GENERAL STUDIES– III
ECONOMY, STATISTICS AND SECURITY ISSUES
Section-1: Indian Economy
1.1 Issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment; sustainable development; Inclusive growth and issues arising from it; Government Budgeting;
1.2 Major crops, cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems; storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce- issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers; Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Technology missions; economics of animal rearing.
1.3 Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;
1.4 Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
1.5 Land reforms in India; Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
1.6 Infrastructure- Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc; Investment models
1.7 Human Resource Development:
1.7.1 Importance of Human capital in economic development
1.7.2 Nature, types and problems of unemployment in India, Trends of Employment in India, Skill development and demographic dividend
1.8 Punjab Economy: Planning- various aspects of developmental planning; Industry; Infrastructure.
Section-2: Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams
This part will test the candidate’s ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret the same.
Section-3: Issues related to Security
3.1 Linkages between development and spread of extremism;
3.2 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,
3.3 Basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention;
3.4 Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
3.5 Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate