2) Despite China’s repeated assurances of standing firm on the issue of terrorism at the bilateral level as well as at multilateral fora such as BRICS and RIC, it has let India down time and again in the past two years. Why does China do this to India? In your opinion, how should India deal more effectively with Pakistan based terrorists in the light of China’s non-cooperation? Comment.

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 2) Despite China’s repeated assurances of standing firm on the issue of terrorism at the bilateral level as well as at multilateral fora such as BRICS and RIC, it has let India down time and again in the past two years. Why …

1) Indian mineral federation says that only about 13% of India’s 575,000 square kilometers of land with geological potential has been explored in detail. Why so less potential area has been explored? Examine.

Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); 1) Indian mineral federation says that only about 13% of India’s 575,000 square kilometers of land with geological potential has been explored in detail. Why so less potential area has been explored? Examine. (200 Words) Livemint

5) What are the reasons for young people taking up arms in India’s impoverished regions? It is said that India is facing ever-mounting employment crisis, especially in private sector. What solutions are there to fix this problem? Critically comment.

Topic: Employment; Linkages between development and spread of extremism 5) What are the reasons for young people taking up arms in India’s impoverished regions? It is said that India is facing ever-mounting employment crisis, especially in private sector. What solutions are there to fix this problem? Critically comment. (200 Words) The Indian Express

2) Gram sabhas mandated by the landmark Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), are crucial in implementing FRA act and in preserving forests and livelihood of people living there. Further discuss their significance and the challenges they are facing in different parts of India in their functioning

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections. 2) Gram sabhas mandated by the landmark Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), are crucial in implementing FRA act and in preserving forests and livelihood of people living there. Further discuss their significance and the challenges they are facing in different …

7) In India, in the past there have been instances of fake encounters by police targeting suspected terrorists and extremists. In your opinion, why a civil servant resorts to such crime? What values are compromised in such acts? How should they be trained to prevent such acts? Discuss

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 7) In India, in the past there have been instances of fake encounters by police targeting suspected terrorists and extremists. In your opinion, why a civil servant resorts to such crime? What values are compromised in such acts? How should they be trained to prevent …

3) “India needs a balanced West Asia policy. By skewing it towards the Saudis in pursuit of short-term goals, New Delhi runs the risk of antagonising Tehran.” Comment.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  3) “India needs a balanced West Asia policy. By skewing it towards the Saudis in pursuit of short-term goals, New Delhi runs the risk of antagonising Tehran.” Comment. (200 Words) The Hindu

2) In the light of GST and Fourteenth Finance Commission, it is said that India is seeing fiscal centralization and fiscal decentralization at the same time. Elaborate. Also examine the opportunities this situation has created.

Topic: Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein 2) In the light of GST and Fourteenth Finance Commission, it is said that India is seeing fiscal centralization and fiscal decentralization at the same time. Elaborate. Also examine the opportunities this situation has created. (200 Words) Livemint

ETHICS CASE STUDY: If you were the final authority to decide if the tiger would stay in zoo or released into forest, what would be your decision? Justify.

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 7) A captured man-eater tiger was captured and kept in a zoo. The tiger which was famous among visitors, was shown exemplary sympathy and based on court order, was re-released to the wild. The tiger had eaten three humans in the past. Wildlife experts opine …

5) In recent years, India is trying to overcome its defensive foreign policy stance and position itself as future global power. In your opinion, what challenges – especially at foreign policy level – should India overcome to become global superpower? Discuss.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  5) In recent years, India is trying to overcome its defensive foreign policy stance and position itself as future global power. In your opinion, what challenges – especially at foreign policy level – should India overcome to become global superpower? Discuss. …

4) It is said that Panchayat and municipal corporation elections are not as free and fair as those conducted by the Election Commission of India. Examine why and suggest how these elections can be made free and fair.

Topic: Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. 4) It is said that Panchayat and municipal corporation elections are not as free and fair as those conducted by the Election Commission of India. Examine why and suggest how these elections can be made free and fair. (200 Words) Livemint