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MAINS SELF STUDY GUIDE: Insights Mock Test – 27 (GS – 1)

MAINS SELF STUDY GUIDE: Insights Mock Test – 27 (GS-1)


NOTE: Those who want to write in notebook should treat this as a Real Exam. You can download PDF copy of the same HERE. The Timetable is HERE.

Insights Mains Offline Test Series 2015


Mock Test – 27                                                                                                          

08 December 2015

Duration: 3 Hours

Answer questions in NOT MORE than 150 words. Content of the answer is more important than its length. Each question carries 10 Marks. (10 x 25 = 250)


  1. India’s artistic traditions are ancient and deeply rooted in religion. Illustrate.


  1. “Unlike the dark middle ages of Europe, India’s middle ages brought about a very rich tradition of devotional literature of remarkable merit which dispels the superstitious assumption of a dark period of India’s history.” Discuss.


  1. “The advent of Purandaradasa, in the year 1484, marked a very important landmark in the development of Carnatic music.” Examine why.


  1. Examine why Amrita Sher-Gil is known as the female pioneer of modern Indian art.


  1. India has about 5,000 rock art sites, next only to Australia and South Africa, where prehistoric people have recorded life as they saw it, in paintings, engravings and carvings. Discuss their salient features.


  1. Examine the features of Nathdwara School of painting and its relationship with the Pushtimarg sect of Hinduism.


  1. “The 1857 uprising is a historic landmark. It marks the end of a whole historic phase and the beginning of a new one.” What did it end and what new beginning it made? Discuss.


  1. Besides the hundreds and thousands of Indian women who dedicated their lives for the cause of their motherland, there were a number of noble and courageous foreign women who played an important role in India’s freedom struggle. Examine their contribution.


  1. Why didn’t the British annex the whole Indian subcontinent? Critically examine.


  1. Discuss the contribution of revolutionary movement to India’s independence from foreign soil.



  1. “Neo-colonialism is also the worst form of imperialism.” Analyze.


  1. The Truman Doctrine underpinned American Cold War policy in Europe and around the world. What do you understand by Truman Doctrine and what were its consequences? Examine.


  1. “Selfish imperial agreements between Britain and France combined with the publication of the contradictory Balfour Declaration of 1917, fuelled hostilities in the Middle East.” Discuss.


  1. “The Tashkent agreement only brought armistice and nothing more than this. But the 1965 War proved important in many respects for India.” Examine.


  1. The Portuguese were the first European colonisers to come to India and the last to leave. Critically comment on the events that led to their expulsion from India and the reaction of superpowers of to this event in India’s post-independence history.


  1. A recent report revealed that rapid growth in the number of people living in urban areas is increasing the world’s susceptibility to natural disasters. Examine susceptibility of Indian cities to natural disasters and measures needed to be taken to address the risks.


  1. One major problem of globalization is the increasing internationalization of health risks. How has globalization affected Indian society in this regard? Critically discuss.


  1. Critically analyze how secularism was viewed and used as an ideology in colonial India and compare it with post-colonial India’s view of secularism.


  1. The impact of low oil prices on deepwater drilling, oil sands and fracking has been varying. Analyze.


  1. Economists have examined countries relying on natural resource exports for economic growth found that the higher the reliance, the slower the growth. This has also led to more poverty in these countries. Examine the reasons.


  1. Harnessing ocean power from variety of options poses both challenges and opportunities in the future. Discuss them.


  1. The Western Ghats region is one of the world’s hotspots of biodiversity. Compare its biodiversity features and nature of threats it is facing with that of Himalayan biodiversity.


  1. Write a note on the differences between plate tectonic and continental drift theories.


  1. Many environmentalists and hydrologists have warned that the river linking project will be a recipe for disaster. Critically examine why.