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Ensemble forecast

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Cyclones

Improving Resilience to Cyclones Disasters in India

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Very Severe “Cyclone Yaas” hits the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal

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Rising Cyclone Intensity and Frequency due to Micro-Climatic Changes

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General

“Foreign Aid to India” – Centre faces Questions Over its Use

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“Disaster Management Act, 2005” Invoked to facilitate supply of Medical Oxygen

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EU joins “CDRI or Coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure initiative”

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Link between Dam and Natural disasters – Explained Pointwise

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Other Water and Climate related disasters

Can a Single Lightning Flash kill 18 Elephants?

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Reasons and Solutions for disaster management in Uttarakhand

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Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project

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Landslip likely triggered Flash Flood: experts

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Geological Disaster

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“Kopili fault Zone” – A Reason behind Assam Tremors

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Industrial and Nuclear disasters

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Japan to release “Fukushima Radioactive Water” into sea

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IFFCO gas leak: How dangerous is ammonia?

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Accident and Biological disaster

Steps to Prevent Frequent Building Collapse in Mumbai

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Lab leak theory of Coronavirus needs credible investigation

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Frequent Hospital Fires during COVID Time in India- Cause and Way forward

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Guidelines of National Building Code to Ensure Fire Safety in Public buildings

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How to Read Disaster Management and Internal Security for UPSC IAS Mains

Disaster Management and Internal Security are part of the UPSC Mains Syllabus General Studies Paper III. These two topics are highly current affairs based. You must get updated with the current events related to Disaster and Internal Security to perform well in the exam. As a Civil Servant also, you will need to handle and manage many critical situations in real life. Overall, these two subjects are very important as questions are mostly analytical in nature and with correct approach you can score well.

In this article, we will discuss about the preparation strategy for Disaster Management and Internal Security for UPSC.

First of all, we will see past year trend of Disaster Management and Internal Security in the UPSC IAS Mains:

Subject20202019201820172016
Disaster Management1 Question2 Questions1 Question1 Question1 Question
Internal Security4 Questions4 Questions3 Questions4 Questions4 Questions

Overview of the Syllabus of Disaster Management and Internal Security for UPSC IAS Mains:

Subject Syllabus
Disaster Management· Disaster and Disaster Management
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.

 

  • Disaster Management for UPSC:

Preparation strategy for Disaster Management for UPSC:

  • Read the Syllabus: First of all, you should go through the syllabus of Disaster Management for UPSC. Only few words are mentioned in the syllabus of Disaster Management, so it is advisable to the students that they will see the textbook and will gather topics which they have to study. This topic is very dynamic and in coming years gaining importance because of the disasters taking place in recent year.
  • Start with NCERT textbook: You can start with NCERT Class XI textbook Unit IV-Natural Hazards & Disaster Management.This chapter will build your base and major source to prepare this topic.
  • Refer last 10 years’ questions asked from Disaster Management:You can see and analyze the questions asked in last 10 years. Based on this, you can also make a list of important topics. Topics which are not mentioned in the NCERT textbook, you can make notes of them by referring newspaper or online sources. You should also practice answer writing on the questions asked.
  • Refer one book for static portion:You can refer one textbook for Disaster Management for UPSC and can revise it multiple times. You can refer Yojana and 2nd ARC 3rd Report on Crisis Management and can prepare notes from there.
  • Notes making is important:As Disaster Management topic is very small. You can make your own notes and revise them. This will help you during final exam. You can update your notes based on current events.
  • Current events:Disaster Management is very dynamic topic. So, it is very important to get updated with the day-to-day current events. And you should make detailed notes on them.
  • Newspaper reading:You must read one newspaper daily. This will help you to improve your knowledge and content. Some dynamic portion of the Disaster Management will be covered from newspaper as well.
  • Current affairs magazine:You must read one current affair monthly magazine. Some portions of Disaster Management for UPSC are also linked with Geography. Hence, current affairs magazine will help you to co-relate the things and also to cover the portions you have missed by chance.

Revise the notes: You should revise the notes multiple times and keep them updated based on current events.

  • Internal Security

Why Internal Security for UPSC is important: This is very important topic as currently many Naxal attacks are happening in India. This topic is combination of static and dynamic knowledge. Static because you need to know why internal Security is important and why there are Internal Security threats in India. Dynamic because you need to know what all are happenings and in which areas. What are solutions to it. As a Civil Servant, your role would be development of the society. Without resolving issues related to Internal Security, you can fulfil the demand of your post. So, these topics are very important from both exam perspective and as a future Civil Servant.

  • Preparation Strategy for Internal Security for UPSC:
  • Read the Syllabus:The topics given in the syllabus under Internal Security are important to understand deeply. Every question that will be asked in the exam will be from these topics only. You need to read them many times.
  • Refer one textbook:You can refer one textbook on Internal Security. Challenges to Internal Security of India by Ashok Kumar is one the best book on Internal Security. This book has explained everything in simple terms with good examples.
  • Prepare notes:You should prepare your own notes on these topics. You can take help from past year solved question papers, one good textbook, newspaper and current affairs magazines. You should keep them updating to make it a dynamic material.
  • Newspaper reading and current affairs magazines:You must read one newspaper on a daily basis and one monthly current affairs magazine.
  • Write answers:You must write answers to the questions asked in past years in UPSC Mains. It will give you more idea about how to approach towards good answers. You can join test series for General Studies for UPSC Mains. Daily answer writing practice improve the quality of your answers.
  • Watch RSTV Big Picture debate:It will also help to analyze the issues in details and will help you to find solutions for it.
  • Revise:You must revise your notes. Rather than reading multiple sources, your focus should be on revising single source multiple times.

These two topics, Disaster Management and Internal Security are very dynamic. With little efforts and correct approach one can understand the topics and write good answers.