This is question set #6 of ‘ClearIAS UPSC CSE 2016 Mains 30-day Answer Writing Program (AWP)’. AWP is a UPSC mains oriented program from ClearIAS.com that consists of 5 questions in each post, published (around 8 pm) every day. Each of the 5 questions are selected from 5 papers mentioned in UPSC Mains syllabus namely Essay, GS1, GS2, GS3 and GS4 (ethics). Browse archives here.
Questions for Answer Writing – Selections for today:
- Essay Paper: Never confuse education with intelligence. (1000-1200 words – 125 marks)
- GS 1 Paper: It is not just imperfect laws, but the complex interplay of social forces, ideological biases, and political choices that inhibits freedom of expression in India. Discuss. (200 words – 12.5 marks)
- GS 2 Paper: No future for SAARC if cross border terrorism not wiped out. Critically analyse. (200 words – 12.5 marks)
- GS 3 Paper: The act of developing a technology is as much work inside the laboratory as it is of engaging with the state and society on various concerns and questions. Discuss the statement in the background of recent controversies around Genetically Modified Crops in India. (200 words – 12.5 marks)
- GS 4 Paper: Given below are two quotations of great moral thinkers/philosophers. For each of these quotations, bring out what it means to you in the present context: (a) Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. (b) A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. (each quote for 10 marks and 150 words=total 20 marks)
We have revised our marking scheme for our model tests, taking into account the latest trends in UPSC evaluation. Always keep in mind that content of the answer is more important than its length. Credit will be given to the grasp of the question, to the point answer, brevity, knowledge, clarity of expression etc.
Considering that toppers score 380-420 marks in GS papers out of 1000, we consider 40% marks for any answer as ‘above average’. The GS marks of AIR1 for last 3 years is: Gaurav Agrawal (2013) -338/1000; Ira Singhal (2014) – 455/1000; Tina Dabi (2015) – 424/1000. Please have a look at our marking scheme for the 30-day AWP for 2016 Mains.
- 0-19% – Not satisfactory.
- 20%-29% – Needs improvement.
- 30%-39% – Good answer.
- 40%-49% – Above Average Answer.
- 50%-59% – Excellent Answer.
- 60% and above – Exceptional Answer.
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