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Tomorrow’s Topics for GS-1: Themes in World History –  Class XI – Theme 11 

General Studies – 1

TopicSalient features of Indian Society; Secularism

1) “Secularism in word and deed is essential for India to achieve the super power status it craves for.” In the light of growing polarisation in Indian society, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: NCERT World History Class XI

2) How did the ‘discovery’ of South America lead to the development of European colonialism and what consequences it had on South America and its people? Examine. (200 Words)

Theme 8

3) Was Industrial Revolution, truly a ‘Revolution’? Also comment on the connection between the Industrial Revolution in England and the French Revolution in France. (150  Words)

Theme 9


General Studies – 2

Topic:  Issues relating to development; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.

4) “The overall impact of developmental projects on tribes has been often loss of livelihood, massive displacement and involuntary migration.” This is the conclusion drawn by the High-Level Committee on the Status of Tribals. In this light, critically examine how tribals are affected and what needs to be done to protect their interests. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

5) India spends about one per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on public health, compared with three per cent in China and 8.3 per cent in the United States. In recent years the allocation for health care budget has been reduced owing to fiscal strain. Analyse the implications of this policy and also critically comment if it’s a prudent move to cut allocation to health sector to cut the fiscal deficit. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

6) Many countries prefer regional trade agreements or bilateral preferential trade agreements (PTA) due to slow progress of WTO negotiations. Do you think PTAs touted as free trade agreements (FTA) are really free and fair? Critically analyse. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

7) India is facing new maritime challenges in the Indian ocean. Examine these challenges and explain what should be India’s strategy in addressing these challenges. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

TopicInvestment models; Infrastructure: Roads

8) A recent audit report by the CAG on implementation of public-private partnership (PPP) projects in national highways has revealed some disturbing facts about governance in such projects and putting at disadvantage the end consumers. Critically examine with examples the lacunae in implementation of PPP projects and policies related to it. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicChallenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security

9) Differentiate between cybercrime and cyberwarfare. It is said that cyberattackers have more advantages over agencies fighting cyberthreats. Examine these advantages. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

TopicEssence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships

10) One of your friends is criticizing a move by a school which has asked its students to thank city traffic police for ensuring road safety. He says that it’s anyway the job of the police and they are paid for this. According to him there is no need to be grateful to someone when they are doing  job for money.

How will you counter the arguments of your friend? Also  examine the importance of gratitude in both private and public relationships. (250 Words)

The Hindu