Sources of IAS Mains GS (Paper - III) - 2015
Ques 1: The nature of economic growth in India in described as jobless
growth. Do you agree with this view? Give arguments in favour of your answer.
Ques 2: Livestock rearing has a big potential for providing non-farm
employment and income in rural areas. Discuss suggesting suitable measures to
promote this sector in India.
Ques 3: In view of the declining average size of land holdings in India
which has made agriculture non-viable for a majority of farmers, should contract
farming and land leasing be promoted in agriculture? Critically evaluate the
pros and cons.
Ques 4: How can the ‘Digital India’ programme help farmers to improve farm
productivity and income? What steps has the Government taken in this regards?
Ques 5: In what way could replacement of price subsidy with Direct Benefit
Transfer (DBT) change the scenario of subsidies in India? Discuss.
Ques 6: What are the impediments in marketing and supply chain management
in industry in India? Can e-commerce help in overcoming these bottlenecks?
Ques 7: Craze for gold in Indians have led to a surge in import of gold in
recent years and put pressure on balance of payments and external value of
rupee. In view of this, examine the merits of Gold Monetization Scheme.
Ques 8: “Success of ‘Make in India’ programme depends on the success of
‘Skill India’ programme and radical labour reforms.” Discuss with logical
Ques 9: To what factors can the recent dramatic fall in equipment costs
and tariff of solar energy be attributed? What implications does the trend have
for the thermal power producers and the related industry?
Ques 10: There is a clear acknowledgement that Special Economic Zones (SEZs)
are a tool of industrial development, manufacturing and exports. Recognizing
this potential, the whole instrumentality of SEZs requires augmentation. Discuss
the issues plaguing the success of SEZs with respect to taxation, governing laws
Ques 11: What do you understand by ‘Standard Positioning Systems’ and
‘Protection Positioning Systems’ in the GPS era? Discuss the advantages India
perceives from its ambitious IRNSS programme employing just seven satellites.
Ques 12: What are the areas of prohibitive labour that can be sustainably
managed by robots? Discuss the initiatives that can propel research in premier
research institutes for substantive and gainful innovation.
Ques 13: Discuss the advantage and security implications of cloud hosting
of servers vis-a-vis in-house machine-based hosting for government businesses.
Ques 14: India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) which has a
database containing formatted information on more than 2 million medicinal
formulations is proving a powerful weapon in the country’s fight against
erroneous patents. Discuss the pros and cons making this database publicly
available under open-source licensing.
Ques 15 The Namami Gange and National mission for clean Ganga (NMCG)
programmes and causes of mixed results from the previous schemes. What quantum
leaps can help preserve the river Ganga better than incremental inputs?
Ques 16: The frequency of earthquakes appears to have increased in the
Indian subcontinent. However, India’s preparedness for mitigating their impact
has significant gaps. Discuss various aspects.
Ques 17: Human rights activists constantly highlight the
view that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) is a draconian act
leading to cases of human rights abuses by the security forces. What sections of
AFSPA are opposed by the activists? Critically evaluate the requirement with
reference to the view held by the Apex Court.
Ques 18: Religious indoctrination via digital media has
resulted in Indian youth joining the ISIS. What is ISIS and its mission? How can
ISIS be dangerous for the internal security of our country?
Ques 19: The persisting drives of the government for development of large
industries in backward areas have resulted in isolating the tribal population
and the farmers who face multiple displacements with Malkangiri and naxalbari
foci, discuss the corrective strategies needed to win the left wing extremism (LWE)
doctrine affected citizens back into the mainstream of social and economic
Ques 20: Considering the threats cyberspace poses for the country, India
needs a “Digital Armed Force” to prevent crimes. Critically evaluate the
National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 outlining the challenges perceived in its
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