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22 January 2015


Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – XI, Unit Five Chapters 15 & 16


General Studies – 1


Topic: Salient features of World’s Physical Geography

1) Examine economic significance of the resources of the Continental Shelf of the Indian Ocean. (200 Words)



Topic: Salient features of World’s Physical Geography

2) “Temperature, salinity and density differences in ocean water are the prime causes of ocean water circulation.”  Elaborate. (200 Words)



Topic Salient features of World’s Physical Geography

3) Describe and account for the surface currents of the Indian Ocean and explain how and why they differ from those of the Atlantic. (200 Words)



General Studies – 2


Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Judiciary

4) In 1994 the Supreme Court gave a verdict that all fundamental rights had positive as well as negative connotations. Can the same logic be applied to “Right to Life” ? Critically examine in the light of Government’s recent decision to decriminalise section 309 of IPC which makes Suicide a criminal offence. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

5) “To achieve the full potential of the relationship, India and US need to deepen strategic and economic cooperation and set new goals for the relationship.” Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighbourhood relations

6) The recently concluded Sri-lankan elections have opened new doors for  transition peacefully from what was becoming a military state into the democratic norms of a civilised nation. How will it impact the interests of India and the mutual relations between the two nations? (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;

7) FCI is a lynch pin in the food security program of India, yet failure of successive governments to reform the organization has resulted in huge losses to the exchequer. Highlight the deficiencies in the running of  Food Corporation of India   and suggest measures to revamp it. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

8) Though the tiger census has brought the good news of increase in the number of tigers by thirty percent, the survey methodology has drawn criticism from some quarters. Discuss. Give your suggestions to further improve tiger conservation efforts in the country. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 4


Topic:- ethical issues in international relations and funding ;

9) Morality does not play a role in international relations and what ever the mighty countries do is considered right. Do you agree with this assessment? Give examples to support your stance. (200 Words)


Topic:-laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance

10) In what ways do codes increase the culture of ethics in an organization? Throw light on the efficacy of ethical codes that exist in India and suggest reforms, if needed. (200 Words)