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Test – 2: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)

Test – 2: Mains Self Study – 2016 (Mission – 2016)

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10 November 2015

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

1) Examine the causes of soil degradation in India and conservation methods needed to halt the degradation process. Also examine relationship between soil degradation, food security and sustainable development. (200 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, Geography, Chapter – 2

2) Compare and contrast how agriculture sector is treated in India and USA. Should India follow US policies vis a vis agri sector to boost agriculture productivity and address some of the pressing problems in the sector? Discuss. (200 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, Geography, Chapter – 4

3) Industrial disasters pose big risk to huge population both in short-term and long-term. How should such disasters should be managed? Critically comment on India’s approach and record in managing such disasters. (200 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, Geography, Chapter 5

4) In what way was the administration of the East India Company different from that of Indian rulers? How did the Company use weaknesses of Indian rulers to its advantage? Discuss with suitable examples. (200 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, History, Chapter 2

5) Briefly discuss how the East India Company came to colonise the countryside, organise revenue resources, redefine the rights of people, and produce the crops it wanted. (250 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, History, Chapter 3

6) “Unlike Western Europe, Indian cities did not expand as rapidly in the nineteenth century.” Examine why. (200 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, History, Chapter 6

7) Do you think the key features of India’s constitution address the concerns of India’s diversity, unity, socio-economic reform and representation? Critically analyse. (250 Words)

NCERT Class VIII, Social and Political Life, Chapter 1

8) Is it important to separate religion from the state? Comment why and also examine the key features of Indian Secularism. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class VIII, Social and Political Life, Chapter 2

9) What do you understand by Rule of Law? Was this concept introduced by the British in India? Critically examine. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class VII, Social and Political Life, Chapter –  4

10) Why do you think the introduction of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the 1980s is a significant step in ensuring access to justice for all? Some experts opine that even though courts are accessible to all citizens, the delay in delivering justice has rendered this feature meaningless. Do you agree? Comment. (250 Words)

NCERT, Class VIII, Social and Political Life, Chapter –  5

11) Examine the differences between traditional and modern techniques of irrigation practised in India. Bring out the relationship between productivity and irrigation methods adopted in contemporary India. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class VIII, Science, Chapter –  1

12) “The Nehru Report, submitted on 10 August 1928, was in effect an outline of a draft constitution for India.” Comment. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 4

13) The reservation of one-third of constituencies for women is still pending in the Parliament. What arguments can be made against such reservation in Parliament? Comment on these arguments. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 5