IAS Mains General Studies Papers 2002

IAS Mains General Studies 2002

Paper 1 − 2002

  1. Answer any one of the following (250 words): 30

    1. What was the Butler Committee Report? Discuss the reactions on the report in India

    2. Why did Jinnah reject C R Formula?

  2. Answer any two of the following (about 150 words): 2 × 15 = 30

    1. Trace the growth of the Indian Home Rule Movement in Britain.

    2. Evaluate the attitudes of different political parties towards Quit India Movement.

    3. Review the ‘Dickie Bird Plan’

  3. Write about the following (not exceeding 20 words each): 15 × 2 = 30

    1. Anandmath

    2. Bismillah Khan

    3. Chris Evert

    4. Chamber of Princes

    5. Dharma Sabha

    6. Divide et impera

    7. Dandi March

    8. Garry Kasparov

    9. Keshab Chandra Sen

    10. Nivedita

    11. Pele

    12. Raidasa

    13. Satyagraha

    14. Steffi Graf

    15. Theodore Beck

  4. Answer any two of the following (about 125 words): 2 × 10 = 20

    1. Given an account of the tea plantations of Assam and West Bengal and state the economic significance of these plantations

    2. Discuss the distribution of winds and rainfall over India in the summer monsoon season.

    3. Define the concept of ‘growth centres’ and evaluate its relevance in regional planning in India

  5. Write short notes on the following (about 20 words): 5 × 2 = 10

    1. Name of main petroleum producing areas in India

    2. Jhum cultivation-process and consequences

    3. Kaziranga National Park

    4. Census definition of urban places

    5. Khetri Copper Project

  6. Answer any one of the following (about 250 words): 30

    1. The issue of a hung Parliament adversely affects the stability of Indian Government. Discuss the statement and point out how far changing over to the Presidential form of govt. Will be a solution to this problem.

    2. Why does the Constitution of India provide different forms of Oaths for the President, the Ministers, the legislators and the members of the judiciary? Discuss their significance.

  7. Answer any one of the following (about 250 words): 30

    1. What is the position of the Supreme Court under the Constitution of India? How far does it play its role as guardian of the Constitution?

    2. How is the Constitution of India amended? Do you think that the procedure for amendment makes the Constitution a play-thing in the hands of the Centre?

  8. Answer any two of the following (about 150 words): 2 × 15 = 30

    1. Discuss the constitutional provisions relating to the non-justiciable directives binding upon the states.

    2. Describe the methods of delimiting constituencies for parliamentary elections in India.

    3. Explain the role of the Public Accounts Committee.

  9. Answer the following (about 20 words): 5 × 2 = 10

    1. What is the import of the 84th Amendment of the Indian Constitution?

    2. Under what Article of the Constitution can the Union govt. Play its role in settling inter-state water disputes?

    3. What is the role of the protem speaker?

    4. What is meant by the ‘lame-duck session’ of the legislature?

    5. What is meant by the ‘fringe areas’ in the sphere of local govt. In India?

  10. Write on any one of the following (250 words) 30

    1. What is the composition of the Electoral college for the election of the President of the Indian Republic? How is the value of the votes cast counted?

    2. Biotechnology boom may pave a golden path for India. Discuss.

  11. Answer any two of the following (about 125 words): 2 × 10 = 20

    1. What were the main strategic concerns of the Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri during her recent visit to India?

    2. What is TRIFED? What are its objectives?

    3. How was the dwindling of barbed variety of rice affected Siliguri-Bagdogra belt with respect to man-animal conflict?

  12. Answer any two of the following (about 125 words): 2 × 10 = 20

    1. What is Integrated Wastelands Development Programme?

    2. Write briefly about the Desert Development Programme.

    3. Write briefly about the Programmes for ‘Welfare of the Disabled’

  13. Write about the following (20 words): 5 × 2 = 10

    1. Prof. B P Sinha

    2. Maj. Gen. S S Sharma

    3. Kondapalli Seetaramaiah

    4. Aung San Suu Kyi

    5. Thalassery, Kerala

General Studies Paper 2 − 2002

  1. Answer any two of the following (150 words): 15 × 2 = 30

    1. Discuss the major irritants in Indo-China relations and highlight the latest moves to overcome these

    2. How did US respond to the problem of Cross-border terrorism in the State of Jammu and Kashmir after the Kaluchak events?

    3. Account for India's opposition to CTBT.

  2. Answer the following (about 20 words): 2 × 5 = 10

    1. Explain India's stand on LTTE.

    2. What does ‘Gujral doctrine’ stand for?

    3. How does India benefit from good neighbourly relations with Bangladesh?

    4. What do you know about ‘Pinaka’

    5. Explain India's ‘No first Use’ policy in context of Nuclear weapons.

  3. Answer the following (about 20 words each): 2 × 5 = 10

    1. What are the problems NRIs have to face if they decide to settle in India?

    2. What was India Millenium Deposit Scheme?

    3. What has been the impact of Gulf remittances on India's economy?

    4. Name the nodal agency to deal with issues relating to Indians abroad and explain its main task.

    5. What is the distinction between NRI and ‘People of India origin’

  4. Answer any one of the following (about 250 words): 30

    1. Outline the main targets fixed in the National Population policy 2000. What have been the follow up measures to this policy?

    2. The main thrust of the EXIM Policy 2002 − 07 is on creating a framework for enhancing India's export capability. In the light of this statement outline the salient features of EXIM Policy 2002 − 07.

  5. Answer any two of the following (about 150 words): 15 × 2 = 30

    1. What are ‘Minimum Support Prices’ in agricultural products? What are their objectives?

    2. Outline the main objectives and achievements of the ploicy of disinvestment in India?

    3. With what objectives was ‘Essential Commodities Act 1955’ amended last year?

  6. Answer the following (about 20 words) 2 × 15 = 30

    1. What is the peak rate of Custom duty? What are its objectives in India?

    2. Define fiscal deficit.

    3. Explain the provision of OGL.

    4. Elucidate Special Economic Zones

    5. Highlight the salien feature of ‘National Highway Development Project’

    6. What is the role of SEBI

    7. Explain RBI's Automatic Route in FDIs.

    8. With what objectives was the ‘Annapurna’ scheme launched?

    9. Elucidate ‘Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojana’

    10. The union budget 2002 − 03 recommended some servi ces to be taxed. Name any 4 of these services.

    11. What is dumping? What is its objective?

    12. What do you understand by ‘Capital account Convertibility’ of Rupee?

    13. Define Sex ration in the population of India. What is its present status?

    14. Distinguish between ad-valorem and specific duties.

    15. Define zero-based budget.

  7. Answer any two of the following (about 150 words): 15 × 2 = 30

    1. Highlight the main points of Nuclear Disarmament treaty signed by US President George Bush and Russian Prez Vladimir Putin in May 2002.

    2. Outline the features of latest Saudi Peace Plan for West Asia Crisis and assess its importance.

    3. NAM is relevant in Unipolar Worls as well. Comment.

  8. Answer the following (about 20 words): 2 × 5 = 10

    1. What do the following stand for?

      1. WCAR

      2. SPDC

      3. INTERPOL

      4. WIPO

    2. Why was Bander Seri Begawan in news recently?

    3. Who is Xanana Gusmao?

    4. What do you mean by Uni-polar world?

    5. What do you know about the North-South dialogue?

  9. Answer the following (about 20 words): 2 × 5 = 10

    1. What do the following stand for?

      1. UNCHR

      2. UNIDO

      3. WTO

      4. MIGA

    2. What is meant by AU?

    3. Explain US stand on the proposal for establishing an International Crime Court

    4. What is the main purpose of G − 15?

    5. Why is SAFTA being mooted?

  10. Answer any one of the following (about 250 words): 30

    1. Plastic hazards. Discuss.

    2. Discuss in detail The internet telephony as an alternative.

  11. Answer any two of the following (150 words) 15 × 2 = 30

    1. What are the fundamental constants and their use in measurement system?

    2. Discuss about ‘Environment’ its components and its awareness.

    3. What is Human Cloning? Is it dangerous or beneficial? Discuss.

  12. Answer the following (about 20 words): 2 × 5 = 10

    1. What is digital camera?

    2. What is firewall in computer language?

    3. What is multimedia?

    4. What do the following stand for?

      1. HTML

      2. FTP

      3. MFLOPS

      4. PLANIT

    5. What is Piracy?

  13. Answer the following: 2 × 8 = 16

    1. The figures below give the revenue expenditure in U. P> on education in crore of rupees for the last 3 years:

      Particulars Expenditure (crore Rs. )

      Year 1998 − 99

      Year 99 − 00

      Year 00 − 01

      Primary Education

      68.00

      78.00

      118.00

      Secondary Education

      40.00

      45.00

      74.00

      Special Education

      30.00

      35.00

      45.00

      University and Higher Education

      50.00

      52.00

      56.00

      Technical Education

      35.00

      38.00

      42.00

      Sports and Youth Welfare

      20.00

      22.00

      30.00

      Represent the above information by suitable diagram.

    2. Represent the following data by frequency polygon:

    Weekly Wages (Rs. )

    No. Of workers

    Rs. 0 − 10

    Workers 10

    Rs. 10 − 20

    Workers 15

    Rs. 20 − 40

    Workers 18

    Rs. 40 − 70

    Workers 60

    Rs. 70 − 100

    Workers 45

    Rs. 100 − 120

    Workers 40

    Rs. 120 − 150

    Workers 30

  14. Answer the following

    1. The life of 2 models A & B of refrigrators in a recent survey is tabulated as follows:

      Life (no. Of years)

      Model A

      Model B 0 − 2

      Years = 5

      Years = 2 2 − 4

      Years = 16

      Years = 7 4 − 6

      Years = 13

      Years = 12 6 − 8

      Years = 7

      Years = 19 8 − 10

      Years = 5

      Years = 9 10 − 12

      Years = 4

      Years = 2 10 − 2

      Years = 5

      Years = 2 2 − 4

      Years = 16

      Years = 7 4 − 6

      Years = 13

      Years = 12 6 − 8

      Years = 7

      Years = 19 8 − 10

      Years = 5

      Years = 9 10 − 12

      Years = 4

      Years = 1

      Answer these:

      1. What is the average life of each model of these refrigrators?

      2. Which model shows more uniformity? 2 + 6 = 8

    2. The following table shows the distribution of 100 families according to their expenditure per week. Number of families corresponding to the expenditure groups Rs. (10 − 20). and Rs. (30 − 40). are missing from the table. The median and mode for the distribution are Rs. 25 and Rs. 24 respectively. Calculate the missing frequencies:

      Expenditure (Rs. )

      No. Of families

      Range 0 − 10

      Families = 14

      Range 10 − 20

      Families =?

      Range 20 − 30

      Families = 27

      Range 30 − 40

      Families =?

      Range 40 − 50

      Families = 15

  15. Answer the following:

    1. The average rainfall of a certain place for Monday to Saturday is 15 inches. Due to heavy rainfall on Sunday, the average rainfall of the week rose to 25 inches. How much rainfall was there on Sunday?

    2. The following are the info pertaining to employees of a factory:

      Total no. Of employees

      Total 100

      Avg. Salary of all employees

      Rs. 5000

      Avg. Salary of male employees

      Rs. 5200

      Avg. Salary of female employees

      Rs. 4200

      What is the no. Of male and female employees?

    3. If each calue in a sample size of 15 is multiplied by 10, then whether the mean will be changed, justify your answer. What will happen to the mean if 12 is subtracted from each value?

    4. A person owns 2 companies A & B, He invested Rs. 10 Lakh to establish Co. A and Rs. 10 crore to establish Co. B. The average profits earned from both the companies are the same. Which of the 2 companies is better from profit earning point view? Justify your answer.