The UPSC Mains General Studies Paper 3, like others, is also considered a hard and tricky pillar to deal with. GS Paper 3 comprises the topics of technology, economic development, bio-diversity, security, and disaster management. 

The UPSC Mains exam comprises 10 subjects that test the individual’s level of knowledge and ability to exercise it. The Mains consists of four General Studies(GS) Papers that cater to the different syllabus related to varied economic, social, and political fields. 

A well-designed and structured technique is necessary while preparing for the GS paper 3. This article presents our readers with the methods that can help them score the maximum in this subject. Below listed are a few tips that can help the aspirants in constructing a useful yet resourceful preparation strategy.

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6 tips to prepare and score good marks in GS Paper 3 are:-

Focus on Current Affairs to prepare for GS Paper 3

Everybody knows the importance of reading and memorizing the information related to current affairs. In order to complement the preparation strategy, the aspirants should go after The Hindu for current affairs. The Hindu consists of various articles, editorials, news pieces, etc that directly relate to the questions asked during the exam. In fact, in 2015, most of the questions that came from current affairs were found in The Hindu. 

The students should make notes of the main topics and sub-topics that can be revised on a later date. 

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Prevent the Mastery

The UPSC council never wants the aspirants to be the master of any trade. In fact, the council clearly states that the students should have the basic knowledge of every prevailing scenario that is related to their syllabus. The experts always suggest to never to go for in-depth research. The aspirants will only waste their time and efforts by doing so. 

Remember the phrase, “the master of none and the jack of all trades”? Well, this holds true and usable in this case. 

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Derive a unique writing method

Many coaching institutes and classes direct their students to write their answers in a certain method in GS paper. The aspirants should follow what seems best to them. Instead of following a certain nobody’s advice, focus on a technique that serves the answer in the best way possible.

Additionally, make use of diagrams, flow charts, pie charts, etc to complement the presentation. The examiner will not only be impressed but will also compliment the way of putting meanings to certain facts. 

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Refer to diversified yet limited sources

General Studies Paper 3 includes topics related to technology, bio-diversity, environment, disaster management, etc. Every topic has its own study material for reference purposes. However, the students should understand that there is no point in referring to the vast subject material. This will only cost them in terms of time, money, and efforts. Focus on the less but efficient subject studies. 

The experts suggest not trying any new books or studying media especially when the exams are near. This will only put an unnecessary burden on the student’s shoulders. 

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Refrain from facts and figures

The UPSC Mains checks the individual’s ability to use his intellectual qualities rather than memorizing skills. Therefore, toppers and experts always reiterate not to use any facts and figures in the explanation of an answer. Moreover, if these facts go wrong, it will only deduct the final score of the aspirant in this subject. 

Therefore, always prevent the temptation of using figures and numbers until and unless very sure about them in the GS Paper.

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Revision never goes out of fashion

We all understand the importance of revision. The aspirants should adopt a certain revision schedule to become thorough with subjects like economic development, technological advancements, etc. 

This will not only help the writing part but it will also assess the overall preparation status of the student. 

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Some recommended books for GS Paper 3:

– NCERT books of 10th, 11th and 12th standard for Economic Development and recent trends;

– Newspapers like The Hindu, Business Standard, and Financial Express for current affairs;

– Follow the works of authors like Uma Kapila and Dutt & Sundaram;

– IGNOU study notes;

– NCERT books of classes 6th to 10th for Technology and Science. Follow Developments in Science and Technology.

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Above mentioned are certain methods that can be included in a fruitful preparation strategy for General Studies Paper 3. It should be understood that the aspirants can use them in all the exams of UPSC Mains. However, the aspirants need to derive their importance accordingly so that they score the maximum in their subjects. 

The UPSC Mains 2020 is scheduled to happen in the month of September.  


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