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General Studies – 1


1. Wellesly further elaborated and perfected the policy of Dupleix to assist regional powers of India and thereby developed Subsidiary Alliance. Comment. (250 words)

Reference: A brief history of modern India by Spectrum Publishers.


2.  Enumerating, describing and understanding the population of a society and what people have access to, and what they are excluded from, is important not only for social scientists but also for policy practitioners and the government. Examine. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 


General Studies – 2


3. Over the past year, India has been exploring the possibility of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the U.S, but this move was not adequately reciprocated. Critically analyze the impact a FTA with the U.S would have on India. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express


General Studies – 3


4. The RBI has proposed a significant shift in its regulatory approach towards India’s non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), from a general approach of light touch regulation to one that monitors larger players almost as closely as it does banks. Critically examine the impacts of further stringent monitoring of NBFC’s. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu


5. A flawed business model that monetises hate and finds it more lucrative to polarise opinions — rather than bridge them — needs to be upended, before resorting to merely deplatforming sources of hate speech. Critically Analyse. (250 words)



6. The farmer agitation has highlighted many challenges. Farmers who have worked hard to provide for food security now face the prospect of stagnating income. Diversification must be the path forward. Explain. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express 


General Studies – 4


7. Without training and sensitisation of the stakeholders, even the best of laws will do little to advance justice. Justify with examples. (150 words)

Reference: Indian Express

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