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02 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Communalism

1) What do you understand by ‘Communalism’ in the Indian context? What are its stages? Critically analyse its growth and development in India. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter 31 


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

2) How did the Congress ministries perform and with what consequences during their brief stint of power from 1937 to 1939 during India’s struggle for Independence? Critically evaluate. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

TopicParliament and State Legislatures – functioning,

3) Critically comment on the issue of appointment and removal of Governors of States in India, and the opinion of the Supreme Court and various committees on the same. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.

4) “The perverse kind of political interference that routinely takes place in higher education is one of the primary reasons that the best of India’s colleges and universities lag behind.” Examine the causes of political interference, its implications and solutions to the problem. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicIssues relating to poverty and hunger.

5) Discuss the causes of persisting childhood malnutrition in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighbours; Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

6) “The Nuclear agreement between the USA and Iran is an important step towards ending the prolonged confrontation between Iran and the West and it could transform the geopolitics of the Middle East, opening up considerable diplomatic space for India.” Analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic: Indian economy – growth and development, employment

7) Mahatma Gandhi said the ultimate solution for fighting poverty in India was not mass production but production by the masses. Considering large number of unemployed people in rural regions and a goal of sustainable development, as an administrator which sectors will you find suitable to involve large masses for production and why? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

8) In your opinion, what factors lead to growth of radicalisation and extremism in Indian society? As seen recently, Islamic State has failed to attract Indians to fight for it. What can be the possible reasons for this failure? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT

9) What do you understand by over-the-top (OTT) applications and services? Examine how they are posing new challenges to security and economy in India. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

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

10) It is often reported in news that honest officers who expose scams or who go after the corrupt, are frequently transferred to ‘not so good’ posts. This causes a sort of mental harassment to the officer and to his family too. Will you be ready to face such frequent transfers to uphold law and impart your duty as per rulebook? What values are needed to endure these harassments? Assuming your family suggests you to ‘compromise’ with the ruling class and stay in a place for long time so as to live a peaceful life and provide good education to your children, what will you do? Discuss. (300 Words)

The Hindu