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02 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of  Architecture in ancient  times.

1) “Lomas Rishi cave in the Barabar Hills of Bihar  and gateways of some of Buddhist stupas are an excellent example showing true imitations in stone of early wooden constructions.” Examine. (150 Words)

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Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of  Architecture in medieval times.

2) Compare and contrast the Indo-Islamic architecture with that of temple architecture in India. (200 Words)



Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of  Architecture in modern times.

3) Do we have anything today as representative of Modern Architecture which could be compared with our old buildings? Critically examine. (200 Words)



Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of  Literature in modern times.

4) “Unlike in Europe where, by the 17th century, French and English had broken with the dominance of Latin to create not just literature, but also philosophy, historiography, sociology, science etc in their tongues, in India the achievement of regional languages beyond the crucial (and yet also limited) domain of literature is a major impediment.” In the light of ongoing movements to make regional languages medium of instruction in schools and politics associated with them, critically examine why regional languages have  failed to excel in fields other than literature. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures -functioning, conduct of business, powers and issues arising out of these.

5) “The power to promulgate an ordinance is essentially a power to be used to meet an extraordinary situation and it cannot be allowed to be perverted to serve political ends.” Critically discuss how and why the ordinance power has been used and misused since independence. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


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

6) It is said that India has a de facto Carbon Tax. Critically examine how this tax is imposed, what are its objectives and if these objectives have been met. (200 Words)

Business Standard


  Topic: Science and Technology (health issues)- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 

7) What do you understand by Big Data? Discuss some of its applications. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

8) What traits reflect strong emotional intelligence in an individual? Do you think most Indian politicians have adequate emotional intelligence to run the country? Critically examine. (200 Words)