Social Issues


Health

“Health infrastructure” has increased 45-fold during the pandemic: Centre

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Vaccination policy of India – Issues & Suggestions

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PM launches crash-course program to train 1 lakh Covid-19 frontline workers

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Role of disruptive technologies in improving the health sector

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Education


Hunger and malnutrition


Human Resource

Pandemic-induced brain drain – Should India be worried?

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Effects of Pandemic on Young Healthcare Workers

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“YUVA Scheme”- For Mentoring Young Authors Launched

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Knowledge Economy in India

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Poverty

ILO releases “World Employment and Social Outlook” report

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“Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” – 30% recipients yet to get grains for May

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Govt to Divide “MGNREGA Wages” into SC/ST/Others Categories

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Prioritise food and work for all

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Women and Child related issues

Orphaned children must be a policy priority

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Legal and moral issues in Tarun Tejpal Case

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“PENCIL Portal” to Report Instances of Child Labour

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“Child Labour: Global estimates 2020” report released by ILO

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Social Justice

India’s efforts to achieve SDGs

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SDG India Index and India’s Sustainable development – Explained, pointwise

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Issues with NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21

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NITI Aayog releases “SDG India Index 2020-21”

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Other Vulnerable Sections

Marriage Rights of the LGBTQIA+ community

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“ELDERLINE” is providing assistance to thousands of elderly persons

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Aspirational District Programme – Achievements and Suggestions – Explained, Pointwise

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Madras High Court guidelines for mainstreaming LGBTIQA+ community

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Tribals


Skill Development

PM launches crash-course program to train 1 lakh Covid-19 frontline workers

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[Yojana Summary] Skill Development – Initiatives, challenges and solutions

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MSDE rolls out “Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship(MGNF) Program”

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“Samarth Scheme” for Capacity Building in Textile Sector

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How to Read Society and Social Issues for UPSC IAS

Indian Society and Social Issues are part of UPSC Mains Syllabus General Studies -Paper I. Social Issues are very important topic for UPSC IAS. It is also part of UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-II. The implications of Indian Society and Social Issues can be seen in all the papers of General Studies and Essay. Apart from UPSC Mains, some questions from schemes related to Social Issues are asked in the UPSC Prelims (multiple-choice questions) General Studies -Paper I. So, you must prepare these subjects from the perspective of both UPSC Prelims and Mains.

In this article we will discuss about the strategy to prepare Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC. First, we will see the past year trend of the Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC:

Subject20202019201820172016
Indian Society and Social Issues- UPSC Mains General Studies Paper- I6 Questions5 Questions6 Questions5 Questions6 Questions
Overview of the Syllabus for Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC IAS:
Subject Syllabus
Indian Society and Social Issues- General Studies- Paper I· Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

· Role of Women and Women’s Organization, Population and Associated Issues, Poverty and Developmental issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

· Effects of Globalization on Indian society.

· Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism.

Social Issues- General Studies- Paper II· Welfare Schemes for Vulnerable Sections of the population by the Centre and States.

· Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

· Issues relating to Poverty and Hunger.

 

 

Strategy to read Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC:
  • Read the syllabus: Before starting your preparation for Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC, you must go through the UPSC Mains Syllabus of General Studies Paper-I and Paper-II. Each and every topic mentioned in the syllabus are very important for exam. Refer them twice or thrice. It will help you to read what is important for exam and not to get diverted towards topics that not relevant.
  • Read past years’ questions of UPSC Mains General Studies Paper-I and Paper-II:Reading past year questions will help you to get the nature and demand of the questions. Topics from which exams questions are asked.
  • Read NCERT textbooks: NCERT textbooks on Sociology are good books to read and get basic idea about the subject. You must read NCERT textbooks of Class XI and XII. They will give you conceptual based understanding. You should give at least two reading to understand the subject clearly. Some of the important NCERT textbooks which you must read:
    • NCERT Class 11 – Introducing Sociology
    • NCERT Class 11 – Understanding Society
    • NCERT Class 12 – Indian Society
    • NCERT Class 12 – Social Change & Development in India
  • Read advance books:After reading two to three times, the NCERT textbooks, you must read one advance static book on Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC. Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja is one of the best books. It will help you to enhance your knowledge and improvise your content.
  • Newspaper reading:Questions asked from Indian Society and Social Issues for UPSC are both static and dynamic based. Static portion, you will cover from NCERT textbooks and for dynamic portion, you must one newspaper daily. Along with reading, you must take down important points based on your syllabus. For example, welfare schemes for women, children, pregnant women etc. You can read The Hindu or Indian Express.
  • Current affairs magazine:Current affairs magazine covers Social Issues for UPSC in details. You must read one current affairs magazine to cover important topics mostly welfare schemes. It will help you to prepare for both UPSC Prelims and Mains. Social Issues are very important for both Prelims and Mains. You can also refer Yojana and Kurukshetra to cover various Social Issues.
  • Notes on welfare schemes: After referring newspaper and current affairs magazine, you should prepare your own notes on welfare schemes in detail. You should keep them updating.
  • Answer writing practice:You must write answers on a daily basis on previous years’ questions and predicted questions. This will help you to improve your answers and will increase your speed.
  • Revise:Revising the notes on a daily basis is very important. This is because there are many welfare schemes and you must remember that. Revision will help you to interlink different concepts and write comprehensive answers.