PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1  Whereas Downs’ model is largely dependent on a theory of psychological motivation, Niskanen’s model is framed by neo-classical thinking. In the light of the above, discuss the public choice approach to decision-making. [CSM 2011/250 Words] Question 2 The Systems Approach is relevant even today for organizational analysis. Discuss how Chester Barnard and David Easton …

HISTORY – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Topic: Mauryan Empire Question 1 Examine the administrative system of the Mauryas and discuss briefly the causes of disintegration of the Mauryan Empire. (200 words) Question 2 Discuss critically the relative importance of the different source for the history of the Mauryan period. (200 words) Next Topic: Mauryan Empire

SOCIOLOGY– Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1 What are micro-sociology and macro-sociology? How could the two be related?(200 words/ IAS ’74) Question 2 What is a “tribe”? Examine the view that the tribes in India are tribes in transition.(200 words/ IAS ’77)

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1  Critically evaluate Chris Argyris views on human personality and its impact on the working of organization.  [200 Words] Question 2 The theory of ‘organizational incompetence’ has two separate and distinct faces. Examine Chris Argyris’ view on this. [CSM 2013/150 Words] Next topic: Multiple thinker’s & latest trends of UPSC

POLITICAL SCIENCE – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Comment on the following in 200 words Question 1  Locke is regarded as the pioneer of individualism which later developed into liberalism.  (Source: Sabine’s History of political theory) Question 2 Equality of resources  (Source: Ronald Dworkin’s conception of equality)

HISTORY – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Topic: Mauryan Empire Question 1 Bring out the elements of change and continuity in the domestic and foreign policies of Ashoka.  (200 words) Question 2 Do you think that the economic factors were alone responsible for the disintegration of the Mauryan Empire?  (200 words) Next topic: Mauryan Empire

GEOGRAPHY – Answer Writing Challenge

Topic: Settlement Question 1  Write short note : internal structure of an Indian city. (200 words/ CSm 1995) Question 2 Write short note: Function, classification and hierarchy of urban settlement. (200 words/ CSm 1990) Next Topic: Settlement

GENERAL STUDIES – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1 No system of federalism can be successful unless both the Union and the States have at their disposal adequate financial resources to enable them to discharge their respective responsibilities under the Constitution. In this context, discuss the various mechanisms by which the centre provides financial assistance to the States and other financial resources …

SOCIOLOGY– Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1  Highlight the problem of objectivity and value-neutrality in Social Research. Elaborate, with suitable examples, the limitations associated with the tools of measurements in Social Science Researches. (200 words/ CSM 2003) Question 2 Examine the conceptual distinction between social inequality and social stratification. How do the nature and forms of the social stratification system determine the patterns of social mobility? (200 words/ CSM 2003)

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1  “Organizations are willing to pay high wages and provide adequate seniority if mature adults will behave in a less than mature manner”. Comment. [200 Words] Question 2 “Self-actualization is a utopia, without any precise operational indicators”. Comment [200 Words] Next Topic:  Participative management (R.Likert, C.Argyris, D. Mc Gregor)

HISTORY – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

Question 1 Discuss the nature of Ashoka’s Dhamma. Was it responsible for the downfall of his empire? (200 words) Question 2 Critically examine the sources for the study of Mauryan dynasty. How are they useful in understanding the Mauryan administration? (200 words) Next Topic: Mauryan Empire

GEOGRAPHY – Answer Writing Challenge

Topic: Settlement Question 1 Hierarchical pattern of Indian towns. (200 words/CSM 1999) Question 2 Write short note: Land use characteristics of the rural-urban fringe in India. (200 words/ CSM 1995) Next Topic: Settlement