Duration: 3 hours
Instructions: Answer the following questions
in not more than 200 words each. Contents of the answers are more important
than their length. All questions carry equal marks.
Note: Each question carries 12.5 Marks (12.5×20 = 200 Marks )
Q1. Discuss the possible factors that inhibit India from enacting
for its citizen a uniform civil code as provided for in the Directive
Principles of State Policy.
Q2. The concept of cooperative federalism has been increasingly
emphasised in recent years. Highlight the drawbacks in the existing
structure and extent to which cooperative federalism would answer the
Q3. In the absence of well – educated and organised local level
government system, Panchayats and Samitis have remained mainly political
institutions and not effective instrument of governance. Critically Discuss.
Q4. Khap panchayats have been in the news for functioning as extra
– constitutional authorities, often delivering pronouncements amounting to
human right violations. Discuss critically the actions taken by the
legislative, executive and judiciary to set the things right in this regard.
Q5. Resorting to ordinances has always raised concern on violation
of the spirit of separation of power doctrine. While noting the rationales
justifying the power to promulgate, analyse whether the decision of the
Supreme Court on the issue have further facilitated to resorting to this
power. Should the power to promulgate the ordinances be repealed?
Q6. What are the major changes brought in the Arbitration and
Conciliation Act, 1966 through the recent ordinance promulgated by the
President? How far will it improve India’s dispute resolution mechanism?
Q7. Does the right to clean environment entail legal regulation on
burning crackers during Diwali? Discus in the light of Article 21 of Indian
Constitution and judgements of the apex in this regard.
Q8. Examine critically the recent changes in the rule governing
foreign funding of NGOs under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA),
Q9. The Self Help Group (SHG) Bank Linkage Program (SBLP), which
is India’s own innovation , has proved to be one of the most effective
poverty alleviation and women empowerment programme. Elucidate.
Q10. How can be the role of NGOs be strengthened in India for
development works relating to protection of the Environment? Discuss
throwing light on the major constraints.
Q11. The quality of higher education in India requires major
improvement to make it internationally competitive. Do you think that the
entry of foreign educational institutions would help improve the quality of
technical and higher education in the country. Discuss.
Q12. Public health system has limitation in providing universal
health coverage. Do you think that private sector can help in bridging the
gap? What other viable alternatives do you suggest?
Q13. Though there have been several different estimates of poverty
in India, all indicate reduction in poverty over time. Do you agree.
Critically examine with reference to urban and rural poverty indicators.
Q14. In the light of Satyam Scandal (2009), discuss the changes
brought in the corporate governance to ensure transparency and
Q15. If amendment bill to the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2011
tabled in the Parliament is passed, there maybe no on left to protect.
Q16. For achieving the desired objectives,it is necessary to
ensure that the regulatory institution remain independent and autonomous.
Discuss in the light of experiences in recent past.
Q17. Increasing interest of India in Africa has its pro and cons.
Q18. Discuss the impediments India is facing in its pursuit of a
permanent seat in UNSC.
Q19. Project ‘Mausam’ is considered a unique foreign policy
initiative of Indian government to improve relationship wit its neighbours.
Does the project have a strategic dimension? Discuss
Q20. Terrorist activities and mutual distrust have clouded India –
Pakistan relations. To what etent the use of soft power like sports and
cultural exchange could help generate goodwill between the two countries.
Discuss with suitable examples.