UPSC CSE 2018 Mains Examination – GS-1 Paper

UPSC CSE 2018 Mains Examination – GS-1 Paper


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  1. Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss.
  2. Assess the importance of accounts of the Chinese and Arab travellers in the reconstruction of the history of India.
  3. Throw light on the significance of thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi in the present times.
  4. Why is Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) needed? How does it help in navigation? (Answer in 150 words)
  5. Why is India taking keen interest in resources of Arctic Region? (Answer in 150 words)
  6. Define mantle plume and explain its role in plate tectonics. (Answer in 150 words)
  7. What is consequence of spreading Dead Zones on marine ecosystem?
  8. “Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India.” Comment. (Answer in 150 words)
  9. ‘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. How the Indian concept of secularism is different from the western model of secularism? Discuss. (Answer in 150 words
  11. The Bhakti movement received a remarkable re-orientation with the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Discuss. (Answer in 250 words)
  12. Discuss whether formation of new states in recent times is beneficial or not for the economy of India. (Answer in 250 words)
  13. 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)
  14. 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. Defining blue revolution, explain the problems and strategies for pisciculture development in India. (Answer in 250 words) 15
  16. What is the significance of Industrial Corridors in India? Identifying industrial corridors, explain their main characteristics. (Answer in 250 words) 15
  17. 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
  18. ‘Women’s movement in India has not addressed the issues of women lower social strata.’ Substantiate your view. (Answer in 250 words) 15
  19. Globalization is generally said to promote cultural homogenisation but due to this cultural specificities appear to be strengthened in the Indian Society. Elucidate.
  20. Communalism arises either due to power struggle or relative deprivation. Argue by giving suitable illustrations.
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