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Test – 20: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)

Test – 20: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)



07 May 2015

Following is the syllabus for Mains Self Study Test – 20 ( May 6th)
1) Challenge and Strategy – Rajiv Sikri : Chapters 1,2,3,4, and 5
2) BIPAN CHANDRA – Struggle for India’s Independence – Chapters 30, 34, 35, 36, 37
3) . PLASSEY to PARTITION – Sekhar Bandyopadhyay – Chapter 7 & 8

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 Words Each: (10×10=100 Marks)


  1. Will China dominate the 21st century world? Critically analyse.
  2. Why in your opinion, SAARC has not taken off as a meaningful framework for regional cooperation? What’s India’s role in making SAARC successful? Examine.
  3. “The issue of democracy sometimes complicates India’s relations with its neighbours.” Comment.
  4. In your opinion, what should be India’s approach in dealing with its troubled and troublesome neighbour Pakistan? Analyse.
  5. Is it possible for India to closely work with Pakistan to resolve some of Afghanistan’s problems? Critically examine.
  6. “While Bangladesh’s approach to India on many issues is irrational and unpredictable, India too cannot escape the blame for the poor state of India – Bangladesh relations.” Discuss.
  7. India and Myanmar share a complex and delicate relationship arising out of the history of their interaction during the 19th and 20th centuries. Analyse.
  8. Does India deserve growing discontent against it in Nepal? Critically comment.
  9. Analyse the factors that shaped India’s nationalist foreign policy during freedom struggle.
  10. What are the basic elements or stages of communalism or communal ideology? Discuss the growth of communalism in modern India.