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13 March  2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

1) It is analysed that by 1907, the Moderate nationalists had exhausted their historical role in India’s struggle against colonialism. Examine why did moderates fail and with what consequences. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 11


Topic:The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

2) Do you think  the Ghadarite movement was a failure considering they could not fulfill  the objectives of their movement? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 12


Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

3) The Home Rule League Movement, led by Lokamanya Tilak and Annie Besant, was less charged but more effective compared to other movements of the time. Examine how and why. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 13


Topic: Salient features of Indian Society

4) With suitable examples, critically comment on the role of popular cinema and media in influencing opinion and perception of common man about women in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

The Hindu


Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent) (this topic can be linked to several topics between Papers 1,2 and 3)

5) Discuss why the Indian Ocean is considered as critical to the future of the world and India. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


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

6) Critically examine why the insurance Bill, 2015, which was passed by the Parliament in 2015, is considered as part of major economic reforms in the country. (200 Words)

Business Standard



Topic: India and its neighbours; Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

7) Recently the governments of India and Mauritius agreed to resume talks for reviewing their Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC). Critically examine why this agreement has been a contentious issue between two countries. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicIndia and its neighbours

8) What are the  immediate and longer-term grievances of the Tamils of the north and east in Sri Lanka? How are these grievances  met by the Sri Lankan governments?Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic:  growth, development and employment.

9) “Unless India improves productivity, its demographic profile could become a burden rather than a benefit.” Critically discuss. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic:ethics in public service; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

10) Your close friend who recently retired as a secretary in the Ministry of Health was known for his brutal honesty and personal integrity. He was respected for his knowledge and vast experience in various policy matters. Because of some inevitable circumstances, he had to bend rules to favour an industrialist which would benefit his chain of medical colleges and pharma companies. Your friend had done so at the behest of his political boss who was also known for his honesty and uprightness. Your friend and his political boss were both good friends with the industrialist. As it was just a small tweak in the law and as both were about to retire, they had made small favour at their friend’s request. But recently, the matter has come out in the public and sensationalised in media as a big scandal. A court has issued summons to your friend, his boss and the industrialist to appear before the court in the case. Many of their colleagues have come out in open supporting all the three and condemning the court summons as political conspiracy by the new government.


a) Do you support your friend at this moment? Justify why. (150 Words)

b) Is there a difference between ‘bending’ the law and ‘breaking’ the law? Are both ethical? Critically examine with suitable examples. (150 Words)

The Hindu