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UPSC Mains 2016 | GS Paper 1 – Analysis


The reviews of Paper-I were quite definite i.e. in favour of the examination being quite predictable and comfortable. Starting with history section of Paper I, one can understand that it was either taken out from the NCERTs or it was attached to a current topic. For example – the second question was directly taken out from the NCERT, whereas the 5th question had a touch of current events. Geography section was attached with both static portion that had dynamism attached to it, and the international current events portion which was masqueraded as a part of Geography. The question of Globalisation was quite anticipative, in lieu of an anti-establishment wave in Europe and the political blame-game over Globalisation. We have had this discussion at length in our Institution. A rudimentary observation suggests that UPSC tried to cover all the topics in the syllabus with respect to the events of today. Therefore, strict adherence to the syllabus is a pre-requisite.

Below are the questions which were asked in the UPSC Mains 2016 GS Paper – 1

  1. Early Buddhist Stupa-art, wile depicting folk motifs and narratives successfully expounds best Buddhist ideals. Educilate      (12.5 Marks)
  2. Krishnadeva Raya, the King of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss   (12.5 Marks)
  3. Explain how the Uprising of 1857 constitutes an important watershed in the evolution of British policies towards colonial India   (12.5 Marks)
  4. Discuss the role of women in the freedom struggle especially during the Gandhian phase.   (12.5 Marks)
  5. Highlight the differences in the approach of Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi in the struggle for freedom.   (12.5 Marks)
  6. Has the formation of linguistic states strengthened the cause of Indian unity?   (12.5 Marks)
  7. The Anti-Colonial Struggles in West Africa were led by the New elite Western-educated Africans. Examine   (12.5 Marks)
  8. To what extent globalisation has influence the core of cultural diversity in India? Explain   (12.5 Marks)
  9. “An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the from the process of deprevation” Substantiate this statement with suitable examples.   (7+5.5 = 12.5 Marks) 
  10. Why are the tribals in India referred to as the “Scheduled Tribes”? Indicate the major provisions enshrined in the constitution of India for their upliftment.   (4.5 + 8 = 12.5 Marks) 
  11. With a brief background of quality of urban life in India, introduce the objectives and strategy of the “Smart City Programme”   (4 + 8.5 = 12.5 Marks) 
  12. What is the basis of regionalism? Is it that unequal distribution of benefits of development on regional basis eventually promotes regionalism? Substantiate your answer   (3.5 + 9 =12.5 Marks) 
  13. Discuss the concept of air mass and explain its role in macro-climate changes.   (12.5 Marks)
  14. “The Himalayan are highly prone to landslides”. Discuss the causes and suggest suitable measures of mitigation.   (12.5 Marks)
  15. The effective management of land and water resources will drastically reduce human miseries. Explain.   (12.5 Marks)
  16. South China Sea has assumed great geopolitical significance in the present context. Comment (12.5 Marks)
  17. Major cities of India are becoming more vulnerable to flood conditions. Discuss   (12.5 Marks)
  18. Present an account of the Indus water treaty and examine it ecological, economic and political implications in the context of changing bilateral relations.   (12.5 Marks)
  19. Enumerate the problems and prospects of Inland water transport in India   (12.5 Marks)
  20. In what way micro-watershed development projects help in water conservation in drought-prone and semi-arid regions of India?   (12.5 Marks)

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