12 Years Topic-Wise Solution Of Previous Papers Philosophy IAS Mains Q & A 2023
Philosophy - IAS Mains Q & A – revised and updated edition (2023) covers topic-wise solutions to previous 12 years’ papers (2011-2022) as per the latest syllabus.
Ideally, going through last 10-15 years papers is enough for an aspirant to get a taste of the pattern of questions being asked and how their answers should be. So, keeping this in view, without compromising on quality of answers, we have provided last 12 years’ answers. Further, this has been done to cap the price as well as number of pages i.e. to prevent the book getting bulkier.
Importance of Philosophy as an Optional: It has the shortest syllabus, so it saves time for preparation of ‘General Studies’ papers. The syllabus is also well-defined and compact. The syllabus for philosophy is almost entirely static.
Many topics of philosophy would be useful for other subjects like the Ethics and the Essay paper. Some of the concepts in philosophy can be used in the other general studies papers. Philosophy also provides ample material for topics like democracy, humanism, religion, morality, secularism, women empowerment and the like. The study of philosophy can equip candidates to tackle the unique nature of the Ethics paper (GS – IV). Philosophy can unleash original thinking in candidates. It can also improve the writing skills of students which will prove fruitful in all papers of the IAS mains. Another great advantage of philosophy is that candidates with just about any academic background can opt for this optional. Philosophy is an elementary subject and it does not require any prior knowledge. Some of the concepts are very general in nature.
Answer writing in this Book: We have put forth answers to each question as per the demand of the question. A descriptive approach has been adopted while writing these answers to arm you with relevant knowledge related to all aspects of a particular topic. In most of the answers, we have provided additional information, not necessarily adhering to the prescribed word limit while answering the questions covering all dimensions. This will enrich your knowledge on that topic, enabling you to write better answers in future.
How to use this book: This book will assist you in your answer writing practice in two ways - use this book as a source of reference for the topics and write answers in your own unique way or alternatively, you may write previous years’ answers and compare them with the standard answers provided in this book.
Optional subject has become the deciding factor in getting an interview call. Though UPSC has introduced four GS papers to give a level playing field to all, the dynamic and unpredictable questions of GS papers defeated the purpose and made Optional paper the magic wand. The toppers’ optional marks also tell it loudly that optional subject plays a defining role in determining the selection of the candidates.
So, overall this book is an ideal companion for you going to appear the Mains examination.To help the aspirants to get acclaimed with the pattern and trend of the exam, this book is a valuable gift to our readers.
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