MAINS SELF STUDY GUIDE: Insights Mock Test – 16 (GS-3)
Insights Mains Offline Test Series 2015
GENERAL STUDIES – 3
Mock Test – 16
26 October 2015
Duration: 2 Hours
Answer ALL the questions in NOT MORE THAN 200 words each. Contents of the answers are more important than its length. All questions carry equal marks. (10×10 = 100)
- It is said that solar power can be the game-changer for inclusive growth in India. Discuss why and how it can be the game-changer.
- Looking at India’s record in achieving Millennium Development Goals and its recent economic growth, do you think both have positive correlation? Substantiate.
- One of the foremost challenges facing India today is to generate enough blue-collar jobs for a bulging workforce. Which states have been successful and unsuccessful in creating such jobs? Examine why.
- Usually, economic growth in lower-middle-income countries creates more jobs for women. But as India’s economy grew at an average of 7 percent between 2004 and 2011, its female labor force participation fell by seven percentage points, to 24 percent from 31 percent. Critically examine why.
- A noted economist criticised India’s recent annual budget as one that goes back to the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, when growth and development sounded synonymous, physical capital was thought to be the key, and human capital took a back seat. Critically discuss why.
- India is not only the largest consumer of pulses, it is also their largest producer and importer. In recent months the price of pulses have shot up beyond the reach of poor people. What are the causes of their price rise? Do you think government’s approach to arrest their inflation is right? Critically discuss.
- “Overuse of groundwater, fertiliser and energy threatens the future of agriculture.” Critically analyse
- “The PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana smacks of poor watershed planning. As with earlier schemes, accountability is absent.” Critically comment.
- Depleting groundwater levels is said to be the biggest threat to rural livelihoods and food security in India. Discuss.
- On the one hand, India needs to continue with the PDS to address problems of hunger and deprivation — this involves procurement and public stockholding of food grains. On the other hand, its membership in the WTO ties its hands on subsidy. How is India managing this situation and, in your opinion, how should it manage? Comment.
- Is ‘pink revolution’ endangering India’s cattle population? Does India need such revolution? Critically examine.
- Do you think current minimum support prices (MSP) policy is one of the reasons for farmer distress in India? Critically examine.
- “Modern plant genetics and genetic engineering will be a major part of the solution to tackle hunger in the country.” Elaborate
- “Landlessness is the best predictor of rural poverty in India, more than caste or illiteracy, a fact that has emerged clearly in the socio-economic and caste survey 2011.” In this regard, what should government do to address rural landlessness? Critically examine.