In this article, I wanna walk you through the World History Questions in UPSC Mains (2020-2013).

World History Questions


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  • Explain how the foundation of the modern world was laid by the American and French Revolutions.


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  • What problems were germane to the decolonization process in the Malay Peninsula?


  • The anti-colonial struggles in West Africa were led by the new elite of Western-educated Africans. Examine.


  • Why did the industrial revolution first occur in England? Discuss the quality of life of the people there during industrialization. How does it compare with that in India at present?
  • To what extent can Germany be held responsible for causing the two World Wars? Discuss critically


  • What were the major political, economic and social developments in the world which motivated the anti-colonial struggle in India?
  • What were the events that led to the Suez Crisis in 1956? How did it deal a final blow to Britain’s self-image as a world power?
  • The New Economic Policy – 1921 of Lenin had influenced the policies adopted by India soon after independence. Evaluate.


  • “Latecomer” Industrial revolution in Japan involved certain factors that were markedly different from what west had experienced.
  • Africa was chopped into states artificially created by accident of European competition. Analyse.
  • American Revolution was an economic revolt against mercantilism. Substantiate.
  • What policy instruments were deployed to contain the great economic depression?

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