Weekly Mains Exam 2014 Answer Writing Challenges- General Studies - II "MODULE- III"

Weekly Mains Exam 2014 Answer Writing Challenges- General Studies - II

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Module III (Complete Syllabus)

General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People's Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Questions :

Q.1. India-Japan ties blossom at the confluence of Modi-Abenomics . Discuss. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.2. Compare and contrast important features of the constitution of Afghanistan and India. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.3. The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 or Nuclear Liability Act is a highly debated and controversial Act . Explain. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.4. “There can be no separate foreign policy for Tamil Nadu.” Comment. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.5. India does not need a commission for planning; it needs a commission to ensure vision and flawless coordination for exceptional execution with integrity. Discuss. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.6. Examine the origin, dimensions and implications of Sino-Indian border dispute. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.7. “North-South Cooperation is historical responsibility, South-South cooperation is voluntary partnership.”Comment.(200 words) 10 marks

Q.8. Explain the impact of coalition politics on India’s foreign policy since late 1990s. (200 words) 10 marks

Q.9. The implication is that India’s policy with West Asia is framed by its oil and remittance workers (although when the latter were being expelled, it was the oil relationship that prevented India from a more robust defence of its citizens).(200 words) 10 marks

Q.10. Reforms are needed in the law enforcement system to make convictions more possible and punishments more convincing. Comment (200 words) 10 marks

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