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Sample Questions New Pattern 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

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. Hindi version of the sample questions is given after the English version except for the sample question specifically intended to test English Language Comprehension skills, which is in English only.

CS Sample Questions

Based on revised syllabi & pattern effective from CS (P) Examination, 2011

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  1. With reference to Simon Commission՚s recommendations, which one of the following statements is correct?
    1. It recommended the replacement of diarchy with responsible government in the provinces.
    2. It proposed the setting up of inter-provincial council under the Home Department.
    3. It suggested the abolition of bicameral legislature at the Centre
    4. 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:
    MonthMonth JMonth FMonth MMonth AMonth MMonth JMonth JMonth AMonth SMonth OMonth NMonth D
    Average maximum temp. 0CMax. Temp. 31Max. Temp. 31Max. Temp. 31Max. Temp. 31Max. Temp. 30Max. Temp. 30Max. Temp. 29Max. Temp. 28Max. Temp. 29Max. Temp. 29Max. Temp. 30Max. Temp. 31
    Average minimum temp. 0CTemperature 21Temperature 21Temperature 21Temperature 21Temperature 21Temperature 21Temperature 20Temperature 20Temperature 20Temperature 20Temperature 20Temperature 20
    Rainfall (mm)Rain 51Rain 85Rain 188Rain 158Rain 139Rain 121Rain 134Rain 168Rain 185Rain 221Rain 198Rain 86

    If this geographic area were to have a natural forest, which one of the following would it most likely be?

    1. Moist temperate coniferous forest
    2. Montane subtropical forest
    3. Temperate forest
    4. Tropical rain forest
  3. 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:
    1. Potato is mainly made up of starch whereas paper is mainly made up of cellulose
    2. Potato transmits microwaves whereas paper reflects microwaves
    3. Potato contains water whereas paper does not contain water
    4. Potato is a fresh organic material whereas paper is a dead organic material
  4. 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.
    2. 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?

    1. 1 only
    2. 2 only
    3. Both 1 and 2
    4. Neither 1 nor 2
  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?

    1. 1 and 2 only
    2. 2 and 3 only
    3. 3 only
    4. 1,2 and 3
  6. Consider the following actions by the Government:
    1. Cutting the tax rates
    2. Increasing the government spending
    3. Abolishing the subsidies

    In the context of economic recession, which of the above actions can be considered a part of the “fiscal stimulus” package?

    1. 1 and 2 only
    2. 2 only
    3. 1 and 3 only
    4. 1,2 and 3
  7. Excessive release of the pollutant carbon monoxide (CO) into the air may produce a condition in which oxygen supply in the human body decreases. What causes this condition?
    1. When inhaled in to the human body, CO is converted into CO2
    2. The inhaled CO has much higher affinity for haemoglobin as compared to oxygen
    3. The inhaled CO destroys the chemical structure of haemoglobin
    4. The inhaled CO adversely affects the respiratory centre in the brain
  8. What are the possible limitations of India in mitigating the global warming at present and in the immediate future?
    1. Appropriate alternate technologies are not sufficiently available.
    2. India cannot invest huge funds in research and development.
    3. Many developed countries have already set up their polluting industries in India.

    Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

    1. 1 and 2 only
    2. 2 only
    3. 1 and 3 only
    4. 1,2 and 3
  9. With reference to the Constitution of India, consider the following:
    1. Fundamental Rights
    2. Fundamental Duties
    3. Directive principles of State Policy

    Which of the above provisions of the Constitution of India is/are fulfilled by the National Social Assistance Programme launched by the Government of India?

    1. 1 only
    2. 3 only
    3. 1 and 3 only
    4. 1,2 and 3
  10. With reference to Lok Adalats, which of the following statements is correct?
    1. Lok Adalata have the jurisdiction to settle the matters at prelitigative stage and not those matters pending before any court
    2. Lok Adalats can deal with matters which are civil and not criminal in nature
    3. Every Lok Adalat consists of either serving or retired judicial officers only and not any other person
    4. None of the statements given above is correct
  11. Which one of the following statements is an appropriate description of deflation?
    1. It is a sudden fall in the value of a currency against other currencies
    2. It is a persistent recession in both the financial and real sectors of economy
    3. It is a persistent fall in the general price level of goods and services
    4. It is a fall in the rate of inflation over a period of time


Read the following passage and answer the given questions. Your answers should be drawn from the content of given passage only.

The economy of contemporary India is a great paradox. It is a strange combination of outstanding achievements as well as grave failures. Since independence, India has achieved remarkable progress in overcoming its economic backwardness. From being a very poor country in the 1950s and a ‘basket case’ in the mid 1960s, it has emerged as the fourth largest economy in the world (in terms of purchasing power parity) . Our economy has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now the country is one of the leading players in the world knowledge economy with vast intellectual capital and booming software and information technology services. While our country has joined the league of the world՚s top five fastest growing economies, we are in the bottom 20 among all countries in terms of the Human Development Index. While the country is celebrating its growth rate and technological wonders, it is witnessing social contradictions and the paradox and ironies of development. Thus, there are ‘two Indias’ in contemporary India.

  1. Why is the Indian economy considered ‘a great paradox’
    1. It is a leading player in information technology services with low levels of literacy.
    2. There is poverty amidst plenty in agricultural produce.
    3. It is one of the largest economies with low human development.
    4. It has scientific achievements with social contradictions.
  2. Why is India being referred to as a leading player in the world knowledge economy?
    1. India՚s knowledge base in science and technology is one of the world՚s best.
    2. India has huge reserves of human intellectual capitals and information technology services.
    3. India is among the World՚s five fastest growing economics and technology reserves.
    4. India has a huge reservoir of human capital and scientific knowledge export potential.
  3. What does the author imply by the phrase ‘two Indias’
    1. There is the India that has vast intellectual capital and the other that is largely illiterate.
    2. There is the India of burgeoning growth and the India of widespread want and misery.
    3. There is the India of progressive mindsets and the other who are socially conservative.
    4. There is an India of outstanding achievements combined with gigantic failures.
  4. Consider the following statement and also the conclusions. Answer the question that follows: Statement: Education is in the Concurrent List. The State government cannot bring reforms in education without the consent of Central Government. Conclusion I: For bringing about quick reforms in education, it should be in the State List. Conclusion II: States are not willing to bring about quick reforms in Education. Which one of the following is correct?
    1. Conclusion I only follows from the statement.
    2. Conclusion II only follows from the statement.
    3. Both conclusions I & II follow from the statement
    4. Neither conclusion I nor conclusion II follow from the statement
  5. Five persons P, Q, R, S, T are sitting in a row. Q is between P and T. To find who among them is in the middle, which of the information given in the following statements is/are sufficient?
    1. P is left of Q and right of S.
    2. R is at the right end.

    Select the correct answer using the code given below:

    1. 1 only
    2. 2 only
    3. Either 1 or 2
    4. Both 1 and 2
  6. Which one among 2, 3 3, 6 6,12 12 is the smallest one?
    1. 2
    2. 3 3
    3. 6 6
    4. 12 12
  7. The following pie charts show that a man spends 10 % on clothes, 20 % on rent, 30 % on food and rest on miscellaneous items in the month of January and spends 15 % on clothes, 25 % on rent, 35 % on food and rest on miscellaneous items in the month of February. Consider the following statements:
    1. The money spent on food over rent in the month of January is same as the money spent on food over rent in the month of February.
    2. The money spent on rent over clothes is same as money spent on food over rent in the month of January.

    Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

    1. 1 only
    2. 2 only
    3. Both 1 and 2
    4. Neither 1 nor 2

    Note: The following question would be in English Language only to test English Language Comprehension.

  8. Whenever I had occasion to indulge in these surreptitious feasts, dinner at home was out of question. My mother would naturally ask me to come and take my food and want to know the reason why I did not wish to eat. I would say to her, ‘I have no appetite today; there is something wrong with my digestion.’ It was not without compunction that I devised these pretexts. I knew I was lying, and lying to my mother. l also knew that, if my mother and father came to know of my having become a meat-eater, they would be deeply shocked. This knowledge was gnawing at my heart. Why did the author devise some pretexts not without compunction?
    1. He wanted to keep away from home some times.
    2. Surreptitious feasts thrilled him.
    3. Dinners outside were better than at home.
    4. He wanted to eat meat.
  9. You have come across a case wherein an old sick lady is unable to submit her life certificate and claim pension to meet her treatment expenses. Knowing your superior՚s procedural approach in handling issues, you ________
    1. Go strictly as per the procedures
    2. Take initiative to help the lady arranging for alternative documents
    3. Assist the lady with some money on your own but do not compromise on procedures.
    4. Avoid some procedural steps since you understand the necessity of the lady.
  10. You along with your friend were chatting in a restaurant over a cup of coffee. Suddenly you heard an intense sound of blast very close by. You ________
    1. Jump on your feet and hold your friend tightly
    2. Take your look away from the source of noise and start praying for the best
    3. Start locating the source of noise
    4. Start shouting for help