UPSC Prelims 2018 – 150 Days Study Plan (Part III)
UPSC Prelims 2018 – 118 days more to go – How to Prepare?
Science & Technology | Indian Polity
So far, the blogs have been dealing with preparing for Prelims 2018 in a comprehensive manner by following a pre-planned schedule of a test series (Access the schedule here – UPSC Prelims 2018 Mock Test Series by Shankar IAS Academy). This blog will continue with the same series which brings us to Test 3 – Science & Technology and International Organisation (Test 1) + Polity (Test 2). This time is a little different because its a mixture of three subjects.
TOPICS FOR THE TEST
- International Organisations – United Nations (Organs, Agencies, Programmes, and Funds), Regional Organisations and Nuclear Organisations, Treaties and conventions
- Science and Technology – General Science and recent developments, Space Technology, Defence Technology, Electrical and Electronics Technology and Green Technology
- The Union, The States, Relations between the Union and the States, Indian judiciary, Emergency Provisions
- Current Affairs – May and June 2017
- India Year Book – SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT + DEFENCE & LAW AND JUSTICE + CORPORATE AFFAIRS + ARUNACHAL PRADESH
A LOOK BACK AT PREVIOUS YEARS
Here’s a topic wise split up of how they have fared in previous years’ Preliminary question papers. An analysis of the question papers will give us insight into what type of questions have been asked from the respective topics and how to approach the particular subject while preparing.
Science & Techonology
A close analysis of these two tables will show us the trends in the various topics. As far as science and technology is concerned, you should note that it is slightly more tilted towards current affairs based. So is the case with International Organisations where the questions are in relation to any sighting of a particular report or organisation in the news in recent times.
CA – Current Affairs; IB – India Year Book; S & T – Science & Technology; Into Orgn/IO – International Organisation; T1 – Test 1 ; T2 – Test 1; Rev –Revision; Old qs– Old Questions; AN – Afternoon; FN – Forenoon.
This is a model revision table that will help you design and restructure it according to your needs andtimings. As mentioned in the previous blog, some of you might have different ways of preparing for theUPSC examination. Go ahead, feel free to tweak the table to suit yourself.
SOURCES AND REFERENCES
- S & T and International Organisations – For the topics mentioned regarding science and technology, go ahead and revise them from the 11th and 12th grade NCERTs as mentioned in the syllabus of the test schedule. As far as International organisations go, keep track of any news regarding treaties or conventions signed along with basic information about the conventional organisations like United Nations and such.
- Polity – A Thorough reading of the standard book of Lakshmikanth will do full justice to answering the topics mentioned.
- Current Affairs – Two national newspapers on an everyday basis will cut the chase for Current Affairs preparation. For a more detailed analysis of everyday news, summary of Yojana, Kurukshetra magazines, Monthly Compilations of Current Affairs for UPSC Prelims 2018, refer IAS Parliament.
- India Year Book – The India Year Book is a Government of India publication which is available onlineto download as well as hard copies. You can find the topics for this particular test in the following chapters in the book – Science and Technological Developments – Chapter 25, Defence – Chapter 9, Law and Justice – Chapter 20, Corporate Affairs – Chapter 14, States – Chapter 30.
Practise questions for UPSC Prelims 2018 are available in the following link – UPSC Prelims 2018 mock tests.
- Science and Technology – A close look at the UPSC syllabus will let us know that as far as this particular subjects goes, it focuses more upon the recent developments and lesser on conceptual based questions. So following news related to any scientific developments in space, defence, everyday technology, etc., is imperative.
- India Year Book can be an exhausting read. It has a lot of information. As far as facts about the states go, these are the areas to take note on: Topography, Soil, Dance, Music, Culture, History,Climate, Rivers, Dams, Industries, Minerals and other Natural resources, Demographics, Current Affairs related to the particular state.
- Another essential thing to follow is to attempt and answer old questions related to the topics.Here’s how that can go: Make use of the table given above where there is a clear split of how many questions each topic had in every year for the last five years. Try answering the questions and then check if your answers are right. If not, check for the logic of your answering and the right answer and rectify your thinking process.
Stay tuned for more…