Finally, I’ve compiled General Studies (Mains) papers of last 25 years (1987 to 2011) and created a printer friendly PDF file out of it. (Download Links given at the bottom of this article)
- To get really Decent marks in General Studies paper (and thus a high rank in the final merit list) do following
- In the General Studies (Mains) paper, there are two types of question Static and Dynamic (Current Based)
- By and large, General Studies Paper I & II are made up of following topics.
- History (Always Static)
- Culture (Almost Always Static)
- Polity (Most of the Time.)
- Yearbook stuff (Usually current Based)
- Economy (Mixed)
- International Relations and S&T (Lately current Based)
- Statistics and Data Interpretation.(Always Static.)
Now, observe these old papers carefully (attached below), the Static questions/topics keep getting recycled and repeated. For example RIN mutiny was asked in 1998, again in 2011. Same for Polity (DPSP/Funda.rights) etc.
- If you start manually writing answer for each and every question, it would take months and you’ve two optional subjects to prepare! But atleast you can prepare a skeletal framework / keypoint answer, and keep revising it, definitely a few questions or topics would come in the next Mains exam. It’ll also save the precious time during the actual exam, for not having to brainstorm for the ideas. Because you already did that exercise @home, while solving these question.
- and solve all the sums from Statistics and data interpretation portion. That’ll increase the speed and accuracy during the actual exam.
- Have trouble or doubt solving any question? Ask it on indianofficer.com, a forum where serious players hang out.
- P.S. At some places the questions and sentences are missing or incomplete. But it is because the original source itself did not have those questions. (or I might have made some silly mistake writing the RegEx script, using which I compiled this whole database.)
Two Paper I and Paper II are posted in separate PDF files for ease in reading.