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21 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;


Topic  Salient Features of Indian Society; Role of women, Social empowerment

1) The National Crime Records Bureau attests that recorded instances of rape grew at a much more frenetic pace than any other crime in India over half a century.  In your opinion, what are the causes of this disturbing trend? Do you think strong laws will reduce rape crimes? Critically comment. (200 Words)




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

2) Examine the main differences between the temples of the ancient period and the medieval period in India with suitable examples. (150 Words)



General Studies – 2


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning,

3) In the light of recent demand by few state governments to create Legislative Councils in their respective legislatures, critically discuss desirability of establishing these bodies in states. Do you think there should be a national policy to deal with their establishment? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

4) Critically discuss how the successful implementation of the recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission will advance the cause of cooperative federalism in India. (200 Words)

Economic Survey 2014-15, Chapter – 1


General Studies – 3


Topic:  Indian economy – growth and development; Employment

5) What do you understand by Employment Elasticity? Critically examine how and why it has varied during the post – liberalisation period in India. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2014-15, Chapter 1



Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 

6) Economic Survey – 2014-15 argues that the momentum of decline in food prices is likely to persist because of three striking developments in three areas that signal a structural shift in the inflationary process in India: crude-oil, agriculture, and inflation expectations. Examine how. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2014-15, Chapter 1


Topic:  Indian economy – growth and development; Employment

7) It is often argued that labour reforms are the way to unlock double-digit growth in India. Discuss why and examine what policy challenges exist in bringing labour reforms in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Infrastructure ; Resource Mobilization

8) The government has made it clear that some important sectors need public investment instead of private investment to boost their growth. Critically examine why there is change in attitude, from where will the funds come and the merits and demerits of this change in approach. (200 Words)


Economic Survey – 2014-15, Chapter 1


TopicDisaster Management

9) Critically comment on the existing disaster response mechanism in India and critically examine the  role, objectives, structure and performance of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). (200 Words)



TopicScience and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

10) It is said that that AC supply for basic domestic and commercial power needs, rather than DC, is a highly inefficient way of using energy in the present times. Explain why. Also examine if it is possible to use DC supply to provide round the clock power using solar source. (200 Words)



Topic: Infrastructure

11) Economic Survey 2014-15 argues that by eliminating the exemptions in the countervailing duties (CVD) and special additional duties (SAD) levied on imports, India can revive its manufacturing sector and boost ‘Make in India’ campaign. Critically examine how. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2014-15, Chapter 1


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service,

12) What prerequisites are needed for a civil servant to impart his duties in an objective, transparent, honest and impartial manner? As an honest civil servant, you will make both friends and enemies, and enemies will pose threat to your life. How will you deal with such threats? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu