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22 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) Critically examine how different is India’s ‘Smart City’ concept  from  that of West’s or US’ ? Also examine drawbacks of these concepts. (200 Words)

The New York Times


TopicHistory of the world 

2) Write a critical note on the causes and consequences of  Vietnam War (1955 – 1975). Do you think this War has any lessons for today’s aspirants of Superpower status? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Poverty and Developmental issues

3) If you are asked to enumerate next set of Millenium Development Goals for least developed and developing countries to achieve between 2015 and 2030, what would be your priorities and goals? Also highlight, in your opinion which institutions might play crucial role in helping countries achieve these goals and why. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 2


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

4) A 2013 central bank study found state expenditure to have a far bigger beneficial impact on growth than spending by the Union government, which is much more likely than states to use borrowed funds to make payments. Examine the sources of funds for states, recent trends in devolution of funds to states by the union government and how can states spend the money effectively for the welfare of the people. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

5) “China-Pakistan economic ties have long been the weakest leg of their relationship.” In contrast how do you analyse India – China economic ties? Discuss in the light of the statement. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

6) In the light of ongoing regional conflicts in the West Asia, critically analyse the relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and its implications for India. (200 Words)

The New York Times


TopicDevelopment processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders 

7) It’s been proposed that an autonomous accreditation authority — National Accreditation Council of India or NACI  and a mechanism to rate NGOs should be set up to address some of the crucial issues related to functioning of NGOs. Critically examine the merits and demerits of implementing these proposals, especially in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

8) “….while the global economy is expected to witness a shortage of young population of around 56 million by 2020, India will be the only country with a youth surplus of 47 million. ” In your opinion, what challenges does India face in optimally utilizing this demographic surplus for the development of the country? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2015, Volume – 2, Chapter – 1


General Studies – 3


Topic: Agriculture issues

9) Critically comment on the challenges and policy recommendations proposed by the Economic Survey – 2015 for the revival of Indian agriculture. (200 Words)

Economic Survey – 2015, Volume – 2, Chapter – 1


TopicEnvironmental pollution; S&T – daily applications

10) What do you understand by ‘Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)’? Recently National Green Tribunal permitted states to produce RDF, but there are concerns expressed regarding the production of RDF. Examine what are these concerns and suggest if there are any alternatives to RDF. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;

11) In your opinion, why is child marriage considered as illegal and unethical? If a 15 year old girl wants to marry a person whom she loves, shouldn’t she be allowed that choice? If denied, does this mean one is denying her rights as human being? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu