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PSIR Optional Previous Year Questions, Answers and Topic-Wise Analysis

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Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) is one of the most popular optional subjects in the UPSC civil services examination. It has gained a lot of popularity over the years due to its relatable nature, even to new students. Aspirants who opt for this subject often look for guidance and assistance in the form of previous year papers, topic-wise classification and analysis of these questions, and model answers.

Importance of PYQs

The previous year questions (PYQs) are handy at every stage of preparation. While studying, even for the first reading, it is advised that students should simultaneously read PYQs to keep their preparation exam-oriented. Ideally, one should read the previous year questions, before and after reading a particular topic.

The PYQs also make themselves useful when we start practising answer writing. By solving the previous year questions, we get an idea of the type of questions asked and the pattern of the exam. This helps us develop a better understanding of the subject and improve answer-writing skills. Additionally, solving previous year questions also helps one to identify his/her strengths and weaknesses, and work on them accordingly.

Importance of Model Answers

In your journey of answer-writing practice, the importance of PSIR optional solved questions (model answers) cannot be overstated. These answers will provide you with a clear idea of how to approach questions in the actual exam. The solved questions cover a wide range of topics and will also enhance your understanding of the subject. You can use these solved questions to develop your own approach to answering questions in the exam. Additionally, these model answers will also help to improve your time management skills by giving you an idea of how much time to devote to each type of question.

Please understand that answer writing is a critical aspect of the UPSC Mains exam. It is not enough to have knowledge of the subject; aspirants also need to know how to present their answers in a clear and concise manner. Solved questions provide aspirants with a model answer that they can use as a reference while answering questions in the exam. Aspirants can learn how to structure their answers, how to use examples and case studies, and how to present their arguments effectively.

Another benefit of PSIR Optional solved questions is that it will help you to learn from mistakes. By reviewing your answers alongside the model answers provided here, you can identify mistakes and learn how to avoid them in the future. Regular application of this will ensure that your writing becomes as error-free as possible over time.

Last but not least, PSIR optional solved questions are also important because the more questions you practice, the better will be your understanding of the subject. This will help you to test your knowledge and identify areas where you need to focus more.

In conclusion, PSIR optional solved questions are an essential resource for aspirants preparing for the UPSC civil services examination. They provide aspirants with a comprehensive understanding of the subject and help them to improve their answer-writing skills. Aspirants should make use of these resources and practice solving the previous year questions to increase their chances of success in the exam. The importance of PSIR optional solved questions cannot be overstated, and aspirants should take advantage of these resources to achieve their goals.

To enable you to avail all these benefits of PSIR previous year solved questions, we have published a book on the same. We’re also publishing the content from the book here for your benefit. Please take advantage of this to enhance your preparation and maximize your marks.

PSIR Optional Previous Year Questions – Answers

PSIR 1A: Political Theory (Previous Year Questions – Solved)

PSIR 1B: Indian Government and Politics (Previous Year Questions – Solved)

PSIR 2A: Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics(Previous Year Questions – Solved)

PSIR 2B: India and the World (Previous Year Questions – Solved)

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I am so thankful to you. You guys are doing a great job 👏


Thank you for your kind words Sweta. Best wishes for your preparation.


Great initiative!! Looking forward to this.

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