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Civil Services-Mains Test series: GS Paper-1

GS (Mains), Paper-1/2016


Total marks: 250

Time Allowed: 3:00 hour                                                         

Question paper specific instruction

  • All questions are compulsory
  • The number of marks carried by a question/ part is indicated against it.
  • Answer must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate.
  • Answer all the questions in not more than 150 words each. Contents of the answer are more important than its length.

Q.1. “Indus to Mahashangarh shows unique cultural and economic similarities”, elaborate the commonness and contrast which resulted from the fusion of culture as well as climate change.

Q.2. “Cultural evolution need not match economic revolution”, comment making a comparison between north and south India’s political evolution from Indus to pre-independence era.

Q.3. Do you think Taxila and Nalanda failed to infuse scientific temperament in the society and hence collapsed with the external aggression?

Q.4. North Indian architecture, music and paintings have great Persian influence”, Comment. Discuss the role of climate and topography in the development of distinct Nagara and Dravidian architecture in India.

Q.5. “Spread of Socialistic thought in the 20th century restricted the process of colonization of 19th century,” comment taking specific examples.

Q. 6. “World Wars resulted from extreme nationalism”, comment with specific examples of the two world wars. Do you agree with the statement “economic compulsion diffused the extreme thought of nationalism”?

Q.7. “China’s rise to economic power failed to revert the collapse of Communism”, analyse the given statement in the light of post-1990s era of the history of Communist thought.

Q.8. How was Wavell Plan different from Cripps Proposal? Give details of reactions of then political parties of India in this regard.

Q.9. “Gandhian philosophy of non-violence was the major force behind India’s independence”, comment in the light of the contribution of fringe elements in the freedom struggle.

Q.10. Do you think Netaji’s resignation as Congress president was the turning point in India’s struggle for freedom? Also discuss the causes of his exit and its consequences.

Q.11. “Poona Pact brought a new thought of social engineering that changed the entire political game plan of British government”, comment. Do you think the event brought depressed section to the mainstream political system?

Q.12. “English education introduced by British government in India created India but killed Indian ethos”, comment

Q.13. Analyse the role of women and women organization in the elimination of poverty and evils of social customs. Elaborate your answer with recent movements in India.

Q.14. “Women empowerment is necessary for the proper implementation and maximum impact of government schemes for the vulnerable sections of society”, comment taking some of the recent schemes of Government of India.

Q.15. “Globalization has economically benefited Indian society but has broken the fabrics of Indian society”, Comment. Do you think that globalization will ultimately enhance the trinity of liberty, equality and integrity in India?

Q.16. Why frequency and intensity of cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea varies. Discuss the role of upper air circulation in the Pacific Ocean in this regard.

Q.17. Explain the mechanism of earthquakes in the Mediterranean Sea. How it differs from that of earthquakes in the Himalaya?

Q.18. Why cloud bursts are more common in the western Himalaya than in the eastern Himalaya? Discuss its geological as well as climatic parameters.

Q.19. Why Tropical belt and Temperate belt show alternate bands of vegetation on its eastern and western coasts?

Q.20. “Better co-ordination is needed among SAARC member countries for the optimum utilization of water potential” Elucidate with specific reference to India, Nepal, Pakistan & Bangladesh.

Q.21. “Himalaya shows great diversities in terms of geo-climatic factors.” Explain in the light of occurrence of disasters in the Himalayan regions of India.

Q.22. “Demographic Dividend can be optimized only with better co-ordination and proper management”, explain in the context of South Asian countries.

Q.23. Describe the contribution of primary sector in the Indian economy. To what extent it will help in reducing the problems of poverty as well as unemployment.

Q.24. Explain the dynamic mechanism of Indian Monsoon. Make special reference of the impact of Southern Oscillation, Indian Ocean Dipole and Indian local winds on the Indian Monsoon.

Q.25. “The growth and development of Iron & Steel industries in India and the rest of the world shows different pattern” explain with specific examples.

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