Civil Services Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Question Paper

UPSC Civil Services Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) continued the pattern of 25 compulsory essay questions to be written within 3 hours. Each of the questions were for 10 marks with 200 words- limit for each. Some questions had sub sections worth 5 marks and 100 words limit. (Marked in the questions). The instructions in the GS3 question paper are given at the end.

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Questions

Instructions for GS3 paper: There are 25 questions. All questions are compulsory. Word limit in questions wherever specified, should be adhered to. Content of the answer is more important than its length.

  1. With a consideration towards the strategy of inclusive growth, the new companies bill, 2013 has indirectly made CSR a mandatory obligation. Discuss the challenges expected in its implementation in right earnest. Also discuss other provisions in the bill and their implications.
  2. What are the reasons for introduction of Fiscal responsibility and Budget  Management (FRBM) act, 2003? Discuss critically its salient features and their effectiveness.
  3. What is meaning of the term tax-expenditure? Taking housing sector as an example, discuss how it influences budgetary policies of the government.
  4. Food security bill is expected to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in India. Critically discuss various apprehensions in its effective implementation along with the concerns it has generated in WTO
  5. What are the different types of agriculture subsidies given to farmers at the national and state levels? Critically analyze the agriculture subsidy regime with the reference to the distortions created by it.
  6. India needs to strengthen measures to promote the pink revolution in food industry for better nutrition and health. Critically elucidate the statement.
  7. Examine the impact of liberalization on companies owned by Indian. Are the competing with the MNCs satisfactorily?
  8. Establish the relationship between land reform, agriculture productivity and elimination of poverty in Indian Economy. Discussion the difficulty in designing and implementation of the agriculture friendly land reforms in India.
  9. [Two questions: each with 5 marks, 100 words]
    1. 9A: Discuss the impact of FDI entry into multi-trade retail sector on supply chain management in commodity trade pattern of the economy.
    2. 9B: Though India allowed foreign direct investment (FDI) in what is called multi brand retail through joint venture route in September 2012, the FDI even after a year, has not picket up. Discuss the reasons.
  10. Discussion the rationale for introducing Good and services tax in India. Bring out critically the reasons for delay in roll out for its regime.
  11. Write a note on India’s green energy corridor to alleviate the problems of conventional energy.
  12. Adaptation of PPP model for infrastructure development of the country has not been free from criticism. Critically discuss the pros and cons of the model.
  13. Bring out the circumstances in 2005 which forced amendment to section 3(d) in the India n Patent Law, 1970. Discuss how it has been utilized by Supreme court in its judgment rejecting Novartis patent application for “Glivec“. Discuss briefly the pros and cons of the decision.
  14. What do you understand by fixed dose drug combinations (FDCs)? Discuss their merits and demerits.
  15. What do you understand by Umpire decision review in cricket? Discuss its various components. Explain how silicon tape on the edge of a bat may fool the system?
  16. Two questions: each with 5 marks, 100 words
    1. 16A. What is digital signature? What does its authentication mean? Giver various salient built-in features of a digital signature.
    2. 16B. How does the 3D printing technology work? List out the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.
  17. [Two questions: each with 5 marks, 100 words]
    1. 17A. What is an FRP composite material? How are they manufactured? Discuss their applications in aviation and automobile industry
    2. 17B. What do you understand by run of the river hydroelectricity project? How is it different from any other hydroelectricity project?
  18. How important are vulnerability and risk assessment for pre-disaster management. As an administrator, what are key areas that you would focus in a disaster management
  19. What are the consequences of illegal mining? Discuss the ministry of environment and forests’ concept of “GO AND NO GO” zones for coal mining.
  20. Enumerate the National Water Policy of India. Taking river Ganges as an example, discuss the strategies which may be adopted for river water pollution control and management. What are the legal provisions for management and handling of hazardous wastes in India?
  21. Money laundering poses a serious threat to country’s economic sovereignty. What is its significance for India and what steps are required to be taken to control this menace?
  22. What are social networking site and what security implications do these sites present?
  23. Cyber warfare is considered by some defense analysts to be a larger threat than even Al Qaeda or terrorism. What do you understand by Cyber warfare? Outline the cyber threats which India is vulnerable to and bring out the state of the country’s preparedness to deal with the same.
  24. Article 244 of Indian Constitution relates to Administration of Scheduled areas and tribal areas. Analyze the impact of non-implementation of the provisions of fifth schedule on the growth of Left Wing Extremism.
  25. How far are India’s internal security challenges linked with border management, particularly in view of the long porous borders with most countries of South Asia and Myanmar?
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