SAMPLE QUESTIONS BASED ON REVISED PATTERN OF CS(P) EXAMINATION EFFECTIVE FROM 2011 The syllabus and pattern of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (CS(P)) has undergone significant changes with effect from 2011. These changes have already been intimated to the public vide Press Note on 22nd October, 2010, which is available on UPSC website. The Commission had also indicated in the Press Note that a set of sample questions for both the papers would be put up on the UPSC website, in due course, for reference of the prospective candidates. A set of 14 sample questions for Paper-I and Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, on the revised syllabus and pattern, are given below. These questions are indicative of the type of questions that may be constructed and used by UPSC in Paper-I and Paper II of CS (P) examination, 2011. However, neither the content nor the structure/type of questions may be construed as being exhaustive or limiting the freedom of UPSC to set questions based on the syllabus prescribed for the examination. It may be noted that as per the existing practice, both the question papers would be bilingual (English and Hindi), except for some questions specifically intended to test English Language Comprehension skills, which would be in English only. Some more sample questions may be put up subsequently. Hindi version of the sample questions would follow. ***
SAMPLE QUESTIONS (Based on revised syllabi & pattern effective from CS(P) Examination, 2011)
PAPER-I 1. With reference to Simon Commission’s recommendations, which one of the following statements is correct? (a) It recommended the replacement of diarchy with responsible government in the provinces. (b) It proposed the setting up of inter-provincial council under the Home Department. (c) It suggested the abolition of bicameral legislature at the Centre (d) It recommended the creation of Indian Police Service with a provision for increased pay and allowances for British recruits as compared to Indian recruits. 2. A geographic area with an altitude of 400 metres has following characteristics: J 31 21 51 F 31 21 85 M 31 21 188 A 31 21 158 M 30 21 139 J 30 21 121 J 29 20 134 A 28 20 168 S 29 20 185 O 29 20 221 N 30 20 198 D 31 20 86
Month Average maximum temp. 0C Average minimum temp. 0C Rainfall (mm)
If this geographic area were to have a natural forest, which one of the following would it most likely be? (a) (b) (c) (d) Moist temperate coniferous forest Montane subtropical forest Temperate forest Tropical rain forest
3. Other than Jatropha curcas, why is Pongamia pinnata also considered a good option for the production of bio-diesel in India? 1.
Pongamia pinnata grows naturally in most of the arid regions of India.
The seeds of Pongamia pinnata are rich in lipid content of which nearly half of oleic acid.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (a) (b) (c) (d) 1 only 2 only Both 1 and 2 Neither 1 nor 2
4. If a potato is placed on a pure paper plate which is white and unprinted and put in a microwave oven, the potato heats up but the paper plate does not. This is because: (a) (b) (c) (d) Potato is mainly made up of starch whereas paper is mainly made up of cellulose Potato transmits microwaves whereas paper reflects microwaves Potato contains water whereas paper does not contain water Potato is a fresh organic material whereas paper is a dead organic material
5. With reference to India, consider the following: 1. Nationalization of Banks 2. Formation of Regional Rural Banks 3. Adoption of villages by Bank Branches Which of the above can be considered as steps taken to achieve the ‘financial inclusion” in India? (a) 1 and 2 only (b) 2 and 3 only (c) 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3
6. Consider the following actions by the Government: 1. 2. 3. Cutting the tax rates Increasing the government spending Abolishing the subsidies
In the context of economic recession, which of the above...
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