A Strategy for UPSC IAS Mains: GS Paper-III By Yuvraj IAS
Civil Services aspirants generally find the GS Paper- III a tricky paper to answer. Thus scoring well in this paper, can give you an advantage over other aspirants and can ultimately prove crucial as the marks aspirants score in the UPSC Mains Examination hold the key in determining the final rank. A well planned and structured approach can help an aspirant who is new to these subjects, answer the paper comfortably. GS Paper- III broadly covers,
- Economic Development,
- Bio diversity,
- Security and
- Disaster Management.
Conquering GS Paper III
Any strategy to prepare for the GS Paper-III would be incomplete if current affairs aren’t addressed. In fact, from the Civil Service (Mains) Examination, 2014, the GS Paper –III had only one question from theory. 19 questions are of current / contemporary nature, and majority of them appeared in ‘The Hindu’. Thus knowledge of current affairs and issues discussed in ‘The Hindu’ are extremely important to score well in this paper. Since the GS Paper III is composed of two core subjects, namely, ‘Economy’, and ‘Environment and Ecology’, students must first prepare these topics thoroughly. The Yuvraj IAS’s tablet lectures for these topics are exhaustive and cover each topic in detail. Even if you are a novice in these subjects, with no base whatsoever, the tablet lectures can take you through the maze of topics in these sections with great ease. The economics lectures are packed with questions which you can answer towards the end of each concept. This reinforces the concept in your mind really well.
- Since current affairs plays an important part in this paper, in addition to the current affairs notes you take down from the Yuvraj IAS’s online video lectures on key topics, you can keep a box file within which key articles pertaining to ‘Indian Economy’ from newspapers such as ‘The Hindu’ can be neatly secured. You will observe that on key issues, several perspectives, opinions and view will be expressed. It is these articles which you should preserve for revision. For example, issues such as the GST Bill, RBI Independence, etc.
- Make notes on blank sheets of paper, or alternatively on an unruled notebook. Draw margins on both sides of the paper, as this familiarizes you with the format of the answer booklet given to candidates appearing for the Mains Examination.
- Use Mnemonics wherever possible. You can create mnemonics that work for you. For Example, the schemes under, ‘Bharat Nirman’ can be memorized using the mnemonic ‘WRITE H’- wherein each alphabet denotes one component, i.e. W: Water, R: Roads, I: Irrigation, E: Electricity, T: Telephone, and H: Housing.
- Use illustrations while making notes. You can use sticky notes for drawing brief diagrams, flowcharts, etc. which you can then paste on the textbook page you are referring to, or on the notebook you are maintaining for points which you are jotting down from the tablet. This will help during revision.