- 1. All questions are Complusory
- 2.The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.
- 3.Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this 4.Question- cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authority One.
- 4.Answers to Questions No.1 to 10,should be in 150 words, whereas answers to questions No.11 to 20, should be in 250 Words.
- 5.Keep the word limit indicated in the questions in mind
- 6.Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question- cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off
THREE questions for Section B of Paper-II (Indian Society, Communalism, and Social Empowerment):
Qn 1. Discuss the role of communalism in Indian society and its impact on social cohesion and harmony. Analyse the factors contributing to the rise of communal tensions and suggest measures to promote interfaith understanding and communal harmony in the country.
Qn 2. Gender inequality remains a persistent issue in Indian society. Examine the challenges faced by women in terms of social empowerment and their role in the development process. Discuss the initiatives taken by the government and civil society organizations to address these challenges and promote gender equality in India.
Qn.3 Social empowerment is essential for the overall development of a nation. Evaluate the progress made by India in terms of social empowerment, including issues related to caste, tribe, and marginalized communities. Discuss the role of government policies, affirmative action, and grassroots initiatives in promoting social inclusion and empowering disadvantaged sections of society.
Five IAS Mains questions from the section of Indian Polity & Governance:
Qn 4.Discuss the role and significance of the Election Commission of India in ensuring free and fair elections. Analyse the challenges faced by the Election Commission in conducting elections and suggest measures to further strengthen its independence and effectiveness in the democratic process.
Qn 5.The doctrine of separation of powers forms the foundation of the Indian Constitution. Elaborate on the concept of separation of powers and its relevance in ensuring a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government. Assess the extent to which the doctrine is practiced in India, highlighting any challenges or limitations.
Qn 6 The concept of federalism is an integral part of the Indian constitutional structure. Examine the nature of federalism in India, considering the distribution of powers between the central and state governments. Analyze the challenges faced in the functioning of federalism and suggest measures to foster a cooperative and harmonious relationship between the centre and the states.
Qn 7.The Right to Information (RTI) Act has been instrumental in promoting transparency and accountability in governance. Evaluate the impact of the RTI Act on promoting good governance and citizen empowerment. Discuss the challenges faced in the effective implementation of the Act and suggest measures to address them.
Qn 8.Judicial activism has played a significant role in shaping the course of governance and public policy in India. Analyze the concept of judicial activism and its impact on governance. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of judicial activism, and discuss the importance of maintaining a delicate balance between judicial intervention and the powers of the executive and legislative branches.
Qn 9. The reservation policy in India has been instrumental in promoting social justice and equality. Analyze the effectiveness of reservation policies in addressing historical disadvantages faced by marginalized communities. Discuss the challenges and criticisms associated with reservation and suggest measures to ensure a more inclusive and equitable society.
Qn 10. Access to quality education is crucial for promoting social justice and empowerment. Examine the state of education for marginalized and disadvantaged groups in India. Discuss the measures taken by the government to bridge educational gaps and promote inclusive education. Suggest innovative strategies to further enhance access, equity, and quality in education for all sections of society.