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UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS EXAM 2016: General Studies Paper – 1 Question Paper







  • Early Buddhist Stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives, successfully expoundsBuddhist ideals. Elucidate.



  • Krishnadeva Raya, the king of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was a also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss.
  • Explain how the upraising of 1857 constitutes an important watershed in the evolution of British policies towards colonial India.
  • Discuss the role of women in the freedom struggle especially during the Gandhian phase.
  • Highlight the differences in the approach of Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi in the struggle for freedom. 
  • Has the formation of linguistic states strengthened the cause of Indian unity?
  • The anti-colonial struggles in West Africa were led by the new elite of Western -educated Africans. Examine.
  • To what extent globalisation has influenced the core of cultural diversity in India? Explain.
  • “An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the poor from the process of deprivation.” Substantiate this statement with suitable examples. 
  • Why are the tribals in India referred to as ‘the Scheduled Tribes’? Indicate the major provisions enshrined in the Constitution of India for their upliftment.
  • With a brief background of quality of urban life in India, introduce the objectives and strategy of the ‘Smart City Programme.”
  • What is the basis of regionalism? Is it that unequal distribution of benefits of development on regional basis eventually promotes regionalism? Substantiate your answer.
  • Discuss the concept of air mass and explain its role in macro-climatic changes.
  • “The Himalayas are highly prone to landslides.”Discuss the causes and suggest suitable measures of mitigation.
  • The effective management of land and water resources will drastically reduce the human miseries. Explain.
  • South China Sea has assumed great geopolitical significance in the present context. Comment.
  • Major cities of India are becoming vulnerable to flood conditions. Discuss.
  • Present an account of the Indus Water Treaty and examine its ecological, economic and political implications in the context of changing bilateral relations.
  •  Enumerate the problems and prospects of inland water transport in India.
  •  In what way micro-watershed development projects help in water conservation in drought-prone and semi-arid regions of India? 
  • Doklam Plateau Issue

    The region falls within Bhutanese Territory. India and Bhutan 2007 Friendship Treaty, Which provide regulations for border dispute Th...