Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mains 2013 Analysis

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) Analysis


IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS4 question paper, which is already shared in this website. Popularly known as Ethics paper, GS4 paper didn’t trouble candidates much. There were questions which got repeated from the sample paper published by UPSC itself. Case study analysis will play the crucial role here as the paper had case studies worth 125 marks.

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) Analysis and Break-Up of Marks

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IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) Analysis and Inference

  • 14 questions divided into two parts – Case studies came in second part.
  • Most of the question were framed in such a way to get input from candidates. The intention is clear – know the perspective and attitude of the candidate.
  • Questions like “What is meant by ‘crisis of conscience’? Narrate one incident in your life when you were faced with such a crisis and how you resolved the same.” were asked creating an interview like scenario in time crunched exam hall.
  • Theories of moral philosophers were avoided this time, but questions came from their quotes.
  • Case studies adopted a new pattern where the evaluation was asked to be performed on different possible options for a case.
  • What UPSC expects to write as options for a case is clear from the first two questions and the same model can be followed in the next questions.
  • 2013 ethics paper was not focussed on any particualar text book. But building a basic foundation of ethics from IGNOU books or any online or offline study material like would have helped to write better answers.
  • Ethics, Aptitude and EI, Philosophers, Attitude and foundation values etc were the areas from which questions came.
  • Current affairs related questions or ARC report based questions were absent.
  • A clear mind and straight thinking is what is essential to answer situation based case studies.
ClearIAS.com welcome feedback from candidates regarding the experience and difficulty level of the mains exam in the comment space below.

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Analysis

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS3 question paper, which is already shared in this website. As expected, GS3 Question paper gave maximum weightage for Economy (120 marks out of 250). Science and Tech as well as Internal Security bagged together the second prize for most number of questions from a single area. Most of the questions were of current relevance.

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Analysis and Break-Up of Marks

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IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Question Areas and Types

Qn. NoSubjectQuestionMarksQuestion Type
1EconomyCompanies Bill10Current Analytical
2EconomyFRBM10Current Conceptual
       3EconomyTax Expenditure10Static Analytical
4EconomyFood security bill10Current Analytical
5EconomyAgriculture subsidies10Static Analytical
6Economy Pink revolution10Current Analytical
7EconomyImpact of liberalization on companies10Current Analytical
8EconomyLand reform10Current Analytical
9EconomyFDI entry into multi-trade retail sector5Current Analytical
EconomyFDI not picking up in  multi-trade retail sector5Current Analytical
10EconomyGood and services tax in India10Current Analytical
11EconomyIndia’s green energy corridor10Current Analytical
12EconomyPPP model for infrastructure development10Current Analytical
13Economy + Science and TechnologyPatent Law, 1970 + Glivec10 Current Analytical
14Science and TechnologyFixed dose drug combinations (FDCs)10Current Analytical
15Science and TechnologyUmpire decision review in cricket10Current Analytical
16Science and TechnologyDigital signature5Current Conceptual
Science and Technology3D Printing5Current Conceptual
17Science and TechnologyFRP composite material5Current Conceptual
Science and TechnologyRun of the river hydroelectricity project5Current Conceptual
18Disaster managementDisaster management10Current Analytical
19EnvironmentIllegal mining + Go and No go zones10Current Analytical
20EnvironmentNational Water Policy of India10Current Analytical
21Internal SecurityMoney laundering10Current Analytical
22Internal SecuritySocial networking sites10Current Analytical
23Internal SecurityCyber warfare10Current Analytical
24Internal SecurityArticle 244 + Left Wing Extremism10Current Analytical
25Internal SecurityBorder management10Current Analytical

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) Analysis and Inference

  • Most of the questions, particularly from Internal security came along expected lines according to UPSC syllabus. As there was no ready made text book in the market covering GS3 as a whole, only wide reading (online and offline) would help candidates.
  • Most of the question were current affairs related analytical ones.
  • Questions like 3D printing was among the hot news, but questions like Fixed dose drug combinations (FDCs) and FRP composite material troubled many aspirants.
  • Time management was again a crucial factor. Not adding the same on all analysis as “lack of time” has became a cliche with the emergence of 25 essay questions in UPSC Civil Services Exam.
ClearIAS.com welcome feedback from candidates regarding the experience and difficulty level of the mains exam in the comment space below.

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 2 (GS2) Analysis


IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 2 (GS2) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS2 question paper, which is already shared in this website. GS2 Question paper shows that UPSC has given maximum weightage for Foreign relations and Social Justice. Questions from polity and constitution combined together corresponded to 80 marks out of 250. There were questions from governance and international affairs (IMF/WB question). UPSC has touched almost all topics mentioned in the syllabus and all together this was a paper for a well read candidate and not for any constitutional experts.

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 2 (GS2) Analysis and Break-Up of Marks

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IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 2 (GS2) Question Areas and Types

Qn. NoSubjectQuestionMarksQuestion Type
1PolityAnti-defection law10Static Analytical
2Polity + Constitution66A of IT Act10Current Analytical
       3Polity + ConstitutionArticle 371A + Nagas10Current Analytical
4ConstitutionAmending the Constitution10Static Analytical
5GovernanceSmaller States10Current Analytical
6Constitution inter-state water disputes10Current Analytical
7Polity + Constitution13th Finance Commission10Current Analytical
8GovernanceSEBI and IRDA10Current Analytical
9Social JusticeMid-Day Meal (MDM)10Current Analytical
10Social JusticePressure groups10Current Analytical
11Social JusticeSelf Help Groups (SHGs)10Current Analytical
12Governance + Social JusticeCentrally sponsored schemes10Current Analytical
13GovernanceElectronic cash transfer system10 Current Analytical
14Governance + Social JusticePURA10Current Analytical
15Social JusticeMillennium Development Goals (MDGs)10Current Analytical
16GovernanceCitizen’s charters10Current Analytical
17LokpalLokpal10Current Analytical
18Foreign RelationsInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF)10Current Analytical
19Foreign RelationsThe String of Pearls10Current Analytical
20Foreign RelationsIndia and Japan10Current Analytical
21Foreign RelationsProtests in Shahbag Square10Current Analytical
22Foreign RelationsMaldives10Current Analytical
23Foreign RelationsIndia — Sri Lanka10Current Analytical
24Foreign RelationsGujral doctrine10Current Analytical
25International RelationsWorld Bank and the IMF10Static Conceptual

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 2 (GS2) Analysis and Inference

  • IAS text books like Laxmikanth or NCERT helped candidates to get a few questions from polity and consitution section, but most of the questions of GS2 came from news papers and online materials provided from the government’s side. (PIB, Government reports, online studymaterials etc. for CSS, PURA etc.)
  • 90% of questions were related to current affairs. Good news paper reading habit (exploring the right areas) might have helped students in this paper much more than any bulky text book.
  • Most of the question were analytical in nature.
  • Foreign affairs totaled 70 marks, and to answer this section, good knowledge about the current foreign relations of India was necessary.
ClearIAS.com welcome feedback from candidates regarding the experience and difficulty level of the mains exam in the comment space below

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis


IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) analysis is based on the UPSC Mains 2013 GS1 question paper, which is already shared in this website. GS1 Question paper shows that UPSC has given maximum weightage for Indian History (32%)  and Geography (28%). Questions from culture carried a total marks of 20 (8%).

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis and Break-Up of Marks

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IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Question Areas and Types

Qn. NoSubjectQuestionMarksQuestion Type
1CultureSangam literature10Static Analytical
2CultureTandava dance5Static Conceptual
CultureChola Architecture5Static Analytical
3Indian History/Freedom StruggleIndian Women in Freedom Struggle10Static Analytical
4Indian History/Freedom StruggleForeigners in Freedom Struggle10Static Analytical
5Indian History/1750-1885Lord Dalhousie10Static Analytical
6Indian History/Post IndependenceAcharya Vinoba Bhave10Static Analytical
7Indian History/Post IndependenceJai Jawana Jai Kisan10Static Analytical
8Indian History/Post IndependenceMaulana Abdul Kalam Azad10Static Conceptual
9Indian History/Post IndependenceTashkent Agreement10Static Analytical
10Indian History/Post IndependenceEmergence of Bangladesh10Static Analytical
11World HistoryIndustrial revolution in Japan10Static Analytical
12World HistoryAfrican History10Static Analytical
13World HistoryAmerican Revolution10 Static Analytical
14World HistoryGreat economic depression10Static Conceptual
15Indian SocietyUrbanization in India10Current Analytical
16Indian SocietyMen and women’s organization10Current Analytical
17Indian SocietyGlobalization on the aged population10Current Analytical
18Indian SocietyRegionalism and state demand10Current Analytical
19Geography/Physical GeographyContinental Drift Theory5Static Conceptual
Geography/Physical GeographyNaming of tropical cyclones5Current Conceptual
20Geography/Physical GeographyHeat Islands in urban habitats5Current Conceptual
Geography/Physical GeographyTemperature Inversion5Static Conceptual
21Geography/World GeographyHot Deserts Location10Static Conceptual
22Geography/Indian GeographyLandslides in the Himalayas5Current Conceptual
Geography/Indian GeographyNo deltas by Western Ghat rivers5Static Conceptual
23Geography/Indian GeographyNew sugar mills in the South India5Current Analytical
Geography/Indian GeographyDecentralized cotton textile industry5Static Analytical
24Geography/Indian GeographyAtomic energy in India and world10Current Conceptual
25Geography/Indian GeographyReserves of shale oil and gas10Current Analytical

IAS Mains 2013 General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) Analysis and Inference

  • Since GS1 paper is based on traditional subjects like History, Culture, Geography etc. most of the questions were from the conventional IAS text books or NCERT [Static Areas].
  • Most of the question were analytical in nature. Questions from geography and Indian society were linked to current affairs.
  • All together, the questions can be said to be of medium difficulty level, but being the first exam in the new patten of 25 compulsory essays, this paper raised huge time management challenge for many candidates.
ClearIAS.com welcome feedback from candidates regarding the experience and difficulty level of the mains exam in the comment space below.

4 comments:

  1. The mains papers were not very tough but they required good 3Rs (In this case READING WRITING AND REASONING). In GS-4 case studies in need your help as to how I did. In 9th question i opted for (i) option i.e PIO must refer the matter to his superior.....While in 10th I was in favor of calling some more expert engineers (as it was a tie between me and my senior) and then take the decision as per the decision of this committee. In 12th I could only give two options i.e.to help the candidate in good sense ( recommended by PA) without assuring him selection and second option was to to deny him straightway. in 13 th and 14th I could give option in manner how to reject their corrupt offers and could not give further straight reasons like accepting their requests. Plz help how do you see this.

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