Six-year-old Abhijeet Solanki in Ahmedabad who earlier needed around 18-20 blood transfusions annually, is now cured of thalassemia and does not need any more transfusions, all thanks to his one-year-old sibling Kavya donating some part of her bone marrow. Kavya Solanki is India’s first-ever ‘saviour sibling’ who was born after her parents conducted a pre-implantation genetic diagnosis at fertility clinics. Six months after the transplantation, she is healthy and carries the minor thalassemia gene herself.

Topic: Case Study. 7. Six-year-old Abhijeet Solanki in Ahmedabad who earlier needed around 18-20 blood transfusions annually, is now cured of thalassemia and does not need any more transfusions, all thanks to his one-year-old sibling Kavya donating some part of her bone marrow. Kavya Solanki is India’s first-ever ‘saviour sibling’ who was born after her parents …

Why is Montreal protocol considered the most successful global climate treaty? Evaluate India’s performance in implementing the Montreal Protocol.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. Why is Montreal protocol considered the most successful global climate treaty? Evaluate India’s performance in implementing the Montreal Protocol. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Financial Express Why the question: This year’s theme for International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is  ‘Montreal …

Enumerate the steps taken so far to expedite and enable resolution of NPAs in India. Critically analyse the potential of National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) as the “Bad Bank” in addressing the issue of NPAs.

Topic: Government Budgeting. 5. Enumerate the steps taken so far to expedite and enable resolution of NPAs in India. Critically analyse the potential of National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) as the “Bad Bank” in addressing the issue of NPAs. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The Hindu Why the question: The Union Cabinet has …

Although E-Shram is a vital system to provide hitherto invisible workers much-needed visibility, it is fraught with impediments which can hinder the welfare measures. Analyse.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 4. Although E-Shram is a vital system to provide hitherto invisible workers much-needed visibility, it is fraught with impediments which …

The data governance proposals of India must be evaluated from a gender lens to further ease the usage of Internet and Social Media for women. Discuss.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation 3. The data governance proposals of India must be evaluated from a gender lens to further ease the usage of Internet and Social Media for women. Discuss. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Hindustan Times Why …

Even though the concept of Total Revolution lies deeply embedded in Gandhian teachings, was Jayaprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution a utopian ideal? Examine.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 2. Even though the concept of Total Revolution lies deeply embedded in Gandhian teachings, was Jayaprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution a utopian ideal? Examine. (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Chapter – 18 – India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra Why the question: The question is part of …

What were the causes that led to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Explain as to why India got involved in the war to liberate Bangladesh?

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 1. What were the causes that led to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Explain as to why India got involved in the war to liberate Bangladesh? (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Chapter – 17 – India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra Why the question: The …

The government, the corporate world and civil society – all must uphold high standards of probity in their working to achieve our collective aspirations. Discuss the importance of probity in the public sphere.

Topic: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; 7. The government, the corporate world and civil society – all must uphold high standards of probity in their working to achieve our collective aspirations. Discuss the importance of probity in the public sphere. (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Ethics …

Romanticisation of poverty displays lack of compassion towards weaker sections and in the long run, harms the poor instead of helping them. Discuss.

Topic:  Tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections. 6. Romanticisation of poverty displays lack of compassion towards weaker sections and in the long run, harms the poor instead of helping them. Discuss. (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part …

Explain the challenges in enforcing Intellectual property rights (IPR) in India. A review of National IPR Policy, 2016 should be undertaken in the wake of new and emerging trends in spheres of innovation, which requires concrete mechanisms to protect them. Analyse.

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 5. Explain the challenges in enforcing Intellectual property rights (IPR) in India. A review of National IPR Policy, 2016 should be undertaken in the wake of new and emerging trends in spheres of innovation, which requires …

Enumerate the recent structural reforms taken to alleviate the problems of the telecom sector in India. Is 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) through automatic route in the telecom sector a step in the right direction? Comment.

Topic: Investment models. 4. Enumerate the recent structural reforms taken to alleviate the problems of the telecom sector in India. Is 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) through automatic route in the telecom sector a step in the right direction? Comment. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Live Mint , The Hindu Why the question: The Cabinet …

What is food poverty? Critically examine the measures taken by the government to address food poverty in India.

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 3. What is food poverty? Critically examine the measures taken by the government to address food poverty in India. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Down to Earth Why the question: Nearly 6% of individuals in India aged 45 and above studied consumed smaller portions or skipped meals; …

What were the factors that led to nationalisation of banks? Examine its impact on economic development and job creation.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 2. What were the factors that led to nationalisation of banks? Examine its impact on economic development and job creation. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Chapter – 17 – India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus …

The Green Revolution and the benefits that accrued out of it helped transform the Indian economy from a state of food deficient country to a food surplus one. However, it had its own limitations. Analyse.

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 1. The Green Revolution and the benefits that accrued out of it helped transform the Indian economy from a state of food deficient country to a food surplus one. However, it had its own limitations. Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Chapter-3 – NCERT XII – …

“The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of the home”  -Confucius

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 7. What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of the home”  –Confucius Difficulty level: Easy Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of …