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UPSC Prelims 2021 Question Paper – General Studies Paper 1 with Answer Key

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 Question Paper is now available. Check this page for all questions of General Studies Paper 1 along with the Answer Key.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has conducted the Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2021 General Studies Paper 1 on 10th October from 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM.

As the General Studies Paper 1 exam is over, aspirants can download all sets of Question Papers ie. A, B, C, and D versions.

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About UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021

Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted to select the best brains in the country for prestigious posts like IAS, IPS, IFS etc. UPSC is responsible for conducting this exam.

About 11 lakh candidates had registered for Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021.

About UPSC Prelims 2021 Question Paper – General Studies Paper 1

General Studies Paper 1 includes questions from subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Economics, General Science, Technology, Environment and Current Affairs.

  • This paper is objective in nature (100 MCQs in 2 hours).
  • Each question is of 2 marks. -0.66 marks will be deducted as negative marks for each wrong answer.
  • The maximum marks for General Studies Paper 1 are 200.

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100 Questions Asked in UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2021 – Paper 1

1. With reference to the history of ancient India, Bhavabhutti, Hastimalla and Kshemeshwara were famous
a) Jain monks
b) Playwrights
c) temple architects
d) philosophers

Answer: b) Playwrights

How and Why: Bhavabhuti was an 8th-century scholar of India noted for his plays and poetry, written in Sanskrit. His plays are considered equal to the works of Kalidasa. With just this knowledge, aspirants could correctly arrive at the right answer.

2. Consider the following statements:

i) The Montague-Chelmsford Reforms of 1919 recommended granting voting rights to all women above the age of 21.
ii) The Government of India Act of 1935 gave women reserved seats in the legislature.

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: b) 2 only

How and Why: There is scope to use  Intelligent Elimination Techniques (IET) discussed in  Prelims Marks Booster Program in this question. Statement 1 is not correct. In fact, the Government of India Act, 1919, denied women the right to vote despite the All India Women’s Deputation led by Sarojini Naidu to Edwin Samuel Montague, the then Secretary of State, India.

Statement 2 is correct. The Government of India Act of 1935 gave women reserved seats in the legislature.

3. Which among the following is associated with ‘’Songs from Prison’’, a translation of ancient Indian religious lyrics in English?

a) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
b) Jawaharlal Nehru
c) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
d) Sarojini Naidu

Answer: c) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Learning Zone: Songs from Prison is a collection of songs and lyrics by Gandhi, written during his imprisonment in Yeravada Jail, Poona.

4. With reference to medieval India, which one of the following is the correct sequence in ascending order in terms of size?
a) Paragana-Sarkar-Suba
b) Sarkar-Paragana-Suba
c) Suba-Sarkar-Paragana
d) Paragana-Suba-Sarkar

Answer: c) Suba-Sarkar-Paragana

How and Why: Mughal Empire was divided into Suba, Sarkar, Pargana and Village.

5. Who among the following was associated as Secretary with Hindu Female School which later came to be known as Bethune Female School?
a) Annie Besant
b) Debendranath Tagore
c) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
d) Sarojini Naidu

Answer: c) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

How and Why: In December 1850, Bethune appointed Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar as secretary to the school, in what proved to be a masterstroke.

6. With reference to 8th August 1942 in Indian History, which one of the following statements is correct?
a) The Quit India Resolution was adopted by AICC
b) The Viceroy’s Executive Council was expanded to include more Indians.
c) The Congress ministries resigned in seven provinces.
d) Cripps proposed an Indian Union with full Dominion Status once the Second World War was over.

Answer: a) The Quit India Resolution was adopted by AICC

How and Why: The Quit India Movement (translated into several Indian languages as the Leave India Movement), also known as the August Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during World War II, demanding an end to British rule in India.

7. In the context of Colonial India, Shah Nawaz Khan, Prem Kumar Sehgal and Gurbaksh Singh Dhillion are remembered as

a) Leaders of Swadeshi and Boycott Movement
b) Members of the Interim Government in 1946
c) Members of the Drafting Committee in the Constituent Assembly
d) Officers of the Indian National Army

Answer: d) Officers of the Indian National Army

How and Why: Major General Shah Nawaz Khan, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and Colonel Prem Kumar Sahgal were three of the senior-most officers of INA and trusted colleagues of Netaji.

8. With reference to Indian History, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The Nizamat of Arcot emerged out of Hyderabad State
2. The Mysore Kingdom emerged out of Vijayanagara Empire
3. Rohilkhand Kingdom was formed out of the territories occupied by Ahmad Shah Durani

Select the correct answer using the code given below
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) 2 and 3
d) 3 only

Answer: b) 2 only

How and Why: After the decline of the Vijayanagar Empire, Mysore became an independent state under the Hindu Wodeyar Dynasty in AD 1565.

9. Which one of the following statements is correct?
a) Ajanta Caves lie in the gorge of Waghora river.
b) Sanchi Stupa lies in the gorge of Chambal river.
c) Pandu-lena Cave Shrines lie in the gorge of Narmada River.
d) Amaravati Stupa lies in the gorge of Godavari river.

Answer: a) Ajanta Caves lie in the gorge of Waghora river.

How and Why: Ajanta caves-  these caves lie along the gorge of a minor river Waghur in a horseshoe shape.

10. Consider the following statements:
1. 21st February is declared to be International Mother Language Day by UNICEF.
2. The demand that Bangla has to be one of the national languages was raised in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

11. With reference to Chausath Yogini Temple situated near Morena, consider the following statements:
1. It is a circular temple built during the reign of Kachchhapaghata Dynasty.
2. It is the only circular temple built in India
3. It was meant to promote the Vaishnava cult in the region.
4. Its design has given rise to a popular belief that it was the inspiration behind the Indian Parliament building.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 4
d) 2, 3 and 4

12. Which one of the following ancient towns is well-known for its elaborate system of water harvesting and management by building a series of dams and channelizing water into connected reservoirs?
a) Dholavira
b) Kalibangan
c) Rakhigarhi
d) Ropar

13. In the first quarter of the seventeenth century, in which of the following was/were the factory/factories of the English East India Company located?
1. Broach
2. Chicacole
3. Trichinopoly

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2
c) 3 only
d) 2 and 3

14. From the decline of Guptas until the rise of Harshavardhana in the early seventh century, which of the following kingdoms were holding power in Northern India?
1. The Guptas of Magadha
2. The Paramaras of Malwa
3. The Pushyabutis of Thanesar
4. The Yadavas of Devagiri
5. The Yadavas of Devagiri
6. The Maitrakas of Valabhi

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1, 2 and 5
b) 1, 3, 4 and 6
c) 2, 3 and 4
d) 5 and 6

15. According to Portuguese writer Nuniz, the women in Vijayanagar Empire were experts in which of the following areas?
1. Wrestling
2. Astrology
3. Accounting
4. Soothsaying

Select the correct answer using the code given below

a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 1, 3 and 4 only
c) 2 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

16. With reference to Madanapalle of Andhra Pradesh, which one of the following statements is correct?

a) Pingali Venkaya designed the tricolour Indian National Flag here.
b) Pattabhi Sitaramaiah led the Quit India Movement of the Andhra region from here.
c) Rabindranath Tagore translated the National Anthem from Bengali to English here.
d) Madam Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott set up headquarters of Theosophical Society first here.

17. Consider the following pairs:

Historical place : Well-known for

1. Burzahom : Rock-cut shrines
2. Chandra-ketugargh : Terracotta art
3. Ganeshwar : Copper artefacts
Which of the pairs given above is correctly matched?
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2
c) 3 only
d) 2 and 3

18. Consider the following statements

1. It was during the reign of Iltumish that Chengiz Khan reached the Indus in pursuit of the fugitive Khwarezm prince.
2. It was during the reign of Muhammad bin Tughlaq that Taimur occupied Multan and crossed the Indus.
3. It was during the reign of Deva Raya II of Vijayanagara Empire that Vasco da Gama reached the coast of Kerala.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2
c) 3 only
d) 2 and 3

19. Consider the following statements:

1. St.Francis Xavier was one of the founding members of the Jesuit Order
2. St.Francis Xavier died in Goa and a church is dedicated to him there
3. The Feast of St.Francis Xavier is celebrated in Goa each year.

Which of the statements given above are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

20. With reference to the history of ancient India, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Mitakshara was the civil law for upper castes and Dayabhaga was the civil law for lower castes.
2. In the Mitakshara system, the sons can claim the right to the property during the lifetime of the father whereas, in the Dayabhaga system, it is only after the death of the father that the sons can claim the right to the property.
3. The Mitakshara system deals with the matters related to the property held by male members only of a family, whereas the Dayabhaga system deals with the matters related to the property held by both male and female members of a family.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 and 3
d) 3 only

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