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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 themFinished on Sep 12Forum IAS links -1,2,3,4|Shankar IAS Link 
  7. Biodiversity (Species etc)Finished on Sep 13
  8. Tribes of IndiaFinished 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 movementsFinished on Sep 15
  12. 1940-47 in Indian IndependenceFinished 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 Finished on Sep 18
  15. International groupings that India is a part of + imp ones where India is not a member Finished on Sep 19
  16. Biotechnology Finished on Sep 19
  17. Wireless Communication + Diseases in news Finished on Sep 20
  18. WTO, UN, IMF and other important bodies Finished on 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.

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@sanemonk Thank you!


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chamomile,thistooshallpass
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Can we make one such thread for mains? To identify common themes usually asked and possible questions on topics which can be asked from current affairs? 
THE_MECHANIC,
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An we revive this thread for Prelim 2021? 
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Any source for minerals and stuff? 2 questions has been asked in last 2 year of prelims. 
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Reviving this thread for the good of the community. This thread has some insightful discussion on Prelims and many 'quick-fix' materials.


Browse through the pages.


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Not all species in news are invasive. Some are opposite-threatened etc:

Nilgiris:Plants such asAnaphalis neelgerryana, Elaeocarpus recurvatusand grasses such asEriochrysis rangachariiface a number of threats, including habitat loss, climate change and being outcompeted by invasive species.

The bush frog, orRaorchestes ponmudieats up the shoot borerConogethes punctiferalisthat enters through immature panicles and attacks the shoots and stems, thus destroying cardamom plants, often in a large-scale. The bush frog is widely found in thePonmudi area of the Western Ghatsand is familiar to cardamom planters.

Singanallur tank, an urban biodiversity hotspot in Coimbatore, is now home to Kovai Manjack (Cordia diffusa) , a shrub that is endemic to Coimbatore and is now classified as a ‘critically endangered’ species.

BIOMATERIAL: 

A biomaterial derived from polymerPullulanwhich is secreted by the fungusAureobasidium pullulans ,can be used to disinfect wounds and hastens the process of healing. Pullulan as a biomaterial is already successful and widely used commercially. It is exploited in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry because of its non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-immunogenic properties. Further, its ease of manufacture has also added to its appeal.

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Not all species in news are invasive. Some are opposite-threatened etc:

Nilgiris:

  • Plants such as Anaphalis neelgerryana, Elaeocarpus recurvatus and grasses such as Eriochrysis rangacharii face a number of threats, including habitat loss, climate change and being outcompeted by invasive species.
  • The bush frog, or Raorchestes ponmudi eats up the shoot borer Conogethes punctiferalis that enters through immature panicles and attacks the shoots and stems, thus destroying cardamom plants, often in a large-scale. The bush frog is widely found in the Ponmudi area of the Western Ghats and is familiar to cardamom planters.
  • Singanallur tank, an urban biodiversity hotspot in Coimbatore, is now home to Kovai Manjack (Cordia diffusa) , a shrub that is endemic to Coimbatore and is now classified as a ‘critically endangered’ species.

BIOMATERIAL: 

A biomaterial derived from polymer Pullulan which is secreted by the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans ,can be used to disinfect wounds and hastens the process of healing. Pullulan as a biomaterial is already successful and widely used commercially. It is exploited in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry because of its non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-immunogenic properties. Further, its ease of manufacture has also added to its appeal.

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