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UPSC 2013 Mains Official Question Paper

Write an essay on any of the following topics in not more than 2500 Words (Word
Limit Should Be Strictly Adhered)
1. “Be The Change You Want To See In The World”
2. Is The Colonial Mentality Hindering India’s Success?
3. GDP (Gross Domestic Production) Along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) Would Be
The Right Indices For Judging The Well-being Of A Country
4. Science and Technology Is The Panacea For The Growth and Security Of A Nation.
UPSC Civil Services Mains 2013 General
Studies Paper (Official) – 1
Following are the topics on which questions were asked in today’s(December 3, 2013)
General Studies Paper-1 (History, Society and Geography)
Full question paper would be made available in the evening. To quench your curiosity, we are
posting raw questions now.

1. Sangam Literature and its impact
a) Tandava Dance form
b) Chola architecture – Features
3. Role of Indian Women in freedom struggle
4. Foreigners role in India’s Freedom Struggle
5. Role of Dalhousie – as a founder of modern India
6. Bhooodan and Gramadan Movements. Critically analyze.
7. Signifcance of the slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”
8.Contribution of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to Freedom Struggle
9. Tashkent agreement – circumstances and highlights
10. Compulsion for India to help Bangladesh in 1971
11. Japan industrial revolution – factors and how different from the Western
12. Africa imperialism
13. American Revolution – mercantilism
14. Great Economic Depression – Policy instruments to contain it
15. Urbanization and associated social problems
16. Women organizations and role of male members in them
17 Effect of globalization on aged population
18. Regionalism and how it leads to separatist demands
19. a) continental drift
b) cyclone names and how they are named
20. a) Urban Heat Island
b) Temperature Inversion and its Effects
21. Major Hot deserts in the Northern Hemisphere
a) Why landslides are more frequent in Himalayas than in Western Ghats?
b) Why Rivers originating from Western Ghats do not form Delta?
a) Why there are more sugar mills in South India?
b) Factors responsible for decentralization of cotton industry
24. Significance of atomic energy to India and required raw materials
25. Significance of Shale Oil to India

UPSC Civil Services Mains 2013 General
Studies Question Paper 2 (official)
General Studies Paper- 2 Question Paper