Are there any favourite areas for the UPSC? What were the UPSC Prelims 2019 question topics?
UPSC Civil Services Examination (popularly known as IAS exam) is widely considered as the toughest exam in India.
From which areas did UPSC frame questions for this year IAS exam?
What does UPSC try to find out in the ‘right candidate’ – for the jobs like IAS, IPS, or IFS?
Are there clues left by UPSC for aspirants preparing for UPSC 2020?
Here are the question areas from which UPSC asked the 100 questions in Prelims 2019.
UPSC Prelims 2019 Question Topics – 100 Areas
- Jagirdar and Zamindar – Mughal Rule – Medieval India.
- Land reforms in independent India – India Since Independence.
- Global Competitiveness Report – Current Affairs/General Awareness.
- Charter Act of 1813 – Modern India.
- Swadeshi Movement – Freedom Struggle – Modern India.
- Movement/Organization Leader – Freedom Struggle – Modern India.
- Harappan site – Ancient India.
- Ashoka Sculpture inscriptions – Ancient India.
- Mahayana Buddhism – Ancient India/Culture.
- Gupta period forced labour (Vishti) – Ancient India.
- Kalyaana Mandapas – Medieval India/Culture.
- Delhi Sultanate – Medieval India.
- Saints and Contemperories – Medieval India/Culture.
- Mahatma Gandhi and British Colonial Rule – Freedom Struggle – Modern India.
- Person: Position – Freedom Struggle – Modern India.
- Mian Tansen – Medieval India/Culture.
- Mughal Emperors Portrait – Medieval India/Culture.
- National Park in the temperate alpine zone – Geography.
- Atal Innovation Mission – Current Affairs/Schemes.
- 21st June – Summer Solstice – Geography.
- ‘New World’ vs ‘Old World’ Plants – History.
- Animals Found in India – Biodiversity.
- Famous place River – Geography.
- Poverty lines – Geography.
- Cirrus cloud thinning technique and the injection of sulphate aerosol into the stratosphere – Global Warming – Climate Change.
- Pyrolysis and plasma gasification – Waste to Energy – Science and Technology/General Awareness.
- Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve – Geography/Environment.
- Species/Herbivores/Viviparous – Biodiversity.
- Wildlife Naturally found – Biodiversity.
- Microbeads – Environment/General Awareness.
- Importance of Himalayan nettle (Girardinia diversifolia) – Biodiversity/General Awareness.
- Satellite images/remote sensing data – Science and Technology.
- Percentage of forest cover to the total area of State – Geography.
- Deposits of ‘methane hydrate’ – Climate change/General Awareness.
- Burning of crop/biomass residue – Environment.
- Sea Bordering country – Maps – Geography
- The largest exporter of rice in the world – Geography
- Glacier River – Geography
- Methyl parathion, phorate and triazophos – Current Affairs/General Awareness
- Ramsar Convention – Wetlands – Environment
- Gases released into the environment – Environment
- Places known as Aliyar, Isa pur and Kangsabati – Geography
- Hydrogen-enriched CNG (H-CNG) – Current Affairs/General Awareness
- Dewdrops – cloudy night – Geography
- Constitutional Amendments/Judgments – Indian Polity
- Impeachment of a Judge of the Supreme Court of India – Indian Polity
- Ninth Schedule – Indian Polity
- CoaI sector – Economy/General Awareness
- Office of Profit – Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959 – Indian Polity
- Tribal land – Schedule of the Constitution of India – Indian Indian Polity.
- Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in India – Indian Indian Polity/General Awareness.
- Constitutional powers under Article 142 – Indian Indian Polity
- Legislative Assembly of a State in India – Indian Indian Polity
- United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) -Current Affairs/General Awareness
- Minor Forest Produce – Indian Forest Act, 1927 and Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest
Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 – Environment/Current Affairs
- Article of the Constitution of India – Right to marry – Indian Indian Polity
- Indian Patents Act – Patenting process in India – Science and Technology/Current Affairs
- The Environment Protection Act, 1986 – Environment.
- Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 – Current Affairs/General Awareness
- Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2018 – Current Affairs/General Awareness
- Services Area Approach – Indian Economy
- Minor minerals in India – Indian Economy
- India’s external debt – Indian Economy
- Assets of a commercial bank in India – Indian Economy
- The risk of a currency crisis – Indian Economy/Current Affairs
- Governor – Sarkaria Commission – Indian Indian Polity
- Foreign portfolio investors – Participatory Note – Indian Economy/Current Affairs
- Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016 – Environment/General Awareness
- Review of independent regulators – Indian Indian Polity
- India’s Five-Year Plans – Indian Economy
- Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) – Current Affairs
- Inter-Creditor Agreement signed by Indian banks – Indian Economy
- Chairmen of public sector banks – Bank Boards Bureau – Indian Economy
- Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) – Indian Economy
- Differences between LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and VoLTE (Voice over Long-Term Evolution) – Science and Technology/General Awareness
- Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 – Current Affairs
- World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business Index” – Current Affairs/General Awareness
- ‘Extended producer responsibility’ – E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 – Current Affairs
- The economic cost of food grains to the Food Corporation of India – Indian Economy
- Social capital – Indian Polity/General Awareness
- Constitution of India – Amendment – High court – Indian Polity
- Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) – Economics.
- Cultivation of Kharif crop in India – Geography
- The highest imports in terms of value – Economics/Geography
- Definition of liberty – Indian Polity/General Awareness
- The slide of the Indian rupee – Economics/Current Affairs
- Storage of Payment System Data or data diktat – Current Affairs
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Current Affairs
- Action Plan for Prioritization and Implementation of Cooperation Areas in the Nuclear Field – Current Affairs
- Money Multiplier Economics
- Digital technologies for entertainment – Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality – Science and Technology
- Denisovan – Science and Technology
- Recent developments in science – chromosome/DNA – Science and Technology
- Digital signature – Science and Technology
- Wearable technology – Science and Technology
- ‘RNA interference (RNAi)’ technology – Science and Technology
- The Merger of giant ‘blackholes’ – gravitational waves – Science and Technology
- Multi-drug resistance in microbial pathogens – Science and Technology
- Cas9 protein – Science and Technology
- Hepatitis B vs HIV – Science and Technology
These are just question areas; not actual questions!
The above mentioned are the question topics or areas. If you need to go through the actual questions, refer the link – UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2019 Question Paper.
22 Marks worth questions were from the topic ‘Important Acts’
11 Questions (worth 22 marks) were directly connected with Acts enacted by the Indian Parliament. There is no surprise in this because UPSC expects future Civil Servants to be knowledgeable about the important Acts/Bills/Rules etc.
However, we are not sure if aspirants or coaching institutes noticed this.
The 2019 UPSC Prelims General Studies Paper 1 Question Paper was unconventional. Many found most of the questions in this paper difficult to answer. The same was the case with 2018 paper – even though there were differences in question areas and priorities.
If you ask us our opinion about UPSC CSE Prelims 2019, we would say – we loved this paper.
Of course, some questions can be improved or avoided. However, there are a lot of questions which are of interest to a well-educated youth.
And, many of the questions areas were already covered in ClearIAS Prelims Test Series, benefitting enrolled users of ClearIAS Prelims 2019 Program.
Are the above question areas totally unfamiliar to you?
If you are a casual visitor on this website, or if you are totally new to UPSC Test Preparation, probably 90% of the questions asked by UPSC in Civil Services Exam (Prelims) 2019 may look alien to you.
Everyone cannot know everything. Particularly, if you are not a UPSC aspirant.
However, if you are a UPSC aspirant, you are supposed to know more.
What does UPSC expect from aspirants? Know everything under the Sun?
That’s not the expectation of UPSC.
The expectation and requirements of UPSC are different.
ClearIAS clearly know what UPSC expect from a candidate. However, as this post is already lengthy, we are not adding insights about UPSC requirements here. We will be creating a new post with more analysis of the UPSC Prelims paper in the coming days.
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Here are a few comments of our happy users after UPSC Prelims 2019.
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- ClearIAS Prelims Test Series (40 exams = 4000 questions)
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Learning/practising these questions wouldn’t have taken much time of yours.
In the UPSC exam hall, you are supposed to attempt 100 questions in 2 hours.
In that sense, to cover 1000 questions, all you need is 20 hours.
To cover 5000 questions, you just need 100 hours (less than a week; a week is 7*24 hours = 168 hours).
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My intention of creating this long post is not to mention that the entire UPSC Test Preparation can be done is less than 2 weeks time. I was just pointing our that practising 5000+ questions will not take much time of yours.
You need to practise more and more questions to be well versed with multiple question areas. You should integrate your learning with test-taking. That’s the best and most-effective strategy to score high marks.
As clear from the above 100 question areas, IAS preparation now requires extensive knowledge, wide reading, good practise, and a positive frame of mind.
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