UPSC Mains Subject Wise PYQs – Indian Society (2023-2013)

Indian Society is a crucial subject that holds great significance in the UPSC Mains examination. It covers a wide range of topics, including the social and cultural diversity, changes in the social structure, and the impact of globalization on Indian society. Aspirants who have opted for this subject need to have a comprehensive understanding of the issues and challenges faced by Indian society.

The Indian Society mains questions from the past years’ exams will help aspirants understand the exam pattern, the weightage of different topics, and the level of difficulty of questions. By practicing these questions, candidates can identify their strengths and weaknesses and work on them accordingly. Moreover, answering these questions will also help aspirants develop a better understanding of the subject and enhance their analytical and writing skills.

Therefore, we highly recommend aspirants to go through these questions and include them in their study plan to improve their chances of cracking the UPSC Mains exam. The questions from the years 2013 to 2023 that we have compiled will not only give you an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam but also help you evaluate your preparation level. So, make sure to practice these questions and ace your Indian Society paper in the upcoming UPSC Mains exam.


  • Do you think marriage as a sacrament is losing its value in Modern India?
  • Explain why suicide among young women is increasing in Indian society.
  • Child cuddling is now being replaced by mobile phones. Discuss its impact on the socialisation of children.
  • What are the main features of Vedic society and religion? Do you think some of the features are still prevailing in Indian society?
  • Why is caste identity in India both fluid and static?
  • Discuss the impact of post-liberal economy on ethnic identity and communalism.


  • Given the diversities among tribal communities in India, in which specific contexts should they be considered as a single category ?
  • Are tolerance, assimilation and pluralism the key elements in the making of an Indian form of secularism? Justify your answer.
  • Analyse the salience of ‘sect’ in Indian society vis-a-vis caste, region and religion.


  • Examine the uniqueness of tribal knowledge system when compared with mainstream knowledge and cultural systems. (150 words)
  • How does Indian society maintain continuity in traditional social values? Enumerate the changes taking place in it. (250 words)


  • Has caste lost its relevance in understanding the multi-cultural Indian Society? Elaborate your answer with illustrations.
  • COVID-19 pandemic accelerated class inequalities and poverty in India. Comment.
  • Do you agree that regionalism in India appears to be a consequence of rising cultural assertiveness? Argue.
  • Are diversity and pluralism in India under threat due to globalisation? Justify your answer.
  • Customs and traditions suppress reason leading to obscurantism. Do you agree?
  • How have digital initiatives in India contributed to the functioning of the education system in the country? Elaborate on your answer.


  • Empowering women is the key to control population growth”. Discuss.
  • What are the challenges to our cultural practices in the name of secularism?
  • Do we have cultural pockets of small India all over the nation? Elaborate with examples.
  • What are the continued challenges for women in India against time and space?
  • Are we losing our local identity for the global identity? Discuss.


  • Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, the caste system cannot be eradicated in India.” Comment.
  • ‘Despite the implementation of various programmes for eradication of poverty by the government in India, poverty is still existing’. Explain by giving reasons.
  • How is the Indian concept of secularism different from the western model of secularism? Discuss.
  • Women’s movement in India has not addressed the issues of women of lower social strata.’ Substantiate your view.
  • Globalisation is generally said to promote cultural homogenisation but due to this cultural specificities appear to be strengthened in the Indian society.’ Elucidate.
  • Communalism arises either due to power struggle or relative deprivation.’ Argue by giving suitable illustrations.


  • In the context of the diversity of India, can it be said that the regions form cultural units rather than the States? Give reasons with examples for your viewpoint.
  • What are the two major legal initiatives by the State since Independence addressing discrimination against Scheduled Tribes(STs)?
  • The spirit of tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part in the present. Elaborate.
  • The women’s questions arose in modern India as a part of the 19th century social reform movement. What are the major issues and debates concerning women in that period?
  • Distinguish between religiousness/religiosity and communalism giving one example of how the former has got transformed into the latter in independent India.


  • Has the formation of linguistic states strengthened the cause of Indian unity?
  • To what extent has globalisation influenced the core of cultural diversity in India? Explain.
  • “An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the poor from the process of deprivation.” Substantiate this statement with suitable examples.
  • Why are the tribals in India referred to as ‘the Scheduled Tribes’? Indicate the major provisions enshrined in the Constitution of India for their upliftment.
  • With a brief background of the quality of urban life in India, introduce the objectives and strategy of the ‘Smart City Programme.”
  • What is the basis of regionalism? Is it that unequal distribution of benefits of development on a regional basis eventually promotes regionalism? Substantiate your answer.


  • Describe any four cultural elements of diversity in India and rate their relative significance in building a national identity.
  • Critically examine whether a growing population is the cause of poverty OR poverty is the mains cause of population increase in India.
  • How do you explain the statistics that show that the sex ratio in Tribes in India is more favourable to women than the sex ratio among Scheduled Castes?
  • Discuss the changes in the trends of labour migration within and outside India in the last four decades.
  • Discuss the positive and negative effects of globalization on women in India?
  • Debate the issue of whether and how contemporary movements for the assertion of Dalit identity work towards annihilation of caste.


  • How does patriarchy impact the position of a middle-class working woman in India?
  • Why do some of the most prosperous regions of India have an adverse sex ratio for women? Give your arguments.
  • The life cycle of a joint family depends on economic factors rather than social values. Discuss.
  • How do the Indian debates on secularism differ from the debates in the West?


  • Discussion the various social problems which originated out of the speedy process of urbanization in India.
  • Male membership needs to be encouraged in order to make women’s organization free from gender bias. Comment.
  • Critically examine the effects of globalization on the aged population in India.
  • Growing feeling of regionalism is an important factor in the generation of demand for a separate state. Discuss.

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