Question paper UPSC Mains 2018 GS Paper-1

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Answers the following Question No. 1 to 10 in 150 words and 10 marks each:

Question 1: Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment?

Question 2: Assess the importance of the accounts of the Chinese and Arab travellers in the reconstruction of the history of India. 

Question 3: Throw light on the significance of the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi in the present times.

Question 4: Why is Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) needed? How does it help in navigation? 

Question 5: Why is India taking keen interest in resources of Arctic Region? 

Question 6: Define mantle plume and explain its role in plate tectonics.

Question 7: What are the consequences of spreading of ‘Dead Zones’ on marine ecosystem?

Question 8: “Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India.” 

Question 9: ‘Despite implementation of various programmes for eradication of poverty by the government in India, poverty is still existing.’ Explain by giving reasons.

Question 10: How the Indian concept of secularism is different from the western model of secularism? Discuss. 


Answers the following Question No. 11 to 20 in 250 words and 15 marks each:

Question 11: The Bhakti movement received a remarkable re-orientation with the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Discuss.

Question 12: Discuss whether formation of new states in recent times is beneficial or not for the economy of India. 

Question 13: Why indentured labour was taken by the British from India to other colonies? Have they been able to preserve their cultural identity over there? 

Question 14: “The ideal solution of depleting ground water resources in India is water harvesting system.” How can it be made effective in urban areas? 

Question 15: Define blue revolution, explain the problems and strategies for pisciculture development in India. 

Question 16: What is the significance of Industrial Corridors in India? Identify industrial corridors, explain their main characteristics. 

Question 17: Mention core strategies for the transformation of aspirational districts in India and explain the nature of convergence, collaboration and competition for its success. 

Question 18: ‘Women’s movement in India has not addressed the issues of women of lower social strata. Substantiate your view.

Question 19: ‘Globalization is generally said to promote cultural homogenization but due to this cultural specificities appear to be strengthened in the Indian Society. Elucidate. 

Question 20: ‘Communalism arises either due to power struggle or relative deprivation. Argue by giving suitable illustrations.’ 

Subjects 2016 2017 2018
History 75 85 60
Social Science 62.5 50 105
Geography 112.5 115 85


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