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General Studies 1;

Topic:Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the presentsignificant events, personalities, issues

1) The Revolt of the sepoys was accompanied by a rebellion of the civil population, particularly in the North
Western Provinces and Oudh, the two areas from which the sepoys of the Bengal army were recruited. Comment
on the reasons which prompted civil population to rebel during the 1857 Revolt. (200 Words)
Indias Struggle for Independence, Chapter 1

Topic:Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the presentsignificant events, personalities, issues

2) Critically examine how did British colonialism affect tribal way of life and their relationship with the forests in the
nineteenth century. How did tribals react to this and with what consequences? Examine. (200 Words)
Indias Struggle for Independence, Chapter 2

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the presentsignificant events, personalities, issues

3) The most militant and widespread of the peasant movements was the Indigo Revolt of 1859-60. Did it succeed
in its objectives? If so, how? Examine. (200 Words)
Indias Struggle for Independence, Chapter 3

General Studies 2

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger

4) The poor health of children and pregnant women in India, even after decades of robust economic growth, is
one of the worlds most perplexing public health issues. Critically discuss the magnitude and causes of this
problem and why government interventions have failed to address this issue. (200 Words)
The New York Times
The Hindu

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on Indias interests

5) The war against radical Islamic militancy is not Wests fight. It is a struggle among Muslims for the soul and
the future of the Muslim world. In the end, only Muslims can determine the outcome. Do you agree with this
view? Should the West, or India, leave issues such as rise of ISIS, Al Qaeda and Taliban to Muslim world to deal
with themselves? Critically comment. (200 Words)
The New York Times

Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations

6) The nature of the turbulence on Indias northwestern frontiers today is comparable to the developments in
1979-80 in Indias western neighbourhood. What were these developments and what effects they had on the
region? Critically comment on strategy followed by India in dealing with present turbulence in the region. (200
Words)
The Indian Express
The Hindu

General Studies 3

Topic: Indian Economy Financial Sector

7) It is said that the most recent union budget has introduced a few excellent moves that could work towards
ushering in a new era in the financial sector in India. Write a note on them. (200 Words)
Business Standard

Topic: Indian Economy

8) Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the union government signed Monetary Policy Framework
Agreement between them which is hailed as historic. Examine its highlights and this pacts importance to Indian
economy. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
The Hindu

Topic:Land reforms in India. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy
and their effects on industrial growth.

9) It is said that most industrial projects in India, which are either stalled or cancelled, is due to land acquisition
problem in India. Do you agree with this assessment? Critically examine. (200 Words)
Business Standard

Topic: Government Budgeting; indigenization of technology ; Security challenges

10) In the light of recent reports of governments thrust on Mane in India campaign and some pressing problems
being faced by the navy and army, critically comment on Indias defence budget and its performance in recent
years. (200 Words)
Business Standard

General Studies 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration:

11) Enumerate the Civil service values that a civil servant should follow in day to day administration. Why do you
think these values are lacking in many civil servants? Critically comment. (200 Words)
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