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General Studies – 1


 

1. Elaborate in detail the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi about the meaning of Independence, nation and religion. (250 words)

Reference: Hindustan Times 

 

2. “A major shift could be observed in Muslim identity politics in India from second half of the 19th Century, which ultimately culminated as partition.” Evaluate. (250 words)

Reference: India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra

 

3. Conventional wisdom suggests that industrialization and urbanization go hand in hand. Do you think this applies to India as well? Evaluate the concept of hidden urbanization in this context?(250 words)

Reference: The Hindu The Hindu 

 


General Studies – 2


 

4. Discuss the ill-effects of Covid-19 on child labour in India. Do you think it has reversed the gains India made in reducing child labour? Analyse. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

 

5. Discuss the historic as well as contemporary defence relations between India and the United Kingdom. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

 


General Studies – 4


 

6. “For a public servant there is no black-and-white situation, but his reactions or responses Are good or bad-weather s/he reacts negative or responds positive to the situation is, therefore, more important.” What is the difference between reacting and responding? Substantiate with examples. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.

 

7. One small area of a district headquarter town is in the grip of encroachment. As a result, people face lots of problems due to the congestion of roads and the most affected lot are senior citizens, who face difficulty in crossing the congested and crowded roads. This is creating a problem abound two roundabouts and two parks of that area. Besides, area is also very dirty and there is no arrangement of cleanliness. Senior citizens of that area have appealed to the state government to appoint a young but disciplined and energetic officer in the town to take care of the problems and grievances of the people. Executive officer of the local civic body said they were doing their best to clear the encroachments in the town from time to time. However, once the encroachments were removed, the same people find other sites in the same area to be encroached upon. Residents desire that there should be some attempts to beautify these places as are done in many other cities of the country. They also want beautification of parks so that even children can play. Local MLA is also ready to fund. You are Municipal Commissioner of the city and when a delegation of eminent people has come to meet you with a request to do something for the purpose, you checked up with your finance and accounts department, which expressed its reluctance to provide with resources. What are the issues before you in this case and how you will execute options effectively? (250 words)

Reference: case study


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