6) Recently, the Supreme Court struck down the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s decision asking service providers to compensate subscribers for dropped calls. Why penalty is regarded as not a solution to the call-drop problem? Examine.

Topic: Infrastructure – telecommunications 6) Recently, the Supreme Court struck down the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s decision asking service providers to compensate subscribers for dropped calls. Why penalty is regarded as not a solution to the call-drop problem? Examine. (200 Words) Business Standard

5) India has committed to “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) to limit or reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030. What are the challenges it faces in achieving INDCs? Does opting only for renewable sources help achieve this goal? Examine.

Topic: Environmental pollution; Infrastructure 5) India has committed to “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) to limit or reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030. What are the challenges it faces in achieving INDCs? Does opting only for renewable sources help achieve this goal? Examine. (200 Words) Livemint

4) Examine how the Disaster Management Act, 2005 can be useful in drought mitigation as well as in assessment, planning and relief in drought hit regions. Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to formulate a National Plan on mitigation and crisis management, and standardise the methodology for declaring a drought. Do you think it’s an act of judicial overreach? Comment.

Topic: Disaster management 4) Examine how the Disaster Management Act, 2005 can be useful in drought mitigation as well as in assessment, planning and relief in drought hit regions. Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to formulate a National Plan on mitigation and crisis management, and standardise the methodology for declaring a drought. Do you think it’s …

3) Direct intervention in schools by ensuring that children have access to safe, hygienic and regularly maintained toilets is said to increase their attendance and engagement. How it can be done? What are other benefits of such interventions? Discuss.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.  3) Direct intervention in schools by ensuring that children have access to safe, hygienic and regularly maintained toilets is said to increase their attendance and engagement. How it can be done? What are other benefits of such interventions? Discuss. (200 Words) Business …

2) Briefly discuss the history of the Supreme Court’s decision in the S.R. Bommai v. Union of India case (1994). In your opinion, how should the President handle matters related to Article 356 of the Indian Constitution? Critically comment.

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure 2) Briefly discuss the history of the Supreme Court’s decision in the S.R. Bommai v. Union of India case (1994). In your opinion, how should the President handle matters related to Article 356 of the Indian Constitution? Critically comment. …

1) According to 2014 NCRB data, Muslims have the highest non-convict to convict prisoner ratio in the country and in most states. Do Muslims in India suffer a bias when it comes to imprisonment and conviction? Analyse.

Topic: Communalism; Social empowerment 1) According to 2014 NCRB data, Muslims have the highest non-convict to convict prisoner ratio in the country and in most states. Do Muslims in India suffer a bias when it comes to imprisonment and conviction? Analyse. (200 Words) Livemint

8) Recently the government released detailed income tax data which has generated debate on its implications for the economy. But what are the moral and ethical issues this data has given rise to? Examine.

Topic: Information sharing and transparency in government; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance 8) Recently the government released detailed income tax data which has generated debate on its implications for the economy. But what are the moral and ethical issues this data has given rise to? Examine. (150 Words)  The Hindu

7) What do you understand by double taxation? Why countries like Mauritius have become tax havens for tax evaders? Also discuss how will the recent amendment to India’s bilateral Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Mauritius benefit India.

Topic: Resource mobilization 7) What do you understand by double taxation? Why countries like Mauritius have become tax havens for tax evaders? Also discuss how will the recent amendment to India’s bilateral Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Mauritius benefit India. (200 Words) Livemint The Hindu Reference (Frontline) The Indian Express

5) Since independence many commissions and committees have recommended that Indian public expenditure on education must be 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). Critically comment on the state of public expenditure on education in India.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.  5) Since independence many commissions and committees have recommended that Indian public expenditure on education must be 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). Critically comment on the state of public expenditure on education in India. (200 Words) Livemint

3) Do you think populism, personality cult and freebie culture in politics which is often witnessed during elections in states such as Tamil Nadu is good for economic growth and development? Critically comment.

Topic:Important aspects of governance 3) Do you think populism, personality cult and freebie culture in politics which is often witnessed during elections in states such as Tamil Nadu is good for economic growth and development? Critically comment. (200 Words) The Hindu

2) While India has adequate freshwater, its spatial and temporal distribution is very skewed, and usage inefficient and wasteful. Discuss how inefficiently fresh water is managed and how it can be efficiently managed in India.

Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent 2) While India has adequate freshwater, its spatial and temporal distribution is very skewed, and usage inefficient and wasteful.  Discuss how inefficiently fresh water is managed and how it can be efficiently managed in India. (200 Words) Livemint

1) Why and how is India’s agriculture vulnerable to climate change? What policy prescriptions would you suggest to safeguard farmers against climate change effects? Discuss

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. 1) Why and how is India’s agriculture vulnerable to climate change? What policy prescriptions would you suggest to safeguard farmers against climate change effects? Discuss. (200 Words) The Hindu

7) “For jobs to grow, consumer demand has to improve consistently. This can only happen with an industrial policy, which India has not had since 1991.” In the light of slow groth rate of jobs in India, discuss the statement.

Topic: Economic growth – employment; Effects of liberalization on the economy 7) “For jobs to grow, consumer demand has to improve consistently. This can only happen with an industrial policy, which India has not had since 1991.” In the light of slow groth rate of jobs in India, discuss the statement. (200 Words) The Hindu

5) In India, rural labourers constitute one of the most vulnerable sections of the society. Are their real wages growing? Examine the trend in recent years and suggest what government can do to improve their wages

Topic: Economic growth – employment 5) In India, rural labourers constitute one of the most vulnerable sections of the society. Are their real wages growing? Examine the trend in recent years and suggest what government can do to improve their wages. (200 Words) Livemint