General Studies Paper 2: Indian Polity & Constitution

Historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure. devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity; Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act; Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

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Model Questions "The object of the regulating act was good, but system that it established was imperfect." Discuss Critically while elucidating how the defects of the Regulating Act were removed? "One of the biggest problems created by the Regulating Act was the tussle between the Supreme Court and the Governor…
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Model Questions United States is thrice in size in area in comparison to India and has 50 states in comparison to 29 states in India. Still, US has a small constitution. Justify the reasons keeping both the countries in focus. To what extent India’s demography and social diversity is responsible…
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Background: Procedure of amendment of the Constitution Part XX of the Constitution of India has only one article that is Article 368 that deals with the amendment of the Constitution.  As per this article, Parliament may add, amend or repeal any provision of the constitution as per the procedure laid…
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Model Questions Describe the emergence of Basic Structure concept in the Indian Constitution. (1994) Explain the importance of Basic Structure doctrine in amending the constitution. “April 24, 1973 is very important in the history of India”. Explain the significance of Kesavananda Bharati case and also state its implications. “The attempt…
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Model Questions Examine the role of Rajya Sabha in keeping the balance of law making powers between Union and States. What do you understand by Doctrine of Territorial Nexus? Discuss the importance of this doctrine towards Indian federation. "Power of parliament to make laws for the whole or any part…
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Model Questions To what extent, Indian federalism is responsible for regionalism in India? Discus. To what extent, regionalism is responsible for the type of federalism we have? Discuss. The emergence of insurgencies in India is closely linked to various problems at home; the problems of centre-state relations and of relations…
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Model Questions "In Indian Constitution, separation of functions is followed and not of powers." Explain while throwing light upon various provisions in the constitution. Critically examine the scope of Article 131 of the constitution towards Redressal of inter-state dispute. Why the Supreme Court provided that a dispute under this article…
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Part-I: Select Statutory Bodies National Commission for Women The National Commission for Women is a statutory body established in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990. This commission was for the first time recommended by Committee on Status of Women in India in 1974 and then successive…
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Model Questions "Pressure Groups are sometimes known as informal face of the politics." Explain while differentiating them with political parties. Differentiate between interest & cause groups; and insider & outsider groups. What role do they play in polity? Discuss with examples. Discuss the various functions of Pressure groups while commenting…
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Model Questions for Mains "The Representation of Peoples Acts have been amended for several times, often witnessing a progressive improvement in the election process and sometimes reflecting the tussle between the executive and judiciary." Discuss Critically. "Only an elector can be a representative. If a person is not qualified to…