Science & Technology


Defence technology

Hydrographic survey ship “INS Sandhayak” decommissioned

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DAC approves building of 6 conventional submarines under “Project-75I”

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2nd “Positive Indigenisation list” Notified by Defence Ministry

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NSA commissions offshore Patrol Vessel “ICGS Sajag”

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Bio-Technology

Single dose of vaccine can’t control Delta Variant: Global Study on vaccines

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Mixing Covid-19 vaccines: Benefits and Concerns

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Genomic sequencing in India needs to be scaled up

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What is the “Delta variant of Covid-19”?

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IT and computer related

Factors Affecting Growth of Block Chain technology in India

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National AI Portal (INDIAai) celebrates its first anniversary

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Defence Minister launches “SeHAT OPD portal”

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Need of Indigenous Semiconductor Manufacturing Facilities in India – Explained Pointwise

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NanoTechnology

IFFCO launches world’s first “Nano Liquid Urea”

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“Protein–Antibody Conjugates (PACs)” – A combination of biologics and Antibody-Drug Conjugates

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Government launches “NanoSniffer” – a Microsensor based Explosive Trace Detector

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Significance of “Nanophotonics”

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Space Technology

“CHIME telescope” detects numerous “Fast Radio Bursts”

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NASA’s New Venus Missions

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“Total lunar Eclipse and Super Moon” – 2 Celestial Events Coincided

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“Winchcombe Meteorite” – To be Displayed in the UK

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Government policies and initiatives

Cabinet approves PLI scheme ‘National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage’

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“CSIR-CMERI” Celebrates the National Technology Day- 2021

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National Task Force for Transparent Oxygen Allocation

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The DoT gives permission to conduct “5G Technology Trials” in India

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Other Technological developments

What are “Overture supersonic aircraft” and what are its challenges?

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ISRO develops 3 types of ventilators(PRENA, VaU, SVASTA) to battle Covid-19

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“Anti-hail guns” and their application in preventing hail storm

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What is “XraySetu” Service?

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IPR Policies

What is “Indemnity” and why vaccine manufacturers are demanding that?

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Voluntary Licensing Mechanism for Vaccines Will Ensure Social Justice

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What is Compulsory Licensing?

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Issues Associated with IPR Waiver to Covid Vaccine

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How to Read Science and Technology for UPSC IAS

UPSC IAS syllabus for Prelims and Mains, both include Science and technology subject. It is the subject where most of the students feel that it is not a level playing field for all. Mainly students from the non-Science background have this mentality. But this is not the reality. UPSC in all its syllabus starting from Prelims to Mains, has put focus on providing level playing field, as lakhs of students from different academic backgrounds prepare for this exam.

No matter whether you belong to Arts, Commerce or Science background, this subject is easy to understand and score well in exam (including Prelims and Mains). This subject demands simple basic understanding of science. It includes day to day happenings related to science and technology and general science. Questions are mostly application based. One does not have to master the subject. Aspirants only need to pay little attention to what all are happening around them by keeping their ear and eyes open all the time.

In this article, we will discuss about the study approach of science and technology for UPSC IAS. Before starting the preparation, it is important for all the students to see the past year trend of science and technology questions and syllabus for the same.

In the following table, we will see the total number of questions asked from science and technology in last 5 years:

YearTotal number of questions asked
202011
201911
201813
20176
201610

Overview of the UPSC IAS Syllabus for science and technology:

ExamSyllabus
UPSC Prelims- General Studies (Paper I)General Science
UPSC Mains-General Studies (Paper III)Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Study approach for science and technology for UPSC: As questions asked from science and technology are mostly application based and basic in nature, it becomes easy for the students to read this subject and score well in the exam. It is only possible when they will understand the subject rather than only mugging it up.

  • Start with NCERT textbooks:Students should compulsorily start with class VI NCERT textbook. They should read the whole book first and then in their second reading they should make short notes of them. Reading the whole book again will not be feasible. Likewise, they should complete all the NCERTs from Class VI to Class X. Notes making is very important here. Students should see if anything getting repeated.
  • Read one newspaper daily:Newspaper reading is must for an IAS aspirant. It becomes very much important for subjects like science and technology. Students must focus on science-based articles and columns.
  • Refer one current affairs magazine: To complete the current events of science and technology, it is very important to read and revise one good magazine which covers the topics thoroughly.
  • Refer Government official website:To cover schemes related to science and technology, students must refer website of Ministry of Science and Technology. They can also refer PIB website.
  • Solve Previous year UPSC Prelims and Mains questions: Past year papers will help students to understand which type of questions are asked from this subject. They will also get to know exactly what are application-based questions on science and technology. It will help them in newspaper reading and notes making as well. So, students must see the questions many times, analyze them and understand the type of the questions. In this stage they should not hurry.
  • Solve as many MCQs as possible:Solving questions of science and technology will increase their confidence as well as increase their marks. It will build their logic on how to solve application-based questions. It would be very helpful for those who belong to non-science stream.
  • Daily answer writing practice: Most of the students find it difficult to write answers on science and technology. It becomes really tough when topics are biotechnology and nanotechnology. Here is the utility of daily answer writing. If students will write answers daily, gradually they will improve. And if they will practice the same for months, then this will definitely improve their content quality as well as quality. Their speed will increase with this practice.
  • Revision is important: Students keep on revising their notes and current affairs magazines. As initially they will find the subject difficult, but with revision, they can perform well in the exam.

Science and technology is very interesting subject where most of the questions asked are of application based. So. If students will once understand the topic, they can perform well in less time period. So, no matter you belong to which background, if you want to get the success, start preparing this subject seriously with right study approach. Make a timetable and start the study. All the best for your exam.