Most of this paper deals with current affairs and thus the most important sources are the newspapers and magazines like frontline, downtoearth and selected and relevant issues of Yojana and Kurukshetra. Apart from this, I have also relied on the material of “the-most-famous-test-series-of-Delhi”, which I got from one of my friends for certain specific topics.
Before venturing into the details of various sources for various topics in this paper, here is a special word on “How to prepare for Science and Technology (S&T) part?”.
Science and Technology
I have observed that UPSC is not keen on asking questions which are purely research oriented, instead she is keen on asking questions which are general in nature. Thus, the key to this area would be to keep an eye on the S&T aspects of all the recent developments. To give you an idea, some of the S&T topics that I have prepared on were: The Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral on social media, to promote the awareness and funding for the research of a disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which I have studied from the internet; the e-Cigarettes as there was a debate on its safety on the downtoearth magazine; 3D Holographic Projection as Narendra Modi had used it for the first time for election campaigning and also because of the release of a 3D holographic projection video of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” song; Ebola which broke out in West Africa last year. And within the S&T part, anything that deals with diseases and drugs are extremely important. Although I may not be able to measure the extent to which this strategy of mine had worked in the exam, as there were hardly any questions from this area last year, I feel this is an important basic strategy that an aspirant must adopt. This was something which Gaurav Agarwal had also proposed in his blog. On top of this, one may adopt a supplementary strategy, like referring to any S&T material of a coaching institute, if she feels the need for it.
Same as what I have mentioned in my interview on Mrunal.
|Topic||How Did You Prepare?|
|Indian economy, resource mobilization||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|inclusive growth||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|budgeting||Covered the definitions of various terms in Economic Survey and Budget|
|major crops, irrigation||NCERT and Internet|
|agro produce – storage, marketing||Material of “the-most-famous-test-series-of-Delhi”|
|e-technology for famers||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|farm subsidies, MSP||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|PDS, buffer, food security||Yojana|
|technology mission||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|animal rearing economics||Covered basics from Agriculture Annual Report|
|food processing||Kurukshetra edition on Agri-Industries|
|land reforms||Studied in History part + Newspapers (LARR Act)|
|liberalization||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|infra||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|investment models||Material of “the-most-famous-test-series-of-Delhi”|
|science-tech day to day life||Newspapers – special focus on diseases, drugs etc.|
|Indian achievements in sci-tech||Newspapers|
|awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPR||IPR – Recent developments and contentious provisions of Patents Act|
|environmental impact assessment||Shankar IAS Book|
|Disaster Management||IGNOU Material + World Focus (edition on DM)|
|non state actors, internal security||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|internal security – role of media, social networking site||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|cyber security||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|money laundering||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|border Management||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|organized crime, terrorism||No special preparation apart from Newspapers|
|security agencies- structure mandate||Briefly covered from Wikipedia|
With this post, I have covered all the topics related to the Civil Services Examination. In case you want me to write a post on any particular topic that I have not covered earlier, please mention it in the comments section.