Hi friends ,
A lot of students have doubts on how to prepare Indian Culture for GS Paper 1.
Let us have a look at the questions from indian culture in the last 4 years .
Mains 2013 GS Paper 1
1.Though not very useful from the point of view of a connected political history of South India, the Sangam literature portrays the social and economic conditions of its time with remarkable vividness. Comment.
2.Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in the early Indian inscriptions.
3.Chola architecture represents a high watermark in the evolution of temple architecture. Discuss.
Mains 2014 GS Paper 1
1.To what extent has the urban planning and culture of the Indus Valley Civilization provided inputs to the present day urbanization? Discuss.
2.Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain.
3.Taxila university was one of the oldest universities of the world with which were associated a number of renowned learned personalities of different disciplines. Its strategic location caused its fame to flourish, but unlike Nalanda, it is not considered as a university in the modern sense. Discuss.
4.Sufis and medieval mystic saints failed to modify either the religious ideas and practices or the outward structure of Hindu / Muslim societies to any appreciable extent. Comment
Mains 2015 GS Paper 1
1.The ancient civilization in Indian sub-continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without a breakdown to the present day. Comment.
2.Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a tine aesthetic sense comparable to modem painting. Critically evaluate this comment.
Mains 2016 GS Paper 1
1.Early Buddhist Stupa-art, while depicting folk motifs and narratives successfully expounds Buddhist ideals. Elucidate.
2.Krishnadeva Raya, the King of Vijayanagar, was not only an accomplished scholar himself but was also a great patron of learning and literature. Discuss.
4 step process to prepare for Indian culture for Mains
Step 1 – Go to NIOS for material on Indianculture .It is better than ccrt website and Spectrum.
Step 2 – Modules 1 to Module 5 are important for UPSC preparation.
(You can ignore certain topics like Indian languages and literature -part II)
Step 3 – Make notes of 7 -10 points for each topic during first reading .
Step 4 – Revise and revise again .