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UPSC Prelims 2018 – 150 Days Study Plan (Part IV)

UPSC Prelims 2018 – 93 Days More To Go – How To Prepare?

Economics | Environment

Two months in the new year 2018 is over which can mean only two things – UPSC Prelims 2018 is getting closer and that there are only 3 months left! In this comprehensive series of blogs, we have been covering up the topics required for the preliminary examination one by one, steadily. The next in series will give you a cover to cover blue print of how to go about with the next two subjects – Economics and Environment – in the UPSC Prelims 2018 Test Series Schedule.


  • Economics – External sector, Planning, Agriculture, Industry, Infrastructure, Service Sector, Social Sector, Contemporary Economic Issues in India and the World.
  • Environment – Ecology, Ecosystem – Types and Functions, Environment Impact Assessment, Biodiversity conceptsIndian Biodiversity – Flora and Fauna (both terrestrial and aquatic), Conservation and Initiatives, Agriculture in Environmental perspective.
  • Current Affairs – September and October 2017
  • India year Book – Planning, Agriculture, Commerce, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu& Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka.


Lets take a look at the how the topics from Economics and Environment for this test between 2011 and 2017.



A close analysis of this table tells us a few things:

  • Over the years, the type of economics questions have started to lean more towards contemporary events and issues in the economic spectrum of India and the world.
  • As far as environment is concerned, Biodiversity in the country and the ecology have always been a favourite topic for the UPSC.
  • Apart from that, current affairs also plays a major role in most of the questions asked in the previous years. So it is imperative to be on top of what is happening around us in the economic and environment world.


The most important part to follow during your preparation is to plan and draw up a schedule suiting to your needs. This has been emphasised in the previous blogs too.

a sample table that can help you get through two weeks of preparation for the specific tests.


CA – Current Affairs; IB – India Year Book; Envt – Environment; Eco – Economics; T1 – Test 1 ; T2 – Test 1; Rev –Revision; Old qs– Old Questions; AN – Afternoon; FN – Forenoon


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 and also to distinguish which is UPSC material and which is not, do check out the link here – IAS Parliament.

India Year Book – The India Year Book is a Government of India publication which is available online to download as well as hard copies. You can find the topics for this particular test in the following chapters in the book – States – Chapter 20, Agriculture – Chapter 4, Commerce – Chapter 7, Planning – Chapter 23.

Economics – The best possible source to refer to get a holistic view point of the subject is to diligently follow the news, the various developments, new concepts, new laws and legislations regarding banking and other economic sectors. For basic understanding do follow any standard textbook available in the market – for example, Shankar Ganesh’s Economics.

Environment – A thorough reading of NCERT biology textbooks along with the most recommended Shankar IAS Academy Environment textbook will be a perfect pair to ace all the questions from this subject. One must not forego following current events regarding environment either. It is absolutely imperative to know the international events in line with environment.

You can now take up Prestorming (Prelims test) on current affairs topics on the IAS Parliament website. Check out the link here – UPSC Prelims 2018 Test Series.


  1. Reading the basic books required for Environment and Economics topics, which can be done by reading chapter wise or syllabus wise each day. At the end of the week, Friday as per the schedule, revise all the topics read during the whole week.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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