Must read topics before Prelims 2017 Exam

Dear aspirants, I hope you are prepared well for upcoming UPSC Prelims Exam 2017. Many of you must be feeling afraid due to lack of revision or completion of topics. I am assuring you, this happened with everyone (including toppers).

At this moment don’t try to read anything new stuff, no matter what someone are suggesting. No one can predict the UPSC.

But there are some topics that must be covered no matter what before prelims exam.

Before consuming any more time, I am going to list following important topics for UPSC Prelims Exam-

1- From world atlas, cover rivers and its tributaries (more concentrate on southern and North eastern rivers), mountain ranges and national parks, biosphere reserves (again southern and north eastern).

2- International organisations related with environment and their objectives like IUCN, UNDP, CITES, WWF, Bird International etc

3- International organisation like WB, WTO, IMF, WEF, IUCN, OECD, OPEC, SCO, APEC, ASEAN, EAS etc along with their reports published.

4- Constitutional bodies along with necessary article numbers like UPSC, EC, CAG.

5- Economics-  Monetary policy and tools, GST with constitutional position, Inflation, GDP/GNP/NNP etc at factor/market cost, Economic survey, inflation, Forex topics

6- Government flagship schemes: Read about their objectives, target audience and concern ministries

7- In art and culture- Temple architecture, Folk dance, Folk music

8- For Modern Indian history, go through spectrum only at this moment.

9- Environment- Pollution chapter, Biodiversity, Climate change, Ozone, GHGs (refer current issues)

10- Must go through Preamble, Fundamental rights, DPSP and Fundamental duties

11- Parliamentary committees- Only few

12- Solve mock tests based on current affairs.

Read with completed optimism. Don’t lose hope. If you are feeling that you are forgetting everything…dont worry. If you read even once, it will click during exam time after looking into the given options.

After reading questions, don’t look into options. First try to answer without looking answers and then look options. If any option is matching with your answer that will be correct answer without iota of doubt.

Try to solve at least 85 questions but don’t go after to attempt all. if you will be having enough time to complete your GS Prelims Paper 1 so always recheck your answer 2-3 times before marking the circle in your OMR sheet to avoid silly mistakes.

Good luck!

Mr Pavan K.
Director, Shiksha IAS Academy

Today's news

Today’s important articles/news in various newspapers (9th June)

Dear aspirants, following are the links of various articles taken from various newspapers. Click the link to read further. To get notification, follow the blog. Thank you!

1- Electronic Health Cards for patients soon

Very soon, patients need not carry hard copies of their medical records such as doctors’ prescriptions and test reports. The doctors will be able to access their medical history on computers if the government’s plan to launch Electronic Health Records (EHR) is successful.

Link it with GS Paper 2 (e-governance)

2- Is the Paris Agreement necessary?

The U.S. withdrawal is an opportunity to make the rules of the Paris Agreement stronger and more ambitious.

Click below link to know about Paris Agreement.
The skeleton of the Paris agreement 

Q- What is Paris Agreement? Critically examine the consequences of US exit from Paris Agreement.

3- Getting back on the growth track

Q- For sustained high growth, we need new investment and policymakers must shift their focus towards employment generation. Explain.

Link it with GS Paper 3

4- Clouded coherence

As India takes its place as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana, many are wondering just ‘where’ Indian foreign policy stands on the basis of where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sitting, along with Russia, China, Central Asian states and Pakistan (which is also being admitted this year).

Q- As India takes its place as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). List out major advantage India would likely to gain.

5- Unease of doing business

Reacting to a series of judicial pronouncements questioning executive decisions, former minister for law and justice, Salman Khurshid, once famously observed that the judiciary must make a distinction between “honest mistakes” and dishonest ones, to avoid what the media has long dubbed “policy paralysis”.

Q- What is the difference between ‘Judicial activism’ and ‘Judicial overreach’ ? Explain, how Judicial overreach may lead to ‘policy paralysis’ sometimes.

6- The crumbling pillars of state
An issue like “Swachh Bharat” may seem remote from something as lofty as national security, but I start with it because the quintessence of national security lies in creating a long-term vision of national interests, and demonstrating the ability for resolute implementation. India’s failure to attain civilised standards of sanitation is emblematic of a serious deficiency on both counts amongst independent India’s rulers and administrators.

Q- Besieged by internal and external threats, the security establishment needs to move beyond a lackadaisical bureaucracy. Explain.

7- One Belt, One Road has no basis in China’s history

Read to know historical perspectives of OBOR.

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