UPSC 2017 Mains: Sample Questions for Answer Writing Practice

Answer writing practice is essential to score high in the UPSC civil services mains exam. The UPSC mains exam is only about three months away and to enhance your answer writing skills, we bring you ten questions every week that you can practice. Do leave your answers in the comments section so that our experts can go through them and provide feedback.


GS Paper 2/3

Category: Polity/Economy

Q1) It cannot be denied that there is an urgent need for labour reforms in India but it is also a fact that this has just remained an intention. Analyse.


GS Paper 3

Category: Economy

Q2) Discuss the issues associated with the introduction of Universal Basic Income in India.


GS Paper 2

Category: Polity

Q3) Lack of a formidable opposition party is probably the biggest hindrance to proper functioning of parliamentary democracy. Discuss.


GS Paper 2

Category: Polity

Q4) Two years of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Evaluate. Is it possible to meet the target of open defecation free country by 2019 or has the government bitten off more than it can chew?


GS Paper 2

Category: International Relations

Q5) India will have to make changes in its foreign policy to benefit from the CPEC. Elaborate.


GS Paper 1

Category: Art and Culture

Q6) Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a tine aesthetic sense comparable to modern painting. Critically evaluate this comment.


GS Paper 2

Category: Social Issues

Q7) Mahatma Gandhi and Dr B.R. Ambedkar, despite having divergent approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden. Elucidate.


GS Paper 1

Category: Geography

Q8) Explain the factors responsible for the origin of ocean currents. How do they influence regional climates, fishing and navigation?


GS Paper 3

Category: Security and Disaster Management

Q9) Religious indoctrination via digital media has resulted in Indian youth joining the ISIS. What is ISIS and its mission? How can ISIS be dangerous for the internal security of our country?


GS Paper III

Category: Science and Technology

Q10) What are the areas of prohibitive labour that can be sustainably managed by robots? Discuss the initiatives that can propel research in premier research institutes for substantive and gainful innovation.

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