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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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[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Political Science Paper 1 Question Paper


  • For each paper: Time Allowed : Three Hours Maximum Marks : 250
  • There are EIGHT questions divided in two Sections and printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
  • Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.
  • Question Nos. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE question from each Section.
  • The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.
  • Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than the authorized one.
  • Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
  • Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off.

Section-A (Part 1)

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[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Public Administration Paper 2 Question Paper

Section-A (Part 1)

Question 1. (Compulsory) 150 words x 10 marks each x 5 = 50 marks

  1. Ethics in public services has been the central concern of Kautilya’s Arthashastra. Critically examine the statement
  2. discuss the valuable premise of constitutionalism in India which the bureaucracy cannot violate
  3. the functional role of Prime Minister’s office (PMO) depends on the Prime Minister’s policy orientation, personality and style of administration. Comment on the statement with suitable examples.
  4. Despite the adoption of decentralised planning, participatory initiative remain marginalised and divisive live in many regions. Discuss
  5. the Centre State relations have acquired new dimensions in recent times due to several political parties being in power at the Centre and the States. (Second administrive, commission). Do you agree? Give reasons to support your arguments.

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[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Public Administration Question Paper

UPSC conducted the Civil services Mains 2014 Public Administration Paper 1 on December 19, 2014.

Here is the question paper. Other paper will be uploaded soon.

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[Part 2] IAS Mains 2014 GS 1 Answer key

Click here to see the first part of GS 1 2014 Answer key

Question 9: What were the events that led to the Suez Crisis in 1956? How did it deal a final blow to Britain’s self-image as a world power?

10 Marks

Answer: In 1956, Egypt decided to nationalize the Suez Canal. However, it posed a threat to the commercial interest of the British, French and Israel. They decided to use force to maintain their interest. Egypt was a non-aligned country and needed significant aid. But she was not able to secure it from any of the major powers. Thus, the plan to nationalize the Suez canal was proposed. Earlier, Suez Canal was under a French Company, which had a right to operate it for 99 years. However, Egyptian army took over the control of the canal.

Britain decided to use military action against Egypt. But it was opposed by the USA. Thus, Britain, France and Israel decided to conspire against Egypt. On October 29, 1956, Israel invaded Sinai in Egypt. In response, UK and France threatened the conflicting parties to intervene, if Egypt and Israel did not withdraw from the canal region. Britain-France arrived on November 5, 1956.

However, Britain and France were countered by the US and USSR. By November 6, 1956 the crisis was over, and UN peacekeeping forces were deployed in Suez Canal. Britain and France had to face a diplomatic and military setback. Suez canal crisis added to the Soviet popularity in the Arab region.


Question 10: The New Economic Policy – 1921 of Lenin had influenced  the policies adopted by India soon after independence. Evaluate.

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IAS Mains 2014 GS-2 Paper Analysis and Review

The General Studies paper-2 was different from the paper of 2013. In a major shock, UPSC asked only 20 questions, with each question having a weightage of 12.5 marks.

However, the nature of questions was a bit simpler than the last year, and a number of questions came from the readily available material, like basic structure and Indian federalism. However, there were also a few questions that were twisted, to test the analytical and sharpness of a candidate’s mind.

The part-wise break up of the GS-2 paper was as follows:

Part Number of Questions Weightage
Constitution and Indian Polity 6 75
Policies and Program 3 37.5
Social Justice 4 50
Human Resources 2 25
IR 5 62.5
Total 20 250


GS2 analysis


Constitution and Indian Polity

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IAS Mains 2014 GS-4 Question Paper

UPSC conducted the IAS Mains 2014 GS-4 paper on December 17, 2014 in the afternoon session.

Here is the question paper.

Analysis and answer key will put posted soon…

GS4.1 GS4.2 GS4.3 GS4.4 GS4.5 GS4.6 GS4.7 GS4.8 Read More…