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10 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Women issues; Women Empowerment

1) “Despite the gains women have made in education, health and even political power in the course of a generation, violence against women and girls worldwide ‘persists at alarmingly high levels,’ according to a United Nations analysis.” Critically analyse the magnitude of this problem and suggest what needs to be done at global level to address this issue. (200 Words)

The New York Times

The Hindu


Topicpopulation and associated issues

2) An interesting way of studying the population composition of a country is by looking at the population pyramid, also called an age-sex pyramid. With examples, examine how this pyramid helps in studying population composition of a country. (200 Words)



Topic:geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features

3) Landslides have become frequent hazards in the Himalayan regions. Examine the causes of these landslides and measures needed to mitigate them. (200 Words)



Topic: geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features

4) Write a critical note on the effect of soil erosion on the environment and methods used in soil conservation. (200 Words)




5) What are the different  non-conventional sources of energy? Do you think they have been adequately utilized in India? Critically examine. (200 Words)



Topic factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) 

6) What are the important factors that determine the location of an industry? With suitable examples, examine the factors responsible for the location and growth of cotton industry around the world. (200 Words)



General Studies – 2


Topic: India and its neighbours

7) “For the major part of four decades plus that Bangladesh has been in existence, it has been a pale shadow of Pakistan. Clearly, the legacy of the liberation war has not been as exemplary as the Indian national movement’s.” Critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic:Structure, organization and functioning of the  Departments of the Government

8) The Department of Posts has initiated the process of starting a Payment Bank and e-commerce venture in the country. Examine the rationale behind these ventures and their prospects considering the presence of myriad players in the aforementioned fields in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 3


Topic: Conservation

9) Write a critical account on the measures taken by the government to conserve natural vegetation and wildlife in India. (200 Words)



Topic:  environmental pollution and degradation

10) “Recently it has been pointed out that India has moved from a carbon-subsidisation regime to the one where carbon spewing is taxed i.e.. the shift from a negative price to a positive price on carbon emissions.” Elaborate and examine advantages and disadvantages of this shift in policy on climate change. (200 Words)

Business Standard



Topicmoney-laundering and its prevention

11) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to adopt a zero tolerance policy on Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) norms. Examine what this zero tolerance policy entails and why there is such strict policy against above mentioned violations by banks. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

12) “Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And lack of absolute power corrupts absolutely as well.” With suitable examples, critically comment on the statement. (150 Words)

The Hindu