UPSC CSE Mains 2021 Preparation Strategy
UPSC Prelims 2021 exam was recently concluded. The UPSC Prelims 2021 paper was on the tougher side of the spectrum and left many aspirants disheartened. Many prestigious institutes including Adda 247 have released prelims 2021 cut-off (expected). To see your prelims 2021 score, click here.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services exam each year in three phases- Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates who qualify UPSC Prelims are invited for writing UPSC Mains examination and candidates who qualify Mains are asked to appear in the Interview. UPSC Prepares a list of selected candidates based on the Mains and Interview marks of appearing candidates.
UPSC CSE Mains 2021 Preparation Strategy- UPSC Mains Exam Date
UPSC Mains 2021 exam is scheduled to take place from 7th January 2021. Given the limited amount of time available for the UPSC Mains preparation, it is vital for the aspirants to plan their UPSC mains preparation strategy accordingly.
UPSC Mains 2021 Exam: IAS Mains Subject List and Mains & Interview Marks Distribution
|Title of the Paper||Marks Allotted|
|Essay writing||250 Marks|
|General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)||250 Marks|
|General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||250 Marks|
|General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250 Marks|
|General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)||250 Marks|
|Optional Subject – Paper 1||250 Marks|
|Optional Subject – Paper 2||250 Marks|
|Sub Total in the written Test||1750 Marks|
|Personal Interview||275 Marks|
|Grand Total||2025 Marks|
UPSC CSE Mains 2021- Detailed Syllabus of UPSC Mains GS Paper 3
|· Indian Economy:
o Issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment;
o Inclusive growth and issues arising from it;
o Government Budgeting;
o Land reforms in India.
o Effects of liberalization on the economy,
o Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
o Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
o Investment models.
· Indian Agriculture:
o Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country;
o Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage;
o Transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints;
o e-technology in the aid of farmers;
o Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices;
o Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping;
o Issues of buffer stocks and food security;
o Technology missions;
o Economics of animal-rearing.
o Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
· Science and Technology:
o Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life;
o Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
o Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
o Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation;
o Environmental impact assessment
· Disaster Management: Disaster and disaster management.
o Linkages between development and spread of extremism;
o Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security;
o Challenges to internal security through communication networks;
o Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges;
o Basics of cyber security;
o Money-laundering and its prevention;
o Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism;
o Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
Steps to maximize your marks in UPSC Mains GS Paper 3
Indian Economy and Indian Agriculture
- Questions from the economy come mostly from current affairs but you need to give a background in the conceptual aspect as well. Cover important current affairs topics comprehensively both from the current as well as static perspectives.
- You must also memorize a few facts (official/reliable) and use them wherever they are needed.
- In agriculture, sometimes they combine agriculture with S & T or economy or even the environment. Prepare topics from agriculture while keeping these things in mind.
Science and Technology
- There are relatively fewer questions from science & tech but you must not ignore this as each mark is valuable in the exam.
- You should also know about the government’s schemes, policies and plans in the science and technology sector. Use this information aptly in your answers.
Environment and Disaster Management
- Like the above section, in this too, you must comprehensively prepare topics both from current and static perspectives.
- Global events of the last year should be comprehensively be covered and aspirants must use them where ever they can. This shows a broad understanding of the subject.
- Disaster-related topics should be prepared with environment and geography combined. This will help you write a comprehensive answer.
- Border security, Indo-China tensions, terrorism, Afghan issues, etc. shall be comprehensively prepared.
- Security-related questions should also include, economic, international and other geopolitical aspects. This will fetch you good marks in the UPSC Mains exam 2021.
All the Very Best to all the Civil Services Aspirants who are sweating day and night to make their dream of becoming a civil servant a reality.
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