Current General Studies: August 16-31, 2017

Model Questions

  1. What are the major problems in devising a proper legal and policy framework around the domestic workers in India? Discuss.
  2. What is CRISPR technology? What role can it play in medical science, industry and agriculture? Discuss while highlighting the various ethical and safety issues around this technology.
  3. What are the new authorities states have been mandated to establish under the new Metro Rail Policy? Discuss while highlighting the key features of new policy.
  4. The PPP model as a part of the New Metro Policy aims at lessening the burden on the Central government in funding metro projects however, past experience has not been very good. Why PPP Model did not succeed in metro rail projects? Discuss.
  5. One of the novel visions of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, 2013 is to make India one of the top five global scientific powers by 2020. In the light of suitable examples, discuss India’s partnership in international / global science projects in recent times.
  6. Critically discuss the government policy towards Rohingyas living in various parts of the country. Do you agree with the government stance? Argue.
  7. Critically analyze India’s achievements in Deep Sea Mining Programme while highlighting the major issues and concerns.
  8. While India, Afghanistan hail Trump’s new South Asia Strategy, questions are raised about it efficacy. Analyse the recently mooted South Asia Strategy and its challenges.
  9. Critically examine the current proposal to merge all the state PSBs comes in the backdrop of increasing Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) and consequent deteriorated asset quality and lower earnings.
  10. One of the biggest concerns of the Indian manufactured drugs is that of their quality. To what extent, the recenty proposed Draft Pharmaceutical Policy 2017 addresses this issue? Discuss.
  11. What do you understand by the so called Three Warfares Strategy (san zhong zhanfa) of China? Was this policy been applied practically anywhere? Discuss.
  12. “The technological development in warfare is increasing fast. Autonomous robots and cyborgs are the definite future of warfare of the world.” Comment.
  13. How the Biotech Kisan And Cattle Genomics can make difference into the lives of farmers? Dicuss highlighting their scope.
  14. Make an assessment of five years of National Green Tribunal performance putting major decisions and cases in light? Also comment on the apparent conflicts between NGT’s green activism and development agenda of successive governments.
  15. “Urban floods are significantly different from rural flooding.” Discuss while highlighting the causes of Urban Floods in India.
  16. What are “minority institutions”? How are they different from other institutions? Discuss in the light of constitutional provisions.
  17. What are the tangible benefits of the geotagging of the assets created under MGNREGA? Elucidate the role of National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO and National Informatics Centre in geotagging.
  18. Do you agree with the view that role of the Central Board of Film Certification should be limited to certification and not to censorship? Give arguments.
  19. Why India has neither signed nor ratified the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol? Justify the government stand.
  20. While the PAHAL scheme appears to be successful, Direct Benefit Transfer in food is much more complex and appears to be in doldrums.” Discuss critically.
  21. The RBI’s household finance committee recently showed that only 5% of the average Indian household’s wealth is in financial assets. Critically analyze the reasons and its implications for mobilization of resources in economy.
  22. Critically analyze the Draft Pharmaceutical Policy 2017 suggestion to improve the quality of drugs in India?
  23. Do you agree with the view that huge imbalance in India-ASEAN trade has rendered the free trade agreement between India and ASEAN irrelevant? What are the major reasons for this imbalance? Discuss giving suitable suggestions.
  24. “Law and Order should be moved from state list to union list in the seventh schedule of the constitution.” Critically discuss in the light of political interference faced by police personnel impeding the functioning of police.
  25. Critically discuss the impact of recent Supreme Court verdict on women rights in India.
  26. To what extent, the merger of public sector banks into one large entity can solve all or some of problems of the banking sector in India? Discuss critically.
  27. What may be the most profound impacts of Artificial Intelligence on economy? Can artificial intelligence help in India’s economic transformation? Discuss.
  28. What is cloud seeding? How it can help in failing rainfall? Can cloud seeding help in mitigating climate change also? Discuss.
  29. Critically examine the various issues around Railway safety in India
  30. In a large and diverse country like India, authorities are regularly confronted with large-scale protests, riots; incidents of mass civil disorder and crowd disasters. While keeping in focus the NDMA guidelines on Crowd Disaster Management, discuss the various issues faced by state governments.
  31. Elucidate the key differences in Section 144 of CrPC and Curfew while highlighting their role in crowd control
  32. “Restrictions on fundamental right to privacy must be just, reasonable and fair and should be for the larger good of the society and empowerment of people.” Discuss critically.
  33. Discuss the composition and functions of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). What is the relevance of creation of additional bodies comprising several ministers such as current government’s Alternative Mechanism (AM) and previous government’s GoM (Group of Ministers)?
  34. How non-state actors bend foreign policies of countries? Critically discuss while keeping India’s neighbourhood in focus.
  35. What should be the key legal and policy cornerstones of India’s data protection framework? Discuss in the light of Supreme Court verdict of August, 2017 upholding the right to privacy as a fundamental right
  36. The British Colonial rule systematically broke the traditional system of community management of irrigation tanks in various parts of India. While taking Madras Compulsory Labor Act of 1858 as an example, discuss why the practices such as Kudimaramath did not flourish despite of state legislations.
  37. Discuss the key problems in India’s public health infrastructure establishing their link with India’s development challenges.
  38. Discuss the provisions of section 8(1) of Right to Information Act and various issues thereof. Do you agree with the view that RTI in defence sector would improve transparency? Give arguments.

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