Think, Learn & Perform (TLP) – GS Mains 2016

Think, Learn & Perform (TLP) – GS Mains 2016

Answer Writing for UPSC Civil Services Examination,  Mains 2016

 Think, Learn & Perform (TLP)- GS Mains 2016 ARCHIVES

This page is dedicated for Answer Writing for Civil Services Examination, UPSC Mains 2016. We post 5 GS questions based on static and contemporary issues and also review answers of regular participants. In the end of the day, synopsis is also provided.

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Week, 11 & 12 Plan – Click Here

IASbaba’s Mains Mock Test 2016: ESSAY

22nd Aug 2016                                                                                                         Synopsis

23rd Aug 2016                                                                                                          Synopsis

24th Aug 2016                                                                                                           Synopsis

25th Aug 2016                                                                                                          Synopsis

26th Aug 2016                                                                                                           Synopsis

27th Aug 2016- Essay 

29th Aug 2016                                                                                                            Synopsis

30th Aug 2016                                                                                                            Synopsis

31st Aug 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

1st Sep 2016                                                                                                                Synopsis

2nd Sep 2016                                                                                                               Synopsis

3rd Sep-Mini Test I

5th Sep 2016                                                                                                                Synopsis

6th Sep 2016                                                                                                               Synopsis  

7th Sep 2016                                                                                                               Synopsis

8th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis    

9th Sep 2016                                                                                                              Synopsis

10th Sep Essay 

12th Sep 2016                                                                                                          Synopsis

13th Sep 2016                                                                                                          Synopsis

14th Sep 2016                                                                                                           Synopsis

15th Sep 2016                                                                                                            Synopsis

16th Sep 2016                                                                                                            Synopsis

17th Sep Mini Test 2

19th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

20th Sep 2016                                                                                                            Synopsis

21st Sep 2016                                                                                                              Synopsis

22nd Sep 2016                                                                                                            Synopsis

23rd Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

24th Sep 2016 Essay 

26th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

27th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

28th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

29th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

30th Sep 2016                                                                                                             Synopsis

2nd October 2016 – Mini Test 3

3rd October 2016                                                                                                        Synopsis

4th October 2016                                                                                                       Synopsis

5th October 2016                                                                                                        Synopsis

6th October 2016                                                                                                        Synopsis

7th October 2016                                                                                                        Synopsis

8th October 2016 Essay

10th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

12th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

13th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

14th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

15th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

16th October 2016 – Essay

17th October 2016                                                                                                      Synopsis

18th October 2016                                                                                                      Synopsis

19th October 2016                                                                                                      Synopsis

20th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

21st October 2016                                                                                                      Synopsis

22nd October 2016 – Mini Test 4

24th October 2016

25th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

26th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

27th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

28th October 2016                                                                                                     Synopsis

29th October 2016 – Essay

1st November 2016

2nd November 2016                                                                                                 Synopsis

3rd November 2016                                                                                                 Synopsis

4th November 2016                                                                                                  Synopsis

5th November 2016                                                                                                  Synopsis

7th November 2016                                                                                                  Synopsis


8th November 2016                                                                                                   Synopsis

9th November 2016                                                                                                  Synopsis

10th November 2016                                                                                                Synopsis

11th November 2016

TLP Current Affairs Focus (CAF)










DAY 10

Mock Test GS I

Mock Test GS II

Mock Test GS III

Mock Test GS IV (Ethics)

  • rohit


  • rohit

    ans 3&4&5

  • SBS

    Babaji when will the synopsis be posted? I can’t find the day 1 synopsis

    • Click on synopsis link above

      • LogicalIndian

        God bless you sir. The coaching institutes have ripped students off like typical cheats. Thanks a ton for all the effort you do for us. Cheers!

      • LogicalIndian

        Also, if it is possible could you suggest a study plan for sociology. I am doing the past year TLP but an updated schedule, booklist would be great! Thanks!

        • We will try our best Logical Indian
          Our team is already engaged in research activities to provide the best for our aspirants. If we get proper framework for this year, we will be quick to share 🙂

          • Night Fury

            Sir is there any TLP for Sociology this year ?

          • Niharika

            sir …will it be possible for you to provide economics optionaL TLP as well

          • Akshay Sawant

            Can we have a TLP for Pol Sci. optional or atleast a timetable?

      • Shiva

        thanks alot

  • Ashutosh008

    Sir,any updates from your side for aspirants with psychology optionals (Mains answer writing etc) ?

  • Anuj Singhwalia

    Answer Question number 2

    • Tom

      Anuj………….nice answer as first timer……………give any practical example……..
      Most important you posted at wrong place……………click on the day of question link above……..then cllick on question and then post………..

      • Anuj Singhwalia

        Yes, its my bad I posted it at wrong place!! BTW thanks Tom!!

    • Siddhartha_Bangalore

      Excellent Handwriting .. !!!

      • Anuj Singhwalia

        Thanks Siddhartha:)

        • Siddhartha_Bangalore


  • Hemanth

    Baba ji,
    When will the essay topic for today be uploaded??

    It’s still not uploaded on the site.

  • Call me Mr. AXE

    baba ji u are greatest of the great. Thanks

  • Soumya Anand

    Hey! @iasbaba:disqus Can you mention the paper name (GS1,2 etc) next to the current affair questions if not the topic in the respective paper? Will help in easy categorization and revision. Thank you!

    • kaira

      any tips for essay writing?

      • anoosha

        keep pace with news paper and current covered by iasbaba.

      • Siddhartha_Bangalore

        Keep reading The Hindu( Editorial & Lead section) .. more than enough to understand the concept ..

      • junaid

        yojana and kurukshetra willl help u alot

        • Ankit Verma

          Do you know any web address where we find yojan online version ?

      • shantanu


      • jasmin

        keep practicing and try to make it holistic in views

    • shantanu

      how can we make revision notes?

      • jasmin

        why notes at first place and waste tym just keep reading repetatively and re revision.

  • Lohit

    Question:- The recent government bill of surrogacy regulation has been criticised for interfering in individual’s right to attain parenthood. Do you agree? Explain.

    Answer:- Agreement and disagreement are seen in different context. On one hand we have Constitutional provisions such as Art-14, Art-21, which ensures equality for all and personal liberty, and on the other hand we came through different cases occurred in recent past, related to exploitation of surrogate mother, middlemen and abandoning of surrogate children.
    Although every woman has right to reproductive autonomy but still, it is the duty of a state to secure its citizens from various predictable threats, and ever since the surrogacy is legal from 2002 onwards, there were many cases reported, in which surrogate mother were exploited in one or the other way.
    Ethically also, there are various steps that can be taken by infertile couples before surrogacy, such as adoption, restricted altruistic surrogacy between relatives etc. Such options are not only fruitful for infertile couples but also gives better future to orphans and abandoned children.
    So far, surrogacy was unregulated and state has every right to secure its citizens from exploitation, but it is also the duty of a state to create favourable environment to alleviate poverty because economic factor is one of the main root cause to push women towards the surrogacy industry. Thus by keeping aside the individual’s right, we can secure future for larger masses and that is also the ethos of our Constitution.

    need review

  • Pravallika

    Babaji synopsis plz….

  • Dharmendar Manti

    @IASbaba day 6,7 synopsis please

  • Dexter

    Synopsis please sir!!!

  • Niharika

    thank you

  • Dexter

    thank u baba..;)

  • Rhesus26

    What is the timetable fornext week Sir?

  • Dexter

    Please do not delay synopsis..

  • A

    Please provide next week schedule!

  • Madhu(ILP3 – Madh901)

    Happy Teachers day Baba….

  • Yaswanth Reddy

    Happy teachers day baba

  • shumbham gupta

    hey baba why stopped posting synopsis

  • polestar90

    @iasbaba:disqus its taking me a lot of time to write answers. i fear at this pace i wont be able to complete my syllabus (im following TLP for geography optional as well) please guide me on how to manage

    • Are you preparing for MAINS 2016?

      • polestar90


        • At this time completing syllabus should not be your goal, polestar.
          Please add some smart work. Spend some time with prev Mains ques papers.
          I bet at least 16-17 out of 20 Qns you will be able to write something or you would hv read about it. (min. 15 Qns)
          Analyze the paper (at least past 2 mains), try to identify the themes of the Qns..

          By writing TLP regularly you will build some knowledge and content, at least you will be able to write 12-14 quality answers in all your Mains paper. (Trust us, hv confidence) 🙂
          Keep preparation simple and tension free. Consolidate what you read/write.

          1) Your target should be answering 5Qns of TLP within 45mins.
          2) Don’t refer to source/material first,read and then write answer. Rather first answer directly with what ever content you know. Even if you dont know anything, bhai/behen dare to write something, give some work to your brain.
          3) If you still don’t know single thing about Qn, feel free to skip. (dont waste time)

          Now this part is important –
          4) Refer to answers of few good writers after you hv finished answering all answers. Try to review, you will know what mistake he/she is doing or what u hv done. You will learn some new points. Our brain is strong enough to pick some crucial points.
          5) Refer to final synopsis and best answer, learn here, practice your answer again here.

          Spend 1 hour for (4) and 2 hours for (5)

          4-5hrs daily for quality preparation of 5 Qns is need of the hour.
          10hrs you have for other preparation. (Spend another 4 hours for TLP Geo)

          Imagine the life without TLP. Each person will be spending whole day to just prepare answers to 5 Qns.

          So completing qualitatively both TLPs within 7-8 hours* (if you smart enough u can do both by 6hrs) should b great.

          • polestar90

            thank you so much!! This has given me some clarity.

          • Tom

            I think this is the first time baba is revealing detail of writing TLP per day.

          • Vijay Karthik

            Great babaji; ( This is what i do). Thanks for reinforcing confidence .

          • Red Dragon

            Thank you…I was struggling with this problem… Finally I got the clue… Ye question pahle puchna chahiye tha 🙂

  • Shalabh Shukla

    BABAji Happy Teachers Day

  • Anjlika Gupta

    when will todays questions be posted?

  • Ravinder Singh

    when wiil todays’ que be posted??

    • I will be posted above 5:30pm

  • Gurpreet Singh

    Babaji where are today’s TLP questions

  • MJ

    Thanks dear Babaji !!!
    But can you start some weekly questions for Public administration. As your GS TLP questions are incredible…!!!

  • Knecht

    Today’s questions?

  • Siddhartha_Bangalore


    Almost i covered P1 paper of Sociology optionals for mains .. now need to concentrate on P2 ..

    • Chiranji Bagri

      Hello Friend, I am also with sociology optional ! and very confuse from where to wht study in Paper 1 & 2, also not understanding which notes to follow nd wht book to follow !! Please guide me, i will be very thankful to you, My email ID is : [email protected] !

      • Siddhartha_Bangalore


        I have sent test mail .. shoot me your query related on sociology preparation i will come back to you asap


  • Maverick

    Should people who are going to give Mains 2017 also spend 6-7 hours on HOT questions or should the focus be on completing the static syllabus of polity, history, geography etc ? @IASbaba and others pls clarify my doubt ?

  • Event Horizon

    baba, waiting for recent synopsis

  • kanchi

    Babaji, can u please post the connecting the dots questions all together at one place??

  • Abhishek

    i am preparing for 2017,should i follow tlp 2016??

  • Bond

    Thank you Baba..No iota of doubt about this strategy.
    Thanks again for this wonerful initiative.

  • hsb07

    I’m preparing for 2017 for first time and I’m a working professional(in IT industry-4yrs). I’ve not joined any coaching. My resources are
    1. IAS Baba
    2. Mrunal Video series
    3. Ncert books
    4. Kalyan Sir video lecture on Polity
    5. UnAcademy: Daily News analysis

    I study 5 hrs max on weekdays. Focusing on 2 subjects weekly and daily news reading.

    Please help me to make any improvement in my strategy.

    • Siddhartha_Bangalore

      1.Read Babaji Daily analysis ( Daily update – save it & make it GS folders 1-4 ), Read Yojana & PIB ( without fail) . – Data should be @ least year old ( 2015 to till date) + babaji daily prelims ( old + new+ current one) …

      2. The Hindu Opinion Section ( lead + Editorial) is a must …. For understanding on Essay & Current trend happening around the world

      3. Logon on to prelims only – @ least 6 months old to till date) parallely time permits do refer… for Current Affairs ( only as reference ) .. It’s replica of .. site

      4. Last but not least do read NCERT from 6 – 12th std …must & should w.r.t GS & for paper-2 on prelims section log on to : ( do not start now.. use this application from Feb 2017 , as prelims for next year is 18th June 2017… for paper 2 .. 4 months of regular practice in maths+ English more than enough ……,

      All the best !!!!


      • hsb07

        Thanks for your valuable suggestions Siddhartha.

        • Siddhartha_Bangalore

          Any time … 1 last thing just got in my mind .. do prepare a study chart 4 weekdays and weekends .. stick to your study table .. wat so may be d reason do not deviate from d fixed schedule .. we humans are bit lazy to follow ..

          Study well .. it’s long journey to GO….


      • Suresh Golla

        hi sir,

        this suresh Golla from gujarat.

        my DOB IS 13.04.1985 is there any chance to attempt 2017 exam

        please help me

        • Siddhartha_Bangalore

          Hi suresh

          Sorry for late reply . First let me know your category level, General , SC/ST/OBC??

          • Suresh Golla

            General ,but cut off date for 2016 was 01.09.2014.

            what will be the next year?

            if it is before 01.04.2015 i would be eligible to 2017

            pleaze reply

          • Suresh Golla

            sorry ,if UPSC allow after 01.04.1985 i would be eligible for 2017 exam

          • Suresh Golla

            My native place is guntur dist andhara pradesh but working in surat.

            I have little hope that exam notification date comes down to February instead of may .is there any possibility to prop up my preparation.

          • Suresh Golla

            can you post your phone number

            my number is 09879102412

          • Siddhartha_Bangalore


            Today is sunday was lazy to open my smart phone & reply ..

            Coming back to your question … i would like 2 highlight on baswan report w r.t age reduction .. now d question arises is weather this is accepted & implemented by next upsc civil service cycle recruitment 2017 or the Govt takes stand to postpond & implement in couple years.. ?? This assurance & confirmation yet to decide by d UPSC & GOI .. lets Wait & watch in parlimentary session commecing on Jan 2k17 ..

          • Suresh Golla

            Ok,siddhartha .thank u

  • Could we reverse the order of TLPs, I mean latest at the top? @iasbaba:disqus

    • Anurag

      good suggestion

  • Naveen – Nav0225

    Sorry if this already announced before :

    Do we get synopsis for Mini Tests 1 & 2 , also for essay- For model reference.?

  • noor

    Hi can someone tell me if we have to register somewhere after clearing prelims? Because UPSC says, ” The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the online detailed examination form.” I can’t seem to find any page. please help. Thank you in advance

    • Ravinder Singh

      wait for 7th oct u will get the link on upsc website

  • Pravallika

    Babaji Could you please start TLP for commerce and accountancy

  • priyadarsi samal

    Baba ji when you will start sociology optional writting??

  • Dharmendar Manti

    Babaji synopsis for 16th to 21st please..:)

  • Arnav Limaye

    When will be the synopsis for 16th September onward TLP questions be given?
    Thank you.

    • It will be updated by tomorrow 🙂

      • Arnav Limaye

        Thanks 🙂

      • Jagdish Soni

        share link for mains test series

  • Dharmendar Manti

    Synopsis please..

  • ravi sharma

    Sir reading of the hindu news paper is must for upsc aspirants ..
    Sir I m hindi medium student and as it’s I m unable to read the hindu new paper then what should read I.e which news paper should I read for upsc …

    • Ravinder Singh

      go for vision hindi current affairs……it will be enough for you

  • Ravinder Singh

    Babaji , please post synopsis for questions regularly

    • It will be uploaded tomorrow 🙂

      • gp

        we need them desperately…

        • Piyush Mirje

          plzz babaji,
          its from 15 sept,
          u broken the consistensy
          plzz be regular

  • Rohit Singh


  • chiranjeevi kumar

    babaji hindi me bhi answer bhej skte h kya kyoki mera medium hindi h

  • मैं ‘आत्मदर्शी’

    For Philosophy Optional daily writing practice join :

  • Prodigy123

    Babaji, please provide synopsis for previous week

  • Arnav Limaye

    What is next weeks’ plan?
    Please share it.

    Thanks in advance

  • bhaskar

    hi [email protected]
    where can i find week 8 plan?

  • Prodigy123

    Please provide synopsis for previous week.

  • Shiva Reddy Kurapati

    SIr, Please help me in DAF filling. I need few clarifications:

    1. In Employment Information tab, there is a question at the last

    a. Whether you have applied for UPSC examination/Recruitments? What does it mean ??

    2. Do I need to upload Intermediate certificate??

    3. For Graduation , Provisional or convocation certificate?? Or both ??

    4. Work Experience certificate?? (Presently not working)

    5. Certificates of achievements ??? (Sports, paper presentations etc)

    • Shiva Reddy Kurapati

      any help frm any one on above matter..pls?

      • Eswar Sai

        Hi Shiva
        1) It means whether you have written any UPSC exams and selected for job before, If yes provide necessary details.
        2) I think no need to upload intermediate certificate (They asked age means 10th class, education means University/college where you studied B Tech/Degree etc. (I myself have not uploaded Inter certificate as i am advised by seniors who applied last year.)
        3) It is convocation certificate not provisional, no need of both, Its only convocation certificate. ( I uploaded only convocation certificate because it is the final one that shows our degree.)
        4) I don’t know about it sorry for that.
        5) Yes if you have paper presentations, you can write them but make sure you have certificate of that and produce them during interview.

        Take care while filling, consult some other people before final submission. All the best for mains.

        • Shiva Reddy Kurapati

          Thanks For the Reply Eswar.
          1) I have not written any UPSC exam except civils(prelims) . There is an option : civil services(pre) . Should I select this because I wrote prelims.
          See the pic When I select YES

          • Eswar Sai

            I think it is about previous attempt because they are asking whether you are recommended for appointment and things like that. I answered it no as advised by senior. Take care ask some others also to confirm. ATB

  • Ravinder Singh

    babaji when will we get ethics questions, it should have been posted on 14th october

  • Mahesh

    Babaji share some ethics questions too and case studies…

  • sulthanias


  • Prodigy123

    please provide synopsis….we desperately need them.

  • Arvind Meena


  • noor

    today’s questions?

  • gp

    thank u for synopsis


    Admit card is uploaded
    which exam centers(colleges) did you guys get for main exams in bangalore??

  • lostmonk

    @iasbaba:disqus ji why have you stopped uploading synopsis at end time leaving us in mid way ??? please clarify at least if cant upload. thanks for your every effort

    • It will be uploaded tomorrow.

      • lostmonk

        thanks sir plzzz do it fast n in time if possible. thanks

  • Rinku Mina

    @iasbaba:disqus when will you upload the synopsis after 21st october?

  • lostmonk

    @iasbaba:disqus ji plzz reply atleast if possible. thanks


    plz post synopsis compilation for paper 3 and 4

  • lostmonk

    @iasbaba:disqus ji plzzz don’t leave us at end moment. plzzz be regular in this last phase. our career n your reputation is at stake. thanks

  • Magic

    plz post synopsis compilation for paper 3 and 4

  • Anuj Singhwalia


    synposis link of 27th Oct redirecting to daily current affair of 16th Nov

    Kindly check

  • Dark Energy

    Sir please provide paper 3,4 synopsis compilation for quick revision, please

  • gp

    Sir synopsis of last 4 days… waiting…

  • sanjay

    Baba will u also give synopsis for current affairs focus?? Baba plzzz clarify..plz

  • sachin gupta

    plz post synopsis compilation for paper 3 and 4
    Please sir we need to revise
    questions were really good
    make this effort fruitful.

  • sachin gupta

    Sir please upload!!

  • vijay .target December 3

    Sir plz upload essay

  • sachin gupta

    Sir please upload
    BABA dont mind but at least tell us it will be possible for u to upload or not…
    really waiting for compilation

    • It will be uploaded soon.

      • rayasam seenu


  • lostmonk

    @iasbaba:disqus ji what about synopsis of 9 to 11 nov .? please upload it fasssst.

  • sachin gupta

    Baba its 23rd already

    7 days to go. please upload if u can

  • avatar

    babaji please provide compilation of TLP-2016 paper 3&4….only 7 days left..

  • Magic

    Please give compiliation

  • Sanjay

    Baba when will be getting synopsis of current affairs’s hardly 3 days left..plz let us know plzz

  • Zahoor Ahmed Khawaja

    baba when will u start 2017 mains initiative …..

  • Preamble

    Babaji , plz start tlp mains 2017 answer writing soon..

  • Monica Mohan

    Please start TLP 2017 as soon as possible baba!

  • Purva srivastava

    plz start TLP 17 ASAP

  • Nicky

    Sir, please provide analysis of Mains 2016 Q’s: How many came from TLP, etc?

  • gkduniya

    You can visit for gk question answer. Also helpful in exam

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