Archive | December 2014

News for December 24, 2014


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[Important for: Mains: IR, North Korea-China-US]

[Important for : Mains: International Organisation, NATO ]

[Important for : Prelims/Mains: Science & Tech]


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News for December 23, 2014


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IAS Mains 2014 GS-3 Paper Analysis and Review


The General Studies-3 Paper of 2014 was a big surprise for the aspirant community as UPSC reduced the total number of questions, thereby increasing the individual weightage of each question. This came as both good and bad thing, as it gave an opportunity to secure more marks from each question, but at the same time, it also implied that a blunder in any question would be more dangerous.

Nevertheless, here is a component wise analysis of the paper:

Topic Questions Marks
Economy and related issues 9 112.5
Inclusive Growth 1 12.5
Science and Tech 1 12.5
Legal Issues (IPR, Airspace) 2 25
Environment 2 25
Disaster Management 1 12.5
Security 4 50

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News for December 22, 2014


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News for December 21, 2014


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[Optional] IAS Mains 2014 Anthropology Paper 2 Question Paper


Section A (Part 1)

Q1 Write short notes on the following in about 150 words each : 10×5=50

  1. Neolithic cultures of N-E India
  2. Tribe-Caste continuum
  3. Great tradition and Little tradition
  4. Major linguistic divisions of India
  5. Contribution of H. H. Risley to the ‘Aryan’ debate

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[Optional] IAS Mains 2014 Anthropology Paper 1 Question Paper


Section A (Part 1)

Q1. Write notes on the following in about 150 words each: 10 x5=50

  1. Double Descent
  2. Genealogical Method
  3. Major sub-divisions of Anthropology
  4. Ecological Anthropology
  5. Field work tradition in Anthropology

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[Optional] IAS Mains 2014 Sociology Paper 2 Question Paper


Section A (Part 1)

Q1.Write short notes with a sociological perspective on the following in about 150 words each: 10×5=50

  1. Gandhi’s efforts on communal harmony
  2. Modernisation of Indian traditions
  3. Types of kinship systems in India
  4. Features of caste system
  5. G.S. Ghurye’s Indological approach to understand society in India

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[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Sociology Paper 1 Question Paper


Section A (Part 1)

Q1. Write short answer of the following in about 150 words each: 10×5=50           

  1. How is objectivity different from value neutrality? Discuss with reference to Weber’s views on methodology.
  2. How did the emergence of industrial society change the family life in Western Europe?
  3. How is sociological approach to human actions different from that of psychological approach?
  4. In what way biographies could be used to study social life?
  5. How can we use reference group theory to understand fashion in society?

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[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Political Science Paper 2 Question Paper


Section A (Part 1)

Q1. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50

  1. Party system in India is neither western nor indigenous. Explain.
  2. In what respect is the new social movement new in nature? Discuss.
  3. Do you agree that the U.N. has failed to contain transnational terrorism? Elaborate your answer with examples.
  4. “The Feminist approach to international politics is biased.” Comment.
  5. “Ukraine crisis is a product of power politics and geo-politics.” Comment.

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