Please find the UPSC Civil Services Main Exam General Studies Paper 3 Model Question Paper (GS3) below. You can download the same as a PDF using the print-pdf button on the bottom.
Question Paper Specific Instructions (General Studies – III; Time Allowed: Three Hours Maximum Marks: 250)
- Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting the questions:
- There are TWENTY questions printed in ENGLISH.
- All questions are compulsory.
- Answers to questions no. 1 to 10 should be in 150 words, whereas answers to questions no. 11 to 20 should be in 250 words.
- Questions no. 1 to 10 carry 10 marks each, whereas questions no. 11 to 20 carry 15 marks each.
Keep the word limit indicated in the questions in mind.
1. Evaluate the impact of economic liberalization of 1991 on the occupational structure in India. (150 words)
2. What are the challenges faced by the Civil Aviation sector in India? Critically examine the actions taken by the government to address such problems. (150 words)
3. What do you understand by monetary policy transmission? Discuss the impediments to monetary policy transmission in India? (150 words)
4. The measure of success should be the pattern of economic growth, which matters to citizens more than the amount of growth. Elucidate. (150 words)
5. What do you understand by ”Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM)” under the WTO? Comment on its significance for India. (150 words)
6. What are the Keystone species? With suitable examples discuss the importance of conservation of keystone species in India. (150 words)
7. Indian cities are facing the twin challenge of rapid urbanization and adapting to climate change. In the light of this statement make a case for the development of ‘climate-smart’ cities in India. (150 words)
8. Give an account of the growth and development of space science and technology in India. Why is it important for India to develop a cryogenic engine? (150 words)
9. Discuss the objectives of Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory – India (LIGO-India) project. Comment on its importance for the scientific community in India. (150 words)
10. With suitable examples discuss the internal security challenges caused by the social media and internet in India. Suggest measures to tackle this problem. (150 words)
11. The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003 (FRBM Act) has succeeded in bringing fiscal discipline in the state finances but failed to do so with respect to the center. Critically examine this statement. (250 words)
12. Discuss the factors responsible for the proliferation of Regional trade agreements (RTA). Are they substituting the multilateral trading system? (250 words)
13. To give stagnant agricultural growth a boost, the focus should shift from the country’s food security to the farmers’ income security. In the light of this statement critically evaluate the steps taken by the government to ensure income security of farmers. (250 words)
14. Discuss the factors that influence the cropping pattern in India. What changes in cropping pattern would you suggest to make farming a viable sector in India? (250 words)
15. Discuss the factors that hinder the development of Contract Farming in India. How the Model Contract Farming Model Act, 2018 aims to address these shortcomings? (250 words)
16. The burden of fighting climate change should primarily fall on developed countries not just because they are responsible for it in the first place but also because they are equipped to deal with the problem. Elucidate. (250 words)
17. NITI Aayog has chalked out an ambitious strategy for India to become an artificial intelligence (AI) powerhouse. Discuss the challenges for India in adopting the AI on a large scale. Also, add a note on the application of AI in agriculture and healthcare sector. (250 words)
18. Digital infrastructure and services are increasingly emerging as the key determinants of a country’s growth and well-being. In the light of this statement discuss the objectives and strategy of the National Digital Communications Policy 2018. (250 words)
19. Discuss the causes and consequences of recurrent flood hazards in India. In the light of the guidelines of NDMA (2008) describe the mechanisms for preparedness to reduce the risk during such events. (250 words)
20. Enumerate the unique characteristics that are common to the districts affected by the Left Wing Extremism (LWE). Discuss the challenges faced by the security forces in combating the LWE in these districts. (250 words).