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There are 20 questions. All questions are compulsory.
Marks and word limit have been indicated against the question.
The duration for the test is 180 minutes.
The answers must not exceed 150 words for 10 markers and 250 for 15 markers.
Content is more important than the number of words.
1. What are the different ways through which citizenship can be acquired in India? How is the process different from other democratic nations? Illustrate with the help of suitable examples.
2. The Supreme Court shouldn’t blur the line between executive and judiciary. Policy must remain govt’s domain only. Do you agree? Critically comment.
3. What challenges does India’s federal polity pose to good governance and reforms in the fields of agriculture, policing and ease of doing business? Analyse with the help of suitable examples.
4. Do you think electoral democracy at the grass-root addresses the challenges posed by regional consciousness and identity assertion? Critically examine.
5. Do you think the Election Commission of India (ECI) as an independent and impartial body has been excessively and unnecessarily politicised by the political class? What can be its long term implications. Discuss.
6. There has been a remarkable improvement in terms of last mile delivery of critical public services in the last few years. Do you agree? With the help of suitable examples, bring out the most vital factors that can be attributed for this change.
7. Do you think strategic disinvestment of Public Sector Undertakings is antithetical to the constitutional idea of a welfare state? Critically examine.
8. Government is the biggest litigant in Courts. Why? Can you identify at least three prominent factors that lead to high number of litigations involving the Government in different courts of law? What measures can be taken to address that? Suggest.
9. There are allegations against some NGOs that they are driven by vicious agenda. What are your views on this? What measures have been taken by the Government to regulate the funding and activities of NGOs in India? discuss.
10. Do you think the model of governance adopted and implemented by the Delhi State Government, particularly in the fields of education and healthcare are worth emulating by other states? Share your views.
11. How is the Ujjwala Scheme transforming the lives of rural women in India? What are the positive spillover effects of this scheme? Analyse.
12. How is technology positively transforming governance in India? Illustrate with the help of at least three recent and ongoing examples.
13. Why is micro-finance? How does the SHG model aid in micro-financing? What are the challenges of this model? Examine.
14. Examine the significance of a quick, robust and effective grievance redressal mechanism for good governance. In this light, critically evaluate the status of various grievance redressal forums in India.
15. For India’s 21st century priorities, the civil servants can’t afford to be oblivious to the power of technology in general and ICT in particular. Discuss. Do you observe any behavioural transformation on the technology front? Examine.
16. The decision to revoke Article 370 and the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have affected India’s soft power image globally. Critically comment. What steps has the Government taken to address it? Examine.
17. Now that India is out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), what should be the key priority areas to focus on the trade and commerce front? Suggest.
18. Despite being natural partners, there are critical irritants in Indo-Us relations that aren’t letting the full potential of the cooperation being realised. Elucidate.
19. India’s diaspora has the power and numbers to alter the political discourse on foreign soils also. Do you agree? Substantiate your response with with the help of recent examples.
20. What is G-20? What is the mandate and role of G-20 in global affairs? Has it been a success? Critically analyse.
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