Question paper UPSC Mains 2016 GS Paper-1

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Answers the following Question No. 1 to 20 Maximum 250 words and 12.5 marks each:

Question 1: Early Buddhist Stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives, successfully expounds Buddhist ideals. Elucidate.

Question 2: Krishnadeva Raya, the king of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was a also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss.

Question 3: Explain how the upraising of 1857 constitutes an important watershed in the evolution of British policies towards colonial India.

Question 4: Discuss the role of women in the freedom struggle especially during the Gandhian phase.

Question 5: Highlight the differences in the approach of Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi in the struggle for freedom. 

Question 6: Has the formation of linguistic states strengthened the cause of Indian unity?

Question 7: The anti-colonial struggles in West Africa were led by the new elite of Western -educated Africans. Examine.

Question 8: To what extent globalisation has influenced the core of cultural diversity in India? Explain.

Question 9: “An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the poor from the process of deprivation.” Substantiate this statement with suitable examples. 

Question 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.

Question 11: With a brief background of quality of urban life in India, introduce the objectives and strategy of the ‘Smart City Programme.”

Question 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.

Question 13: Discuss the concept of air mass and explain its role in macro-climatic changes.

Question 14: “The Himalayas are highly prone to landslides. “Discuss the causes and suggest suitable measures of mitigation.


Question 15: The effective management of land and water resources will drastically reduce the human miseries. Explain.

Question 16: South China Sea has assumed great geopolitical significance in the present context. Comment.

Question 17: Major cities of India are becoming vulnerable to flood conditions. Discuss.

Question 18: Present an account of the Indus Water Treaty and examine its ecological, economic and political implications in the context of changing bilateral relations.

Question 19: Enumerate the problems and prospects of inland water transport in India.

Question 20:  In what way micro-watershed development projects help in water conservation in drought-prone and semi-arid regions of India? 


Subject Weightage
Geography 44%
History 31%
Social Science 25%
Subjects Weightage
Physical Geography 5%
Urbanization 10%
Culture 10%
Freedom Struggle 5%
World History 10%
Local Empowerment 15%
Poverty 10%
Climate  5%
Resources  25%


By admin July 11, 2016 14:05