We hope our TLP programme for Mains 2015 was of some help in your preparation. It had to run till Day 100 but considering your engagement in revision and less number of answers, we had to stop it.
But we are not done yet. As promised, we will have full MOCK from 8th to 10th December.
8th December- Essay
9th December- Paper 1 and Paper 2
10th December- Paper 3 and 4
Take these Mocks in real time at your place to get the feel of exam. We will try our best to keep the level of UPSC papers.
Also, we are giving you some important questions to practice till then. These questions are from recent Current Affairs.
- Politics is so deeply embedded in the national discourse that frequent elections in states may derail the reform agenda of the incumbent government at the centre. In light of the statement, do you think important decisions are held up during elections in order to avoid electoral backlash? Critically examine.
- Even though the recent elections in Myanmar was a historical event that marked the the continuation of a long journey towards democracy, there is no room for complacency. In fact, several irritants remain that can derail the process and the road ahead is surely a difficult one. What is your assessment of the situation? Analyse.
- Commercialization of sports has been one of the numerous fallouts of economic reforms that were introduces in the early 90s. However, the past decade has shown the ugly face of this transformation with sports becoming an added avenue for corrupt politicians and business houses for making their fortunes. Do you agree? What can be the possible solution to this problem? Discuss.
- Conflicting views on climate change negotiations, IPR issues, human rights etc should not derail the economic narrative in Indo-UK relations especially when India’s Make in India campaign coincides with the British government’s renewed agenda of opening up business with the world. Critically examine.
- Indo-UK ties have been subjected to a narrative that underscores the fact that the UK needs India more than India needs the UK at this point of time. Do you agree with this statement? Critically examine
- The issue of conflict of interests in public life and the need to have a prohibitive law in this area has been a matter of intense public debate. Politicians and bureaucrats alike have been allegedly involved in matters where their public duty has come in conflict with their private interests. Do you think a law passed to curb such conflicts will deter public servants from pursuing their private interests during office? Critically examine.
- The recommendations of the Vivek Debroy committee on the Indian Railways would go a along way in strengthening the ailing giant of the Indian economy. However, there have been concerns raised over the recommended reforms that include liberalization of the railways to promote the entry of the private sector. How do you view this issue? Is progressive liberalization the only way out for the railways? Critically examine.
- The renewal of the defence framework agreement between India and the US has in it’s backdrop the larger geopolitical context of the South China Sea and Chinese adventurism in the region. Bring out the issues that have underscored the geopolitics of the South China Sea and the US attempts to realign the narrative of this region. How do see India in this matrix? Discuss.
- Having done better on the fiscal front in the last few quarters and with a contractionary monetary policy in place, it is high time to induce private investment. However, the lack of domestic demand, rural distress and weak corporate balance sheets are the major roadblocks hindering private investment. Critically analyse.
- The tenets of cooperative federalism extend not only to matters of domestic polity and governance but also to bilateral relations. Examine the statement in light of the recently concluded land boundary agreement with Bangladesh and the much awaited Teesta water agreement
- Even though the G20 platform is meant to promote global economic recovery, promote sustainable development and discuss the roadmap for combating climate change, the recent Paris attack has brought terrorism at the forefront of discussions. It only shows that global prosperity and development is possible only in an atmosphere of peace and harmony. Comment.
- There is global economic slowdown and concerted action is required for recovery. However, the nature of slowdown is different for various economies and subsequently their priorities and agendas for recovery are also different. In a situation like this, how far the G20 can go in ensuring global economic recovery? Critically examine.
- In essence, a nation state’s fight against various forms of terrorism is a protracted war against ideologies and not armed terrorists. It is therefore prudent to address the root causes of festering ideologies that promote terror at the local level. Comment.
- The priorities of the defence sector lies in enhancing domestic capabilities. The Make in India initiative and the decision to increase the cap of FDI in the defence sector would go a long way in ensuring critical technology transfers and self reliance in sensitive defence equipments. Critically analyse.
- Education sector shouldn’t become a theater of ideological battles. While it is fine to infuse indigenous sources and perspectives into the current education system, the modern and scientific outlook towards knowledge can’t become subservient to ideology of any kind. Critically analyse.
- Conflicting and contrasting views on education policy pertaining to curriculum, administration, funding and autonomy of universities have necessitated the drafting of a National Education Policy. What are the lessons from the ongoing debate over the issues related to education should reflect in the policy? Discuss.
- The key impediments for the economy lies neither in policy paralysis nor in the vagaries of the external sector. It is the crisis of political economy in India that has constrained it’s potential from being realized fully. Only if the parliamentarians learn to manage the floor and adopt a inclusive approach, key economic legislations can be passed. Critically examine.
- Achievements of the foreign policy depends largely upon the successes on the domestic front. The articulation of India’s commitments towards engagement with the outside world must be followed by concrete actions on the ground. Analyse the statement in light of the evolution of foreign policy in the last 18 months.
- While there have been intense public debates over the pros and cons of FDI in multi brand retail, any decision to introduce FDI in the booming e-commerce segment requires even more careful scrutiny and caution. Do you agree? Discuss.
- South Korea and Japan are significant players in India’s Act East policy. Both these democracies offer opportunities for long term economic engagement, defence cooperation and strategic ties. However, in order to realize the full potential of the relations, initiatives on the domestic front is equally important. Examine.
- It is a matter of fact that marital rape is a rampant social relaity in India. There has been vociferous demands from the civil society to criminalize the act which violates the bodily integrity and autonomy of a woman. However, there must be adequate safeguards in place before such steps are taken. Do you agree? Critically examine.
- A smart city is not only a livable, enjoyable and sustainable city but also an inclusive city that caters to the needs of all the sections of the society. However, the current discourse on smart cities in India seems to have ignored this aspect of ‘smartness’. Do you agree? Examine in detail.
- Examine how religion has played a role on the forefront in making India a secular state.
- Will setting up of ‘Truth commissions’ help solve the violations and age old sources of conflicts in a vast country like India? If yes, then how and if no, then why not?
- ‘…so long as there is a piece of bread in the home of the beggar, he will give half of it’- how important is the role played by spiritual knowledge in the quest of our advancement towards larger good of the society?
- Each work has to pass through these stages- ridicule, opposition and then acceptance. Keeping in view the present set-up of Indian administration critically comment on the credibility of these stages.
- “Everyone can see the sky, even the very worm crawling upon the earth sees the blue sky, but how very far it is-so it is with our ideals. Outline the importance one’s ideals play in one’s life.
- Face the terrible, face it boldly. Discuss the philosophy behind it and how important an attribute it is.
- The highest things are under your feet-The life of a civil servant won’t be easy to endure. Suggest ways to keep one’s head held high and reforms to abstain from corruption and insecurity at work