General Studies is an essential subject for UPSC examinations. It forms a significant part of the examination, and every candidate strives to prepare the best to score the maximum marks. The questions in the General Studies papers are a test of a candidate’s essential understanding on a variety of subjects. The nature of questions will be such that a well-prepared candidate can answer them comfortably. In the past, the candidates who have scored more than 300 marks are the ones who had thorough knowledge on various subjects at the secondary and higher secondary level in the UPSC Syllabus for General Studies.
Each of the 4 General Studies papers carries 250 marks and combining them would entail 1000 marks out of 1750 marks in the Mains exam.
This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem-solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects.
The following broad areas will be covered:
When a candidate pays adequate attention to the preparation of the General Studies paper, he goes halfway in the right direction. It is advisable for every candidate to go through the entire UPSC syllabus for General Studies thoroughly. The four papers will help you clear the first level of the examination and ensure that you are prepared for the tough ones to come.
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