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Civil Services Mains 2018 General Studies Paper 1 Question Paper


 Answer the following questions in not more than 150/250 words each. Contents of the answers are more important than their length. All questions carry equal marks.


Q1. Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss. (Answer in 150 words) 10 Marks


Q2. Assess the importance of the accounts of the Chinese and Arab travellers in the econstruction of the history of India. (Answer in 150 words)10 Marks


Q3. Throw light on the significance of the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi in the present times. (Answer in 150)10 Marks


Q4. Why is Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) needed ? How does it help in navigation ? (Answer in 150 words)10 Marks


Q5. Why is India taking keen interest in resources of Arctic Region ? (Answer in 150 words)10 Marks


Q6. Define mantle plume and explain its role in plate tectonics. (Answer in 150 words)10 Marks


Q7. What are the consequences of spreading of ‘Dead Zones’ on marine ecosystem? (Answer in 150 words) 10 Marks


Q8. “Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India.” Comment. (Answer in 150 words) 10 Marks


Q9. ‘Despite implementation of various programmes for eradication of poverty by the government in India, poverty is still existing.’ Explain by giving reasons. (Answer in 150 words)10 Marks


Q10. How the Indian concept of secularism is different from the western model of secularism ? Discuss. (Answer in 150 words)10 Marks


Q11. The Bhakti movement received a remarkable re-orientation with the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Discuss. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q12. Discuss whether formation of new states in recent times is beneficial or not for the economy of India. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q13. Why indentured labour was taken by the British from India to other colonies ? Have they been able to preserve their cultural identity over there ? (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q14. “The ideal solution of depleting ground water resources in India is water harvesting system. How can it be made effective in urban areas ? (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q15. Defining blue revolution, explain the problems and strategies for pisciculture development in India. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q16. What is the significance of Industrial Corridors in India ? Identifying industrial corridors, explain their main characteristics. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q17. Mention core strategies for the transformation of aspirational districts in India and explain the nature of convergence, collaboration and competition for its success. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q18. “Women’s movement in India has not addressed the issues of women of lower social strata. Substantiate your view. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks


Q19. “Globalization is generally said to promote cultural homogenization but cultural specificities appear to be strengthened in the Indian Society’ Elucidate. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Mark


Q20. ‘‘Communalism arises either due to power struggle or relative deprivation.’ Argue by giving suitable illustrations. (Answer in 250 words) 15 Marks