Clear IAS Mains Full Length Free Mock Test Series – 1 (GS1)

After the successful 50 day answer writing practice for UPSC Civil Services mains under Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series, it’s now time to start the full length test series for UPSC mains. We deeply appreciate the interest and enthusiasm shown by our regular participants and readers, which is the main motivating factor for us to come up with this free full length series. These mock tests for UPSC Mains can be taken from the comfort of home. On coming days, aspirants can expect free mock tests on GS2, GS3, GS4 and Essay.

How to participate and write answers?

The full length test series is different from the earlier Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test series in the sense that this test should be attempted in a time-bound manner, without looking at any reference material. Besides, aspirants have to write this exam on unruled A4 size papers.

  1. Keep at least 75 unruled A4 size pages ready for each full length test to get the feel of actual mains booklet.
  2. Start answering by copying each question first.
  3. Start each new question in a fresh page.
  4. The maximum space that can be used for each question is 3 pages.
  5. Though the pattern for this year mains may be different, we follow a 25 question pattern for GS1,GS2 and G3. GS4 will contain 14 questions including case studies.
  6. Never look at any reference materials, online or offline.
  7. Keep a timer ready. The exam is for 3 hours. Write whatever you know, but stick to your time limits.

Evaluation and Feedback

Clear IAS Mains Full Length Free Mock Tests

  1. Make sure your final document contains questions in the ascending order, from 1 to 25.
  2. Scan the documents (you can even use your mobile phone camera for that, but make sure the pages are readable and clear) and combine the images into a PDF.
  3. Upload the PDF, into Google Docs and submit the Google Docs link in the comment section below.
  4. Alternatively, participants can also send the PDF to our mail id : contactus[at]
  5. The PDF should contain the following details – Name of the participant in full, UPSC Mains Roll No, Email ID to contact (optional).
  6. There is no guarantee that we will evaluate all responses we get, due to time constraints, but we shall try to give an overall feedback to as many candidates as possible. Also, please note that we won’t evaluate/give feedback if above mentioned rules are not obeyed.
  7. The last date for entries is Dec 5, 2014.
  8. Keep your spirits high. Believe in yourself and start answering. All the best!
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Clear IAS Mains Full Length Free Mock Test Series – 1 (GS1)

Instructions: There are 25 questions. Each question should be attempted in 200 words and carries 10 marks each. Content is more important than the length.

  1. Ragas play an important part many of the Indian paintings. Analyse the significance of Ragas as seen in different Indian schools of painting.
  2. The common root of all classical dance forms of India can be traced to Bharat’s Natyasastra. Evaluate this statement.
  3. Upon studying the temple architecture, special patterns/types can be observed in the temples of Gupta Age. Discuss the major types of temples constructed during the Gupta Age?
  4. List the major women’s organisations in India working for their cause. Highlight the main objectives.
  5. What do you mean by Demographic Transition Theory? What are the criticisms of this theory?
  6. Why Gross National Income(GNI) or GNI per capita cannot be used as accurate instruments for measuring poverty and development? Highlight the limitations.
  7. What dimensions of human development are represented in Human Development Report? What are the findings related to India in the latest Human Development Report?
  8. There were many uprisings against the British even before the first war of Independence in 1857. List the major uprisings before 1857 and analyse if the mutiny in 1857 can be called the first war of independence.
  9. What do you understand by the term ‘Commercialization of Indian Agriculture’ in the backdrop of British policies in India? What were the consequences of this policy?
  10. Strengthening of cultural nationalism eventually led to the strengthening of political nationalism. Critically evaluate this statement in the backdrop of social reforms initiated Arya Samaj.
  11. Indian National movement was not an isolated movement, but it was inspired by the happening all over the world. How did Russian Revolution influence Indian National Movement?
  12. What was the ideology and programme of Swarajists? Trace the reasons for the decline of Swarajists.
  13. Nehru report was an important step towards creating a constitution for India. What were the responses to Nehru Report from the inside the congress and from the British?
  14. What were the provisions of India Independence Act 1947? What was the reason for the dominion clause even in the Independence act?
  15. Post-independent India adopted Federalism where states have a crucial significance. Trace the historical events which led to the re-organisation of Indian states on the basis of language.
  16. The issues of official languages and minor languages were a major debate in post-independent India. How were these issues resolved?
  17. Identify the  factors that led to the nationalization of banks in India?
  18. French revolution is counted by many as one of the bloodiest revolutions in world history.  What were the major impacts of French Revolution on France as-well-as the world outside?
  19. Modern communism is reformist rather than revolutionary. Critically evaluate.
  20. Hundred years has passed since the beginning of the Great War. Analyse the social, economic, and political implications of the First World War.
  21. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Fall of Berlin. How did the Fall of Berlin wall affected the course of world history?
  22. What are the factors that result in the formation of a tropical cyclone? Why there are more tropical cyclones in Bay of Bengal than in Arabian Sea?
  23. What do you mean by Cloudburst? What are the preventive measures?
  24. Salinity of oceans in not uniform. How does the salinity of oceans vary from poles to equator? What are the reasons for the variations?
  25. What are the major industrial regions in India? Highlight the factors that favored the development of any four of the major industrial regions.
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