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Prelims – Past questions analysis – Polity and IR | Shankar IAS Academy
12 May, 2017 5 801
Prelims – Past questions analysis – Polity and IR

The hottest topic for discussion in your libraries, reading halls, and coffee shops must be politics. With Civil Services Prelims 2017 approaching, as every issue comes to the table, the guiding Constitutional provisions, the related laws, the newly launched schemes and the international angle to those must be going through your mind. It is this theoretical understanding that guides you in attempting questions in ‘Polity and International Relations’ in the UPSC Prelims.

Here we go ahead and take a look at all the questions that have been asked from this section over the last four years and briefly discuss them again to help gauge the level of preparation needed in the last few weeks.

How to read through the tabulation?

A gist of the question is given preceded by the question number in set ‘A’ of the Question Papers. This can be found on the UPSC website.

  1. The sub-topic is a broad classification which can help you zoom in on the probable areas.
  • The difficulty level is denoted using five stars, with one star corresponding to ‘very easy’ and five to ‘very difficult’. (Obviously, this has some subjectivity)
  1. The ‘Remarks’ column might refer to the source of the question or the nature of the question or even both. Again, this can be subjected to little variance with the perception of the aspirant.

So, time for some math. There are 51 questions in Polity over the last four years. With 19 and 23 questions being rated 1 and 2 stars respectively, it tells you that over 82% of questions in Polity are within your radius. Fine-tuning your preparation can help you get the 7 questions in 3-star category too. If there is one section in the question paper, where you must hit the bulls eye, it must be here. Start aiming!

(There were no questions in this section in 2013)

As you would have inferred, the International Relations section tilts heavily towards Current Affairs. With 14 questions out of 23 being rated either 1 or 2 stars, this will also be a scoring section. With only 2 questions being rated 4 stars, this area is not out of reach.

Are you searching for the ones rated five stars? Then, do tune into the page when there are articles on Culture and Technology next week.

Stay tuned with Shankar IAS Academy Chennai for more…

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