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16 March  2015

 

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: ; The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

1) Critically comment why Gandhiji was able to do what he did in South Africa but not other Indians who went before him. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence Chapter – 14

 

 

Topic:The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

2) On his return from South Africa, for few years, Gandhiji did not join any political organisations or movements of the day. Critically examine why. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence Chapter – 14

 

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

3) What were the main features of the Non-Cooperation movement? How different was it from earlier forms of protests? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence Chapter – 15

 

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

4) “Withdrawal or a shift to a phase of non-confrontation is an inherent part of a strategy of political action that is based on the masses.” Justify this statement in the context of India’s struggle for independence. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence Chapter – 15

 

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

5) Critically comment on the style and methods adopted by Sardar Vallabhbhai  Patel to lead the Bardoli satyagraha. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence Chapter – 16

 

TopicWomen empowerment –  Role of women

6) “The empowerment and improvement in the status of women must not only be economically and socially but also in terms of good health and hygiene at workplace.”  Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 2

 

Topic:Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies

7) Should there be caste and religion based reservations in the appointment of various posts in the judiciary? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Indian economy – Growth and Development

8) Average Indian prefers to invest his/her money in gold rather than in stock market or in mutual funds. This is seen as having deleterious effect on the economy. Critically examine why. Also examine what should be the role of government in this regard. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic Indian economy – employment; Government budgeting

9) The recent union Budget has proposed setting – up of the Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank. Examine why it is being set-up with what objectives.  (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Conservation and environmental pollution and degradation; Infrastructure – energy

10) A recent study report has concluded that the Indian thermal power plants are way behind the global best in terms of performance. Critically analyse the major issues with coal based thermal power plants and what and why urgent actions are needed to improve their efficiency and performance. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Conservation and environmental pollution and degradation; Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

11) In recent years, municipal corporations prefer ‘scientific closure’ over ‘bioremediation’ for garbage recycling process. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Infrastructure – Railways

12) “Dirty track and piles of garbage alongside not only present an ugly sight to travellers but also pose serious safety problems to the Railways.” Examine why and what measures are needed to address this issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:dedication to public service,

13) Some public servants ‘dedicate’ their lives to public service even at the cost of their personal life and comfort. In your opinion, which factors determine a civil servant’s dedication to public service? Comment. (150 Words)

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