(Download) UPSC IAS Mains General Studies (Paper-2) Exam
Paper - 2016
Exam Name: UPSC IAS Mains General Studies (Paper-2)
Exam Date: 5-12-2016
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Discuss the essentials of the 69th Constitutional Amendment Act and
anomalies, if any, that have led to recent reported conflicts between the
elected representatives and the institution of the Lieutenant Governor in
the administration of Delhi. Do you think that this will give rise to a new
trend in the functioning of the Indian federal politics?
- To what extent is Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, bearing
marginal note “temporary provision with respect to the State of Jammu and
Kashmir”, temporary? Discuss the future prospects of this provision in the
context of Indian polity.
- “The Indian party system is passing through a phase of transition which
looks to be full of contradictions and paradoxes.” Discuss.
- Exercise of CAG’s powers in relation to the accounts of the Union and
the States is derived from Article 149 of the Indian Constitution. Discuss
whether audit of the Government’s policy implementation could amount to
overstepping its own (CAG) jurisdiction.
- Discuss each adjective attached to the word ‘Republic’ in the
‘Preamble’. Are they defendable in the present circumstances?
- What was held in the Coelho case? In this context, can you say that
judicial review is of key importance amongst the basic features of the
- Did the Government of India Act, 1935 lay down a federal constitution?
- What is quasi judicial body? Explain with the help of concrete examples.
- Professor Amartya Sen has advocated important reforms in the realms of
primary education and primary health care. What are your suggestions to
improve their status and performance?
- “In the Indian governance system, the role of non-state actors has been
only marginal.” Critically examine this statement.
- “Effectiveness of the government system at various levels and people’s
participation in the governance system are inter-dependent/” Discuss their
relationship in the context of India.
- In the integrity index of Transparency International, India stands very
low. Discuss briefly the legal, political, social and cultural factors that
have caused the decline of public morality in India.
- Has the Indian governmental system responded adequately to the demands
of Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization started in 1991? What can
the government do to be responsive to this important change?
- “Traditional bureaucratic structure and culture have hampered the
process of socio-economic development in India.” Comment.
- Examine the main provisions of the National Child Policy and throw light
on the status of its implementation.
- “Demographic Dividend in India will remain only theoretical unless our
manpower becomes more educated, aware, skilled and creative.” What measures
have been taken by the government to enhance the capacity of our population
to be more productive and employable?
- “The broader aims and objectives of WTO are to manage and promote
international trade in the era of globalization. But the Doha round of
negotiations seem doomed due to differences between the developed and the
developing countries.” Discuss in the Indian perspective.
- Evaluate the economic and strategic dimensions of India’s Look East
Policy in the context of the post Cold War international scenario.
- “Increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in India and growing
interference in the internal affairs of member-states by Pakistan are not
conducive for the future of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation).” Explain with suitable examples.
- What are the aims and objectives of the McBride Commission of the
UNESCO? What is India’s position on these?