Environment, Bio-Diversity, Climate Change & General Science
In the preceding article,
we discussed the significance and
strategy for Economy and Social Development. Now, another topic that often
overlaps with the issues of social development, is Environment, Biodiversity and
This issue has gained
prominence lately. Since the concerns towards the environmental issues have
become visible in the global discourses,
UPSC expects the aspirants to have an
understanding of the various issues related to the environment and biodiversity.
In the recent past,
questions have been asked on various international conventions on climate change
and biodiversity. Since Indian government has been taking a keen interest in the
climate issue, there are many developments in the field. Thus, a candidate must
understand the various developmental aspects and the major initiatives.
It is important to make an intelligent
study of these topics. Since there is a lot of information available on these
topics, you must first analyze what is to be read.
In Chemistry, important minerals and their
ores, are important. Questions are generally asked about the economically
Similarly, Biology has some
important segments from which atleast one question is asked every year. You will
find one or two questions relating to the distribution of flora and fauna, in
India or the world. Thus, you might read the respective topics carefully.
However, if you really find it difficult to read and remember about the trivial
details of some topics, you might choose to skip them, but only if you have made
a better grip on other topics.
Another important segment
of the science and technology relates to the developments in the field of IT,
Space, Defense, Nuclear Power, Biotechnology etc. However, a candidate should
focus on the application of these topics, instead of mugging up about the theory
associated. It is in this context that aspirants from every background are
placed on an equal footing.
If we look at the
IAS (Pre.) GS 2013, there
were 13 questions from the Science section. Interestingly, a majority of these
13 questions were asked from Biology section. Thus, the candidates should focus
on Biology section more, while putting lesser effort for the traditional
theories of physics and chemistry.
- Prepare the Science and
Environment section from the point of view of the
IAS (Pre) Exam. Do not
attempt to attain advanced study for the topics, otherwise you might end
up wasting a lot of time.
- Keep an eye on the current affairs
in the world of science and technology. It is the main center from where
questions are being asked.
- Biology, Environment and Climate
are the areas to focus.
We are always available to guide you, in
making decisions and in planning your preparations. Please feel free to contact
us, to help you in any way.
We wish the Candidates All the Best!!