[Analysis] CSAT Paper I (General Studies) 2012

[Analysis] CSAT Paper I (General Studies) 2012

  1. Overall Breakup
  2. History
  3. Polity
  4. Environment & Biodiversity (enb)
  5. Geography
  6. Economy
  7. Science & Technology (S&T)
  8. Yearbook stuff
  9. Current Affairs vs Static
  10. 4TF type of question
  11. Authentic Answerkeys! (lolz)
  12. Make your own answerkey
  13. Why Cut-offs talk is useless
  14. Start preparing for mains
  15. Was the CSAT-paper Tough?
  16. Conclusion

Overall Breakup

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

Bar last 3 years

Pie Chart last 2 years

Data interpretation

  • 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.

Remaining chart

Now time to take a look at individual subjects under General Studies paper.
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A.Ancient and Medieval

  1. Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries
  2. Distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dances
  3. hand gesture called ‘Bhumisparsha Mudra’. It symbolizes
  4. religion of early Vedic Aryans was
  5. Sufi mystics were known to pursue which of the following practices
  6. guilds (Shreni) of ancient India that played a very important role
  7. scientific progress of ancient India
  8. common to both Buddhism and Jainism?
  9. 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)





Es India
  1. Ryotwari settlement
  2. Rowlatt act aimed at
  3. Contribution made by dadabhai naoroji
  4. Principal feature(s) of the government of india act, 1919
  5. National social conference was formed. What was the reason for its formation?
  6. Parties were established by dr. B. R. Ambedkar
  7. Gandhi undertook fast unto death in 1932
  8. Lahore session of the indian national congress (1929) is very important
  9. Regarding brahmo samaj
  10. Things introduced into india by the english
  11. Congress ministries resigned in the seven provinces in 1939

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.


  1. Duty of the President of India to cause to be laid
  2. Deadlock between the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha calls
  3. Importance of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)
  4. Prime Minister of India, at the time of his/her appointment
  5. Delimitation Commission, consider the following statements :
  6. Distribution of powers between the Centre and the States
  7. Fundamental Duties of citizens
  8. Autonomy of the Supreme Court of India
  9. Special powers have been conferred on the Rajya Sabha
  10. Recommendations of the Thirteenth Finance Commission
  11. Parliamentary control over public finance in India
  12. Provisions of the Constitution of India have a bearing on Education
  13. Adjournment motion
  14. Directive Principles of State Policy
  15. Union Territories are not represented in the Rajya Sabha.
  16. Office of the Lok Sabha Speaker
  17. Original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court
  18. 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)

  1.  National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) help
  2.  National Green Tribunal Act,
  3.  Biopesticides
  4.  Biomass gasification
  5.  Lead, ingested or inhaled, is a health hazard
  6.  Chlorofluorocarbons, known as ozone-depleting substances
  7.  Protected areas in India are local people not
  8.  Pollinating agent/agents
  9.  Carbon dioxide in the air is slowly raising the temperature
  10.  Acidification of oceans is increasing. Why
  11.  Category of endangered species
  12.  Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  13.  Antelopes Oryx and Chiru
  14.  Threats to the biodiversity of a geographical are
  15.  Black-necked crane
  16.  Carbon sequestration/storage in the soil
  17.  Phytoplankton of an ocean is completely destroyed for some reason
  18. Vultures which used to be very common in Indian countryside
  19.  Government of India encourages the cultivation of sea buckthorn
  20.  Wetlands of India, consider the following statements
  21.  Resistance to the introduction of Bt brinjal in India
  22.  Prospects for which genetically engineered plants have been created
  23.  Which of the above are Tiger


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