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

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

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General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

  1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

  2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

  3. Government Budgeting.

  4. Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers

  5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

  6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

  7. Land reforms in India.

  8. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

  10. Investment models.

Challenge Questions:


Q1. Smart cities cannot only be about displaying technology  and delivering services; fundamentally, they have to be inclusive and equitable places to live in. Discuss (200 words) 10 Marks "Write Your Answer in below form"

Q2. The Economic Survey unveiled by the government this year had emphasised the need to revisit the role of the Planning Commission in allocation of funds to states. Several states, including Gujarat, had in the past criticized the role of the commission over the way funds were allocated to states. Evaluate. (200 words) 10 Marks "Write Your Answer in below form"

Q3. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) issued draft rules for setting up infrastructure investment trusts in an attempt to channel more investments into the infrastructure sector, infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) would have a similar tax-efficient pass through status for PPP and other infrastructure projects. Discuss(200 words) 10 Marks "Write Your Answer in below form"

Q4. New Delhi has refused to give its consent to a trade facilitation protocol being pushed by several developed WTO members, such as the US, Australia and the EU, till there is a permanent solution on public stockholding. Elaborate (200 words) 10 Marks "Write Your Answer in below form"

Q5. Despite the high growth over the past two decades, concerns have been raised over the growth not being equally distributed. Policy makers responded to these concerns arguing for inclusiveness in the 11th Five Year Plan in 2007. Discuss(200 words) 10 Marks "Write Your Answer in below form"

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