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Tomorrow’s GS Topic is: Chapters 2 and 3 from Themes in Indian History – I, Class XII

General Studies – 1

TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its  important contributors

1) Critically examine the contributions of Madan Mohan Malaviya to the nationalist cause during freedom struggle. (150 Words)

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Topic: Themes in Indian History, Chapter 1 and 2, Class XII

2) To what extent has the urban planning and culture of the Indus Valley Civilization provided inputs to the present day urbanization? Discuss. (200 Words, CSE – 2014)

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General Studies – 2

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 

3) The None Of The Above (NOTA) voting option introduced by the Election Commission has given rise to interesting outcomes in recent elections. Throw light on these outcomes and examine if NOTA option has met its original objectives. (200 Words)

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TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

4) India accounts for the highest number of diarrhoea and pneumonia deaths among children in the world. Analyse its causes and examine what efforts have been made by the government to address this issue. (200 Words)

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TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations (though not an immediate neighbour)

5) In recent years Turkey is accused of drifting away from democratic ideals. Critically examine why. (150 Words)

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6) In your opinion, what are the obstacles in realization of full potential of the India-Japan relationship? Analyse. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3

TopicInvestment models

7) In the earlier  public-private partnership (PPP) contracts signed by the government there was no renegotiation clause. However, the industry is pushing for this and even the government is in favour of introducing such a clause. Examine the implications for the government, private players and for the infrastructure projects because of this move. (200 Words)

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Topic: money-laundering and its prevention ; Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

8) Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed monetary penalties on few private banks for non-adherence to certain aspects of know-your-customer (KYC) norms. Critically examine both demerits and merits of imposing KYC norms. Also suggest how its demerits can be overcome. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4

Topicethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

9) As governments change, they strive to honour and reward personalities who have been to affiliated or faithful to them for long time. Some governments even honour some personalities posthumously to revive and recognise their glory. For example – posthumously awarding Bharat Ranta awards. In your opinion, what are the real intentions behind such awards?Also examine ethical issues involved in honouring a dead persons. (200 Words)

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Topic dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

10) When you become an IAS officer, explain how you will use love and empathy as effective tools in helping the weaker sections of society. (150 Words)

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