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11 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;

TopicIndian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1) Examine the roots of classical Indian music and its evolution into major forms. (200 Words)



Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2) Analyse the major differences between Carnatic and Hindustani classical music forms. (200 Words)



General Studies – 2


Topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

3) Compare and contrast the First and Fourth Amendments to the American Constitution with the related provisions of the Indian Constitution. (200 Words)

The New York Times


Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 

4) Critically analyse some of the major issues afflicting health sector in India. In your opinion, what solutions are required to address these issues keeping in mind long-term objectives for the sector. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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

5) Compare and contrast challenges faced and the way  they were managed by India on foreign policy front during the post – Cold War era and post- 2008 global economic crisis. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: India and its neighbours

6) Critically analyse the contentious issues between India and Sri Lanka relations.  Also comment on the manner by which both the countries have tried to address these issues. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


TopicIssues 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) Some argue that the report of the Shanta Kumar committee on food management contains several cogent recommendations and they should be implemented to make PDS efficient. Analyse these recommendations and comment if they should indeed be implemented. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic:  environmental pollution and degradation

8) It is said that fight against harmful emissions affects industrial growth which in turn affects economic development. Critically discuss what strategies need to be adopted by countries to fight environmental pollution without affecting economic development. Also comment, if it is worth to let economic growth take a beating at the cost of measures taken to mitigate environmental pollution. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

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

9) Why is lying considered as wrong act? Do you think it is ethically wrong to lie under all circumstances? Critically comment. (150 Words)