UPSC CSE Mains 2017 General Studies 1 (GS 1) Question Paper

UPSC Civil Services Main Exam 2017

Dear aspirants, please find the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Mains) 2017 General Studies 1 (GS 1) Question Paper below. You can download the same as a PDF using the print-pdf button on the bottom.


  • Maximum Marks: 250. Time Allowed: Three Hours
  • There are TWENTY questions printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
  • All questions are compulsory.
  • Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QUA) Booklet in the space provided.
  • No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authorized one.
  • Answers to questions no. 1 to 10 should be in 150 words, whereas answers to questions no. 11 to 20 should be in 250 words.
  • Keep the word limit indicated in the questions in mind.
  • Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet mast clearly struck off.

UPSC CSE Mains 2017 General Studies 1 (GS 1) Question Paper

  1. How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times? (150 words, 10 marks)
  2. Clarify how mid-eighteenth century India was beset with the spectre of a fragmented polity.  (150 words, 10 marks)
  3. Why did the ‘Moderates’ fail to carry conviction with the nation about their proclaimed ideology and political goals by the end of the nineteenth century?  (150 words, 10 marks)
  4. What problems are germane to the decolonization process in the Malay Peninsula?  (150 words, 10 marks)
  5. How does the Juno Mission of NASA help to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth?  (150 words, 10 marks)
  6. “In spite of adverse environmental impact, coal mining is still inevitable for development”. Discuss  (150 words, 10 marks)
  7. Mention the advantages of the cultivation of pulses because of which the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses by United Nations.  (150 words, 10 marks)
  8. How does the cryosphere affect global climate?  (150 words, 10 marks)
  9. In the context of the diversity of India, can it be said that the regions form cultural units rather than the States? Give reasons with examples for your viewpoint.  (150 words, 10 marks)
  10. What are the two major legal initiatives by the State since Independence addressing discrimination against Scheduled Tribes(STs)?  (150 words, 10 marks)
  11. The spirit of tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part at the present. Elaborate.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  12. Examine how the decline of traditional artisanal industry in colonial India crippled the rural economy.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  13. Highlight the importance of the new objectives that got added to the vision of Indian Independence since the twenties of the last century.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  14. Account for variations in oceanic salinity and discuss its multi-dimensional effects. (250 words, 15 marks)
  15. Petroleum refineries are not necessarily located nearer to crude oil producing areas, particularly in many of the developing countries. Explain its implications.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  16. In what way can floods be converted into a sustainable source of irrigation and all-weather inland navigation in India? (250 words, 15 marks)
  17. What characteristics can be assigned to monsoon climate that succeeds in feeding more than 50 percent of the world population residing in Monsoon Asia?  (250 words, 15 marks)
  18. The women’s questions arose in modern India as a part of the 19th-century social reform movement. What are the major issues and debates concerning women in that period? (250 words, 15 marks)
  19. Distinguish between religiousness/religiosity and communalism giving one example of how the former has got transformed into the latter in independent India.  (250 words, 15 marks)
  20. “The growth of cities as I.T. hubs has opened up new avenues of employment, but has also created new problems”. Substantiate this statement with examples  (250 words, 15 marks)

Quick Review of GS1 Paper

  • The surprise element in the form of 10 mark questions and 15 marks questions against the uniform 12.5 mark questions last year.
  • Altogether a general paper with unexpected specific questions like Malay Peninsula, Juno Mission and cryosphere.
  • Traditional notes of coaching institutes might not help as UPSC skipped many important areas. But the candidate’s ability to think, analyse, and write fast should have done the job.
  • Those who managed time well should get a good score. All the best for the rest of the papers! ClearIAS!
  • PS: Feel free to post your feedback about the exam in the comment section below.
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