[Analysis] CSAT Paper I (General Studies) 2012DEVENDRA VISHWAKARMA
- Overall Breakup
- Environment & Biodiversity (enb)
- Science & Technology (S&T)
- Yearbook stuff
- Current Affairs vs Static
- 4TF type of question
- Authentic Answerkeys! (lolz)
- Make your own answerkey
- Why Cut-offs talk is useless
- Start preparing for mains
- Was the CSAT-paper Tough?
In order to see the big picture, We must compare this data with the GS-papers of last two years. See how the topicwise-breakup has evolved.
Markwise Breakup (From 2010 to 2012)
- Note1: column will not add to 100, because I’ve not counted the international affairs etc. questions from 2011’s exam. However the total questions were 100.
- Note2: in 2010, GS paper had 150 questions, including Aptitude. Therefore column will not add to 100. Secondly, in 2010 they did not have separate EnB section.
This Situation calls for % table.
%wise Breakup (From 2010 to 2012)
For 2011 and 2012, the data will remain same (Because total 100 Questions) but for 2010, I’m converting marks into approximate percentages using 150 as ‘total’.
Charts and graphs
- History has doubled in its importance from 2010 to 2012. Any sort of ‘predictability’ helps the coaching classes and senior players, and UPSC hates both of them. Most of us would have thought: history will decrease and S&T will remain steady. So, UPSC does the reverse. Besides, it is my personal opinion, this year History + Polity given heavy emphasis to reverse the “Science and Engineer graduates-friendly” trends of last two years.
- Polity increased by more than double. 8% in 2011 and 18% in 2012. And curiously, as the number of questions increased, the difficulty level of each question decreased!
- Geography remained “steady” 11% of the paper for last two years.
- Economy declined.
- Science and technology declined: almost halved: From 18% in 2011 to 9% in 2012! – To make room for the increased number of History and Polity Questions
- Just like Geography, the Yearbook stuff also remained: Steady 9% of the paper, for last two years.
- You can do more data interpretation on your own.
Now time to take a look at individual subjects under General Studies paper.
A.Ancient and Medieval
- Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries
- Distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dances
- hand gesture called ‘Bhumisparsha Mudra’. It symbolizes
- religion of early Vedic Aryans was
- Sufi mystics were known to pursue which of the following practices
- guilds (Shreni) of ancient India that played a very important role
- scientific progress of ancient India
- common to both Buddhism and Jainism?
- Nagara, the Dravida and the Vesara
Questions Mostly related to religion and culture.
They had asked about Jainism in 2011’s paper as well.
Thankfully, No dates, places or name of kings though.
Modern India (Freedom Struggle)
Even with the lousiest half-hearted preparation, one could solve question number 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11 from reading NCERTs, GS Manual and Bipin Chandra.
- Duty of the President of India to cause to be laid
- Deadlock between the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha calls
- Importance of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)
- Prime Minister of India, at the time of his/her appointment
- Delimitation Commission, consider the following statements :
- Distribution of powers between the Centre and the States
- Fundamental Duties of citizens
- Autonomy of the Supreme Court of India
- Special powers have been conferred on the Rajya Sabha
- Recommendations of the Thirteenth Finance Commission
- Parliamentary control over public finance in India
- Provisions of the Constitution of India have a bearing on Education
- Adjournment motion
- Directive Principles of State Policy
- Union Territories are not represented in the Rajya Sabha.
- Office of the Lok Sabha Speaker
- Original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court
- Panchayat (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
- In my earlier article ” 100 Days 4 CSAT?” I had given the preparation strategy and study plan for Indian Polity and If you had thoroughly it, this Polity section was a walk in the park. Atleast 15 questions could be solved without any doubt.
- Most of these questions are so easy, seems like they framed them to insult the intelligence of a serious player!
update: Answerkey for Polity questions is given in this link (Click Me)
Environment & Biodiversity (enb)
- National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) help
- National Green Tribunal Act,
- Biomass gasification
- Lead, ingested or inhaled, is a health hazard
- Chlorofluorocarbons, known as ozone-depleting substances
- Protected areas in India are local people not
- Pollinating agent/agents
- Carbon dioxide in the air is slowly raising the temperature
- Acidification of oceans is increasing. Why
- Category of endangered species
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- Antelopes Oryx and Chiru
- Threats to the biodiversity of a geographical are
- Black-necked crane
- Carbon sequestration/storage in the soil
- Phytoplankton of an ocean is completely destroyed for some reason
- Vultures which used to be very common in Indian countryside
- Government of India encourages the cultivation of sea buckthorn
- Wetlands of India, consider the following statements
- Resistance to the introduction of Bt brinjal in India
- Prospects for which genetically engineered plants have been created
- Which of the above are Tiger