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17 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: ; geographical features and their location-

1) How different is the flora of Western Himalayas from that of Eastern Himalayas’? Explain the reasons behind these differences. (150 Words)

India – 2015; Chapter – 1 (Land and the People)


Topic:Population; Salient features of Indian Society

2) How is literacy measured in India? Why do you see variation in literacy rates between different states in India? Examine the socio-economic causes behind such differences. (200 Words)

India – 2015; Chapter – 1 (Land and the People)


General Studies – 2


TopicParliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. 

3) Why does Indian Parliament has many committees to look after its businesses? Do you think these committees are productive in nature? Write a critical note on structure and functions of any two of the important committees.  (200 Words)

India – 2015; Chapter – 3 (The Polity)


Topic: India and its Neighbours

4) “The problem in establishing strategic presence in the Indian Ocean region is that India’s ambitions seem to be running ahead of its capacity.” In the light of slew of projects announced by India in the Indian Ocean region, comment on the statement. (200 Words)

Business Standard



 Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

5) “The proposed banks – BRICS banks and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)  – are China’s answer to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and at the same time far from being alternatives to IMF and the World Bank, these institutions have different goals.” Critically examine. (200 Words)



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

6) “A ‘Cold War political order’ still persists in India-U.S. relations in spite of the relationship moving into a “transition mode” after the first 50 years of limited convergence.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topice-technology in the aid of farmers 

7) Critically examine what measures have been taken by the Indian government to aid the farmers through the e-governance mechanism. Do you think these measures are helping an average farmer? Comment. (200 Words)

India – 2015; Chapter – 4 (Agriculture)


Topic: Indian economy – Growth and Development; Environmental Pollution

8) “If economic growth will not automatically translate into improved life chances, air pollution will also hamper economic growth.” In the light of increasing air pollution in Indian cities, critically comment on the statements and provide suggestions to improve the air quality. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic Employment; Awareness in the fields of robotics

9) Critically comment on various fears expressed due to increasing use of robots in day to day tasks. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Disaster and disaster management.

10) Critically analyse how the Disaster Management Act, 2005, has performed in meeting its main objectives since its enactment. (200 Words)

India – 2015; Chapter – 3 (The Polity)



General Studies – 4

Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

11) What do you understand by ‘being humane’? Which elements, in your opinion, help humans to empathise with other human beings and bring the good out of them? Examine if it is possible to make these elements an integral part in public administration. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu