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17 January 2015
Monday’s Topic for GS-1: Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – XI, Units Four (Chapters 1 and 2)
(As it requires more time to read and understand these chapters, today we are not asking questions from above chapters)
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General Studies – 1
Topic: changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
1) “In the annals of climatology, 2014 now surpasses 2010 as the warmest year in a global temperature record that stretches back to 1880.” Critically comment on the causes and significance of this event. (200 Words)
Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world
General Studies – 2
Topic: Issues relating to poverty
Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements; Important International institutions
Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
5) It is now argued by some economists that the forced lending to agriculture has not only resulted in a sharp expansion of credit to the farm sector, but also in indebtedness of a kind that demands periodic debt waiver and relief schemes at the expense of bank balance sheets and productive investment. Do you agree with this perception? Critically comment. (200 Words)
Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries
Topic: Indian diaspora.
7) “There is no logic to the way in which the Indian government grants Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to citizens of certain countries and not to others.” Critically examine why the latest move by the government is viewed as discriminatory. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
Topic: issues of buffer stocks and food security
8) Recently the government approved raising the quarterly buffer stock and strategic reserve limits of Food Corporation of India (FCI) for both wheat and rice, for the first time since 2005. Examine the reasons and its implications. (150 Words)
Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; Awareness in the fields of Space
Topic: issues relating to intellectual property rights.
10) Recently the Indian Patent Controller rejected one of Gilead’s key patent applications for the drug Sofosbuvir, used to treat hepatitis C (HCV). This move was welcomed by activists fighting for access to affordable medicines. Critically examine the issue and its significance to India’s healthcare sector. (200 Words)
Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology
11) “India has not produced any Nobel Prize winner in science in the last 85 years — largely because of the lack of a scientific environment in the country.” Do you agree with this assessment? Justify. (200 Words)
General Studies – 4
Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship,