Strategy for Geography Optional By Shweta Chauhan, Rank: 8, CSE- 2016

Interview of Shweta Chauhan Name: Shweta Chauhan Rank in CSE-2016 8 Roll No. 0559310 Age 25 Total attempts in CSE  3 Optional Subject Geography Medium chosen for Mains answers English Schooling medium English College medium English Home town Ghaziabad Work-ex IRTS, CSE-2013 IRS (C&CE), CSE-2015 Marksheet of CSE-2016 This short article is in response to…

Strategy for GS Papers by Shailendra Singh Indoliya, Rank 38, CSE-2016 (Geography Optional)

UPSC Civil Services की तैयारी के दौरान एक अभ्यर्थी को कई चरणों से गुज़रना पड़ता है | इस दौरान उसे कई समस्याओं कासामना करना पड़ता है | एक तरफ मुख़र्जी नगर और राजेंद्र नगर की गलियों में लगे पुस्तकों के ढेर में एक अभ्यर्थी को अपने सपनों केखो जाने का डर बना रहता है वहीँ दूसरी तरफ…

History Optional Paper-1 Solution – 2011: Q.4 (c)

Q. Assess Ellora as a unique art centre of the different cultural streams. [2011, 20m] Ans : Ellora Caves are 34 monasteries and temples, dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to…

History Optional Paper-1 Solution – 2013: Q.4 (c)

Q.4 (c) Explain as to  how  the  early  Buddhist  Stupa  art,  while  using  folk  motifs  and narratives  and  common  cultural  symbols,  succeeded  in  transforming  these  themes  for expounding the Buddhist ideals. [2013, 20m] Ans: From pre-historical times, burial mounds containing the remains of the dead were a common funerary practice in some Indian societies: in…

History Optional Paper Solution- 2016 (Q. 1: Map Based Questions)

Q.1 Identify the following places marked on the map supplied to you and write a short note of about 30 words on each of them. Locational hints for each of the places marked on the map are given below: Answer: (i) A Mesolithic site – Sarai Nahar Rai  (Other possibilities- Mahadaha,Chopani Mando) (ii) A neolithic site…

History Optional Paper- 2 Solution – 1997: Q.1 (a)

Q.1 (a) Write a short essay on: “Vedic rituals” [1997, 20m]  Ans: Rig Veda reflects the beliefs and practices of a religious aristocracy and its patrons. The Rig Veda indicates a diversity of religious practices. The Vedic hymns divide the universe into the sky (dyu), earth (prthivi) and the middle realm (antariksha). Deities were worshipped…

History Optional Paper-1 Solution – 1980: Q.1 (Map based question)

Q. Mark any fifteen of the following on the map supplied to you and give descriptive notes on them: (1) Amber (2) Ahmadnagar (3) Anegondi (4) Badami (5) Bassein (6) Bidar (7) Chanderi  (8) Chittor (9) Arikamedu (10) Devagiri (11) Gaur (12) Halebid (13) Ikkeri (14) Kalibangan (15) Jinji (16) Burzahom (17) Dvarasamudra (18) Nalanda…

History Optional Paper-1 Solution – 2010: Q.5 (b)

Q.5 (b) Discuss the social dynamics in the Vijayanagara Empire. Ans: The social life under the Vijayanagar Empire was well developed. Foreign travelers like Nuniz, Paes, Nicolo Conti and Barbosa left vivid accounts on the splendour of buildings and luxurious social life in the city of Vijayanagar. 1. Royal Court: The king and his courtiers…

History Optional Paper-2 Solution – 2014: Q.7 (c)

Q.7 (c) “The Battle of Plassey that decided the fate of Bengal was won by Clive through intrigues.” Explain. Ans: The Battle of Plassey was a decisive victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal, Sirajudaullah on 23 June 1757. The Battle of Plassey decided fate of Bengal. The battle made the position of the company de jure…

History Optional Paper-2 Solution – 2000: Q.1 (a)

Q.1 (a) The battle of Plassey was “not a great battle but a great betrayal.” Comment. Ans: The Battle of Plassey was a decisive victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal, Sirajudaullah on 23 June 1757. Before the battle, British, worried about being outnumbered and also French help to Nawab, formed a conspiracy mainly with Siraj-ud-Daulah’s…

History Optional Paper-2 Solution – 2014: Q.1 (a)

Q.1 (a) “Plassey did not complete the British conquest of India. Had the English been convincingly defeated in any subsequent battle in India, then (the battle of) Plassey would have remained as a minor episode in the history of India.” Critically examine. Ans: The Battle of Plassey was a decisive victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab…

History Optional Paper-2 Solution – 1981: Q.5 (d)

Q.5 (d) Write a critical note on: Importance of the Opium War in the history of China. Ans: Until well into the nineteenth century China was almost closed to European. Having one of the oldest civilization, Chinese were proud of their culture and despised all foreigners as barbarians. But due to lack of contact with…