(Download) UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2017
Exam Name: UPSC IAS Mains Law (Paper-I)
Time Allowed: 3 Hours
SECTION – A
Q1. Answer the following in about 150 words each.
(a) Discuss the importance of Rights to life and personal
liberty with reference to recent case laws.
(b) Is ‘Secularism’ an essential feature of the Constitution of India? Explain
in the light of decided case laws.
(c) Elucidate the scope of the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of
India under the constitution with regard to Criminal matters.
(d) Explain the phenomenon of tribunalisation of justice in India.
(e) Breifly explain the grounds on which administrative actions can be subjected
to judicial review.
(a) What is the position of Governor in State? Examine the
Pardoning Powers of the Governor under the Constitution. Is Pardoning power,
subject to judicial review?
(b) In view of the importance of Panchayti Raj institution in local governance,
do you think the idea of prescribing educational qualification to contest local
body election is undemocratic and incoherent?
(c) Explain the significance of the rule of ‘AUDIALTERSMPSRTEM’ in
administrative decision making and state the circumstances under which ‘post
decisional hearing’ can effectively satisfy the mandate of natural justice.
(a) Evaluate the constitutional provisions relating to
administrative relation between the Union and the state with special emphasis on
inter-governmental delegation of administrative power.
(b) Discuss the law relating to the powers of Parliament and State Legislatures
to punish a person for breach of their privileges.
(c) Discuss the circumstances under which ‘Financial Emergency’ can be
proclaimed by the President of India and effects thereof.
(a) Examine the powers and role of Election Commission of India
in conducting free and fair election.
(b) Do you think the current trends in judicial activism in India are
inconsistent with the Principles of Separation of Powers, which is considered to
be one of the basis features of the Constitution?
(c) Do you think the institution of Lokpal, as envisaged under the Lokpal and
Lokayukta Act, 2013, is efficacious enough to curb corruption in India? State
the inadequacies in the legislative framework, if any.
SECTION – B
Q5. Answer the following in about 150 words each.
(a) What are the theories relating to relationship between
International Law and Municipal Law? Elaborate.
(b) What are the factors that govern the recognition of insurgency and
(c) Does the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have the competence to
determine its own jurisdiction? Discuss with case law.
(d) Define ‘hijacking’ and discuss the main provisions of the hague
(e) Comment on the provisions relating to prohibition of use of force and
exceptions thereto under the U.N. Charter,1945.
(a) Define ‘high sens’. Discuss in brief the provisions of the
convention on high seas. Is freedom of fishing on high sens recognized?
(b) The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is
playing an important role in maintaining the stability of the global economy.
(c) Enumerate the various methods of Peaceful Settlement of International
disputes. Elaborate on judicial settlement.
(a) What do you mean by Human Environment? Discuss the role of
United Nations Organisation (UNO) in protecting and improving the human
(b) Define ‘Nationality’. What are the modes of acquisition and loss
nationality? What is the position of nationality of married woman?
(c) Discuss the provisions relating to amendment and modification of treaties
under the Vienna Convention on Law of Treaties, 1969.
(a) Explain the main provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition
of Nuclear Weapons, 2017.Do you think it can lead to complete elimination of
(b) Discuss the scope of right of asylum under International Law and explain
‘territorial’ and ‘extra-territorial’ asylum.
(c) Elucidate the fundamental principles of International Humanitarian Law as
envisaged under International Conventions.