GS 3 Important topics for Mains 2016

General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
    1. Ease of undoing business / Exit / Chakravyuha / NPA
    2. Transnational agreements and / Vs WTO
    3. GST and Growth
    4. What makes India a shining star in a rather gloomy world economy
    5. Reasons for fall in Indian exports.
    6. Is Indian economy under stress?
    7. Need for inflation targeting
    8. De-gloablaisation and xenophobia
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
    1. Cost of digital divide
  • Government Budgeting
    1. Need for FRBM, NK Singh Committee
    2. Advancing of General budget
  • 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; etechnology in the aid of farmers
    1. eNAM and APMC
    2. PMFBY
    3. PMKSY
    4. Organic farming – Pros and Cons
    5. Climate change and agriculture
  • 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;
    1. Shanta Kumar Committee
    2. Malnutrition – Pulses and Sanitation
    3. How to double farmer’s income by 2022
  • Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
    1. Mega food parks
  • Land reforms in India
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
    1. 25 years of LPG
    2. Start-ups – Need, cause of rise, government schemes, challenges. Is crowding out of start-ups taking place?
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
    1. UDAY
    2. Civil aviation policy
    3. Railways & Bibek Debroy committee report
  • Investment models.
    1. PPP and Kelkar committee recommendations
    2. Annuity based PPP
    3. FDI in Pharmaceuticals and Single brand retail
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology
    1. 4th Industrial Revolution (AI, IoT)
    2. Scramjet, Cryogenic and GSLV (Benefits)
    3. Spin off technologies arising from space tech
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
    1. IPR policy and the multinational agreements
    2. Space technology – for agriculture and internal security
    3. Superbugs / MDR
    4. TB
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
    1. ISA and National Solar Mission
    2. INDC
    3. EIA
    4. Permanent solution to air pollution
    5. Success and future of Montreal protocol (and ozone depletion)
    6. Desertification
    7. Waste management
    8. River linking
  • Disaster and disaster management.
    1. NDMP
    2. Sendai Framework
    3. Drought
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
    1. Why do insurgents / terrorists attack – urban areas / schools / military establishments
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
    1. ISIS
    2. Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism
  • 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 terrorism
    1. Perils of a cashless economy
    2. Globalisation of terrorism (See RSTV)
    3. NETRA, CMS and NATGRID
    4. Black money (origin) and steps taken
    5. Geospatial bill
    6. Terror financing
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
    1. Para SF Commandos – Surgical Strike
    2. National Investigation Agency
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