GS Mains IAS Previous Years Question Paper 1 – 1994


1. How did the outbreak of the Second World War affect India’s political scence? Did the Cripps Mission resolve the political crisis in India? (About 250 words)        35


Trace the energence of Gandhiji in Indian political scene till the Champaran Stayagraha of 1917. What was the basic philosophy of Satyagraha enunciated  by him? (About 250 words)


2. Answer any two of the following:    15×2=30

(a) Discuss the outstanding Tribal uprising against the British rule during the nineteenth century.

(b) What is meant by ‘un-British’ rule in India? How did the Indian nationalists react against it? Evaluate the role of Dadabhai Naroji in exposing the evils of British rule in India.

(c) Discuss the British policy towards Tibet from the end of the nineteenth century to the Viceroyalty of Lord Curzon. (About 150 words each)


3. Answer any two of the following:    15×2=30

(a) What were the contributions of the Moderates in the formative stage of the Indian National Congress?

(b) Explain the part played by Annie Besant in the Home Rule Movement.

(c) In what way did the international events in the late twenties of the present century influence Jawaharlal Nehru’s radical views?

(d) Why did Tagore emphasize on the primacy of the social over the political order? (About 75 words each)


4. (a) Write about the chief features of the following:

(i) Dev Devali

(ii) Gandhara School of Art

(iii) Indian Ballet

(b) What do you know about the following?

(i) Tana Bhagat Movement

(ii) Satyashodak Movement

(iii) Khilafat Movement

(c) Where are the following located and what are they famous for?

(i) Lothal

(ii) Lumbini

(iii) Vailankanni

(d) Why have the following become famous?

(i) N.G.Ranga

(ii) C.Y. Chintamani

(iii) Sir William Wedderburn

(iv) Narendra Dev

(v) M.R. Jayakar

(vi) Madan Lal Dhingra

(About 20 words on each )    2×15=30



5. Examine the present status of Indo-U.S. relations. What are the major irritants in the relation between the two countries?    35


Explain the background of and the reasons for the strained U.S.-Japanies trade relations. (About 250 words)


6. Attempt any three of the following:    10×3=30

(a) What are the causes of civil strife in Rwanda?

(b) What is the stand of the Election Commission on the residential qualification of the members of the Rajya Sabha?

(c) Discuss the problem of factional politics in Afghanistan.

(d) What are the issues in the Bosnian tangle?

(About 100 words each)


7. Atempt any five of the following:    5×6=30

(a) Explain the concept of ‘global village’.

(b) What are the Euro issues?

(c) What are the recommendations of the Malhotra committee?

(d) What is HAMAS?

(e) What is Marraesh Declaration?

(f) What is Eurostar?

(g) What role has India to play in the recent happening in Myanmar? (About 50 words each)


8. (a) With which games are the following associated:

(i) Rohinton Baria Trophy

(ii) Obaidullah Gold Cup

(iii) Bunting

(b) Who are the following? Why have they been in the news recently?

(i) Aarti Saha

(ii) Alexander Solzhenitsyn

(iii) Banoo Koyaji

(iv) Peter Sutherland

(v) Balvin Kapil

(vi) Roger Bannister

(vii) Vaikom Mohammed Basheer

(viii) talisma Nasreen

(c) (i) Who won the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final of 1994? Who was the runner-up?

(ii) Who is known as the ‘Maradona of the Carpathia’?

(iii) Which film has got the best non-feature film award in the 41st National Film Festival Awards?

(iv) How many qualifying teams played in the World Cup’94? What is the official name of the World Cup now.

(About 20 words on each)    2×15=30



9. The test below gives the admission figures in a university, consisting of Arts and Science Faculties only, during the years 1986, 1987 and 1988:

”The total number of students in 1986 was 6500. It increased by 8% in 1987 and further increased by 10% in 1988. The number of female students was 1000 in 1986, it increased by 12% in 1987 and further increased by 10% in 1988. Among the female students, the number of sciences students was 325, 396 and 473 in 1986, 1987 and 1988 respectively. Among the male students, the number of Arts students was 4805, 5030 and 5362 repectively, in the three years.”

Present the information in a tabular form. Also calculate the percentage increase of male students in 1988 as compared to 1986.    12


10. (a) Draw a pie diagram to show the population figures of different regions of world in the year 1968. (State the relative percentage population figures and the corresponding angles)

Regions Population in Lakhs

(b) Examine the correctness of the following report about the liking of consumers for two products A and B; “50% liked both A and B, 35% liked A but not B, and 25% liked B but not A.”


11. (a) Mention, in each case, the most appropriate diagram to represent the following data:

(i) the population figures of a state at different census.

(ii) the number of educational institution for men and for women in India in ten different years

(iii) the percentage of national income from various sources in a country during a certain year

(iv) the number of car accidents in a road during each of last fifty days

(b) The following table shows the distribution of monthly income for 580 persons:

Monthly income (in Rs.) No. of persons
less than 1000
less than 1500
less than 2000
less than 2500
less than 3000
less than 3500
less than 4000
less than 4500
less than 5000


(i) the percentage of persons having income between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 4500    6


12. (a) State whether the following statements are true or false. Give reasons for your answer.

(i) It is dangerous to lie in bed as about 90% of death so far occured have been in bed.

(ii) Female workers in a factory are more punctual than male workers since percentage of female and male persons coming on time are 90% and 50% respectively.

(iii) Road conditions have not necessarily improved because the number of road accidents has diminished.   6

(b) The mean age of 50 persons was found to be 32 years. LAter it was detected that age 57 was misread as 27, age 60 was misread as 35 and age 28 was misread as 33. Find the corrected mean age.    6