UPSC Mains 2021 – General Studies 1 Question Paper

The General Studies Paper I of the UPSC Mains is being conducted in the first half of 8th January 2022. The Civil Services (Main) Examination comprises of nine papers and is held over the course of five days
The following topics are covered in GS Paper I:
Indian Culture and Heritage
Geography of the World

UPSC Mains 2021 – General Studies 1 Question Paper

Q 1. Evaluate the nature of the Bhakti Literature and its contribution to Indian culture. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 2. Trace the rise and growth of socio-religious reform movements with special reference to Young Bengal and Brahmo Samaj. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 3. Assess the main administrative issues and socio-cultural problems in the integration process of Indian Princely States. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 4. Differentiate the causes of landslides in the Himalayan region and Western Ghats. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 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. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 6. What are the environmental implications of the reclamation of the water bodies into urban land use? Explain with examples. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 7. Mention the global occurrence of volcanic eruptions in 2021 and their impact on regional environment. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 8. Why is India considered as a sub-continent? Elaborate your answer. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 9. Examine the uniqueness of tribal knowledge system when compared with mainstream knowledge and cultural systems. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 10. Examine the role of ‘Gig Economy’ in the process of empowerment of women in India. (150 words – 10 marks)

Q 11. To what extent did the role of the moderates prepare a base for the wider freedom movement? Comment. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 12. Bring out the constructive programmes of Mahatma Gandhi during Non-Cooperation Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 13. There arose a serious challenge to the Democratic State System between the two World Wars.” Evaluate the statement. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 14. Briefly mention the alignment of major mountain ranges of the world and explain their impact on local weather conditions, with examples. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 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. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 16. Discuss the multi-dimensional implications of uneven distribution of mineral oil in the world. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 17. What are the main socio-economic implications arising out of the development of IT industries in major cities of India? (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 18. Discuss the main objectives of Population Education and point out the measures to achieve them in India in detail. (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 19. What is Cryptocurrency? How does it affect global society? Has it been affecting Indian society also? (250 words – 15 marks)

Q 20. How does Indian society maintain continuity in traditional social values? Enumerate the changes taking place in it. (250 words – 15 marks)

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