How to prepare Indian culture for Mains GS Paper 1?
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Hi friends ,
Indian culture remains a diasey area for many aspirants .

General doubts on Preparation of Indian culture :
1. How many questions will they ask ?
Answer – If you look at the previous year questions,you will realise that it is difficult to predict the number. In 2015 and 2016 no of questions from culture were far lesser than the year 2014.

2.Will they ask only from current affairs ?
No .There will be a blend of questions from ancient india,medieval india and current affairs .
Lets take a look at Prelims 2014.

1.With reference to the famous Sattriya dance, consider the following statements :
1. Sattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.
2. It is a centuries-old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam.
3. It is based on classical Ragas and Talas of devotional songs composed by Tulsidas, Kabir and Mirabai.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

2.Consider the following pairs :
1. Garba : Gujarat
2. Mohiniattam : Odisha
3. Yakshagana : Karnataka
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

3.Consider the followingstatements:
1. ‘Bijak’ is a composition of the teachings of Saint Dadu Dayal.
2. The Philosophy of Pushti Marg was propounded by Madhvacharya.
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

4.Which one of the following pairs does not form part of the six systems of Indian Philosophy?
(a) Mimamsa and Vedanta
(b) Nyaya and Vaisheshika
(e) Lokayata and Kapalika
(d) Sankhya

We see that there are questions from Ancient India ,Medieval India and also from current affairs. So focus enough everywhere.

3.Should we prepare separately for culture ?if yes ,how ?
Yes ,you should definitely prepare for Indian culture like any other subject.

Adopt a 3sourced strategy for your Prelims.

Source 1 –Old NCERTs of Ancient and Medieval India -Refer only to those chapters relating to culture .

Source 2– NIOS material for culture -For modern aspects like paintings ,dance ,music,etc

Source 3 – ‘The Hindu’ newspaper. Any news item related to culture ,you should note in down .Eg-100th anniversary of M.S.Subbalakshmi means carnatic music becomes important for the exam preparation.

And yes finally the key lies in adequate revision of your notes !

All the best !

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