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GS Paper I

Mains Writing Practice

Paper- I
Time Allowed: Three Hours                   Maximum Marks: 250

Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions:
There are TWENTY questions printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
All the questions are compulsory.

The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it. Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certicate 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 a medium other than the authorized one. Word limit in questions, wherever specied,
should be adhered to. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the answer book must be clearly struck off.

Each Question is worth 12.5 marks and maximum word limit is 200. But content of the answer is more important than its length.


  1. Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a fine aesthetic sense comparable to modem painting. Critically evaluate this comment.
  2. How different would have been the achievement of Indian independence without Mahatma Gandhi? Discuss.
  3. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, despite having divergent approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden. Elucidate.
  4. It would have been difficult for the Constituent Assembly to complete its historic task of drafting the Constitution for Independent India in just three years but for the experience gained with the Government of India Act, 1935. Discuss.
  5. Why did the industrial revolution first occur in England? Discuss the quality of life of the people there during the industrialization. How does it compare with that in India at present?
  6. To what extent can Germany be held responsible for causing the two World Wars? Discuss.
  7. India is well endowed with fresh water resources. Critically examine why it still suffers from water scarcity.
  8. The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are reaching the limits of their ecological carrying capacity due to tourism. Critically evaluate.
  9. How far do you agree that the behavior of the Indian monsoon has been changing due to humanizing landscapes? Discuss.
  10. Smart cities in India cannot sustain without smart villages. Discuss this statement in the backdrop of rural urban integration.
  11. What are the economic signicances of discovery of oil in Arctic Sea and its possible environmental consequences?

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