2) Compare and contrast architectural features of temple structures of Ellora and Mahabalipuram.

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Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times;

2) Compare and contrast architectural features of temple structures of Ellora and Mahabalipuram. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

It’s in our topic list.   

Key demand of the question:

This question combines tow topics from the list. These types of questions test your conceptual clarity of two different topics and ability to compare them.  UPSC has asked similar questions previously. 

Directive Word:

Compare and contrast– you should identify both similarities and dissimilarities between two types of architecture. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write how both styles, though rock-cut, are influenced by different traditions and reflect the same. 

In the body, write comparisons and contrasts in a table format. You should identify 5-6 broad features such as rock type, form, style, influence, themes etc. Don’t write about who built and all (not required)

In the conclusion just write a line about grandeur  of these temples and need for preservation. Or write any related conclusion.

TIP: In these types of question, don’t scratch head over good introductions and conclusions. Write 1-2 topic related line and focus more on body.