Over the last five years Contemporary Issues have acquired quite a heft in the optional question papers. The questions have become dynamic, requiring candidates to blend static theory and contemporary issues to answer them effectively. Here is a sample to further prove the point:-
Questions asked in 2020 Mains examination from Contemporary and Environmental Issues:
Climate change has unsettled the rhythm of seasons. Comment with examples and empirical evidence.
Discuss the methods of crop residue management in rural India to reduce pollution.
Has the regional aspiration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir been addressed through reorganisation of the state? Make an assessment.
The pharmaceutical industry in India depends on the import of raw materials. Evaluate this statement in view of the Indo Chinese relationship.
Stunting and wasting among children are major consequences of food in security. Discuss various schemes of government of India to address these problems and their achievements.
The essential commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 aims to deregulate the production, supply and distribution of farm produce. Critically examine its spatial consequences.
What are the characteristics of blue flag certified beaches? Discuss their significance for beach tourism in India.
What kind of skill promotion programmes have been initiated for job deficient regions in India? Explain.
Discuss the problems associated with the living environment in million plus cities in India. How can these be managed?
Provide an account of world population transition in the context of fertility decline and socio-economic development.
For the coverage of Contemporary issues often a single point source of Current Affairs material is referred, which has rendered itself necessary but not sufficient to satisfy the demands of the Examination. To help candidates bridge this gap, GSSCORE has specially designed a course “Contemporary & Environmental Issues in Geography.”
This course is designed to cater to Contemporary & Environmental issues within the syllabus of Geography optional to cater to the changing demands of questions being asked in the UPSC CSE. This course will greatly help candidates in better analysis, evaluation and provide a well defined path for revision and improvement. The course is of immense value for not just geography optional, but for GS as well (Geography, Environment & Disaster Management).