Doubt Clearance Thread: UPSC 2020

"When in doubt, observe and ask questions. When certain, observe at length and ask many more questions."

Created this thread as a one stop solution for all members so that all the doubts wherein any conceptual clarification is required can be solved here. 

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Akash_W said

Which sect of Jainism did Sthulbahu belonged to? While TN Textbook says that he belonged to Digambar sect, but some other sources say he belonged to Svetambar sect. Does anyone have authentic and clear information about it?

  1. Digambar (Samayya)- Bhadrabhu and his followers were called Digambar, they were called Southern jains. Tirthankar of Digambar class remains naked People of this branch basically give up on exile and penance by sacrificing garments in their peak condition based on unbridhip and sacrifice. People of this class consider themselves four directionsChandragupta Maurya adopted Jainism and became an ascetic under the Jain saint Bhadrabahu. He ended his days at Śravaṇa Beḷgoḷa (in present day Karnataka) by sallekhana (death by fasting).
  2. Shwetambar (TERPANTY)- Sathbahahu and his followers were called Shwetambar. People of this class wear white clothes and keep the clothes on their mouth. Eat food before sunset.
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73. Consider the following statements about the Neolithic Period:

(1) It marked the beginning of agriculture by human beings.

(2) It led to the development of family life and the evolution of societies.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer given as c.

But I read that agriculture has already started during mesolithic period. Answer should be b. Please clarify.

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Akash_W said

Which sect of Jainism did Sthulbahu belonged to? While TN Textbook says that he belonged to Digambar sect, but some other sources say he belonged to Svetambar sect. Does anyone have authentic and clear information about it?

sthulbahu belongs to svetembhara sect....and stayed in north india during famine.. while anther sect which is now called digambara sect moved to south india...

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Jhelum said

73. Consider the following statements about the Neolithic Period:

(1) It marked the beginning of agriculture by human beings.

(2) It led to the development of family life and the evolution of societies.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer given as c.

But I read that agriculture has already started during mesolithic period. Answer should be b. Please clarify.

Prehistoric Period – Mesolithic Period (Middle Stone Age)

  • Major climate change happened.
  • Climate became warmer and more humid.
  • Rainfall increased and so more availability of flora and fauna.
  • Domestication of animals and plants were seen for the first time.
  • Started 12000 years ago.
  • First animal to be domesticated was the wild ancestor of the dog.
  • Sheep and goats were the most common domesticated animals.
  • Hunting, Fishing and food gathering continued.
  • Prehistoric Period – Neolithic Period (New Stone Age)

    • Starting of agriculture
    • Moving from nomadic to settled life
    • Wheel discovered. Ragi, wheat and horse gram were cultivated
    • They knew to make fire
  • and a remarkable progress is noticed  in human civilization in Neolithic Age.
upsc2020, Amarbabu
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Q1)1st one to impose censorship was Lord Wellesley through the Censorship of Press Act, 1799)

The first ban on press in India was implemented during who's tenure ?


Q2) Which Governor General restored the State of Oudh to the son of Wajid Ali Shah ie Birjis Qadr ?


Censorship Act by Wellesley in 1799 was the first. 

Birjis was sent to exile to Nepal. Oudh wasn't restored. 

Prakhar96, Amarbabu
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1. Can prez use pocket veto in case of const. amend. Bill?

2. Prez has abosolute veto power in case of Money bills??

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1. Can prez use pocket veto in case of const. amend. Bill?

2. Prez has abosolute veto power in case of Money bills??

No in the first case, he/she has to give assent to the CA bill. But for money bill, President can either give assent or withhold its assent (absolute veto).


In 1991, the SalaryAllowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill was rejected by the president by absolute veto, but I have doubt, this was a money bill or not?

I guess it is, but please somebody enlighten.

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Hey can someone suggest any video lecture for medieval part, though m following Satish chandra !!

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Hey can someone suggest any video lecture for medieval part, though m following Satish chandra !!

Satish Chandra is more than sufficient. Are you having trouble in memorizing facts from there

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@upsc2020 yes , actually m unable to connect facts and hence doing mistakes while solving ......any suggestion for it .  


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@upsc2020 yes , actually m unable to connect facts and hence doing mistakes while solving ......any suggestion for it .  


Are you giving Prelims this year ?

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@upsc2020 yes , actually m unable to connect facts and hence doing mistakes while solving ......any suggestion for it .  


If 2020 - avoid reading a new topic. Do selective reading of important topics - Culture & Religious Movements.

2021 - make your own shorthand notes from Ncert. 

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Did Harappans knew about cattle? 

I read somewhere that they didn't but in one of the test I was proved wrong.


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Did Harappans knew about cattle? 

I read somewhere that they didn't but in one of the test I was proved wrong.


Lovely question. How do you answer such questions. How to remember such facts?


Can you think of seals or any other artefact discovered from the IVC.

Have you watched any movies showcasing Harappan Civilisation . 


What was the occupation of people? How do they eat? Think a bit.

Prakhar96, upsc2020
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1. Well, cattles were not found on any seal from IVC. (which was the basis on which I chose the option)
2. Didn't watch any movie on Harappa.
3. Agriculture & ate meat, which probably points that they knew about cattle.
I think you want me to think in this direction... but doesn't this contradict 1st point??


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1. Well, cattles were not found on any seal from IVC. (which was the basis on which I chose the option)
2. Didn't watch any movie on Harappa.
3. Agriculture & ate meat, which probably points that they knew about cattle.
I think you want me to think in this direction... but doesn't this contradict 1st point??


Some animals - such as the one horned animal , called the " unicorn" were depicted on seals. They eat veg and non veg food.

Source: NCERT class 12

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1. Well, cattles were not found on any seal from IVC. (which was the basis on which I chose the option)
2. Didn't watch any movie on Harappa.
3. Agriculture & ate meat, which probably points that they knew about cattle.
I think you want me to think in this direction... but doesn't this contradict 1st point??


Cattle was found: Ncert 12th standard. 

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1. Well, cattles were not found on any seal from IVC. (which was the basis on which I chose the option)
2. Didn't watch any movie on Harappa.
3. Agriculture & ate meat, which probably points that they knew about cattle.
I think you want me to think in this direction... but doesn't this contradict 1st point??



Casablanca,
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1. Well, cattles were not found on any seal from IVC. (which was the basis on which I chose the option)
2. Didn't watch any movie on Harappa.
3. Agriculture & ate meat, which probably points that they knew about cattle.
I think you want me to think in this direction... but doesn't this contradict 1st point??


The Bull! And it was not a mythological animal!

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