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11 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Salient features of world’s physical geography.

1) Little-understood western disturbances have been blamed for most of the freak weather events in India in the past decade. What do you understand by these ‘Western Disturbances’? How do they originate and what effect they have on India’s economy? Discuss. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


General Studies – 2

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

2) Recently, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) published the “Education for All” Global Monitoring Report to evaluate the progress of countries on these goals. Critically comment on its findings on India’s performance. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

3) “It is hoped that the Law Commission of India’s 256th Report, ‘Eliminating Discrimination against Persons Affected by Leprosy’, will initiate a new chapter in India’s fight against leprosy.” Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) How has recent election outcome in Israel altered the possibility of granting independent statehood to Palestine? Also examine if there is any change in India’s policy towards Palestine in recent months. (200 Words)



Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

5) Some analysts argue that the imminent crisis in India–China relations will come to the fore when the question of the Dalai Lama’s succession in Tibet can no longer be ignored. In your opinion, how should India try to resolve its differences with China? Critically comment in the light of the statement. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3


Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

6) “If the government is serious about bringing lasting peace in the North-East, the first step is to hold ceasefire signatory groups accountable to ceasefire ground rules.” Who are these ‘ceasefire signatory groups’ and what are the ground rules of ceasefire? Elaborate and comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT & Computers,

7) Recently an international newspaper reported that China is using a powerful internet tool known as ‘the Great Cannon ‘ to control web traffic flowing into its territory. Examine how this ‘Great Cannon’ is believed to function and its purported capabilities. (200 Words)

The New York Times


 TopicEnvironmental pollution

8) A new study has found that the dispersant used as a remedial measure to clean the ocean basin after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to corals than the spilled oil. Examine why and what are its adverse effects? (200 Words)

Down to Earth


General Studies – 4

Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour;

9) Should happiness be the ultimate goal in one’s life? Where do you find happiness in your daily life? In your opinion, what constitutes real happiness for you? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu