UPSC Mains General Studies 1- Question Paper 2019

Civil Services Mains Examination – 2019


  • Total Marks: 250 marks, Time duration: 3 hours.
  • There are 20 questions printed both in ENGLISH and HINDI.
  • All questions are compulsory.
  • The number of marks carried by a question/part is printed 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 the medium other than authorized one.
  • Answers to questions no. 1 to 10 should be in 150 words, whereas answers to questions no. 11 to 20 should be in 250 words.
  • Keep the word limit indicated in the questions in mind.
  • Any page or portion of the page left blank, must be struck off clearly.


  • Qn1. Highlight the Central Asian and Greco -Bactrian elements in Gandhara art. (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn2. The 1857 Uprising was the culmination the recurrent big and small local rebellions that had occurred in the preceding hundred years of British rule. Elucidate (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn3. Examine the linkages between 19th centuries ‘Indian Renaissance’ and the emergence of national identity. (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn4. Assess the impact of global warming on coral life system with examples. (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn5. Discuss the causes of depletion of mangroves and explain their importance in maintaining coastal ecology. (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn6. Can the strategy of regional-resource based manufacturing help in promoting employment in India? (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn7. Discuss the factors for localization of agro-based food processing industries of North-West India. (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn8. What makes Indian society unique in sustaining its culture? Discuss. (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn9. “Empowering women is the key to control population growth”. Discuss (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn10. What are the challenges to our cultural practices in the name of secularism (Answer in 150 words)
  • Qn11. Many voices had strengthened and enriched the nationalist movement during the Gandhian phase. Elaborate (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn12. Assess the role of British imperial power in complicating the process of transfer of power during the 1940s. (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn13. Explain how the foundations of the modern world were laid by the American and French revolution. (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn14. What is water stress? How and why does it differ regionally in India? (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn15. How can the mountain ecosystem be restored from the negative impact of development initiatives and tourism? (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn16. How is efficient and affordable urban mass transport key to the rapid economic development of India? (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn17. How do ocean currents and water masses differ in their impacts on marine life and the coastal environment? Give suitable examples? (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn18. Do we have cultural pockets of small India all over the nation? Elaborate with examples (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn19. What are the continued challenges for women in India against time and space? (Answer in 250 words)
  • Qn20. Are we losing our local identity for the global identity? Discuss. (Answer in 250 words)

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