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01, January 2014
A1 LEADER
Write a critical note on the advantages and disadvantages of GM foods. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A2
What is the difference between border and frontier? Highlight the importance of effective
management of border security for India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A3
Write a note on the contribution of CSIR to the field f scientific research in India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A4
Critically analyze the relations between Saudi Arabia and India in the light of recent major events in
the Middle East region. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A5
Write a short note on following dance forms (50 Words each)
Sangrai Mog
Margam Kali
Chakri
Panthi Nritya
Dollu Kunitha
Silambattam

The Hindu
A6
Critically comment the role of media in influencing the public opinion, especially in India. Is it good
for the country? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A7
What do you understand by economic reforms? Compare and contrast Indias and Chinas approach
towards economic reforms in the past twenty years. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A8
Analyze the measures needed to be taken to move towards sustainable solutions to urban water and
waste management. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A9
The empowerment of women empowers the society. Critically comment in the Indian context. (200
Words)
The Hindu
A10
It is imperative that the government reviews the methods of gathering data on poverty estimates
without further delay and significantly retool its development schemes. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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02, January 2014
B1, B2
What is subsidy? Explain the rationale behind providing subsidy to petrol, diesel and kerosene in
India? Why is there an opposition to continuation of subsidies? (200 Words)
The Hindu
B3, B4
Write a critical note on the functioning of the speaker in Loksabha and state assemblies. (200
Words)
The Hindu
B5, B6
Critically analyze the roles and responsibilities of CAG in India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
The Hindu
B7, B8
Recent study has shown that a good majority of the wild tiger deaths in the country was the result of
poaching. Discuss the threat of poaching to wildlife and the measures taken by the government in
wildlife conservation. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B9, B10
What is the difference between PSLV and GSLV? Why GSLV is important? (200 Words)
The Hindu
C1, C2
Write a note on the National Nutrition Mission (200 Words)
The Hindu
C3, C4
Has the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission programme succeeded in its mission?

Evaluate. (200 Words)


The Hindu
C5, C6
Analyze the efforts being made so far to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine. (200
Words)
The Hindu
C7, C8
Write a note on PURA model. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C9, C10
Explain what is fiscal deficit and current account deficit? (200 Words)
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03, January 2014
D1, D2 - LEADER
What is CCTV? Explain the technology involved in its operation. Do you think that they are pervasive
and infringing our privacy? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
D3,D4
What is GPS? Explain the technology involved in it. What are its uses? (200 Words)
The Hindu
D5,D6
What is the difference between CNG, PNG and LPG? Explain (200 Words)
The Hindu
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D7,D8
Write a not on Cryosphere (150 Words)
The Hindu
D9,D10
Assess the impact of climate change on societies. (200 Words)
The Hindu
E1,E2
Throw light on use of e-technology in the aid of farmers. Give examples. (200 Words)
The Hindu
E3,E4
Has the role of central banks changed post 2008 world economic crisis? Critically examine. (200
Words)
The Hindu

E5,E6
What is civil society? Do you think it should actively involve in power politics to achieve the
development agenda? Critically comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
E7,E8
Write a note on Power System Development Fund (PSDF) (200 Words)
The Hindu
E9,E10
Highlight the importance of having good relations with Maldives for India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
F1,F2
What were the recommendations of the Naresh Chandra Committee on defence reforms? (200
Words)
The Hindu
F3,F4
Write a note on Indias Mega Power Projects Policy (200 Words)
The Hindu

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06, January 2014
I7,I8 LEADERS
Write a note on the Indian Regional Navigational Satellites System (IRNSS) (200 Words)
The Hindu
I9, I-10
How well is ISRO placed in terms of commercialization of its space missions? Analyze. (200 Words)
The Hindu
The Hindu
J1,J2
Write a critical note on the need, principle behind its functioning and drawbacks of EVMs. (200
Words)
The Hindu
J3,J4
What are the grievances of riparian states of Cauvery river regarding sharing of its waters? Explain
the recent awards of the tribunal set up for addressing disputes between these states. (200 Words)
The Hindu
J5,J6
Analyze the recent developments in India Bhutan relationship. Do you think India is acting like a
big brother towards its neighbors? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
J7,J8
What causes cold waves in Northern part of India during winters? Explain (200 Words)
The Hindu
J9,J10
Write a note on The Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill 2013 (200 Words)

The Hindu
K1,K2
What efforts have been made by UN and its agencies to protect children and women in war affected
countries like Afghanistan? Examine (200 Words)
The Hindu
K3,K4
Write a note on the structure and causes of volcano. (200 Words)
The Hindu
K5,K6
What is a power grid? Explain the advantages and disadvantage of having a single power grid for the
whole country. (200 Words)
The Hindu
K7,K8
Evaluate Indias efforts at indigenization of defence technologies. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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07, January 2014
A1,A2
What is social audit? How effective is social audit in effective implementation of many government
schemes? Explain with examples. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A3,A4 LEADERS
What measures has government of India taken to protect wildlife from illegal trade and poaching.
Give examples. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A5,A6
Do you support abolition of the capital punishment? Explain why. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A7,A8
What is Environment Impact Assessment? Do you think Indias EIA process is free from weaknesses?
Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A9,A10
Examine how India managed to eradicate polio in the country. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B1,B2
Critically comment on the influence of economic liberalization on the nature of social movements in
India in the last two decades.
The Hindu
B3,B4
Why is the success of GSLV mission so important for India? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu

B5,B6
Write a note on the defence cooperation between India and japan. Do you think it is in Indias
interest to forge stronger strategic ties with Japan? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B7,B8
What were the important findings and recommendations of Sachar committee report? (200 Words)
The Hindu

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08, January 2014
K9, B9
What is financial inclusion? What measures have been taken by the government and the RBI to bring
financial inclusion? Do you think they have succeeded? Examine. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B10, C1 LEADERS
Do you think protests against setting up of nuclear projects in India are justified? Substantiate. (200
Words)
The Hindu
C2,C3
What are the economic, cultural and sociological reasons behind lack of proper toilets in the
majority households in India? Do you think Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan (NBA) Scheme would eradicate
the open defecation practice? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C4,C5
How glaciers are formed? Explain their ecological significance. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C6,C7
Write a note on the measures taken to reform taxation in India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C8
Uttarayan festival (50 Words)
The Hindu
C9,C10
What is Sethusamudram project? Why is is being opposed? (200 Words)
The Hindu

D1,D2
Critically analyze the implications of thawing relations between Iran and USA on the geopolitics of
West Asia. (200 Words)
The Hindu
D3,D4
Write a not on the importance of stratosphere for the Earth and its inhabitants. (200 Words)
The Hindu
D5,D6
What are the strengths and weaknesses of Eurozone? What were the causes of recent Eurozone
crisis? Analyze. (200 Words)
The Hindu
D7,D8
What is geothermal energy? How is it produced? Explain the world distribution of this energy
resource. (200 Words)
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09, January 2014
D9,D10
Write a not on the distribution of coal in India. Explain the significance of coal to Indias economy.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
E1,E2 LEADERS
Write a note on various schemes introduced by the government of India for the welfare of Indian
expatriates. What is the rationale behind such schemes? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
E3,E4
Do you think common school system should be introduced in India to improve the quality of
education? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
E5,E6
What are the important provisions of Right to Education act? Do you think it would improve the
quality of the education in India? Discuss. (200 Words)
The Hindu
E7,E8
The purpose of enacting the Biological Diversity Act is to ensure that communities and local people
who have worked hard for generations, reap the benefits of conservation. Critically examine. (200
Words)
The Hindu
E9.E10
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) (150 Words)
The Hindu
F1,F2

In Bangladesh, unending political and civil strife can only undermine the gains such as the best
social indicators in South Asia built over the last few years. Critically comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
F3,F4
The strange problem is that New Delhi is neither a State nor even a glorified Union Territory (UT).
Do you think Chief Minister of Delhi has less powers than his counterparts in other states?
Comment why. (200 Words)
The Hindu
F5,F6
Do you think the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) has helped India in increasing
hydrocarbon production? What are the issues involved in implementation of this policy? Examine.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
F7,F8
Improving Access to Affordable & Quality TB Tests (IPAQT) (200 Words)
The Hindu

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11, January 2014
I-9, I-10
Is development becoming the victim in the fight for environment protection in India? In the light of
recent controversies against mining in forest and tribal areas, critically analyze the question. (200
Words)
The Hindu
J1,J2 LEADERS
What are neutrinos? Why is there a keen interest on them? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
J3,J4
Write a short note on Lalit Kala Academy (100 Words)
The Hindu
J5,J6
Write a note on Technology Mission On Oilseeds, Pulses and Maize. Explain why India needs to
increase the production of pulses. (200 Words)
The Hindu
J7,J8
What causes diabetes? What are the causes of its high prevalence in India? (200 Words)
The Hindu
J9,J10
Examine the causes of recent civil war in South Sudan. What has been the international response to
the crisis? Explain with special reference to Indias response. (200 Words)
The Hindu
K1,K2
What is the bone of contention between China and surrounding countries in the South China Sea?
Explain the response of concerned regional multilateral organizations on the dispute. (200 Words)

The Hindu
K3,K4
When the state responds to political violence in an indiscriminately heavy-handed manner,
members of extremist groups will only harden their positions and hesitate to join the democratic
mainstream. Comment on the statement in the light of spreading left wing extremism. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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12, January 2014
K5, K6
What is Western Disturbance? Discuss its significance to northern India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
K7, K8 LEADERS
Bring out the causes of frequent arrests of fishermen between India and Sri Lanka. How do you
think both countries should resolve the issue? Comment (200 Words) The Hindu
K9, K10
Comment on the nature of economic relations between India and Nepal. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A1,A2
What are the reasons behind conflict between man and animal in the wildlife regions? Explain with
any recent examples. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A3,A4
A democracy like India with a healthy tradition of debate on nuclear issues needs to balance
transparency with the need to protect its citizens against terrorism. Comment on the statement in
the light of recent report placing India at 23rd position out of 25 countries in terms of securing its
nuclear stockpile from non-state actors. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A5,A6
Examine why Kerala has a more successful Panchayat Raj system compared to other states. (200
Words)
The Hindu
A7,A8
Write a note on the role of SEBI with special reference to its role in ensuring corporate governance.
(200 Words)

The Hindu

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13, January 2014
A9, A10
What is Index of Industrial Production (IIP)? Explain its significance. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B1,B2
What are the highlights of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of
Sex Selection in India) (PNDT), Act 2003? Evaluate its performance. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B3,B4 (LEADERS)
Compare and contrast Indias relationship with South Korea and North Korea. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B5,B6
Comment on the role of health sector in addressing violence, particularly against women and girls.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
B7,B8
Write a note on the composition and mandate of CRPF. (200 Words)
The Hindu
B9,B10
What is cross-subsidisation? Do you think it is feasible in India to adopt cross-subsidisation and help
the poor? Critically comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C1,C2
It is said that what is good for the U.S. will be good for other economies as well. Elaborate. (200
Words)
The Hindu

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14, January 2014
C3,C4
Aadhaar is the biggest anti-corruption platform. Do you agree with this view? Substantiate. (200
Words)
The Hindu
C5,C6
What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing FDI in retail sector in India? Do you think
arguments made against it are justified? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C7,C8 LEADERS
Discuss the causes of river pollution in India and highlight with examples the threats posed by
polluted rivers to environment and people . (200 Words)
The Hindu
C9,C10
What were the circumstances that led to the 1962 Indo-China war? Write a critical note on Indias
preparedness in its borders to avoid 1962 like situation. (200 Words)
The Hindu
D1,D2
Write a note on the beginning of Indias peaceful nuclear program? What are the challenges India is
facing in setting up more reactors to meet the increasing demand for electricity? Discuss. (200
Words)
The Hindu
D3,D4
Write a note on the objectives and components of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) (200
Words)
The Hindu
D5,D6

Pluralism is the keystone of Indias civilisation and culture. Comment.


The Hindu
D7,D8
It is misleading to cast environmental safeguards and development as conflicting imperatives when
they are vitally interlinked. Do you agree with the statement? Elaborate. (200 Words)
The Hindu
D9,D10
Bring out the differences between Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. Examine why classical
music in India is not a popular career choice. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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15, January 2014
E1,E2
Critically comment on the nature of relationship between the public and private sectors postliberalization period in India. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
E3,E4
The systems and strategies put in place to reach every child in every part of the country with
lifesaving polio vaccines can be used to save millions of children from other preventable diseases.
Elaborate. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
E5,E6
Is it in Indias interest to forge deeper relationship with Japan and Korea to counter China? Critically
comment. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
E7,E8
A comprehensive change in regulatory philosophy is required to bring about meaningful financial
inclusion in India. This would entail a shift from the present bank-centric, mandate-driven approach
to an emphasis on competition, innovation and consumer protection as the pillars of regulatory
philosophy. Elaborate. (200 Words)
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16, January 2014
E9,E10
Write a critical note on the barriers to trade. How does WTO address to remove such barriers? (200
Words)
The Hindu
F1,F2
Critically examine the factors that led to Operation Bluestar in 1984. What were its consequences?
(200 Words)
The Hindu
The Hindu
F3,F4
What are the possible ecological, social and economic costs of unmitigated climate change for India?
Critically examine. (200 Words)
The Hindu
F5,F6 LEADERS
Do you think the latest agreement reached on mitigating climate change are in tune with the
recommendations of the IPCC? Critically evaluate. (200 Words)
The Hindu
F7,F8
What is the role of society in providing proper environment and support to the disabled people? Do
you think social model is more important than medical model in supporting disabled people?
Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
F9,F10
Housing Start Up Index (HSUI) (150 Words)
The Hindu

G1,G2
Write a note on the depiction of Buddha in ancient Indian art. (200 Words)
The Hindu
G3,G4
Evaluate India Myanmar relations of last two decades. (200 Words)
The Hindu
G5,G6
Africa is seen as a potential destination for future investments and business by both the developed
and emerging economies. Give a reasoned account for this shift in opinion. (200 Words)
The Hindu
G7,G8
What is the strategic importance of raising energy boom in USA? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
G9,G10
What are Optionally fully convertible debentures (OFCD) and why they were in news? (200 Words)
The Hindu

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17 January 2014
H1,H2
Comment on the present visa policy between India and Pakistan. (200 Words)
The Hindu
H3,H4
Write a note on the model and success story of fertilizer cooperatives in India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
H5,H6
Examine the implications of deeper strategic ties between India and Korea in the Asia-Pacific region.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
H7,H8
Do you support the establishment of branches of foreign universities in India? Substantiate. (200
Words)
The Hindu
H9,H10
What possible role can China, India and Russia together play in Afghanistan once US withdraws
most of its troops? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
I1,I2
Telhara university (100 Words)
The Hindu
I3,I4
What is fly-ash? What are it benefits? (200 Words)
The Hindu

I5,I6
What are the possible national interests at play in Russias pursuance of proactive diplomacy in the
middle East region? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
I7,I8
What is gene therapy? What are the latest breakthroughs in the field? (200 Words)
The Hindu
I9,I10
The Nachiket Mor report is a truly visionary document that should help the Reserve Bank and the
government to initiate specific moves towards complete financial inclusion. Comment. (200 Words)
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18 January 2014
J1,J2
Explain the role of technology in boosting agricultural income for the farmers. Write a note on TNIAMWARM (Irrigated Agricultural Management and Water Resources Management) project. (200
Words)
The Hindu
J3,J4
What measures has government of India taken to meet the increasing demand for LPG in the
country? Analyze. (200 Words)
The Hindu
J5,J6
To achieve modernisation, China needs to secure a peaceful international environment to develop
itself, and safeguard and promote world peace with its development. Comment. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
J7,J8 LEADERS
The quality and volume of public goods and services supplied by the government as well as the
effectiveness and efficiency of welfare transfers determine the voter behaviour in India. Analyze.
(200 Words)
The Indian Express
J9,J10
Critically analyze the role of the Istanbul process in bringing about stability and development to the
Heart of Asia region. (200 Words)
The Hindu
K1,K2
Write a critical note on the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act, 2011 . (200 Words)
The Hindu
K3,K4

Write a not on the important recommednations of the Mihir Shah Task Force Committee on
Comprehensive National Social Assistance Programme (Pension). (200 Words)
The Hindu
K5,K6
Critically comment on the Japans the Arc of Freedom and Prosperity strategy and its implications
on India-Japan relations. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
K7,K8
With a proactive role based on the power of judicial review, the higher judiciary in India has
attained an unprecedented significance. However, in the areas of judicial management and
appointments, there is little scope for euphoria. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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19, January 2014
K9 LEADER
Do you think self-serving political system is to blame for the separatist movements in India?
Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A1,A2
Our simple masses did not understand how the British manipulated the Indian upper class to retain
British culture as the supreme culture. Do you agree with this view? Substantiate. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
A3,A4
Junbeel Mela (100 Words)
The Hindu
A5,A6
Write a note on the Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission scheme. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A7,A8
Critically evaluate Indias strategy and efforts to combat AIDS. (200 Words)
The Hindu
A9,A10
What is the ecological significance of Sundarban forests? Explain the threats it is facing in the
region.
The Hindu

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20, January 2014
B1,B2
Recent studies have found that despite increased outlays in education, especially after the RTE was
passed, learning levels have remained stagnant in Indian schools. What are the reasons behind it?
What needs to be done? Analyze. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
B3,B4
The new disabilities bill could help enshrine a more modern understanding of the issue. Elaborate.
(200 Words)
The Indian Express
B5,B6
Why in your opinion does India lag behind China in manufacturing sector? Critically examine. (200
Words)
The Indian Express
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B7,B8 LEADERS
Economic progress in India has been hampered by weak institutions that are either complacent or
rent-seeking or both. Comment. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
B9,B10
Agriculture R&D, especially in the field of transgenics, is crucial to the economic prosperity of
India. Do you agree with this assessment? Comment. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
C1,C2
Write a note on structure and mandate of the National Disaster Response Force (200 Words)
The Hindu

C3,C4
Recent scientific breakthroughs that targeted rare genetic forms of brain disorders have identified
pivotal developmental processes that are necessary for normal brain development. Elaborate. (200
Words)
The Hindu
C5,C6
Write a critical note on the significance and objectives of setting up of Bharatiya Mahila Bank. How
different is it from other banks? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
C7,C8
Comment on the key recommendations of the report of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)-appointed
Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Business and Low Income Households.
(200 Words)
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21, January 2014
1. Write a note on the need for APMC reforms. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
2. The current crisis in Thailand is an extension of the same partisan deadlock that has
characterised the countrys politics for years. Elaborate. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
3. Critically analyze the latest developments that have taken place since Arab Spring revolutions.
(200 Words)
The Indian Express
4. What are the objectives of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)? Do we need two separate
schemes for rural and urban population? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
5. Discuss the salient features of city architecture of the Vijayanagar empire that was built in Hampi,
in Karnataka. (200 Words)
The Hindu
6. Write a note on the contribution of Jainism to literature in ancient and medieval India. (200
Words)
The Hindu
7. From caste discrimination through forced marriages to sex-selective abortions, entrenched
practices among sections of the British South Asian diaspora pose continuing challenges.
Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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22, January 2014
1. Explain the salient features of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and highlight the need for
ensuring food safety in India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
2. Examine how India and Japan, as leading maritime democracies, can play a decisive role in
promoting peace and prosperity in the Indo- Pacific Region?. (200 Words)
The Indian Exoress
3. Right to seek mercy under Article 72/161 is a constitutional right and it is not at the discretion or
whims of the executive. Elaborate. (200 Words)
The Hindu
4. What is the composition and function of delimitation commission? Why is delimitation done? (200
Words)
The Hindu
5. Targeted therapy, precision medicine and cancer genomics is the new vocabulary of cancer
research and treatment. Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
6. By desired outcomes of environment laws, we mean not a grant or rejection of clearance but
substantive results like reducing environmental conflict, achieving social justice through decisions
and ensuring the highest order of environmental compliance. Elaborate. (200 Words)
The Hindu
7. Indias nuclear capability is disaggregated and with weak institutional features. Critically
comment. (200 Words)
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24, January 2014
1. Critically comment on the contribution of Subhas Chandra Bose to Indias freedom struggle. (200
Words)
The Hindu
2. What do you understand by money supply? What are the measures adopted in India to measure
money supply? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. What are the implications of the Reserve Bank of Indias decision to phase out currency notes
issued before 2005? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
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4. Write a short note on Angariya courier system. Is it legal in India? (200 Words)
The Hindu
5. What is spectrum management? Why radio frequency spectrum is a valuable resource? Explain in
the context of India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
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6. That auction should be a preferred route to allocate scarce resources such as spectrum is
conditional upon getting the auction design right. Analyze in the context of India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
7. Write a note on cooperation between India and France in space technology. (200 Words)
The Hindu
8. Ethoxyquin (100 Words)
The Hindu
9. What is Corporate Social Responsibility? Should it be enforced through legislation? Comment.
(200 Words)

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10. governance cannot simply mean growth any more but means the way it contributes through a
discourse of accountability, institutional procedures and transparency to widening economic
opportunities and a more inclusive democratic order. Elaborate. (200 Words)
The Hindu
11. How does inflation affect development? Examine the role of RBI in containing inflation. (200
Words)
The Hindu
12. What measures should India take to fight the spreading extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis
(XDR-TB) strain? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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25, January 2014
1. Critically comment on the role of family in the Indian society in producing socially responsible
individuals. (200 Words)
The Hindu
2. Discuss the various threats faced by wildlife in India. Do you think conservation efforts are
defeated by the vested interests in and around the wildlife habitats? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. Write a note on the contribution of ICRISAT to the Indian agriculture. (200 Words)
The Hindu
4. The India-Japan partnership is yet to move beyond the economic to the strategic. Analyze. (200
Words)
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The Hindu
5. Indias manufacturings share in the GDP has remained stationary at 15-16 per cent for more than
three decades now, far lower than the 25-35 per cent that characterises the East Asian economies.
In the light of Indias 2011 ambitious National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), critically analyze the
constraints it is facing in the manufacturing sector and how they can be overcome. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
6. Social attitudes need to change, reflecting liberal and humane values, if the country is to ensure
gender equality and protection for all its women. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
7. What is bond yield? Do they reflect the health of an economy? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
8. Recent recommendations by the RBIs Urgit Patel committee set up to revise and strengthen the
monetary policy framework in India might not go well with the Finance ministry. Comment. (200
Words)
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26, January 2014
1. Should Chinese economic presence and strategic influence in Nepal worry India? Comment. (200
Words)
The Hindu
2. Explain with an example how poor countries can use traditional knowledge and native resources
to bring development. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. Comment on the shortcomings of criminal justice system t in India. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
4. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance. Comment in the light of recent political
developments in the country. (200 Words)
Business Standard (www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/president-cautions-aganst-unstable-govt-114012500877_1.html)
5. The developing world cannot rely on a single instrument the interest rate to deal with both
the domestic business cycle and the global financial cycle. Elaborate. (200 Words)
Business
Standard
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www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/alok-sheel-how-emerging-markets-deal-with-global-spillo
vers-114012500728_1.html)
6. In our rural and urban areas both water and sanitation are closely linked and hence the two
should go hand in hand. Comment on the statement in the light of continuing practice of open
defecation by large number of Indians and governments efforts to bring sanitation from past 65
years. (200 Words)
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Standard
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27, January 2014
1. How and from where do government mobilize resources to narrow the fiscal deficit? Explain. (200
Words)
The Hindu
2. Suggest any out of the box solution to deal with Naxalism in India. Where do you think
government is failing in dealing with naxal threat? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. As two Communist states, what has been the relationship between China and Russia since the
break-up of USSR. Examine. (200 Words)
The Hindu
4. What are the reasons behind protests against the government in Ukraine? Comment on the
external factors in causing the protests. (200 Words)
The Hindu
5. The problem with the Palk Bay fishing conflict is precisely its interstate character. Comment.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
6. To Indias national security interests, Japan is irreplaceably valuable. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
7. How is Genetically Modified crop is produced? Explain with an example. (200 Words)
The Hindu
8. The policy of free power is a very bad idea and against the spirit of reforms. Comment. (200
Words)
Business Standard (www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/free-power-is-bad-olicy-says-plancom-member-114012600347_1.html)
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9. Write a critical note on the role of bureaucracy in improving the education outcomes in Indian

schools. (200 Words)


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28, January 2014
1. Write a critical note on recent controversies in the pharma sector in India. Does these
development augur well for Indias health sector? Comment. (200 Words)
Business Standard
(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/indian-pharma-s-twin-woes-114012701141_1.html)
2. What is the mandate of UNHRC? Critically comment on its functioning citing any two recent
examples. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. Write a critical note on the role of judiciary in ensuring social justice in India. (200 Words)
The Hindu
4. What is current account deficit? What measures does government usually take to contain it?
Comment on the effects of such measures on the economy. (200 Words)
The Hindu
5. What is genome or DNA sequencing? How does it help in diagnosis of diseases? (200 Words)
The Hindu
6. The escalating political crisis in Ukraine has cast a deep shadow over Russias relations with
Europe. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
7. Do you think escalating conflicts between fishermen between maritime neighbors across the
world is an indication of deteriorating food security situation? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
8.The lack of involvement of beneficiaries, who are systematically disempowered and discouraged
from questioning service delivery and holding implementing agencies accountable, is one of the key
reasons for implementation failure of various government schemes. Elaborate highlighting the
importance of social audits. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
9. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has served
as the major catalyst in the global movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of

charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing them as full and equal members of
society, with human rights. Critically analyze in the context of Indias efforts at passing a legislation
for disabled persons on the line of above mentioned convention. (200 Words)
The Indian Express

10. Syria is coming close to shifting from an India-friendly regime to a possibly hostile, Islamist
regime. Comment and highlight what should be Indias approach. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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29, January 2014
1. Critically comment on the deep sea trawling and its effect on marine biodiversity in the Indian
context. (200 Words)
The Hindu
2. Critically evaluate the NRLM and its objectives. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. Critically examine the issues involved around mining in sensitive areas like Western Ghats. In
your opinion, what should be the governments approach? Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
4. What are the effects of diesel price regulation on the economy and who are the beneficiaries? Do
you support its price deregulation? Explain why. (200 Words)
The Hindu
5. Do you support plebiscite in Kashmir to find a peaceful solution for its future? Critically comment.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
6. Write a note on the adverse effects of plastic on the environment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
7. Write a note on the need and highlights of draft Regulatory Reforms Bill, 2013. (200 Words)
The Hindu
8. Between India and Japan, the strategic component of the relationship has increased dramatically
over the last four years. Examine. (200 Words)
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30, January 2014
1. What are the technologies available for recycling or using the urban waste for productive
purposes? Explain. (200 Words)
The Hindu
2. Write a critical note on Ravindranath Tagores views on education. (200 Words)
The Hindu
3. Indias curriculum outpaces what pupils can realistically learn and achieve in the time given.
Comment on the statement in the light of recent findings by various reports about the poor quality of
education in India.
The Hindu
4. The lasting solution for the sugar sectors woes, indeed, lies in striking a balance between the
demand both domestic and export and output of sugar and sugarcane. Elaborate. (200 Words)
Business Standard
(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/failing-on-sugar-114012901294_1.html)
5. Despite the current decade being called Indias decade of innovation, the country has been
ranked at the bottom of the list of 25 countries in terms of its intellectual property (IP)
environment. Explain why. (200 Words)
Business Standard
(www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/protecting-patents-india-worst-i-world-114012900371_1.html)
6. Does India need an independent autonomous regulator for the environment sector? Comment.
(200 Words)
Business Standard
(www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/green-panel-to-come-under-reulator-114012900930_1.html)
7. It is high time that India embarked on creating the next generation of IT companies, which can
move up the value chain. Comment in the light of Indias stand on global internet governance. (200
Words)

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8. In India, social and economic conditions in India are not ripe for the total abolition of state
killings in the form of the death sentence. Critically comment. (200 Words)
The Indian Express
9. What is round-tripping? Analyze the trade relations between India and Mauritius. (200 Words)
The Hindu

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31, January 2014
1. What are the major problems being faced by Indian cities in providing adequate, safe and rapid
urban transport system? Explain the steps taken by the union government in this regard. (200
Words)
The Hindu
2. At present how a Supreme Court judge is appointed? Do you think its a fair system? Comment.
(200 Words)
The Hindu
3. Handloom sector is being deliberately suffocated and killed and it is not a subsidy guzzling
sunset industry as is being projected. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu
4. With special reference to India, examine the issues related to immigration reforms in USA. (200
Words)
The Hindu
5. The NATO has repeatedly tried to invent new roles for itself since the collapse of Soviet Union
and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation in 1991. Comment. (200 Words)
The Hindu