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Test – 16, 17 & 18: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)

Test – 16, 17 & 18: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)



23 April 2015

Click on the below questions and answer each within the word limit specified before each question.

Following Questions are based on these topics:

1) Indian Society, NCERT Class XII (Full Book)
2) Bipan Chandra – Chapters 12 to 27
3) Plassey to Partition – Chapters 4,5 and 6
4) Public Institutions in India – Chapters 1,2,3 and 4

  1. “Historically, an Indian nationalism took shape under British colonialism.” Examine.
  2. Define and Explain the significance of: a) Dependency Ratio b) Sex Ratio c) Fertility Rate d) Rate of Natural Increase
  3. Discuss the reasons for drastic decline in the child sex ratio in India. Suggest measures to halt this decline.
  4. “The Charter Act of 1813 was an important benchmark in the push towards westernization of India.” Comment.
  5. Discuss the significance of the contributions made by C.R. Das and Motilal Nehru to India’s national movement.  
  6. Generally, political instability leads to weak economic growth. But, India is an exception in this case. Illustrate why.
  7. In Parliament, the most important functional committees are those that exercise control over the finances. Which are these committees? Discuss their composition and functions.
  8. The MP Local Area Development Scheme is criticised for several reasons. How does the Scheme work? Critically evaluate its performance.  
  9. The institution of CAG enjoys considerable autonomy from the executive. Yet, in recent years its autonomy is threatened by multiple factors. Which are these factors? Comment on them.
  10. Is the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) effective as an anti-corruption institution? Critically comment.
  11. ‘The Ilbert Bill controversy was the last straw that politically conscious educated Indians could take, as it made them painfully aware of their subordinate position in the imperial power structure.” Discuss.
  12. Critically analyse the contribution made by Moderates to India’s national movement.
  13. What was the nature of cow – protection movement that took place during the National Movement? Critically examine.
  14. How colonialism brought about major changes in the institution of caste? Analyse.
  15. In your opinion, will the long term benefits of liberalisation exceed its costs? Give reasons for your answer.
  16. Critically comment on some of the state and non-state initiatives addressing caste and tribe discrimination.
  17. Was the Ghadarites movement a failure? Critically examine.
  18. Why the Lucknow session of the Congress  (December 1916) has been hailed as one of the significant events during India’s national movement? Examine.
  19. How did the South African experiment prepare Gandhiji for leadership of the Indian national struggle? Examine.
  20. Gandhiji had promised Swaraj within a year if his programme was adopted during the Non-Cooperation movement. But the year was long over, the movement was withdrawn, and there was no sign of Swaraj or even of any tangible concessions. Had it all been in vain? Was the movement a failure? Critically comment.