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MAINS SELF STUDY GUIDE: Insights Mock Test – 21 (GS – 1)

MAINS SELF STUDY GUIDE: Insights Mock Test – 21 (GS-1)


NOTE: Those who want to write in notebook should treat this as a Real Exam and try to complete the paper within One and Half Hours. You can download PDF copy of the same HERE. The Timetable is HERE.

Insights Mains Offline Test Series 2015


Mock Test – 21                                                                                                          

16 November 2015

Duration: 3 Hours


Answer questions in NOT MORE than the word limit specified for each in the parenthesis. Content of the answer is more important than its length. Each question carries 10 Marks. (10 x 25 = 250)


  1. “Unlike Mughal painting which is primarily secular, the art of painting in Central India, Rajasthani and the Pahari region etc. is deeply rooted in the Indian traditions.” Discuss. (200 Words)


  1. It is said that the Mauryan Empire (4th to 2nd century BCE) made a remarkable contribution to art and architecture. Discuss the important features. (200 Words)


  1. “The Gupta period is remarkable for the production of secular literature.” Discuss. (200 Words)


  1. “Besides silk, paper and other goods, the Silk Road carried another commodity which was equally significant in world history – it was the vehicle which spread Buddhism through Central Asia.” Discuss. (200 Words)


  1. Compare and contrast the architectural features of the Delhi Sultanate with that of Mughal architecture. (200 Words)


  1. “In the initial years, the growth of territorial empire in India was neither planned nor directed from Britain.” Critically comment. (150 Words)


  1. Why did the British view the political power of Mysore under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan as a security threat to the English position in Madras and in the Carnatic? How did they deal with the Mysore state? Discuss. (200 Words)


  1. “Although not a Police State in a conventional sense, a ‘Police Raj’ gradually emerged between the revolt of 1857 and the transfer of power in 1947.” In the light of emergence of police system under the British rule, analyse the statement. (200 Words)


  1. Examine the role of Western education in the evolution of Indian nationalism during the early stages of freedom struggle. (200 Words)


  1. The Khilafat movement witnessed both the Hindu – Muslim unity and further alienation of Muslims. Critically comment. (200 Words)



  1. “Sardar Patel has been much misunderstood and misrepresented. Some have used him to attack Nehruvian vision and policies; others have made him out to be the archetypal rightist.” Compare and contrast Sardar Patel’s ideology with that of Nehru’s. (200 Words)


  1. “The worst aspect of the Mandal decision was that it was socially divisive.” Do you agree with this statement? Is Mandal decision still dominating political discourse in modern India? Critically comment. (200 Words)


  1. In the sphere of social development, one of the main challenges faced by Gujarat is the high prevalence of child under-nutrition, coupled with a slow reduction in the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR). Why some states, including Gujarat, despite high economic growth are lagging behind in social indicators? Critically examine. (200 Words)


  1. The rapid growth of the Indian economy over the past three decades has led to a substantial expansion of India’s “middle class”. This has triggered a robust debate over who in India actually belongs to the “middle class,” its size, composition, and political and social behaviour. In the light of the statement, examine who constitute ‘Middle Class’ in India and their characteristics. Do you think class is replacing caste in India? Comment. (200 Words)


  1. In recent times, the status and role of the old age population have been changed due to the technological developments and globalisation that have colonized the outlook of the youth. Analyse how the recent development of globalization have changed the concept of ageing in India. (150 Words)


  1. Was British Decolonization after 1945 a Voluntary Process? Discuss. (200 Words)


  1. “The Warsaw Pact’s demise, in many ways, could be regarded as signaling the end of the Cold War.” Why was the Warsaw Pact signed and which factors caused its demise? Examine. (200 Words)


  1. “World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn’t come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome.” Discuss. (200 Words)


  1. Examine the impact of climate change on wetlands. What measures need to be taken to conserve global wetlands in a changing world? Discuss. (1500 Words)


  1. What are extra-tropical cyclones? How are they different from tropical cyclones? Illustrate. (200 Words)


  1. How badly are we overfishing the oceans? Examine the causes and consequences of overfishing and remedies needed to arrest dwindling population of important fishes. (200 Words)


  1. Compare the ecosystems of Eastern and Western Himalayas. Examine how the climate change has impacted both parts of the Himalayas.(200 Words)


  1. It is said that the steel industry in India is facing several problems owing to both domestic and foreign factors. Examine. (150 Words)


  1. The Indian subcontinent has a history of devastating earthquakes. Examine the causes of these earthquakes and describe the earthquakes zones of India. (150 Words)