IAS Papers : General Studies Paper (Main) 2009

1. Critically analyze any two of the following statements with
reference to the context in which they were made (in about 150
words each)

a) “Many Englishmen honesty consider themselves the trustees for India and yet to what a condition they have reduced our country”.

b) “The Foreign power will be withdrawn but for me real freedom will come only when we free ourselves of the dominance of western education , western culture and western way of living which have been ingrained in us”.

c) “Satan cannot enter till he finds a flaw ……. A great ocean separate us educated few from the millions in our country”.

2. Write about the following (not exceeding 20 words each)
a) King Nongbah
b) Maski
c) Govind Guru
d) ‘ Brahmadeya ’
e) ‘ Egmore Faction’
f) ‘ Haileybury College
g) Ijara System
h) Taji Mideren
i) Gurudwara Reform Movement
j) ‘ Marumakkathayam’

3. Answer any two of the following questions (in about 150
words each)
a) Mushrooming of Higher Educational Institutions was a matter of grave concern for Yashpal Committte. With reference to the relevant portion of that report give your views how to harmonise private investment and quality of education.

b) In the changing context of governance in the country, what should be the role of the UPSC?

c) In the Context of recent incidents , suggest measures on how security of passengers and property can be improved
over indian railways.

4. Answer any one of the following questions (in about 250
words each)

a) Comment on the salient features of the Integrated Energy Policy recently approved by the government and its
implication on the energy security needs of the country.

b) How far has impact of the global meltdown been reflected in the Economic Survey 2008-09? Identify some of the core areas given priority to neutralize the adverse effects of the global downturn.

5. Answer any two of the following questions (in about 150 words each)

a) Trace the significance steps in the evolution of Television in the country.
b) The Last National Family Health Survey (NFHS) displayed a very dismal picture of nutrition as regards
several indicators for average Indians. Highlights the salient aspects of this problem.

c) ‘ As we live in a plural society we need the greatest freedom to expresss our opinions even if others find it offensive’ – Do you agree ? Discuss with reference to some recent incidents in the Indian context.

6. Write about the following (not exceeding 20 words each)

a) Desert National Park
b) Significance of 26th November in the Country’s Polity
c) Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendra
d) Girni Kamgar Union
e) Ayush-64
f) Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi ( GGVN)
g) Deep Joshi’s recent Achievement
h) Satya Vrat Shastri’s recent achievement
i) Pocket Veto
j) PESA , 1996

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