Essential Interrogative Terms and Their Meanings in
the UPSC Exams
Analyze: To find out what something is made up of by identifying
(Critically) Analyze: To find out critically what something is made up of by
identifying its components.
Assess: To examine something, to determine something in order to
judge or evaluate it.
(Critically) Assess: Assessment containing or involving comments and
opinions that analyze or judge something, especially in a detailed way.
Bring out the Significance: Bring out the implied or intended
Capture the Movement: To seize or gain control over a fast
Comment: An implied or indirect judgment.
Consider: To think carefully about something.
Debate: To talk about something at length and in detail,
especially as part of a formal exchange of opinion.
Describe: To give an account of something by giving details of its
Do you agree? Give examples: To have the same opinion about
something as somebody else. Decorate with examples.
Discuss: To write or speak about the topic formally/officially.
Elaborate: To organize with thoroughness and careful attention to
Elucidate: To explain and clarify something.
Evaluate: To consider or examine something in order to judge its
Examine: To study or investigate something.
(Critically) Examine: Critically study or investigate something.
Examine closely: To study or investigate something carefully or
Explain: To give reason for something that has happened, often as
justification for it. To justify.
Formulate: To draw something up carefully and in detail.
Give Argument in favor of something: To give reason to support
Give your judgment in favor: To form sound opinions and make
sensible decisions or reliable guesses.
Investigate: To take a look and see what has happened.
Justify: See Explain.
List out the Salient Features: Arrange the noticeable and striking
Highlight the Salient Features: Take out the best part.
Compiled By: S. Kashif Abbas Rizvi, a CS Aspirant.
Optionals: Law and Urdu.
Suggestions and Feedback Awaited. Best Wishes