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21 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment; Paper-3 – Planning

1) Critically evaluate how five year plans have been able to empower scheduled castes and tribes in India. (200 Words)

India – 2015, Chapter – 23, Planning


General Studies – 2


TopicDevelopment processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

2) In your opinion, how should civil society conduct itself in a country like India? Do you think the state should have a say in the conduct of civil society? Critically comment. (200 Words)



TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

3) Considering ongoing geopolitical conflicts across the world, do you think Non- Nuclear States should push Nuclear States towards disarmament of their nuclear weapons? What factors have determined India’s stance on disarmament? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; 

4) Discuss the distinguishing features of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). Do you think the design of the scheme is suited to meet its objectives? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

India – 2015, Chapter – 4, Rural and Urban Development


General Studies – 3


Topic: e-technology in the aid of farmers

5) In the past several years, Indian agriculture has become the victim of unpredictable weather and climate events. To protect crops, against such an events, what technological measures have been taken or being proposed? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicInfrastructure- Housing

6) Recently the Union Cabinet cleared the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill. Critically comment on the important features of this bill. Examine how these features will have bearing on the consumers. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicInfrastructure –  energy

7) Do you think India’s commercial, diplomatic and military weight are in tune with its energy needs in the coming decades? In the light of China’s growing energy needs and its assertive energy diplomacy, critically comment how India is managing its energy requirements. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

8) a) In your opinion, in India, what barriers exist for women to showcase their talents in different fields? Critically discuss (150 Words)

b) One of your friends keep arguing that because he is used to seeing his mother doing all household works, he expects the same from his wife, or from his sister when she gets married to someone wealthy. According to him, restricting women to kitchen has helped keep family united and peaceful. He keeps advising you to marry a beautiful, very young village girl who would ‘listen’ to you and  be less ambitious in her life.

How will you react to your friend’s opinions and his advices? Justify. (150 Words)

The Hindu