Trend Analysis of UPSC Mains GS Paper 2 from 2013 to 2016

The General Studies Paper II covers topics like polity, governance, constitution, social justice and welfare and international relations. It is generally considered a tough paper since a lot of topics have to be covered in detail like the constitution, social sector, welfare schemes, poverty issues, bilateral and international relations. This article presents a trend analysis of questions from the IAS mains GS paper 2 from 2013 (since the pattern change) through 2016.

Broad classification of questions in GS 2 from 2013 to 2016:

The following table gives the total marks asked in each broad category in GS 2 from 2013 to 2016.

Category

2013

2014

2015

2016

Polity

90

100

100

100

Governance

40

25

62.5

50

Welfare

50

62.5

37.5

50

International Relations

70

62.5

50

50

Total

250

250

250

250

As you can see from the table, polity contributes to most marks in the GS paper II. In 2016, there was an equal distribution of marks among the other three broad categories.

Now, we analyse each broad category by classifying them into subtopics.

 

POLITY

The following graph indicates the total marks worth of questions asked from each subtopic in the four years from 2013 to 2016:

 

GOVERNANCE

Next, we give you the internal breakup of the questions from the broad category governance.

‘Groups’ in this classification includes pressure groups, civil services and NGOs. As you can see, in the year 2014, no questions were asked from accountability section. Questions from ‘welfare’ including social sectors/services are also shown in this graph.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

In the IR section, the subtopics have been divided into neighbours, non-neighbours and international organisations. The graph given below indicates the total marks asked from each subtopic in the years 2013 to 2016.

 

In 2013, bilateral relations with neighbours were most important. In recent years, the topics in the international relations segment are almost evenly distributed. Last year, international organisations saw maximum marks allotted to it.

 

Also Read | Analysis of 2016 Mains GS Paper 2

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