UPSC Syllabus | GS Paper 3 | IAS Prep

Economics & Enviro are the mainstay of this GS Paper 3. The other 3 topics form a relatively small segment of this paper and are mostly covered at the end of time (which is a euphemism for last month of IAS Mains).

UPSC Syllabus for GS Paper 3 with Infographics [250 marks]


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The Civil Services Main examination is designed to test the academic talent of the aspirant, also his/her ability to present his/ her knowledge in a clear and coherent manner.

The Main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

Economics & Enviro are the mainstay of this GS Paper 3. While we can say that Economics will be an interesting read, not much can be said about Environment & Biodiversity. The other 3 topics form a relatively small segment of this paper and are mostly covered at the end of time (which is a euphemism for last month of IAS Mains).

#1. Indian Economy


  1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.  
  3. Government Budgeting.
  4. Major 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Food processing and related industries in India– scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  7. Land reforms in India.
  8. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads,  Airports, Railways  etc.
  10. Investment models focuses on Current Economics News here – Stories @Economics

#2. Environment & Biodiversity


#3. Science & Tech

  1. Science and  Technology – developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  2. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  3. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

    #4. Disaster Management

It forms an integral part of Environment & BioD. So, beyond policy and institutional maneuvers (by Center and State), you won’t have to focus on anything separately.

#5. Internal Security 

  1. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  2. Role of external state and nonstate actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  3. 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.
  4. Security challenges and their management in border areas;linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  5. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.


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