Analysis of IAS Main Exam 2014: General Studies Paper III



Analysis of IAS Main Exam 2014: General Studies Paper III


In General studies mains 2014 - PAPER III

  • “1 mark=16 words.”
  • 12.5 marks=200 words
  • i.e. 4000 words in 3 hours .

(1) Economic Development : Total Questions – 09 Questions {out of 20} (45 %)
(2) Science and Technology : Total Questions – 03 Questions {out of 20} (15 %)
(3) Bio diversity, Environment and Disaster Management : Total Questions – 03 Questions {out of 20} (15 %)
(4) Security Challenges : Total Questions – 05 Questions {out of 20} (25 %)

Like Paper I and II here also in GS-III, the length of paper decreased. 20 questions of 200 words in Paper II and the same trend is here also working in GS Paper III, seems to suggest that UPSC too thinks now that 25 questions are very difficult to be answered in 200 words each in 3 hours.

In Paper III almost 20 questions are of contemporary nature(current based) , and majority of them appeared in national newspapers like the Hindu and Indian Express. Therefore, one should maintain the habit of reading newspaper on daily basis and keeping short notes out of it.

In our Contemporary Issues of General Studies Mains this year we warned you of topics of contemporary relevance (current based) .

Economic Development ( 112.5 marks)

  1. Normally countries shift from agriculture to industry and then later to services, but India shifted directly from agriculture to services. What are the reasons for the huge growth of services vis-a-vis industry in the country? Can India become a developed country without a strong industrial base? ( 12.5 marks)

  2. While we found India’s demographic dividend, we ignore the dropping rates of employability. What are we missing while doing so? Where will the jobs that India desperately needs come from? Explain. ( 12.5 marks)
    The right to fair compensation and transparency land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement act, 2013 has come into effect from 1 January 2014. What implication would it have on industrialization and agriculture in India? ( 12.5 marks)

  3. Capitalism has guided the world economy to unprecedented prosperity. However, it often encourages shortsightedness and contributes to wide disparities between the rich and the poor. In this light, would it be correct to believe and adopt capitalism driving inclusive growth in India? Discuss. ( 12.5 marks)

  4. Foreign direct investment in the defence sector is now said to be liberalized. What influence this is expected to have on Indian defence and economy in the short and long run? ( 12.5 marks)

  5. Explain how private public partnership agreements, in longer gestation infrastructure projects, can transfer unsuitable liabilities to the future. What arrangements need to be put in place to ensure that successive generations’ capacities are not compromised? ( 12.5 marks)

  6. National urban transport policy emphasizes on moving people instead of moving vehicles. Discuss critically the success of various strategies of the government in this regard. ( 12.5 marks)

  7. There is also a point of view that agriculture produce market committees (APMCs) set up under the state acts have not only impeded the development of agriculture but also have been the cause of food inflation in India. Critically examine. ( 12.5 marks)

  8. “In the villages itself no form of credit organisation will be suitable except the cooperative society.” – All Indian rural credit survey. Discuss this statement in the background of agriculture finance in India. What constrain and challenges do financial institutions supplying agricultural finances? How can technology be used to better reach and serve rural clients? ( 12.5 marks)

Science and Technology (37.5 marks)

  1. Can overuse and the availability of antibiotics without doctor’s prescription, the contributors to the emergence of drug-resistant diseases in India? What are the available mechanisms for monitoring and control? Critically discuss the various issues involved. ( 12.5 marks)

  2. Scientific research in Indian universities is declining, because a career in science is not as attractive as our business operations, engineering or administration, and the universities are becoming consumer oriented. Critically comment. ( 12.5 marks)

  3. In a globalised world, intellectual property rights assume significance and are a source of litigation. Broadly distinguish between the terms – copyrights, patents and trade secrets. ( 12.5 marks)

Bio diversity, Environment and Disaster Management (37.5 marks)

  1. Should the pursuit of carbon credit and clean development mechanism set up under UNFCCC be maintained even through there has been a massive slide in the value of carbon credit? Discuss with respect to India’s energy needs for economic growth. ( 12.5 marks)

  2. Drought has been recognized as a disaster in view of its party expense, temporal duration, slow onset and lasting effect on various vulnerable sections. With a focus on the September 2010 guidelines from the National disaster management authority, discuss the mechanism for preparedness to deal with the El Nino and La Nina fallouts in India. ( 12.5 marks)

  3. Environmental impact assessment studies are increasingly undertaken before project is cleared by the government. Discuss the environmental impacts of coal-fired thermal plants located at Pitheads. ( 12.5 marks)

Security Challenges (62.5 marks)

  1. The diverse nature of India as a multi-religious and multi-ethnic society is not immune to the impact of radicalism which has been in her neighborhood. Discuss along with the strategies to be adopted to counter this environment. ( 12.5 marks)

  2. International civil aviation laws provide all countries complete and exclusive severity over the airspace above the territory. What do you understand by airspace? What are the implications of these laws on the space above this airspace? Discuss the challenges which this poses and suggests ways to contain the threat. ( 12.5 marks)

  3. How illegal trans-border migration does pose a threat to India’s security? Discuss the strategies to curb this, bring out the factors which give impetus to such migration. ( 12.5 marks)

  4. In 2012, the longitudinal marking of the high-risk areas for piracy was moved from 65° East to 78° east in the Arabian Sea by International Maritime organisation. What impact does this have on India’s maritime security concerns? ( 12.5 marks)

  5. China and Pakistan have entered into an agreement for development of an economic corridor. What thread does it dispose for India’s security? Critically examine. ( 12.5 marks)

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