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Ethics Part A – Theory

2019 1.(a) What are the basic principles of public life? Illustrate any three of these with suitable examples. (150 words) 10 (b) What do you understand by the term ‘public servant’? Reflect on the expected role of public servant. (150 words) 10 2.(a) Effective utilization of public funds is crucial to meet development goals. Critically examine the reasons for under-utilization […]

Ethics Part B – Case Studies

2019 Case Study 1 You are heading the rescue operations in an area affected by severe natural calamity. Thousands of people are rendered homeless and deprived of food, drinking water and other basic amenities. Rescue work has been disrupted by heavy rainfall and damage to supply routes. The local people are seething with anger against […]

Indian Economy and Economic Development

2019 44. Enumerate the indirect taxes which have been subsumed in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India. Also, comment on the revenue implications of the GST introduced in India since July 2017. 45. Do you agree with the view that steady GDP growth and low inflation have left the Indian economy in good […]


2019 19. How far is Integrated Farming System (IFS) helpful in sustaining agricultural production (Answer in 150 words) 10 20. Elaborate the impact of National Watershed Project in increasing agricultural production from water-stressed areas. (Answer in 150 words) 10 2018 1. What do you mean by Minimum Support Price (MSP)? How will MSP rescue the farmers from the […]

Science and Technology

2019 20. How was India benefited from the contributions of Sir M.Visvesvaraya and Dr. M. S. Swaminathan in the fields of water engineering and agricultural science respectively? 21. What is India’s plan to have its own space station and how will it benefit our space programme? 22. How is the Government of India protecting traditional […]

Environment and Ecology

2019 12. Define the concept of carrying capacity of an ecosystem as relevant to an environment. Explain how understanding this concept is vital while planning for sustainable development of a region. (Answer in 250 words)15 13. Coastal sand mining, whether legal or illegal, poses one of the biggest threats to our environment. Analyse the impact of […]

Internal Security Challenges

2019 28. The banning of ‘Jamaat-e-islaami’ in Jammu and Kashmir brought into focus the role of over-ground workers (OGWs) in assisting terrorist organizations. Examine the role played by OGWs in assisting terrorist organizations in insurgency affected areas. Discuss measures to neutralize the influence of OGWs. 29. What is CyberDome Project? Explain how it can be useful […]

Disaster Management

2019 8. Disaster preparedness is the first step in any disaster management process. Explain how hazard zonation mapping will help disaster mitigation in the case of landslides. (Answer in 250 words)15 9. Vulnerability is an essential element for defining disaster impacts and its threat to people. How and in what ways can vulnerability to disasters […]

Indian Polity

2019 47. Do you think that Constitution of India does not accept principle of strict separation of powers rather it is based on the principle of ‘checks and balance’? Explain. 48. From the resolution of contentious issues regarding distribution of legislative powers by the courts, ‘Principle of Federal Supremacy’ and ‘Harmonious Construction’ have emerged. Explain. […]


2019 38. The central administrative tribunal which was established for redressal of grievances and complaints by or against central government employees nowadays is exercising its power as an independent judicial authority. Explain. 39. What are the methods used by the farmers’ organisation to influence the policy-makers in India and how effective are these methods? 40. […]