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. The nature of economic growth in India in recent times is
often described as a jobless growth. Do you agree with this view? Give
arguments in favour of your answer.
Q2. 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.
Q3. In the 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.
Q4. How can the Digital India program help farmers
to improve farm productivity and income? What step has the government taken
in this regard?
Q5. In what way could replacement of price subsidy
with direct benefit Transfer (DBT) change the scenario of subsidies in
Q6. What are the impediments in marketing and
supply chain management in developing the food processing industry in India?
Can e-commerce help in overcoming this bottleneck?
Q7. Craze for gold in Indian has led to 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
Q8. “Success of make in India program depends on
the success of Skill India programme and radical labour reforms.” Discuss
with logical arguments.
Q9. To what factors can be the recent dramatic
fall in equipment cost and tariff of solar energy be attributed? What
implications does the trend have for thermal power producers and related
Q10. There is a clear acknowledgement that Special
Economic Zones (SEZs) are a tool of industrial development, manufacturing
and exports. Recognising this potential, the whole instrumentality of SEZs
require augmentation. Discuss the issue plaguing the success of SEZs with
respect to taxation, governing laws and administration.
Q11. What do you understand by “Standard
Positioning System” and “Precision positioning system” in the GPS era?
Discuss the advantage India perceives from its ambitious IRNSS programme
employing just seven satellites.
Q12. What are the areas of prohibitive labour that
can be sustainably managed by robots? Discuss the initiatives that can
propel the research in premier research institutes for substantive and
Q13. Discuss the advantage and security
implication of cloud hosting of servers vis-a-vis in house machine based
hosting for government business.
Q14. 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 country’s
fight against erroneous patents. Discuss the pro and cons of making the
database available publicly available under open source licensing.
Q15. Discuss 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?
Q16. 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.
Q17. Human right activists constantly highlight
the fact that the Armed forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) is a
draconian act leading to cases of human right abuses by security forces.
What sections of AFSPA are opposed by the activists. Critically evaluate the
requirement with reference to the view held by Apex Court.
Q18. Religious indoctrination via social media has
resulted in Indian youth joining the ISIS. What is ISIS and its mission? How
can ISIS be dangerous to the internal security of our country.
Q19. 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
mainstream of social and economic growth.
Q20. Considering the threats cyberspace poses for
the country, India needs a “Digital Armed Forces” to prevent crimes.
Critically evaluate the National Cyber Security Policy, 2013 outlining the
challenges perceived in its effective implementation.