Sources of IAS Mains GS (Paper - I) - 2015
Ques 1: The ancient civilization in Indian sub-continent differed from
those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have
been preserved without a breakdown to the present day. Comment.
Ques 2: Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the
cultural life of the times but also a fine aesthetic sense comparable to modem
painting. Critically evaluate this comment.
Ques 3: How different would have been the achievement of Indian
independence without Mahatma Gandhi? Discuss.
Ques 4: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, despite having divergent
approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden.
Ques 5: It would have been difficult for the Constituent Assembly to
complete its historic task of drafting the Constitution for Independent India in
just three years but for the experience gained with the Government of India Act,
Ques 6: Why did the industrial revolution first occur in England? Discuss
the quality of life of the people there during the industrialization. How does
it compare with that in India at present?
Ques. 7: To what extent can Germany be held responsible for causing the
two World Wars? Discuss critically
Ques 8: Describe any four cultural elements of diversity in India and rate
their relative significance in building a national identity.
Ques 9: Critically examine whether growing population is the cause of
poverty OR poverty is the main cause of population increase in India.
Ques 10: How do you explain the statistics that show that the sex ratio in
Tribes in India is more favourable to women than the sex ratio among Scheduled
Ques 11: Discuss the changes in the trends of labour migration within and
outside India in the last four decades.
Ques 12: Discuss the positive and negative effects of globalization on
women in India.
Ques 13: Debate the issue of whether and how contemporary movements for
assertion of Dalit identity work towards annihilation of caste.
Ques 14: Explain the factors responsible for the origin of ocean currents.
How do they influence regional climates, fishing and navigation?
Ques 15: Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are the three mega cities of the
country but the air pollution is much more serious problem in Delhi as compared
to the other two. Why is this so?
Ques 16: India is well endowed with fresh water resources. Critically
examine why it still suffers from water scarcity.
Ques 17: The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand
are reaching the limits of their ecological carrying capacity due to tourism.
Ques 18: How far do you agree that the behavior of the Indian monsoon has
been changing due to humanizing landscapes? Discuss.
Ques 19: Smart cities in India cannot sustain without smart villages.
Discuss this statement in the backdrop of rural urban integration.
Ques 20: What are the economic significances of discovery of oil in Arctic
Sea and its possible environmental consequences?
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