UPSC CSE Mains 2017 General Studies 3 (GS 3) Question Paper

UPSC Civil Services Main Exam 2017

Dear aspirants, please find the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Mains) 2017 General Studies 3 (GS 3) Question Paper below. You can download the same as a PDF using the print-pdf button on the bottom.


  • Maximum Marks: 250. Time Allowed: Three Hours
  • There are TWENTY questions printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
  • All questions are compulsory.
  • Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QUA) Booklet in the space provided.
  • No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authorized one.
  • 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.
  • Keep the word limit indicated in the questions in mind.
  • Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet mast clearly struck off.

UPSC CSE Mains 2017 General Studies 3 (GS 3) Question Paper

  1. Among several factors for India’s potential growth, the savings rate is the most effective one. Do you agree? What are the other factors available for growth potential? (150 words, 10 marks)
  2. Account for the failure of the manufacturing sector in achieving the goal of labour-intensive exports rather than capital-intensive exports. Suggest measures for more labour-intensive rather than capital-intensive exports. (150 words, 10 marks)
  3. Examine the developments of Airports in India through Joint Ventures under Public-Private Partnership(PPP) model. What are the challenges faced by the authorities in this regard? (150 words, 10 marks)
  4. Explain various types of revolutions, took place in Agriculture after Independence in India. How have these revolutions helped in poverty alleviation and food security in India? (150 words, 10 marks)
  5. What are the reasons for poor acceptance of cost-effective small processing unit? How will the food processing unit be helpful to uplift the socio-economic status of poor farmers? (150 words, 10 marks)
  6. Stem cell therapy is gaining popularity in India to treat a wide variety of medical conditions including leukaemia, Thalassemia, damaged cornea and several burns. Describe briefly what stem cell therapy is and what advantages it has over other treatments? (150 words, 10 marks)
  7. India has achieved remarkable successes in unmanned space missions including the Chandrayaan and Mars Orbiter Mission, but has not ventured into manned space mission, both in terms of technology and logistics? Explain critically. (150 words, 10 marks)
  8. Not many years ago, river linking was a concept but it is becoming reality in the country. Discuss the advantages of river linking and its possible impact on the environment. (150 words, 10 marks)
  9. Discuss the potential threats of Cyberattack and the security framework to prevent it. (150 words, 10 marks)
  10. The north-eastern region of India has been infested with insurgency for a very long time. Analyze the major reasons for the survival of armed insurgency in this region. (150 words, 10 marks)
  11. One of the intended objectives of Union Budget 2017-18 is to ‘transform, energize and clean India’. Analyse the measures proposed in the Budget 2017-18 to achieve the objective. (250 words, 15 marks)
  12. “Industrial growth rate has lagged behind in the overall growth of Gross-Domestic-Product(GDP) in the post-reform period” Give reasons. How far the recent changes is Industrial Policy is capable of increasing the industrial growth rate?  (250 words, 15 marks)
  13. What are the salient features of ‘inclusive growth’? Has India been experiencing such a growth process? Analyze and suggest measures for inclusive growth.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  14. What are the major reasons for declining rice and wheat yield in the cropping system? How is crop diversification helpful to stabilize the yield of the crop in the system?  (250 words, 15 marks)
  15. How do subsidies affect the cropping pattern, crop diversity and economy of farmers? What is the significance of crop insurance, minimum support price and food processing for small and marginal farmers?  (250 words, 15 marks)
  16. Give an account of the growth and development of nuclear science and technology in India. What is the advantage of fast breeder reactor programme in India?  (250 words, 15 marks)
  17. ‘Climate Change’ is a global problem. How will India be affected by climate change? How Himalayan and coastal states of India will be affected by climate change?  (250 words, 15 marks)
  18. On December 2004, tsumani brought havoc in 14 countries including India. Discuss the factors responsible for the occurrence of Tsunami and its effects on life and economy. In the light of guidelines of NDMA (2010) describe the mechanisms for preparedness to reduce the risk during such events.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  19. Mob violence is emerging as a serious law and order problem in India. By giving suitable examples, analyze the causes and consequences of such violence.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  20. The scourge of terrorism is a grave challenge to national security. What solutions do you suggest to curb this growing menace? What are the major sources of terrorist funding?  (250 words, 15 marks)

Quick Review of GS3 Paper

  • The pattern of 10 mark questions and 15 marks questions continued as in GS1, GS2 and GS3.
  • Questions were general in nature and could have been answered without much-specialised study.
  • Altogether the questions were kind of easy.
  • There were many sub-questions under each section which made finishing the paper a challenging task.
  • Those who managed time well should get a good score. All the best for the rest of the papers! ClearIAS!

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