as usual sir.

  6. Pink revolution refers to MEAT revolution as per FAO

  7. Valuation is going to be tricky. Attempting 13-15 questions with full effort is better than 8 proper answers and 10 vague answers. Its all about the quality. It all depends on how comprehensively you have written.

  8. Mrunal sir,
    Will u plz provide animal husbandry optional paper.
    Will be greatful to u..
    Regards

  9. Concept Of GO NO Go Zones.
    In mid march 2010, Jai Ram Ramesh announced his ministry had begun identifying green cover in 9 coal fields (Singrauli,IB valley,Mand Raigarh,Sohagpur,Talcher,Vardha valley,Hasdeo-Arand, North karanpura and West bokaro). The ministry classified these blocks into categories:
    (1) Category A or NO GO areas
    (2) Category B or GO areas
    The current policy defines category blocks as those having either more than 10 percent weighted forest cover(WFC) or more than 30 percent gross forest cover(GFC). If both the conditions are not met it is a category B block.
    So far 203 caol blocks spread over 3039 km^2 involving 660 million tons production are falling under NO GO category.
    AIM:- Prioritising forest area under Forest Conservation Act 1980, to prevent avoidable serious adverse impact on forest and wild life. Even with afforestation and reclamation it is not possible to restore Bio Diversity.
    The concept of GO and NOGO areas is only indicative and not legally enforceable.
    The exercise meant , no coal reserve in NO GO area will ever be considered for mining application and coal block under Go area will go through normal procedures of environmental clearence.
    Result was that only 53 percent of coal blocks studied were cleared and the rest 47 percent were not to be touched.

  10. i have tried a lot but in any paper except paper 4 , i didnt able to answer more than 20 questions…. i m surprised how others write so fast… with my all might I cant write more than 20 questions in any condition. so m worried, m still in race or totally out??????

    1. Even I couldn’t manage more than 20 questions in any gs paper except in the 4th one. If others have managed to write 23-14 questions well then definitely the have superhuman speed and then we are out of race. If they have compromised with the standard then we are still in as every question asked us to analyse, justify and discuss.
      We need 100+ in every paper hope we can manage that (fingers crossed)

  11. Its the quality of answers that matters and leave an imprint on the person who checks the copy.. So I think ,attempt above 190 marks with good quality answers should be quite safe.

  12. Hello Mrunal! Its “CONSERVATION” not “CONVERSATION” under the Biodiversity heading. Nice analysis, though. Thanks a lot!

    1. ya ya … and ya

  13. sir,ur posts are really helping me a lot.plz upload telugu literature papers also.

  14. Hi guys….
    I attempted around 200 marks in gs1,gs2 and gs3 each…..gs4 was average….
    wrote an essay on s & t app. 2200 words ….sociology went good….
    Nobody at my centre(50 odd candidates) was able to complete the gs papers….
    god knows about my prospects :-)
    All d best to all aspirants….

  15. I wad totally shocked wen I count that I have solved only 15 que in g.s1 and felt that its over..but could manage in rest of 3 g.s with 210 avg…..but then realised dnt get panicked wid 1 paper…as all other too imp……n for paper 3…current affairs..not just memorising fact but analysis is quite imp…

  16. @ashu I think u have done quite well in managing an avg attempt of 210 in remaining 3 papers…….all the best

  17. we all can make strategies ,think of it as much as u can.i faced the heat this year.all strategies will fail.exhaustive knowledge,recalling pts at that time ,momentum and writing speed will help.

  18. @udit you r right..but its all about how we counter those 3 hours..we have done our work to the best we could…..now its the almighty who holds our results..lets hope for the best…..

  19. Is there any possibility of cutting marks in Interview because of AGE Factor? like i am 29 . But i have pretty good work ex of 7 years… do UPSC go by some of the recommendation of committees like Hota Committee (which recommended age of 21-25 years i guess) on Max AGE criteria for Civil Servants…….

    Pls comment….

  20. All such discussion goes on speculations….interview is all about how tackling those 20 odd minutes….if it goes well u r in and if not then bad luck….all d best.

  21. plz upload telugu literature 2013mains papers

  22. Hey Mrunal..plase let me know what the question meant by pink revolution. I have written the answer as the production of onion as I had read it earlier.But when I searched for it I got so many meanings relating to onion, prawn, meat. Now I think you’ll clear my doubt on it.

  23. did Ramesh Singh indian economy book work for economy portion?

  24. If someone has attended 20 Qns and answered well those 20 in all four GS papers,it is extremely a good performance. You can definitely expect a call.

  25. mujhe economics first grade ke notes hindi bhasha main chahiye

    1. hi pratima.Lal and Lal ki Bhartiya Arthavyavastha book le lo.70% book bahut achchi hai.remaining part Ramesh Singh se parh lo.

  26. sir, which books should i chose for economics for mains

  27. Sir can you give us the book list for the agriculture section in gs paper 3, you have given many articles on food processing; i don’t have any idea about what books to read regarding the other topics related to agriculture.

  28. Hi, Can you please provide the exact definition of the term Tax expenditure?

    1. Tax expenditure refers to the revenue forgone by the government through various tax concessions.

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