Questions and Model answers of GS1 UPSC Mains Exam 2022

10 Markers (Answer in 150 words)

1. How will you explain that medieval Indian temple sculptures represent the social life of those days? 
2. Why did the armies of the British East India Company- mostly comprising of Indian soldiers- win consistently against the more numerous and better equipped armies of the then Indian rulers? Give reasons.
3. Why was there a sudden spurt in famines in colonial India since the mid-eighteenth century? Give reasons.
4. Describe the characteristics and types of Primary rocks.
5. Discuss the meaning of colour-coded weather warnings for cyclone prone areas given by Indian Meteorological department.
6. Discuss the natural resource potentials of “Deccan Trap”.
7. Examine the potential of wind energy in India and explain the reasons for their limited spatial spread.
8. Explore and evaluate the impact of ‘Work From Home’ on family relationships.
9. How is the growth of Tier-2 cities related to the rise of a new middle class with an emphasis on the culture of consumption?
10. Given the diversities among tribal communities in India, in which specific contexts should they be considered as a single category?

15 markers (Answer in 250 words)

11. The political and administrative reorganization of the states and territories has been a continuous and ongoing process since the mid-nineteenth century. Discuss with examples.
12. Discuss the main contributions of Gupta period and Chola period to the Indian Heritage and Culture. 
13. Discuss the significance of the lion and bull figures in Indian mythology, art and architecture.
14. What are the forces that influence ocean currents? Describe their role in fishing industry of the world.
15. Describing the distribution of rubber producing countries, indicate the major environmental issues faced by them.
16. Mention the significance of straits and isthmus in International trade.
17. Troposphere is a very significant atmospheric layer that determines weather processes. How?
18. Analyze the salience of ‘Sect’ in Indian Society vis-a-vis caste, region and religion.
19. Are tolerance, assimilation and pluralism the key elements in the making of an Indian form of secularism? Justify your answer.
20. Elucidate the relationship between globalization and new technology in a world of scarce resources, with special reference to India.


Sections Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Art and Culture3 questions (One 10 marker and two 15 marker)Easy to Intermediate questions(As the topics overlap with the syllabus of prelims)
Society6 questions (Three 10 markers and three 15 markers)Easy to Intermediate(As topics asked were on predicted lines to previous year questions)
Geography8 questions (Four Ten markers and Four 15 markers)Easy (As all questions can be answered with basic understanding)
Modern Indian3 questions (Two 10 markers and One 15 marker)Difficult (As the question asked is not studied in prelims and candidates will face dearth of content will attempting these questions)
Post Independence0 questions N/A
World History0 questionsN/A
Analysis of GS1 UPSC mains exam paper 2022

Conclusion: Overall the paper was on the easier side except questions from modern India. We hope all students have done well in this paper. Carry the confidence into the next one.

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