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UPSC IAS Mains 2021 General Studies (Paper – 1)

UPSC IAS Mains General Studies (Paper – I) Exam Question Paper – 2021

Marks: 250

Duration: 3 hours

Exam Date: 07.01.2022

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Subject: Paper – II: General Studies-I : (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

  1. Evaluate the nature of the Bhakti Literature and its contribution to Indian culture.   (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  2. Trace the rise and growth of socio-religious reform movements with special reference  to Young Bengal and Brahmo Samaj. (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  3. Assess the main administrative issues and socio-cultural problems in the integration  process of Indian Princely States. (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  4. Differentiate the causes of landslides in the Himalayan region and Western Ghats.  
  5. Despite India being one of the countries of the Gondwanaland, its mining industry  contributes much less to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in percentage. Discuss.   (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  6. What are the environmental implications of the reclamation of water bodies into  urban land use? Explain with examples. (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  7. Mention the global occurrence of volcanic eruptions in 2021 and their impact on  regional environment. (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  8. Why is India considered as a sub-continent? Elaborate your answer.   (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  9. Examine the uniqueness of tribal knowledge systems when compared with mainstream  knowledge and cultural systems. (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  10. Examine the role of ‘Gig Economy’ in the process of empowerment of women in  India. (Answer in 150 words) (10) 
  11. To what extent did the role of the moderates prepare a base for the wider freedom  movement? Comment. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  12. Bring out the constructive programmes of Mahatma Gandhi during Non-Cooperation  Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  13. ”There arose a serious challenge to the Democratic State System between the two  World Wars.” Evaluate the statement. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  14. Briefly mention the alignment of major mountain ranges of the world and explain  their impact on local weather conditions, with examples. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  15. How do the melting of the Arctic ice and glaciers of the Antarctic differently affect  the weather patterns and human activities on the Earth? Explain. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  16. Discuss the multi-dimensional implications of uneven distribution of mineral oil in  the world. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  17. What are the main socio-economic implications arising out of the development of IT  industries in major cities of India? (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  18. Discuss the main objectives of Population Education and point out the measures to  achieve them in India in detail. (Answer in 250 words) (15) 
  19. What is Cryptocurrency? How does it affect global society? Has it been affecting  Indian society also? (Answer in 250 words) (15)
  20. How does Indian society maintain continuity in traditional social values? Enumerate  the changes taking place in it. (Answer in 250 words) (15)
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