Questions and Model answers of GS3 UPSC Mains Exam 2022

10 Markers (Answer in 150 words)

1. Why is Public Private Partnership (PPP) required in infrastructural projects? Examine the role of PPP model in the development of Railway Stations in India.
2. Is inclusive growth possible under market economy? State the significance of financial inclusion in achieving economic growth in India.
3. What are the major challenges of Public Distribution System (PDS) in India? How can it be made effective and transparent?
4. Elaborate the scope and significance of the food processing industry in India.
5. The Increase in life expectancy in the country has led to newer health challenges in the community. What are those challenges and What steps need to be taken to meet them?
6. Each year a large amount of plant material, cellulose, is deposited on the surface of Planet Earth. What are the natural processes this cellulose undergoes before yielding carbon dioxide, water and other end products?
7. Discuss in detail the photochemical smog emphasizing its formation, effects and mitigation. Explain the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol.
8. Explain the mechanism and occurrence of cloudburst in the context of the Indian subcontinent. Discuss two recent examples.
9. Discuss the type of organised crimes. Describe the linkages between terrorists and organised crime that exist at the national and transnational levels.
10. What are the maritime security challenges in India? Discuss the organisational, technical and procedural initiatives taken to improve the maritime security.

15 markers (Answer in 250 words)

11. “Economic growth in the recent past has been led by increase in labour productivity”. Explain this statement. Suggest the growth pattern that will lead to creation of more jobs without compromising labour productivity.
12. Do you think India will meet 50 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2030? Justify your answer. How will the shift of subsidies from fossil fuels to renewables help achieve the above objective? Explain.
13. What are the main bottlenecks in upstream and downstream process of marketing of agricultural products in India?
14. What is Integrated Farming System? How is it helpful to small and marginal farmers in India?
15. Launched on 25th December, 2021, James Webb Space Telescope has been much in news since then. What are its unique features which make it superior to its predecessor Space Telescopes? What are the key goals of this mission? What potential benefits does it hold for the human race?
16. What is the basic principle behind vaccine development? How do vaccines work? What approaches were adopted by the Indian vaccine manufacturers to produce COVID-19 vaccines?
17. Discuss global warming and mention its effects on the global climate. Explain the control measures to bring down the level of greenhouse gasses which cause global warming, in the light of the Kyoto Protocol, 1997.
18. Explain the cause and effects of coastal erosion in India. What are the available coastal management techniques for combating the hazard?
19. What are the different elements of cyber security? Keeping in view the challenges in cyber security, examine the extent to which India has successfully developed a comprehensive National Cyber Security Strategy.
20. Naxalism is a social, economic and developmental issue manifesting as a violent internal security threat. In this context, discuss the emerging issues and suggest a multilayered strategy to tackle the menace of Naxalism.


Sections Questions Difficulty
Economy and Development3 Questions [Two 10 markers and one 15 marker]Easy[The questions asked requires knowledge of basics, facts and dimensions which can be generated easily]
Agriculture and Food Processing4 Questions [Two 10 marker and Two 15 markers]Easy[The questions asked is straightforward from the syllabus]
Environment and Biodiversity4 Questions [Two 10 markers and Two 15 markers]Difficult – Students face a dearth of content to write 10 marker questions.Easy: The 15 marker questions on renewable energy and Global warming are straight forward.
Science and Technology3 Questions [One 10 marker and Two 15 ]Intermediate: Though it is difficult to write a specific answer, the students could easily manage writing an average answer. 
Internal Security4 Questions [Two 10 markers and Two 15 markers]Easy: [The questions asked is straightforward from the syllabus]
Disaster Management2 Questions [One 10 marker and One 15 marker]Easy: 10 marker questionIntermediate: 15 marker question
Analysis of Questions from GS3 UPSC Mains Exam 2022


 Except the two 10 marker questions from the environment section that were difficult, other questions were manageable or straightforward from the syllabus. Hence we conclude that the paper was on the easier side. We hope you have done it well. Wish you luck.

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