[Download] UPSC IAS Mains 2021 GS 1 Question Paper

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Dear Friends,  2nd day of Mains 2021 has been started. Today the exam is being conducted for general studies 1 and 2 in two sessions. In the first session, GS paper 1 has been conducted. You can download the PDF of UPSC IAS Mains 2021 GS paper 1 question paper using the link given below:

UPSC IAS Mains 2021 GS paper 1 question paper PDF

UPSC IAS Mains 2021 GS 1 Questions

1. Evaluate the nature of the Bhakti Literature and its contribution to  Indian culture.  (150 words 10 marks)

2. Trace the rise and growth of socio-religious reform movements with special reference to Young Bengal and Brahmo Samaj.  (150 words 10 marks)

3. Assess the main administrative issues and socio-cultural problems in the integration process of Indian Princely States. (150 words 10 marks)

4. Differentiate the causes of landslides in the Himalayan region and Western Ghats. (150 words 10 marks)

5. Despite India being one of the countries of the Gondwanaland, its mining industry contributes much less to its Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in percentage. Discuss. (150 words 10 marks)

6. what are the environmental implications of the reclamation of the water bodies into urban land use? Explain with examples. (150 words 10 marks)

7. Mention the global occurrence of volcanic eruptions in 2021 and their impact on regional environment. (150 words 10 marks)

8. Why is India considered as a sub-continent? Elaborate your answer. (150 words 10 marks)

9. Examine the uniqueness of tribal knowledge system when compared with mainstream knowledge and cultural systems. (150 words 10 marks)

10. Examine the role of ‘Gig Economy’ in the process of empowerment of women in India. (150 words 10 marks)

11. To what extent did the role of the moderates prepare a base for the wider freedom movement? Comment. (250 words 15 marks)

12. Bring out the constructive programmes of Mahatma Gandhi during Non-Cooperation Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement. (250 words 15 marks)

13. ” There arose a serious challenge to the Democratic State System between the two World Wars.” Evaluate the statement. (250 words 15 marks)

14. Briefly mention the alignment of major mountain ranges of the world and explain their impact on local weather conditions, with examples. (250 words 15 marks)

15. How do the melting of the Arctic ice and glaciers of the Antarctic differently affect the weather patterns and human activities on the Earth? Explain. (250 words 15 marks)

16. Discuss the multi-dimensional implications of uneven distribution of mineral oil in the world. (250 words 15 marks)

17. What are the main socio-economic implications arising out of the development of IT industries in major cities of India? (250 words 15 marks)

18. Discuss the main objectives of Population Education and point out the measures to achieve them in India in detail. (250 words 15 marks)

19. What is Cryptocurrency? How does it affect global society? Has it been affecting Indian society also? (250 words 15 marks)

20. How does Indian society maintain continuity in traditional social values? Enumerate the changes taking place in it. (250 words 15 marks)

PDF of GS paper 2 will be available immediately after the examination.

UPSC Mains for the 2021 examination has been started on 7th January. The first paper was conducted for essay and today is the 2nd day.

You download the PDF of the UPSC Mains 2021 Essay paper here. Or

You can access all the previous year question papers along with the present ones, on this page

Following is the schedule for the upcoming UPSC mains 2021 papers:

Date 1st Session (9 AM -12 PM)2nd Session (2 PM – 5 PM) 
7th January 2022Essay Paper –
8th January 2022GS Paper-IGS Paper – II
9th January 2022GS Paper – IIIGS Paper – IV
15th January 2022Language Paper-1English Language Paper
16th January 2022Optional Paper-IOptional Paper-II


Previous Year UPSC Mains Papers

Year GS Paper IGS Paper II GS Paper III GS Paper IVEssay
2015Paper I  PaperII Paper III Paper IV Essay  
2016Paper I Paper II  Paper IIIPaper IV Essay  
2017 Paper I Paper II Paper III Paper IV Essay   
2018Paper I Paper II  Paper III Paper IV Essay 
2019 Paper I Paper II  Paper IIIPaper IVEssay  
2020Paper I Paper II Paper III Paper IV Essay  
2021Paper IPaper IIPaper IIIPaper IVEssay
2022Paper IPaper IIPaper IIIPaper IVEssay
2023Paper IPaper IIPaper IIIPaper IVEssay

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