IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS3 question paper, which is already shared in this website. As expected, GS3 Question paper gave maximum weightage for Economy (120 marks out of 250). Science and Tech as well as Internal Security bagged together the second prize for most number of questions from a single area. Most of the questions were of current relevance.
IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Analysis and Break-Up of Marks
IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Question Areas and Types
|Qn. No||Subject||Question||Marks||Question Type|
|1||Economy||Companies Bill||10||Current Analytical|
|3||Economy||Tax Expenditure||10||Static Analytical|
|4||Economy||Food security bill||10||Current Analytical|
|5||Economy||Agriculture subsidies||10||Static Analytical|
|6||Economy||Pink revolution||10||Current Analytical|
|7||Economy||Impact of liberalization on companies||10||Current Analytical|
|8||Economy||Land reform||10||Current Analytical|
|9||Economy||FDI entry into multi-trade retail sector||5||Current Analytical|
|Economy||FDI not picking up in multi-trade retail sector||5||Current Analytical|
|10||Economy||Good and services tax in India||10||Current Analytical|
|11||Economy||India’s green energy corridor||10||Current Analytical|
|12||Economy||PPP model for infrastructure development||10||Current Analytical|
|13||Economy + Science and Technology||Patent Law, 1970 + Glivec||10||Current Analytical|
|14||Science and Technology||Fixed dose drug combinations (FDCs)||10||Current Analytical|
|15||Science and Technology||Umpire decision review in cricket||10||Current Analytical|
|16||Science and Technology||Digital signature||5||Current Conceptual|
|Science and Technology||3D Printing||5||Current Conceptual|
|17||Science and Technology||FRP composite material||5||Current Conceptual|
|Science and Technology||Run of the river hydroelectricity project||5||Current Conceptual|
|18||Disaster management||Disaster management||10||Current Analytical|
|19||Environment||Illegal mining + Go and No go zones||10||Current Analytical|
|20||Environment||National Water Policy of India||10||Current Analytical|
|21||Internal Security||Money laundering||10||Current Analytical|
|22||Internal Security||Social networking sites||10||Current Analytical|
|23||Internal Security||Cyber warfare||10||Current Analytical|
|24||Internal Security||Article 244 + Left Wing Extremism||10||Current Analytical|
|25||Internal Security||Border management||10||Current Analytical|
IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Analysis and Inference
- Most of the questions, particularly from Internal security came along expected lines according to UPSC syllabus. As there was no ready made text book in the market covering GS3 as a whole, only wide reading (online and offline) would help candidates.
- Most of the question were current affairs related analytical ones.
- Questions like 3D printing was among the hot news, but questions like Fixed dose drug combinations (FDCs) and FRP composite material troubled many aspirants.
- Time management was again a crucial factor. Not adding the same on all analysis as “lack of time” has became a cliche with the emergence of 25 essay questions in UPSC Civil Services Exam.
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