General Science For State PSC Exams 2022 | Best Book for Exams Preparation

General Science For State PSC Exams 2022 | Best Book for Exams Preparation: General Science and Technology is a subject that is equally important as other subjects for the UPSC, State PSC civil services exam. Every year about 10-15 questions are asked from this section in the prelims exams. So, you can assess the importance of this section. Generally, students from science or engineering backgrounds will find this section easy, while others who are from the non-science background may find this section a bit tough. 

Science and Technology are asked in UPSC Civil Services Prelims General Studies Paper as well as in Mains General Studies Paper. The science part deals with subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. The technology part deals with the application of various sciences. Questions can come from all the latest technologies like Biotechnology, Information Technology, Nano-technology, Space Technology, Defense Technology. Energy Technologies etc.

Like in every other subject, scout the newspapers and science magazines for the latest in scientific developments in India and abroad. As explained earlier, look for concepts involved in such events and developments.

If you get time, go back to school texts (at-least till Class X) to build your science basics. NCERT Biology Texts for Class 11 and Class 12 are also really good. Selective reading of these texts is advised. For the technology part, Science and Technology column from The newspapers is a good read.

And regarding books for Science and Technology! There is no book which can be called a panacea for science and technology.

This section can be classified into four:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Current affairs related to science and technology

Current Affairs Year Book 2022: General Science & Technology


General Science Question Bank For UPSC | State PSC | Civil Services Preliminary Examination

General Science and Science and Technology

Evolution of the Earth

  • Geological Time Scale: Hadean, Archean, Proterozoic & Phanerozoic
  • Phanerozoic Eon: Paleozoic Era, Mesozoic Era & Cenozoic Era

Astronomy

  • The Universe, Big Bang Theory, Dark Energy, Gravitational waves
  • Star Formation (Stellar Evolution or Life Cycle Of A Star)
  • Solar System Formation: Nuclear Disc Model (neo-Laplacian model)
  • Sun’s Internal Structure and Atmosphere, Solar Wind
  • Planets of the Solar System & Other Solar System Objects

Biology

  • Cell Organelles | Plant Cell vs. Animal Cell
  • Carbohydrates | Monosaccharides | Polysaccharides
  • Proteins | Amino Acids | Enzymes
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Deficiency Diseases
  • Trans Fat, Saturated & Unsaturated Fats, Healthy & Unhealthy Fats
  • Animal Tissues – Epithelium, Connective Tissues
  • Human Digestive System | Digestive Glands
  • Respiratory System – NCERT General Science
  • Endocrine Glands and Hormones
  • Human Neural System | Human Brain
  • Muscular and Skeletal System
  • Nucleic acids – DNA and RNA | Recombinant DNA
  • Mitosis | Cell Cycle | Cell Division
  • Meiosis | Mitosis – Meiosis Comparison
  • Inheritance – Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance
  • Chromosomal Theory | Human Genome Project
  • Sex Determination | Genetic Disorders
  • Diseases Caused by Microorganisms
  • Microbes In Human Welfare | Useful Microbes
  • Immunity | Human Immune System
  • AIDS | Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome
  • Cancer | Causes of Cancer – NCERT
  • Drugs and Alcohol Abuse – NCERT
  • Diseases | Acute, Chronic, Communicable Diseases
  • Blood | Blood Groups | Formed Elements
  • Circulatory System | Double Circulation
  • Excretory System | Kidney | Urine Formation
  • Origin and Evolution of Life on Earth
  • Biological Classification – General Science
  • Five Kingdom Classification of Plants and Animals
  • Plant Parts and Their Functions
  • Plant Kingdom – Thallophytes (Algae) – Bryophytes – Pteridophytes
  • Plants with Seeds – Gymnosperms and Angiosperms
  • Plant Tissue – Meristematic – Simple, Complex Permanent Tissue
  • Plant Nutrition – Photosynthesis | Nitrogen Cycle, Fixation
  • Sexual and Asexual Reproduction in Plants
  • Classification of Animal Kingdom (Animalia)
  • Classification of Vertebrata (Phylum Chordata)
  • Human Reproductive System
  • Biotechnology | Genetic Engineering – Processess and Applications
  • Insectivorous Plants of India: Drosera, Pitcher Plant, Utricularia

COVID-19

  • Virus, Difference Between Virus & Bacteria, DNA & RNA Viruses
  • Coronavirus, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV)
  • Immune System, T– Cells & Coronavirus, Cytokine storm
  • Covid-19 Tests: RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen Test & Serological Test
  • Proposed Vaccines, Treatments in the Context of COVID-19

Chemistry

  • Atomic Theory – Structure of an Atom
  • Elements, Metalloids, Compound, Mixtures vs. Compounds
  • Molecule, Ion, Molecules of Elements & Compounds, Atomicity

Diseases

  • Antimicrobial Resistance, Causative Factors, Measures Taken
  • Tuberculosis, MDR-TB, National TB Elimination Programme

Energy Sources

  • Renewable & Non-Conventional Sources Of Energy
  • Non-Renewable Sources Of Energy
  • Biofuels, Important Biofuels, National Policy on Biofuels 2018

Science and Technology

Applications

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance & Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Agriculture

  • Precision Farming, Geoinformatics for Precision Farming

Biotechnology

  • Genome, Whole Genome Sequencing, Genome India Project

Electric Mobility

  • Lithium-ion battery, Internal Combustion Engine vs. Electric Vehicles

Space

  • Kepler’s laws, Satellite Orbits, Launch Vehicles PSLV & GSLV

Indigenous defence technology

  • Ballistic Missile vs. Cruise Missile, India’s Missile Systems, IGMDP

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