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19 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Urbanization

1) Smart cities need to be designed keeping in mind our biggest objectives — sustainable inclusive development and social transformation. Critically examine if the government’s smart city project meets these two objectives. (200 Words)

 The Indian Express


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

2) What are the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India. Write a critical note on the institutional mechanism that exists to protect and propagate these cultural heritages.(200 Words)

India – 2015/2014, Chapter – 5, Culture and Tourism



Topic  poverty and developmental issues; Also Paper – 2 (Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre )

3) Critically comment on the design, objectives and performance of the Twenty Point Programme of the government of India. (200 Words)

India – 2015/2014, Chapter – 6, Basic Economic Data


General Studies – 2


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

4) The recent ebola epidemic has killed thousands in Africa. It is said that the world doesn’t have a system in place to fight such epidemics. Critically analyse what the world lacks in fighting epidemics and what needs to be done to avert such epidemics in future. (200 Words)

The New York Times


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

5) India’s education system is in dire need of qualitative reforms. If you are asked to prepare a list of priorities for educational governance, what would that be? Also critically analyse those priorities. (200 Words)



Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

6) The crisis that is slowly unfolding in Brazil right now offers India lessons on managing the economy to ward-off such crisis. Critically examine what these lessons are. (200 Words)



Topice-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

7) In the light of the Supreme Court of India’s recent order that the Aadhar number is not compulsory to avail services by citizens, critically examine the limitations of Aadhaar project vis a vis providing services to the  people. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topicdifferent types of irrigation and irrigation systems

8) As a District Collector, you are asked to come with solutions to recharge defunct borewells and irrigation tanks in your district. What measures will you take? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topicchanges in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth; mobilization of resources

9)  In recent years, imposing tax with retrospective effect on private companies has become a major concern with the foreign investors. Critically examine this issue and opine if retrospective taxation is a necessary instrument in resource mobilization. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicEffects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 

10) How successful have been the measures taken during last two years to improve exports from the country and revive investors interest in India? Critically examine. (200 Words)

India – 2015/2014, Chapter – 7, Commerce


Topic: issues of buffer stocks and food security

11) Critically discuss India’s concerns regarding Bali Ministerial Decisions and examine how they have been addressed by the WTO. (200 Words)

India – 2015/2014, Chapter – 7, Commerce


TopicSecurity challenges and their management in border areas; Paper – 2 (Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests )

12) India is yet to sign the Mine Ban Treaty which has been signed by eighty percent of the governments worldwide. Critically examine why there is growing argument against the use of anti-personnel landmine and why is India still reluctant to sign the treaty. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  moral and political attitudes;

13) In your opinion, what constitutes non-discriminatory attitudes towards women? Critically discuss in the light of comments often made against women and their appearance by both the people in responsible positions and common man.  (200 Words)

The Hindu