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20 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World Physical Geography

1) Describe any three experiments or observations which support the belief that the earth is roughly a sphere. (150 Words)

Certificate Physical and Human Geography, Goh Cheng Leong, Chapter – 1


Topic World Physical Geography

2) Explain why daylight increases as we go polewards in summer in the northern hemisphere. Also explain the effect of latitude on the length of the day and night. (150 Words)

Certificate Physical and Human Geography, Goh Cheng Leong, Chapter – 1


TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country

3) Write a critical note on the contribution and legacy of Gopal Krishna Gokhale to India’s national movement. (200 Words)



TopicWorld Physical Geography

4) In what ways sedimentary rock is different from metamorphic and igneous rocks? Describe the various sources from which sedimentary rocks may be derived.  (150 Words)

Certificate Physical and Human Geography, Goh Cheng Leong, Chapter – 2


TopicWorld Physical Geography

5) The greatest concentration of volcanoes is located in the Circum – Pacific region, known as ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’. Examine why and also explain features of these volcanoes. (200 Words)

Certificate Physical and Human Geography, Goh Cheng Leong, Chapter – 3


General Studies – 2


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

6) “Secrecy in government operations is necessary, but it has to be limited by absolute necessity, keeping the confidentiality strictly time-bound.” In the light of recent debate on Official Secrets Act 1923, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu 


General Studies – 3


Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

7) What do you understand by Capital Account Convertibility (CAA)? There is a debate going on whether India should go for full CAA or for partial CAA. Examine the advantages and disadvantages of both full and partial CAA. Based on this examination, suggest  whether India should go for full CAA or not. (200 Words)

Business Standard


The Hindu Businessline 


Topic: Resource mobilization

8) Recently, the Indian government issued notices to foreign institutional investors (FIIs) to extract Rs 40,000 crore from them under a law called minimum alternate tax (MAT). Critically examine why this law was enacted and what are its objectives. Also examine why some economists regard this law as bad and unwanted. (200 Words)

Business Standard



TopicIssues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies

9) Indian government is putting in place a new pricing scheme (NPS) for urea manufacturing units. Discuss why there is special pricing scheme for Urea manufacturing and how different will be new scheme compared to previous ones. Also comment what it means to end consumer. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

10) Public servants have, in fact, been treated as special category under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure  (CrPC). Discuss why. Do you think such special protection leads to corruption? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu