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14 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;

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

1) As per recent news reports, the sugar industry of Uttar Pradesh is in deep crises. Critically examine the roots of these crises and comment on them. (200 Words)

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Topic:Geography of India

2) Write a note on the factors that control climate of India. Also explain the origin of monsoon rains in layman terms. (200 Words)



Topic: Population and associated issues,

3) What are the significant features of the National Population Policy 2000? Evaluate how effective this policy has been in meeting its objectives. (200 Words)




General Studies – 2


TopicDevelopment processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

4) In the light of recent issues related to NGOs, critically examine their role in development processes. Do you think the government should keep itself completely away from the activities of NGOs which are involved in developmental activities? Critically comment. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3


Topic: Infrastructure – Energy

5) According to Census 2011, 80.7 million households in India live without electricity and of these about 75 million households are in rural areas. Critically examine the reasons behind such disparity between urban and rural households and critically comment on government’s policy in addressing the issue of energy poverty. (200 Words)

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Topic Environmental pollution and degradation

6) What do you understand by Black Carbon? Examine its impact on ecosystem. (200 Words)

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Down to Earth-2


Topic: Awareness in the fields of  bio-technology ; Also Paper – 1 (Locational factors)

7) Fifteen years after it rose and went limp, the biotech sector, globally, as well as in India has seen a bull run of sorts  and India has become the world’s 12th biggest biotechnology economy having the second highest number of USFDA-approved plants. Examine the factors responsible for this rise and also examine if this run is sustainable in coming years. (200 Words)

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Topic: Conservation and environmental pollution and degradation; Paper – 2 (Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors )

8) Recently, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) issued guidelines on access and benefit sharing (ABS) of biological resources. Examine the objective behind these guidelines and their impact on traditional medicines manufacturing industry. (200 Words)

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Topicenvironmental pollution and degradation

9) Critically highlight the hazards of indoor air pollution. Suggest what measures are needed to address this issue. (200 Words)

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Topic: Disaster Management

10) The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in a report, has said as much as US $314 billion will have to be spent every year to meet annual average losses from just earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and river flooding. Critically discuss why it’s imperative for governments to invest in disaster managements and risk reduction strategies and the cost of neglecting these measures. (200 Words)

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Topic: Conservation

11) Many species of plants and animals are endangered in India. Explain why and evaluate if policies taken by the government are effective in protecting these species. (200 Words)




General Studies – 4

Topic:ethics in public service; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

12) Do you think ‘sting operations’ and leaking of information which are being reported in media these days are ethical?  In a democracy, are leaks the best way of providing that information? Critically examine and justify your answer. (200 Words)

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