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Importance of attempting quality tests – Evidence-based Questions approach will give you an edge in Prelims

The philosophy of our Test Series has been to bring it closer to the actual exam in terms of both toughness and format. We try to ensure that the standard of questions is continuously raised.

One of the ways we do it is using – Evidence-based question making

The questions are not framed according to the whims and fancies of the question-makers. They have to provide objective evidence to the supervisory team about the relevance of the question and why it has a higher probability of being asked in the actual exam. They have to prove that a similar question has been asked previously in the Prelims exam.

We are putting in conscious effort to ensure more questions are asked on themes that UPSC considers important. At the same time, we try to ignore those themes that UPSC has been ignoring. List of examples presented at the end.

Examples of Evidence-based question making 

Consider the following statements :

1. The north-south extent of India is greater than its east-west extent.

2. Area Wise, Rajasthan is the largest state and Sikkim the smallest.

Select the correct statements using the code below :

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Similar question asked in UPSC 2016 Prelims

Which of the following pairs of States of India indicates the easternmost and westernmost State?

a) Assam and Rajasthan

b) Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan

c) Assam and Gujarat

d) Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat


Which one of the following islands are separated from each other by the ‘Duncan Passage? 

a) Little Andaman and Great Andamans

b) Nicobar and Sumatra

c) Maldives and Lakshadweep

d) Sumatra and Java

Similar question asked in UPSC 2014 Prelims

Which one of the following pairs of islands are separated from each other by the ‘Ten Degree Channel’?

a) Andaman and Nicobar

b) Nicobar and Sumatra

c) Maldives and Lakshadweep

d) Sumatra and Java


Which of the following are the features of Subsistence Farming:

1. Most of the work is done manually.

2. overall yield is high but productivity per labor is low.

3. Traditional methods of farming are followed.

Select the correct statements using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) All of the above

Similar question asked in UPSC 2012 Prelims

Which of the following is the chief characteristic of ‘mixed farming’?

(a) Cultivation of both cash crops and food crops

(b) Cultivation of two or more crops in the same field

(c) Rearing of animals and cultivation of crops together

(d) None of the above

By Root

Caretaker @civilsdaily

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