General Studies Paper 3 – Full Syllabus

GS Paper 3 - Answer Writing

IAS Junior Mains Answer Writing June-Sep 2019 Schedule (Click Here)


General Studies Paper 3 


  1. Discuss the need of an Independent Fiscal Council (IFC) in bringing about transparency and accountability in fiscal processes in India. 10M


  1. Highlighting the main features of National Mineral Policy, 2019, discuss how it can help in ensuring sustainable and responsible mining. 10M


  1. Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) provides an alternative to capital and chemical intensive agriculture currently being practiced in India. Analyze. 10M


  1. Marine life is facing ‘irreparable damage’ from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year. In this context, examine the implications of plastic pollution on marine ecosystem and suggest some measures for addressing this problem. 10M


  1. While mentioning the objectives of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), discuss the challenges which are hindering the utilization of the ATT to its full potential. 10M


  1. Explaining the concept of data exclusivity, bring out the arguments for and against incorporating data Exclusivity norms in India’s IPR regime. 10M


  1. The penetration level of micro irrigation in India is skewed and yet to achieve its potential. In this context, discuss importance of Micro Irrigation Fund (MIF) to provide impetus to Micro irrigation. 10M


  1. “The Aadhaar-enabled PDS has created new barriers and glitches undermining the promise of efficient, error-free, and transparent service delivery.” Critically Examine. 10M


  1. Why is there so much activity in the field of biotechnology in our country? How has this activity benefitted the field of biopharma? 10M


  1. What is Gene Therapy? What are its potential applications and risks? 10M


  1. The proposed CRZ Notification, 2018 fails to strike a right balance between economic and environment sustainability. Critically examine. 15M


  1. Excessive focus on Nirmal Dhara (unpolluted flow) without ensuring a minimum flow of water will not be able to save Ganga, the lifeline of millions of people. Discuss. 15M


  1. The growth in the application of nuclear science and technology in various fields has led to an increase in the risk of occurrence of Nuclear and Radiological emergencies. In the light of guidelines of NDMA (2009) describe the mechanisms for preparedness to reduce the risk during such events. 15M


  1. “Forest fires disrupt the forest ecology by reducing biodiversity, both flora and fauna”. Discuss the causes and the environmental impact of forest fires in India. Suggest some measures that needs to be undertaken in this direction. 15M


  1. Being a megadiverse country, India has committed itself to Aichi targets under Convention of Biodiversity. Highlight the key steps taken by India in this regard to achieve its National Biodiversity Targets. 15M


  1. Despite the steps taken by the government in recent years, a number of problems continue to persist in the urea sector in India. Discuss. What reforms should be taken to address the persisting problems?


  1. The primary motive of terrorism differs from that of organised crime but there exists a symbiotic relationship between the two. Discuss.


  1. Explain the significance of livestock for an average Indian farmer. What are the ongoing programmes and initiatives in the area of livestock farming and animal rearing? Discuss. 15M


  1. The use of Internet creates both challenges and opportunities in the fight against terrorism. Discuss.


  1. Despite allegations of human rights violations under the AFSPA, it is a functional requirement for the army in disturbed areas. Critically discuss.



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