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  1. Do you agree that regionalism in India appears to be a consequence of rising cultural assertiveness? Argue. (UPSC 2020)
  2. Has caste lost its relevance in understanding the multi- cultural Indian Society? Elaborate your answer with illustrations. (UPSC 2020)
  3. “Caste system is assuming new identities and associational forms. Hence, caste system cannot be eradicated in India.” Comment. (UPSC 2018)
  4. How the Indian concept of secularism is different from the western model of secularism? Discuss. (UPSC 2018)
  5. ‘Communalism arises either due to power struggle or relative deprivation. Argue by giving suitable illustrations. (UPSC 2018)
  6. The spirit tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part at the present. Elaborate. (UPSC 2017)
  7. Distinguish between religiousness/religiosity and communalism giving one example of how the former has got transformed into the latter in independent India. (UPSC 2017)
  8. In the context of diversity of India, can it be said that the regions form cultural units rather than the States? Give reasons with examples for your viewpoint. (UPSC 2017)
  9. What are the two major legal initiatives by the State since Independence,addressing discrimination against Scheduled Tribes (STs)? (UPSC 2017)
  10. Has the formation of linguistic States strengthened the cause of Indian Unity? (UPSC 2016)
  11. Why are the tribals in India referred to as the Scheduled Tribes? Indicate the major provisions enshrined in the Constitution of India for their upliftment. (UPSC 2016)
  12. What is the basis of regionalism? Is it that unequal distribution of benefits of development on regional basis eventually promotes regionalism? Substantiate your answer. (UPSC 2016)
  13. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, despite having divergent approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden. Elucidate. (UPSC 2015)
  14. Describe any four cultural elements of diversity in India and rate their relative significance in building a national identity.(UPSC 2015)
  15. Critically examine whether growing population is the cause of poverty OR poverty is the main cause of population increase in India.(UPSC 2015)
  16. How do you explain the statistics that show that the sex ratio in Tribes in India is more favourable to women than the sex ratio among Scheduled Castes?(UPSC 2015)
  17. Discuss the changes in the trends of labour migration within and outside India in the last four decades.(UPSC 2015)
  18. Discuss the positive and negative effects of globalization on women in India.(UPSC 2015)
  19. Debate the issue of whether and how contemporary movements for assertion of Dalit identity work towards annihilation of caste.(UPSC 2015)
  20. How does patriarchy impact the position of a middle class working woman in India?(UPSC 2014)
  21. Why do some of the most prosperous regions of India have an adverse sex ratio for women? Give your arguments.(UPSC 2014)
  22. The life cycle of a joint family depends on economic factors rather than social values. Discuss.(UPSC 2014)
  23. Discuss the various economic and socio-cultural forces that are driving increasing feminization of agriculture in India.(UPSC 2014)
  24. How do the Indian debates on secularism differ from the debates in the West?(UPSC 2014)
  25. Discuss the various social problems which originated out of the speedy process of urbanization in India.(UPSC 2013)
  26. 'Male membership needs to be encouraged in order to make women's organization free from gender bias. "Comment.(UPSC 2013)
  27. Critically examine the effect of globalization on the aged population in India.(UPSC 2013)
  28. Growing feeling of regionalism is an important factor in generation of demand for a separate State. Discuss.(UPSC 2013)
  29. The Union Cabinet recently cleared the proposal to rename and amend the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986. What are the salient features of the proposed amendments?(UPSC 2012)
  30. In the context of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, India has emerged as a hub of commercial surrogacy. What key biological, legal and ethical issues merit consideration while framing the regulation to govern surrogacy in India?(UPSC 2012)
  31. Discuss the extent, causes, and implications of the 'nutrition transition' said to be underway in India.(UPSC 2011)
  32. Bring out the salient features of the PCPNDT Act, 1994, and the implications of its amendment in 2003.(UPSC 2011)



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