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Prelims 2020 - Preparing Repeatedly Asked Questions

There are many favourite topics of UPSC CSE paper setters. These questions come every year, yet are not found in an easy to do manner in most books. I want to take 20 such high yielding topics and do 1 per day. I am hoping this will help me do 4-5 extra questions in the exam.

Let us do it together. We can make a list today and start doing them from tomorrow.


Main List

  1. Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks, Biosphere Reserves (Finished on Sep 6) - Use ForumIAS material (link for BR | link for NP & WLS) or create tables yourself (Link for Govt Database)
  2. Ramsar - Wetlands, Marine protected areas, Elephant Reserves and Tiger Reserves (Finished on Sep 7) - No compilation that I know of, make tables of imp areas only (link for Wetlands | link for Tiger Reserves | Link for Govt Database)
  3. Jainism and Buddhism + Sufi and Bhakti tradition (Finished on Sep 8 & 9) Use your previous notes and consolidate for quick revision (Link for Bhakti & Sufi tradition)
  4. Rivers - Origin, Tributaries, Deltas, Dams and Termination (+ Lakes - Ramsar/Montreux if time permits) Finished on Sep 10
  5. Pollutants Finished on Sep 11
  6. Indexes and authorities that release them Finished on Sep 12 Forum IAS links - 1, 2, 3, 4 | Shankar IAS Link 
  7. Biodiversity (Species etc) Finished on Sep 13
  8. Tribes of India Finished on Sep 13
  9. Schedules/Important Articles of the Constitution Finished on Sep 14
  10. Seas and water bodies in the world + countries surrounding them Finished on Sep 14
  11. Gandhian movements Finished on Sep 15
  12. 1940-47 in Indian Independence Finished on Sep 16
  13. Trends in Indian economy (+ Nationalization of various sectors + Land reforms) Finished on Sep 17
  14. Acts and conventions in Environment + National Environment Bodies To do - Sep 18
  15. International groupings that India is a part of + imp ones where India is not a member To do - Sep 19
  16. Biotechnology To do - Sep 19
  17. Wireless Communication + Diseases in news To do - Sep 20
  18. WTO, UN, IMF and other important bodies To do - Sep 20
  19. Control Groupings : MTCR, Australian Group, NSG, Wassenar and Associated topics like IAEA,NPT To do - Sep 21
  20. India's defence - Military exercises, weapons, fighter planes, submarines, stealth frigates, aircraft carriers + Satellite Missions/Space Missions To do - Sep 21
  21. Places in news + Conflict Zones + GI tags To do - Sep 22
  22. One liner type questions asking a particular pact or agreement signed between India and another country To do - Sep 22
  23. Finance Commission To do - Sep 22

Other Important Topics - No need of notes/Do from the book

  • Parliament
  • Fundamental Rights, DPSP and Fundamental Duties
  • HC/SC
  • Historical background of Indian Constitution
  • Preamble
  • Folk paintings, dance and music

Smaller topics which do not require much retention:

  • Current account and Capital Account convertibility
  • National Income - GDP, GVA, GNP etc etc.

Please comment below and then I will add them to the list.

root , Naadan_Parinda and 52 others like this
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British India acts- Charter acts, GoI acts ,etc 1773- 1947
thistooshallpass, Pratik_11
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In the Last 9 or 10 years, there has not been a single question on Non-constitutional bodies( Maybe 1-2 I might have had missed, not more). Not worth doing.
Even the constitutional bodies, questions are there, but pretty layman!
Replace it with Parliament and Fundamental Rights has a lot of questions!
Dora-the_Explorer, thistooshallpass
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@mhs11 Very very few questions from here too! Not a high yielding topic IMO.


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There is a booklet by IAS SCORE where they have categorized previous years papers topic wise (last 10 years).
Freely available on their website. Do check guys!
Impavid_Girl,
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I agree with @SergioRamos 

Also, there’s always a question on Buddhism/Jainism; can add that to the list. 

GaryVee, Dora-the_Explorer and 1 others like this
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Add- Buddhism and Jainism
        -Post 1940's India till Independence
        -Convertibility( Current and Capital)
        -Gandhian Movements
        -Water bodies in the world and countries surrounding them
Many more! I will put more as I recall them! 
Dora-the_Explorer, arunpreetsingh12082 and 2 others like this
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Parliament

Supreme court/High court

Preamble

Governement of India acts

Bhakti tradition

Folk paintings/dance/music


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@SergioRamos Thank you for helping with the topics. Unfortunately, I couldn't find IAS Score analysis doc anywhere on their website. If you have it, please share it.


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National Environmental Bodies

Like NGT,CPCB,AWB etc. 

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One very low Hanging Area

Control Groupings and Associated topics. 

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WTO and Biotechnology 
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Haryana said

One very low Hanging Area

Control Groupings and Associated topics. 

What are these? I have updated the rest.

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Control Groupings : MTCR, Australian Group, NSG, Wassenar and Associated topics like IAEA,NPT etc. 
GaryVee,
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Economy questions from post independence India like - land reforms, nationalisation of different sectors (banking, coal, etc.). @thistooshallpass  Don't know if the above would come under 'trends in Indian economy' that you listed above.     

GaryVee,
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I have updated the list as per suggestions provided above. I will wait till midnight and then make a post as to how we can proceed.
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National Income- GDP, GVA, GNP etc etc.

India’s Defence- Military exercises, weapons, fighter planes, submarines, stealth frigates, aircraft carriers etc etc.

Places in news/ places in dispute- eg. Beirut, Cyprus island, islands in South China Sea etc etc


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@SergioRamos Bhai, questions on Pre-Independence Charter Acts is coming almost every year for the past few years. High yielding topic IMO.


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This is quite comprehensive. But we certainly can add "one liner type questions asking a particular pact or agreement signed between and India and....."

BTIA has been asked twice. 

Last year there was that Russia nuclear agreement. 


This year we have 

Forward looking agreement : south Korea India 

Special strategic and global partnership : Japan India. 

Industrial security annex agreement : USA india


So on and so forth...a compilation of all such one liners can be made✌️


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