Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing: Test Series -42

First of all, hearty congrats to all regular readers of who cleared UPSC Prelims 2014. Many participants of Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series have shared their happiness of their success with Clear IAS Team, and these moments of joy motivates us to work harder for our readers. Clear IAS Team will keep writing articles on conventional and current topics under our Prelims cum Mains Integrated approach to clear IAS.  We expect candidates to participate in Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series with extra energy and enthusiasm. With 5 questions a day, we have already covered more than 200 high probability questions for UPSC Mains, for FREE! In coming days, we have more plans of personal guidance for our regular readers/participants. Readers of who cleared Prelims may add their names in comment section, so that we can share additional documents/links we come across with you.

This is question set #42 of ‘Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series’. Mains High Value Answer Writing is a UPSC mains oriented program from 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). Selected questions of high probability to be asked UPSC mains are included in each of these mini tests. Aspirants can choose any question they wish to answer in the comment space provided below, specifying the question.

Questions for Answer Writing – Selections for today:

  1. Essay Paper: The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. (1500 words)
  2. GS 1 Paper: [Indian History/Subsidiary alliance ] – Distinguish between the policy of ring fence and subsidiary alliance. What were the principles of subsidiary alliance? (200 words)
  3. GS 2 Paper:  [Polity/ President] The real power in India lies with CoM as far as center and states are concerned. But there are certain discretionary powers for Indian President and Governors of states, which adds great significance to these posts. Compare the discretionary powers of Indian president and governor of a state. –  (200 words)
  4. GS 3 Paper: [Science and Tech/Integrated Pest Management] What is meant by Integrated Pest Management? What are the mandates of Central Integrated Pest Management Centers? (200 words)
  5. GS 4 Paper: [Philosophers/Aristotle] “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival – Aristotle”. Examine the importance of power of contemplation in Aristotelian philosophy. (200 words)

Archives of Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series

You can access archives of Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series from the hyperlink. Aspirants are advised to check the model answers and feedback given for previous entries to write better answers.

Note from Clear IAS Team

We have been noticing great improvement in the answer quality and comprehension skills in regular participants in Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Program. Our vision is to cover most of the important conventional and current topics for mains, so that serious and deserving aspirants who participate in this free program are always one step ahead in the competition. We have already seen many excellent answers from serious participants. Regarding evaluation, in the first 30 days, Clear IAS Team had been giving overall guidelines to write a good, high value answer, but in the coming days, we plan to award marks, so that aspirants will get a realistic idea about the UPSC expectations and quality they need to maintain in the answer.

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Please note: Last year the toppers’ marks for General Studies varied from 300-400 out of 1000. (2013 CSE AIR 1, Gaurav Agrawal scored 338/1000 for GS). This means, 4 marks out of 10 for every answer in UPSC exam was excellent performance as far as 2013 mains GS was concerned. So our marking scheme too would be keeping those figures in mind. Please have a look at our marking scheme for coming days:

  • 0.0-1.9/10 – Not satisfactory.
  • 2.0-2.4/10 – Average.
  • 2.5-2.9/10 – Good.
  • 3.0-3.9/10 – Excellent.
  • 4.0+/10 – Exceptional.

Rules and Regulations: Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing

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Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing is a free program from Any UPSC aspirant, interested to polish his/her writing skills or to learn the art of writing high value answers to boost the score in UPSC Civil Services Mains can participate in it. The official team from may review selected answers, and guide aspirants to improve the answer structure. Fellow aspirants, experienced candidates or toppers can also comment and suggest improvements for each of the answers. The platform is free and open to public with a view of better sharing and learning. You can read more about the Clear IAS Mains High Value Answer Writing Test Series objectives and rules in the hyperlink.

PS:  Aspirants can select any question they wish to answer in the comment space provided below specifying the question. Answering 3-4 questions, does not take much of your time. But for those who engage regularly in answer writing, the resultant score improvement in actual UPSC exam would be exponential.

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