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UPSC Mains 2015 GS-4 Question Paper


Instructions: Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.

Note: The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.

Section A 

1 (a) What is meant by ‘environmental ethics’? Why is it important to study? Discuss any one environmental issue from the viewpoint of environmental ethics. (150 words) (10) Read More…

UPSC Mains 2015 GS-3 Question Paper


Instructions: Answer the following questions in not more than 200 words each. Contents of the answers are more important than their length. All questions carry equal marks.

Note: Each question carries 12.5 Marks (12.5×20 = 250 Marks ) Read More…

UPSC Mains 2015 GS-2


Instructions: Answer the following questions in not more than 200 words each. Contents of the answers are more important than their length. All questions carry equal marks.

Note: Each question carries 12.5 Marks (12.5×20 = 250 Marks ) Read More…

UPSC Mains 2015 GS-1


Instructions: Answer the following questions in not more than 200 words each. Contents of the answers are more important than their length. All questions carry equal marks.

Note: Each question carries 12.5 Marks (12.5×20 = 250 Marks )

 

1. The ancient civilization in Indian sub continent differed from those of Egypt , Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without breakdown to the present day. Comment (12.5M) Read More…

[Part 1] Mains 2014 GS-3 Answer key and Solutions


Question 1: Normally countries shifted from agriculture to industry and later to services, but India shifted directly from agriculture to services.What are the reason for the huge growth of the services vis-a-vis industry in the country? can India become a developed country without a strong industrial base?

Answer: Part-I

The proper course of development that an economy follow is a shift from agriculture to services via industry, but India has shifted from agriculture to services directly without entering into industrial phase. The Reason behind its direct shift are as follows:

  1. Globalisation and Liberalisation: Both the term influenced India almost at the same time, which created a base to grow service sector. The globalization opened the shifting of service sector job while liberalization opened the country’s market by increased investment.
  2. Availability of Skilled manpower : The huge availability of skilled manpower with lower labor cost provided a solid base for service sector growth.
  3. Internal and external demand: The world wide demand of services sector with increasing economy and purchase power has influenced greatly in growth of service sector.

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[Part 2] IAS Mains 2014 GS2 Answerkey and Solutions


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Question 11: Do Government’s schemes for the uplifting vulnerable and backward communities by protecting required social resources for them, lead to their exclusion in establishing business in urban economies?

Answer: The well intended Government schemes for upliftment of vulnerable and backward communities benefits the various section of society. It check massive migration, uplift poor, and provide job in periphery near to their habitation. While the well intended policies of the government are often based on a principle of re-distributive justice, there are some unintended consequences of the same, which are felt by the business communities. Read More…

IAS Mains 2014 GS-4 Paper Analysis and Review


The Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude Paper of 2014 was a bit different from the 2013 as it contained questions requiring more brain-storming.

Again, the UPSC has failed the pseudo-coaching gurus by not going into the technical-legal aspects. The questions were general in nature, and asked were based on general awareness and aptitude of the aspirant.

In terms of the questions, UPSC did not ask many statement-based questions this time. Rather, questions sought to derive the views of the candidate.

Though the number of questions, as per the UPSC paper was lesser, we have, here, considered each sub-part as a question. Thus, the total number of question in this analysis are much more than the original question paper.

Here is the analysis of the Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude paper of 2014. For the sake of better understanding, Aspirant Forum has divided the questions in the following categories:

Section Questions Total Marks
Theoretical 2 20
Application Based 4 40
Statement Based 2 20
Thinker Based 1 10
Personal Experience and Suggestions 4 40
Case Studies (Section B) 6 120
Total 19 250

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[Part 1] IAS Mains 2014 GS-2 Solutions and Answerkey


Dear Aspirants,

Aspirant Forum is putting the answers for some of the questions for the GS-2 Paper. Since these questions contained broad topics, we have decided to put detailed answers. Thus, you might find the answers to be surpassing the word limit.

We’ll post and update the answers for more questions soon…

 

Question 1: Starting from inventing the ‘basic structure’ doctrine,the judiciary has played a highly proactive role in ensuring that India develops into a thriving democracy. In light of the statement evaluate the role played by judicial activism in achieving the ideals of democracy

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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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[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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