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1. Explain the concept for which noble prize for medicine 2017 has been awarded. What is the significance these findings? - GS
2. Is self a process/product? - sociology
3. What is meant by new political science? Does new political science address the issue of fact-value dichotomy? - political science
1.Distinguish between household and family. How has globalisation altered the structural functional dimensions of family in India?.
2. Difference between Representative Democracy and Participatory Democracy. Illustrate.
1.Explain Marx's Camera Obscura.(150 words)(Political science)
2.Society is God writ large. Comment (150 words).(Sociology)
What is the significance of the directions given by Supreme court in “Prakash Sing vs Union of India case”?. To what extent have they been implemented?.
Greater public investment is the need of the hour to revive Indian economy. Examine.
What is the importance of literacy works in Indian freedom struggle and how it helps in unification of people?
Can soft power ethics help India achieve it's foreign policy goals?.
The mission for a clean India will not work without breaking the link between caste and occupation. Comment.
Has the UN lived up to its expectations?
Examine the role of India as a regional stabiliser in South Asia.
Distinguish between the effect and incidence of direct taxation. How do direct taxes affect the production and savings in the economy.
India is always the part of solution to Afghan riddle. Examine.
India's membership on the NSG still looks very uncertain. Explain.
Rights place some limits on the authority of the state. Explain with examples.(GS-2)
1. Briefly discuss the impact of globalisation on culture?(GS-1)
2. What measures do you think the government has taken, or should take, to protect the rights of landless agricultural labourers and migrant workers?(GS-2)
3. How has liberalisation affected employment patterns in India?(GS-3)
What is mean by hormonal therapy? how is it used in treating cancer?
How have the poetry, literature, music and dance facilitated socio-political transformation in India?
Does economic growth improve the Happiness of the people?
1.Ethnic politics poses the severe threat to unity and integrity of India. Examine.
2.Is it time to review Section 377?
Identify the ‘governance deficits’ in Corporate Sector in India. Name the recently constituted Committee on Corporate Governance and what are its terms of reference?.
What would be the impact of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Automation on employment in India in the next 10 years?
What lies ahead of ongoing North Korea Nuclear crisis? Will it result in a sanctions paradox situation?
1. What does NITI Aayog's draft energy policy lack?
2. What is "Pork barrel"?. How does it influence Indian politics?
What is CPISPR-Cas9 gene editing? Identify the ethical issues involved.
1. What are invasive trees?. How do they affect environment?(GS-3)
2. Is establishing Parliamentary Budget Office essential? (GS-2)
Is "Deterrence Theory" hindering Nuclear disarmament in the world?. Place your arguments with respect to recent development.
1. Should the freeze on Delimitation Exercise be curbed?
2. Explain geoengineering approach to beat climate change. Compare it with carbon sequestration.
Does censorship in film curtail Freedom of Speech and Expression?. Cite two examples in the recent news.
Hepatitis is considered more lethal than AIDS. how is it caused?. Write a short notes on the initiatives of Government of India to eradicate Hepatitis.
1. 'Privacy is Fundamental, but wholly qualified Right'. Comment.(GS-2, Political science)
2. What are Thalassaemia and Sickle cell Anemia?. How they have become major health concern in India?. How they can be managed?(S&T)
Is Inflation targeting under MPC regime is satisfactory.Comment.(200 words)
Does cultural Freedom hamper Federal polity in India?
1. Raj Bhavan is the best preparatory ground for the non ceremonial duties of the President. Comment.(GS-2, Political science)
2. From an Utilitarian Ethical perspective, place the debate on Right to Privacy as a Democratic outcome.(GS-4)
3. Is caste an aspect of Race? (Sociology)
4. Identify the challenges at MC-11of WTO.(GS-3)
1. Would NITI Aayog's privatization of select services in district hospitals bring equity in access to health services in India?
2. The promises of Democracy can only be realized through collective action in civil society. Substantiate with respect to recent happenings. (Political science)
3. In what forms plastics come into our daily usage? Why are they considered as threat to environment and human health? (GS-3)
4. How is "Gender pay Gap" linked to Sexual Division of Labour? Has Globalization brought any change in this regard? (Sociology, GS-1)
Putting an end to Manual scavenging needs more than stringent laws. Comment.
Infrastructure is structurally distressed in the era of hyperglobalization. Critique the statement.
Identify the benefits of "Sea buckthorn Inititiative"
MSP has provided only minimum support to the farmers and has very little meaning on the ground. Comment.
'Aadhaar is an effective instrument in removing Corruption and enabling Citizen Empowerment'. Comment.
What is meant by "Nash Equilibrium" in International relations?. How is it linked with MAD Doctrine?
Comment on the dilemma between Fundamental Rights and Parliamentary privilege. Does legal codification of parliamentary privileges a viable solution?
Identify the issues facing prisons in India. Discuss the constitutionality of need for prison reforms and give your suggestions for the same.
Present your arguments on state funding of elections in India.
What is the significance of Sundarbans?. Give a brief note on conservation efforts of Sundarbans.
What went wrong with India’s Nirbhay cruise missile?.
Does lack of legal codification of Parliamentary privileges spell disaster on Freedom of Speech and Expression?
'Drought in India is mostly man-made'. Do you agree?. Place your suggestions for efficient drought management in India.
What is "PETYA"?. Why is India worried?. What could India do?.
What would be the implications Chinese move to close the Nathu la Pass route and How should India handle this?
What is meant by Antibody Dependent Enhancement(ADE) and what is its utility with respect to Zika infection?
Increasing MSP is not a desirable policy measure always. Do you agree?.
Define Social Audit. Social audit assumes greater significance in the context of democratic decentralization since 1992-93. Comment.
Identify the nature of relationship between conflict and development vis-à-vis Kashmir.
Farm loan waivers are a curse than a blessing. Discuss.
1.Explain the industrialization and sustainable development from regional perspective.
2.India’s role in Sri Lanka ethnic conflict Discuss
1.Discuss interdependence between human security and human development
2.Describe the salient features of international agreements adopted during the Rio Conference.
1.Critically examine the issues of accountability of civil society organizations.
2.Examine the global environment negotiations highlighting the salient features of some of the declarations
1.Critically analyse the drawback of electoral system in India
2.Bring out the relationship between the equality of women and sustainable
What is CRISPR - CaS9?. Identify its Benefits. What are the Ethical concerns?.
In the summer of 1942 Gandhi was in a strange and uniquely militant mood. Comment.
Explain the different views put forth about the origin of Himalayas and divide Himalayas into vertical divisions.
1.What is meant by "Emissions Gap"? How close are India's INDC to this?2.NGO's face the crisis of leadership. Discuss.
1.Short notes on "Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas". Do you suggest to replicate this JV Scheme on a larger scale even if it means substantial investment on every child?. Substantiate your answer.
2.With increased competition, farmers are supposed to get a higher share of the consumer price. Comment.
1. Compare the Pardoning Power of Indian President with that of USA, UK, and GERMANY.
1."Parliament can do anything or everything but make a man a woman or vice versa". Examine the context of the above quotation vis-a-vis the Indian Parliament
2.Should the focus of policy making should shift to relative poverty as against absolute poverty?.
1.Examine the political attitudes and activities of Indian students in the contemporary India.
2.Despite a sizeable proportion of workforce being engaged into MSME sector, its contribution to GDP is meager. Comment
1.Examine issue of Radicalization of youth in India
2.Is Conscience the most reliable guide to ethical decision making?.
1.The Collegium system of appointment of Judges had been "misunderstood and misused".Comment.
2.Hate the sin not the sinner. (Mahatma Gandhi).Comment
1.Distinguish between Communalism & Religious Fundamentalism in India.
2.Critically examine Kasturirangan panel’s proposal of a target of setting up 215 Waste to Energy plants by 2031 to generate 1,075 MW.
1.What impact did the end of Cold War have on India?.
2.Distinguish between Gandhara, Mathura & Amaravati School
1.Financial Inclusion is a driver for Inclusive Growth. Explain.
2.Virtue is the basis of every sound society. (Plato). Comment.
1.With increased competition, farmers are supposed to get a higher share of the consumer price. Comment..
2.Social reforms must precede political reforms. (Ambedkar) Comment.
1.What is meant by Ethical Egoism?. Give an example from your life experience.
2.. What is meant by Value conflict?. What are the sources of Value Conflicts in Civil Services?
What is sweet gas?How is it distributed in India?What are the challenges in extracting it?
1.How has “Demographic Dividend” become “Demographic Disaster” for India?.
2.Short notes on Aryan Rock System & Dravidian Rock System. From which kind of these rock systems do you get Gondwana coal..
The sad truth of the matter is that the French Revolution, which ended in disaster, has made world history, while the American Revolution, so triumphantly successful, has remained an event of little more than local importance. Comment.
1. Rights are the product of history. Critique.
2. Identify the tension between Group Rights and Individual Rights w.r.t. Khap Panchayats issue.
1.To what extent can Germany be held responsible for causing two world wars?Discuss critically
2.Debate the issue of whether and how contemporary movements for assertion of dalit identity work towards annihilation of caste.
1.Why does Pakistan view India's ties to Afghanistan with suspicion?.
2.What is meant by Polarity in international relations?.Explain.
1.Give your opinion on the urban development in India during the Mughal times.
2.What are the challenges of fiscal consolidation with respect to 7th Pay commission and rising Oil prices?
1.Assess the contribution of the Cholas in the expansion of Indian culture outside India.
2.Characterize the features of Peasant movements in Colonial India. To what extent these movements played a role in Indian Freedom Struggle?.
1.Let Panchseel lapse and Let panchamrit rise
2.Evaluate the Plato's attitude to the emancipation of women
Discuss the legacy of British Raj on foreign policy of post colonial India
Discuss the current state of India’s partnership with Africa
1.Analyse the role of religion in anti–colonial struggles
2.Discuss the contribution of civil society to democracy in India.
1.Discuss the inter-relationship of duties and rights in the Gandhian perspective.
2.Can poverty be reduced by the increase in income alone? Discuss
1.How have Human rights violation become the bone of contention between India and its neighbours?
2.Should the word socialists be deleted from the preamble as it has lost its significance in post global era?
Why Intelligent transportation system is needed in Indian Cities? Examine.
In the context of the recent global scenario,Examine the Economic and security dimensions in Indo-US relations.
1.Examine the changing dimensions of security and highlight the international
initiatives on peace and development.
2.Trace the evolution of non-proliferation policy bringing out the main features of
the non-proliferation regime.
1.Write short notes on Position of developing countries on key issues in the environmental debate.
2.Analyse the nature of state response to the challenge of ethnicity in India.
1.Analyse the relationship between social structure and federalism.
2.Explain how social inequality affects the politics and development policies in India.
Highlight the Socio Cultural significance of “Jallikattu”?. Is the ban justified?.
What is RDD?. Is RDD a threat for India?. (200 words)
Directive Principles of State Policy give shape and meaning to fundamental rights. Comment. (200 words).
What does Trump’s triumph mean for India?.
Despite passing new IPR policy, compulsory licensing and incremental patents remain still an issue. Give a critical commentary on this statement. Explain clearly the meaning and significance of compulsory licensing and incremental patents.
What are the Fragile Five?. In what context they were in news?. Where are they headed?.
What is Augmented Reality (AR)?. What are its pros & cons?.
Highlight the major features and shortcomings of Transgender Persons( Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.
To what extent do you think India has finally edged past China in the two Asian giants' rivalries in the Maldivian strategic space?.
Right to free speech under Article 19(1)(a) had to be “balanced” against the right to “reputation” under Article 21. Give a critical appreciation of this statement w.r.t. recent Supreme Court's interpretation.
Employability challenge is a big task for Indian Youth. Assess the gravity of the issue and suggest suitable solutions for the same.
Does Aadhaar neglect Personal Privacy and National Security?.
How has India’s approach to ASEAN evolved and where it stands now?.
What is the role of judiciary in safeguarding minority rights?.
Is RCEP vital for India?.
What is coral bleaching?. Elucidate its impact.
Would Uniform Civil Code be against the constitutional right to freedom of religion?.
Deepening security ties with the US is a sign of India’s Growing Confidence. Expalin.
Are sedition and anti-nationalism synonymous?.
Identify the significant initiatives taken by the election commission for making elections inclusive.
Will the new energy policy improve the health of the upstream sector?.
What are Goldilocks conditions?. Evaluate India's role as a Goldilocks economy.
Do you think the concept of marital rape “cannot be applied in the Indian context” ?.
The Economic Survey 2015-16, published ahead of the budget session, presents the most commendable analysis of agrarian crisis in India. It claims Indian agriculture to be "a victim of its own success-especially the green revolution", by becoming cereal-centric, regionally biased and input-intensive (land, water and fertilizers). The Survey makes the case for "a new paradigm" for agricultural development, aimed to get "more from less"-more productivity from less resources. Present your views on this.
The success of TAPI has lots of hopes and to make it a successful venture lot more bottlenecks need to addressed. Examine.
For production of ‘public reasoning’, there has to be a robust culture of freedom of speech and expression. Examine the statement w.r.t. Rawlsian Liberalism citing the recent JNU incidences.
Explain financial repression policy in the context of India.
What is meant by "Exit Problem" in Indian Economy?. “Chakravyuh Challenge“ is a fantastic euphemism for the much-talked about ‘exit’ problem in the Indian industry. Comment. Reference -
Chennai flood crisis 2015 is the ‘full-blown impact’ of global warming. Explain. Reference-
Elucidate India's role as a ‘net security provider’ to its maritime neighbours. Reference-
"It is not consciousness that determines existence, but social existence that determines consciousness." Comment. (Sociology & Political Science).
What is Li-Fi? How does it work?, Mention its pros and cons. Compare Li-Fi & Wi-Fi. Reference -1
Is Dissent a right under the right of the freedom of speech guaranteed as a Fundamental Right by Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution?. Reference - 1
Is the Indian strategy to align with the US to balance China a viable option?. (GS 2 & Political Science).
Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of liberal government. How has the dilemma of sedition and public order become a hurdle in this context?. How have the Supreme court interpreted what constitutes sedition?. (Indian Polity).
What are the benefits of Neem Coated Urea?. What is the recent stand of GOI w.r.t. production of neem coated urea?. (GS - 3 MAINS)
What is meant by fiscal consolidation?. Suggest a fiscal consolidation roadmap for India with a special emphasis on Austerity measures. (GS - 3 MAINS)
Characterize Dr Ambedkar’s ideological-political outlook and its contemporary utility. (GS - 1 MAINS)
Why did Plato favour an Omni - competent state?. Elucidate Popper's criticism of Plato. (Political Science)
Why did Yogendra Singh finds the sociology of Srinivas problematic ?. Explain the perspectives through which Yogendra Singh sees the process of social change. (Sociology)
What are "IndIGO and LIGO" that appear in news frequently together?. Explain the significance of this news item. (GS - 3 MAINS).
Asia-Pacific region is witnessing a strategic flux as both the Asian giants, India and China, leave footprints in each other’s backyards - the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific region respectively. How should Indian policymakers tackle this?. (Observer Research Foundation).
Capitalism strengthens caste prejudice. Examine. (The Telegraph).
Discuss the scope and limitations of PIL in light of recent news items. (Indian Express).
Do you think Pathankot attack reflects a new template of terrorism?. What lessons has Pathankot incident taught us?.
What is Indo-US solar dispute?. Elucidate India's stand in this context. How are the clauses MFN & National Treatment of WTO being interpreted?. Are they discriminatory towards countries like India?.
Does India need GM mustard?. (Science & Technology)
Is Hindu Undivided Family same as ‘joint family’?. Who is a karta, what does recent verdict in the context of Hindu Succession Act imply in terms of Women's rights?. (Sociology).
Explain the method of reducing mosquito population by 1. Genetic modification 2. Wolbachia 3. Gambusia.
Examine the constitutionality of banning gay sex in India.
What is meant by "NON-TARIFF BARRIERS"?. How is EU using non-tariff barriers to block Indian generics?.
Manufacturing base in India is low. Identify the reasons for it. Give a critical commentary on the mesaures taken in the recent past to build a globally-Competitive Manufacturing Base in India. Compare with China in this context.
What is meant by Protected area network? What is their role in ecosystem?.
What are the properties of neutrinos? Are they really harmful to health?.
Short notes on 1. Cyber plants 2. Jurassic butterflies 3. SLCP Emissions
What is Q - Carbon? Mention its properties & uses.
Highlight the major recommendations of Deepak Mohanty Committee on Medium-term Path on Financial Inclusion.
How is "Renminbi's Depreciation" significant for India?
How has MGNREGA empowered women in the last ten years?.Is MGNREGA gender inclusive?.
Short notes on following. 1.Constitutional Bench 2.Curative Petition 3.Suo motu powers of the Supreme Court. Give illustrative examples for each from the recent news.
Liberalization in India's context meant a return of the common sense that was hard to find in our economic circles since 1947. Do you agree?. Examine the factors that set stage for Librealising Indian Economy & place an unbiased review of 25 years of Liberalisation in India.
Should we combat the ban on women entering temples?.
India-France relations have “cleared every test over time”. Examine the statement and throw light on developments in Indo-French relations since 2011.
Identify the shale gas potential of India. Describe how this is going to benefit India. Ideentify the major bottlenecks in Shale gas exploration in India.
Examine the legitimacy of the social justice mechanism in India w.r.t. Rohith Vemula's suicide. Comment on the issue of traditions and continuity in such social flare-ups.
There is an accusation that India attempts to create a Sri Lanka in Nepal. Examine.
"Goods and Services Tax is a key 'brahmastra' for our GDP. Do you agree?. ( 250 WORDS).
Agriculture labour market in India is in a state of flux. Critically examine the factors responsible for this. Suggest few effective remedial neasures. (GS - 3 MAINS - 250 WORDS).
Economic sanctions on Iran have been lifted after it agreed to roll back the scope of its nuclear activities. What does this imply for Iran and the rest of the world?. Place a special emphasis from India's perspective.
What would be the impact of SC order on education qualification for panchayat polls on Gender Development?.
What does the use of the phrase “8 NE and 3 Himalayan states” signify for Indian Polity?
Why was "Bermen Ministerial Declaration" in news?. In what context it affects Indian Polity.
Delineate the issues involved in targeting beneficiaries for the National Food Security Schemes.
Examine the causes and impacts of malnutrition through a gender lens. (250 words)
What is "Zika virus"?. Why was in news recently?. How does it impact health?.
The term ‘public interest’ is so open-ended to decide the the fate of PILs. Critique.(250 words).
What are the implications of switch-over from BS-IV to BS-VI Norms by April 2020 ?.(250 Words)
Place an emphasis on the Need for Legislation to regulate Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinics as well as Rights and Obligations of Parties to a surrogacy. (GS 3 250 words).
Examine India's sanitation crisis through Gender lens.(GS 1, Sociology - 250 words).
With reference to "recent headline news issue" explain the significance of Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution. Present your own views on such issue.(Current Affairs, GS, Political Science- 250 words).
Compare BOT- ANNUITY model and Hybrid Annuity Model for PPP Projects with illustrations from the context of recent news items.