Section 1: Economic development

Economic and social development-sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.

  • Indian economy and issues relating to
    • Planning
    • Mobilization of resources
    • Growth and development
    • Employment
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government budgeting.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure
    • Energy
    • Ports
    • Roads
    • Airports
    • Railways etc.
  • Investment models.

Section 2: Agriculture

  • Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country
  • Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems
  • Storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints;
  • E-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices
  • Public distribution system
    • Objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping
    • Issues of buffer stocks and food security
  • Technology missions
  • Economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India
    • Scope and significance
    • Location
    • Upstream and downstream requirements
    • Supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.

Section 3: Science and technology

  • Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology.
  • Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of
    • IT
    • Space
    • Computers
    • Robotics
    • Nano-technology
    • Biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Section 4: Environment and Disaster management

General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change – that do not require subject specialization.

  • Conservation
  • Environmental pollution and degradation
  • Environmental impact assessment.

Disaster and disaster management

Section 5: Internal security

  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks
  • Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges
  • Basics of cyber security
  • Money laundering and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas
  • Linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
  • Various security forces and agencies and their mandate.

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