IAS Prelims 2014: Importance of Indian National Movement

The Syllabus for the exam explicitly mentions Indian National Movement in GS Paper I.

Created On: Feb 26, 2014 10:46 IST
Modified On: Mar 4, 2014 12:27 IST

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conduct the IAS Prelims 2014 exam on 24 August 2014. The UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2014 exam will be notified on 17 May 2014 which will mark the beginning of the Civil Services exam process for 2014. The IAS Prelims 2014 exam will consist of two papers: General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (CSAT). The Syllabus for the exam explicitly mentions Indian National Movement in GS Paper I. This depicts the importance of this topic for the exam and, hence, for the candidates.

The Indian National Movement forms a part of Modern Indian History i.e. the post Mughal period. A large number of questions are asked from the Modern Indian History, and a majority of these are from Indian National Movement (1857-1947). Modern Indian history is important for Civil Servants as this part of History has had a direct bearing on the current scenario of the country.

The British era law and order system has had direct repercussion on the law and order system of today. The British policies and legislations are still embedded in some of the current laws governing the country.

The art and architecture of our country is a legacy of the Modern Indian history. A large number of monuments and structures were built during this period. Some of the government buildings that are still occupied by the government organisations are a legacy of the British era.

The society of the present time is a direct evolutionary product of the social system of the Modern Indian period. In order to understand the social set up and problems of the present, we need to understand the social system of the recent past.

The section of Modern Indian History, with special emphasis on Indian National Movement, is very important for the candidates as this section alone accounts for around 8-10 questions in the exam every year. This makes the topic very crucial and hence, the candidates should have a good grasp over it.

Studying Indian National Movement makes us understand the details of Indian Freedom struggle, which promotes patriotic feeling in the mind of the candidates, which is very important for a person to serve his/her country wholeheartedly.

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Some of the questions that have been asked in the past few years from this section are mentioned below:

Q. With reference to Indian History, the Members of the Constituent Assembly from the Provinces were
(a) directly elected by the people of those Provinces
(b) nominated by the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League
(c) elected by the Provincial Legislative Assemblies
(d) selected by the Government for their expertise in constitutional matters
Answer: (c)

Q. Which of the following parties were established by Dr. B.R Ambedkar?
1. The peasants and Workers Party of India
2. All India scheduled Castes Federation
3. The independent Labour Party
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Answer: (b)

Q. With reference to the period of colonial rule in India, "Home -Charges" formed an important part of drain of wealth from India. Which of the following funds constituted "Home Charges”?
1. Funds used to support the India Office in London.
2. Funds used to pay salaries and pensions of British personnel engaged in India.
3. Funds used for waging wars outside India by the British.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) I and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Answer: (a)

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