General Studies 3 Paper Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC

General Studies 3 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas : Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. Detailed syllabus as provided by UPSC is as below:

General Studies 3 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

• Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
• Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
• Government Budgeting.
• Major crops 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
• 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.
• Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and
downstream requirements, supply chain management.
• Land reforms in India.
• Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial
• Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
• Investment models.
• Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
• Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new
• Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and
issues relating to intellectual property rights.
• Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
• Disaster and disaster management.
• Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
• Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
• 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
• Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with
• Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Reference Books for General Studies Paper 3 [Suggestions by]

IAS Mains General Studies Paper 3

The basic book-list recommended by many toppers is provided in the link IAS Books for UPSC Mains. If you need additional books/weblinks for reference, the below mentioned links might turn useful. Tip : You can search/buy online these books using the Flipkart/Amazon Search Box provided in this website. (Right Side Bar)

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  1. NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development, NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development (All Chapters 1 to 10) and NCERT Class XII – Macroeconomics, NCERT Class VIII Geography text, Resources and Development.
  2. A book like Science &Technology for Civil Services Examinations by A.K. Singh.
  3. Science and Technology in India (Spectrum).
  4. Security Management: UPSC Civil Services Main Examination by Shamna Hussain.
  5. India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  6. Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  7. Biodiversity, Environment and Disaster Management: UPSC Civil Services Main Examination by Shamna Hussain
  8. Newspapers like The Hindu Business Line, Business Standard or Economic Times.
  9. Five Year Plan from Planning Commission Website :
  10. Budget from
  11. Economic Survey. (Economy)
  12. Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  13. Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
  14. Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
  15. India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  16. Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  17. ‘State of India Agriculture’ reports on
  18. Union Ministries of Water Resources (
  19. Union Ministry of Power (
  20. Ministry of Science and Technology.
  21. Food Security Aspects :

Additional Links:

  1. Useful Civil Services Books.
  2. Civil Services Study Materials for Online Preparation.
  3. IAS Question Papers.
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