UPSC IAS Mains 2020: January 10, Day 3- GS-III Paper analysis

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January 10, 2021: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has been conducting the UPSC Civil Service Mains 2020-21 Exam from January 8 and it will be continued till January 17, 2021 in 2 shifts, from 9 AM to 12 noon, and 2 PM to 5 PM. Candidates who have qualified the UPSC Civil Service Prelims 2020-21 Exam will be appearing for the UPSC IAS Mains 2020-21 Exam. There are a total of 9 theory papers, out of which 7 papers will be counted under merit and 2 papers will be qualifying in nature. Candidates are required to choose any one of the optional papers for the UPSC Civil Service Mains 2020-21 Exam. 

Check: UPSC Civil Service Mains 2020-21 Exam: (January 8, Day 1): Check Essay Paper Analysis Here

UPSC IAS Mains 2020-21 Exam: Exam Pattern 


Nature of Exam

Total Marks




General Studies (GS) I



General Studies (GS) II



General Studies (GS) III



General Studies (GS) IV 



Optional Paper I



Optional Paper II



Indian language






Check: IAS 2021 Syllabus for Prelims and Main, Pattern and Books

UPSC IAS Mains 2020-21 Exam: Paper-IV General Studies-III 

The Paper-III of the General Studies-III of the UPSC Civil Service Mains 2020-21 Exam was conducted today, i.e on January 10, 2021 in the morning shift from 9 AM to 12 noon. This General Studies-III paper will be counted under merit for a total of 250 marks. The syllabus for the Paper-IV General Studies-III (GS) is as follows, 

  • Technology
  • Economic development 
  • Biodiversity

Check: UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2021, Syllabus, Marking Scheme and Compulsory Papers

UPSC IAS Mains General Studies-III Exam 2020-21: Exam Analysis & Overall Difficulty Level 

The overall level of the General Studies-III paper of the UPSC Civil Service Mains 2020-21 Exam was Easy to Moderate. The following are UPSC IAS Mains questions for 2020 in GS-III paper. The word limit for the first ten questions are 150 words and the next ten is 250 words. 

Q.1) Explain intergenerational and intragenerational issues of equity from the perspective of inclusive growth and sustainable growth. 

Q.2) Define potential GDP and its determinants. What are the factors that have been inhibiting India from realizing its potential GDP?

Q.3) What are the main constraints in transports and marketing of agricultural produce in India?

Q.4) What are the challenges and opportunities in food processing sector in the country? How can income of the farmers can sustainably be increased by encouraging food processing?

Q.5) What do you understand by nanotechnology? And how its helping in health sector? 

Q.6) How is science interwoven deeply with our lives? What are the striking changes in agriculture triggered off by science-based technologies? 

Q.7) How does the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020 differ from the existing EIA Notification, 2006? 

Q.8) What are the salient features of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan launched by the Government of India for water conservation and water security?

Q.9) Discuss different types of Cybercrimes and measures required to be taken to fight the menace. 

Q.10) For effective border area management, discuss the steps required to be taken to deny local support to militants and also suggest ways to manage favourable perception among locals. 

Q.11) Explain the meaning of investment in an economy in terms of capital formation.Discuss the factors to be considered while designing a concession agreement between a public entity and private entity.

Q.12) Explain the rationale behind Goods and Services Tax(Compensation to states)act of 2017.How has COVID-19 impacted the GST compensation fund and created new federal tensions? 

Q.13) What are the major factors responsible for making rice-wheat system a success?In spite of this success how has this system become bane in India?

Q.14) Suggest measures to improve water storage and irrigation system to make its judicious use under depleting scenario. 

Q.15) COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented devastation worldwide. However, technological advancements are being availed readily to win over the crises.Give an account of how technology was sought to aid management of the Pandemic.

Q.16) Describe the benefits of deriving electric energy from sunlight in contrast to the conventional energy generation. What are the initiatives offered by our government for this purpose?

Q.17) What are the features of the National Clean Air Programme(NCAP) initiated by the government of India? 

Q.18) Discuss the recent measures initiated in the disaster management by the Government of India departing from the earlier reactive approach.

Q.19) What are the determinants of left-wing extremism in the Eastern part of India? What strategy should the Government of India, civil administration and security forces adopt to counter the threat in the affected areas?

Q.20) Analyze internal security threats and transborder crimes along Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan borders including Line of Control (LoC). Also, discuss the role played by various security forces in this regard.

Candidates are required to score more or equivalent to the UPSC Civil Service Mains 2020-21 Exam cutoff marks to be considered as qualified. Only those who qualify the UPSC IAS Mains 2020-21 Exam will be eligible to appear for the next round of selection process. 

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