he IAS Main 2013 started on 2 December 2013 with the Essay Paper. The General Studies Paper II was conducted on 3 December 2013 according to the new Syllabus and Pattern of the IAS Main 2013 notified in the Advertisement of Civil Services Notification in March. The Papers are conducted according to the Scheme of Examination notified recently. The General Studies Paper II carries 250 Marks and containing 25 Questions. Each 10 marks question had the word limit of 200 words. The candidates can read the review of the new Syllabus and Pattern here.
1 mark needs 20 relevant and effective words.
The General Studies Paper I came with an instruction to write 200 words for each question of 10 marks. It means the paper is expecting from the candidates to write 5000 words in 3 hours which is a difficult task. The General Studies Paper II had 25 questions of 10 marks each making it a paper of 250 marks as mentioned in the syllabus of the examination.
Though in the instruction itself the Union Public Service Commission mentioned that the content is more important than the word limit but it will create a mental pressure on the candidates to write around 5000 words in the time frame of 3 hours.
The one way out for the candidates can be the answers in the point form so that the candidates can finish the whole paper. The General Studies paper II has some subsections also making the question more dynamic and difficult.
The Union Public Service Commission is expecting from the candidates to write 5000 words in 3 hours it means that with the blink of eye the candidates should start writing the answer. The candidates will now on have to take more pain in preparing the answers in this format because now onwards they will have to incorporate their creativity in the word limit. But on other hand it indirectly has the implications that the candidates will resort to rote learning because the candidates will don’t have the time and space to show their creativity.
Some of the Topics suggested by the Jagranjosh.com were there in the General Studies Paper II such as the increasing Chinese Interest in Indian Ocean- String of Pearls and other Topics.
Question Paper Specific Instructions
Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions:
There are TWENTY FIVE questions printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
All the questions are compulsory.
The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.
Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-wm-Answer (QCA)
Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authorized one.
Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
Any page or portion of the page left blank in the answer book must be clearly struck off
Q.1. The role of individual MPs (Members of Parliament) has diminished over the years and as a result healthy constructive debates on policy issues are not usually witnessed. How far can this be attributed to the anti-defection law which was legislated but with a different intention? (200 words) 10
Q.2. Discuss -Section 66A of IT Act, with reference to its alleged violation of Article 19 of the Constitution. (200 words) 10
Q.3. Recent directives from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are perceived by the 'Nagas' as a threat to override the exceptional status enjoyed by the State. Discuss in light of Article 371A of the Indian Constitution. (200 words) 10
Q.4. 'The Supreme Court of India keeps a check on arbitrary power of the Parliament in amending the Constitution.' Discuss critically. (200 words) 10
Q.5. Many States Governments further bifurcate geographical administrative areas like Districts and Talukas for better governance. In light of the above, can it also be justified that more number of smaller States would bring in effective governance at State level? Discuss. (200 words) 10
Q.6. Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed to address and solve the problems. Is the failure due to structural or process inadequacy or both? Discuss. (200 words) 10
Q.7. Discuss the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission which have been a departure from the previous commissions for strengthening the local government finances. (200 words) 10
Q.8. The product diversification of financial institutions and insurance companies, resulting in overlapping of products and services strengthens the case for the merger of the two regulatory agencies, namely SEBI and IRDA. Justify. (200 words) 10
Q.9. The concept of Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme is almost a century old in India with early beginnings in Madras Presidency in pre-independent India. The scheme has again been given impetus in most states in the last two decades. Critically examine its twin objectives, latest mandates and success: (200 words) 10
Q.10. Pressure group politics is sometimes seen as the informal face of politics. With regards to the above, assess the structure and functioning of pressure groups in India. (200 words) 10
Q.11. The legitimacy and accountability of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their patrons, the micro-finance outfits, need systematic assessment and scrutiny for the sustained success of the concept. Discuss. (200 words) 10
Q.12. The Central Government frequently complains on the poor performance of the State Governments in eradicating suffering of the vulnerable sections of the society. Restructuring of Centrally sponsored schemes across the sectors for ameliorating the cause of vulnerable sections of population aims at providing flexibility to the States in better implementation. Critically evaluate. (200 words) 10
Q.13. Electronic cash transfer system for the welfare schemes is an ambitious project to minimize corruption, eliminate wastage and facilitate reforms Comment. (200 words) 10
Q.14. The basis of providing urban amenities in rural areas (PURA) is rooted in establishing connectivity Comment. (200 words) 10
Q.15. Identify the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are related to health. Discuss the success of the actions taken by the Government for achieving the same. (200 words) 10
Q.16. Though Citizens' charters have been formulated by many public service delivery organizations, there is no corresponding improvement in the level of citizens' satisfaction and quality of services being provided Analyse. (200 words) 10
Q.17. 'A national Lokpal, however strong it may be, cannot resolve the problems of immorality in public affairs.' Discuss. (200 words) 10
Q.18. The proposed withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan in 2014 is fraught with major security implications for the countries of the region. Examine in light of the fact that India is faced with a plethora of challenges and needs to safeguard its own strategic interests. (200 words) 10
Q.19. What do you understand by 'The String of Pearls'? How does it impact India? Briefly outline the steps taken by India to counter this. (200 words) 10
Q.20. Economic ties between India and Japan while growing in the recent years are still far below their potential. Elucidate the policy constraints which are inhibiting this growth. (200 words) 10
Q.21. The protests in Shahbag Square in Dhaka in Bangladesh reveal a fundamental split in society between the nationalists. and Islamic forces. What is its significance for India-? (200 words) 10
Q.22. Discuss the political developments in Maldives in the last two years. Should they be of any cause of concern to India? (200 words) 10
Q.23. In respect of India-Sri Lanka relations, discuss how domestic factors influence foreign policy. (200 words) 10
Q.24. What is meant by Gujral doctrine? Does it have any relevance today? Discuss. (200 words) 10
Q.25. The World Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, are the two inter-governmental pillars supporting the structure of the world's economic and financial order. Superficially, the World Bank and the IMF exhibit many common characteristics, yet their role, functions and mandate are distinctly different. Elucidate. (200 words) 10
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