IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS1 question paper, which is already shared in this website. GS1 Question paper shows that UPSC has given maximum weightage for Indian History (32%)  and Geography (28%). Questions from culture carried a total marks of 20 (8%).

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis and Break-Up of Marks

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis by Clear IAS

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Question Areas and Types

Qn. No Subject Question Marks Question Type
1 Culture Sangam literature 10 Static Analytical
2 Culture Tandava dance 5 Static Conceptual
Culture Chola Architecture 5 Static Analytical
3 Indian History/Freedom Struggle Indian Women in Freedom Struggle 10 Static Analytical
4 Indian History/Freedom Struggle Foreigners in Freedom Struggle 10 Static Analytical
5 Indian History/1750-1885 Lord Dalhousie 10 Static Analytical
6 Indian History/Post Independence Acharya Vinoba Bhave 10 Static Analytical
7 Indian History/Post Independence Jai Jawana Jai Kisan 10 Static Analytical
8 Indian History/Post Independence Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad 10 Static Conceptual
9 Indian History/Post Independence Tashkent Agreement 10 Static Analytical
10 Indian History/Post Independence Emergence of Bangladesh 10 Static Analytical
11 World History Industrial revolution in Japan 10 Static Analytical
12 World History African History 10 Static Analytical
13 World History American Revolution 10  Static Analytical
14 World History Great economic depression 10 Static Conceptual
15 Indian Society Urbanization in India 10 Current Analytical
16 Indian Society Men and women’s organization 10 Current Analytical
17 Indian Society Globalization on the aged population 10 Current Analytical
18 Indian Society Regionalism and state demand 10 Current Analytical
19 Geography/Physical Geography Continental Drift Theory 5 Static Conceptual
Geography/Physical Geography Naming of tropical cyclones 5 Current Conceptual
20 Geography/Physical Geography Heat Islands in urban habitats 5 Current Conceptual
Geography/Physical Geography Temperature Inversion 5 Static Conceptual
21 Geography/World Geography Hot Deserts Location 10 Static Conceptual
22 Geography/Indian Geography Landslides in the Himalayas 5 Current Conceptual
Geography/Indian Geography No deltas by Western Ghat rivers 5 Static Conceptual
23 Geography/Indian Geography New sugar mills in the South India 5 Current Analytical
Geography/Indian Geography Decentralized cotton textile industry 5 Static Analytical
24 Geography/Indian Geography Atomic energy in India and world 10 Current Conceptual
25 Geography/Indian Geography Reserves of shale oil and gas 10 Current Analytical
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IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis and Inference

  • Since GS1 paper is based on traditional subjects like History, Culture, Geography etc. most of the questions were from the conventional IAS text books or NCERT [Static Areas].
  • Most of the question were analytical in nature. Questions from geography and Indian society were linked to current affairs.
  • All together, the questions can be said to be of medium difficulty level, but being the first exam in the new patten of 25 compulsory essays, this paper raised huge time management challenge for many candidates.

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