[Institute for IAS Examination]
GENERAL STUDIES TEST NO. 1 Indian Polity & Indian Geography
Time Allowed: Three Hours Maximum Marks: 300


Answers must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-book in the space provided for the purpose. No marks will be given for the answers written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate. The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question. Important Note: All parts of a question being attempted are to be answered contiguously. That is, all parts of the question being attempted must be completed before attempting the next question. Pages left blank in the answer book must be clearly struck out. Answers following blank pages may not be given credit.
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Comment on any TWO of the following in about 200 words each: (20 x 2 = 40 marks) (a) Free speech and the Supreme Court’s guidelines on reporting to the media. 2 4. . Answer ONE of the following in about 250 words: (25 x 1 = 25 marks) (a) Critically examine the statement in the light of the recent developments that “India’s federalism has become a classical mix of bargaining. (b) What are the Constitutional provisions relating to the nomination of persons to the Parliament? How the nomination of a sports person to the Rajya Sabha is justified? Write short notes (NOT exceeding 100 words each) on the following: (10 x 2 = 20 marks) (a) Coalition government and Anti-defection law. (b) Role of Indian diaspora in accelerating India’s transition as a global power. (b) “Lokpal is necessary. competitive and cooperative federalism”. (b) Reforms needed to strengthen the functioning of the Election Commission of India. (c) Despite having a President.1. but not sufficient to control corruption in India” . why India is said to have a Parliamentary form of government? 3.Elucidate. 2. Answer the following in NOT more than 150 words each: (15 x 2 = 30 marks) (a) Constitutional (Ninety Seventh Amendment) Act 2011.

(2 x 5 = 10 marks) (a) Special sitting of the Parliament. (b) Reservation of seats for religious minorities in Central government employment.5. 3 6. (e) Right to recall. (b) Steps taken in the recent times to promote “Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) Mechanism”. (e) National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). (g) First Information Report.Bissessar. . (h) National Commission for Scheduled Castes. (d) Article 143 of the Constitution. (c) Why Article 169 of the Constitution was in the news recently? (d) Difference between the writs of Mandamus and Prohibition. (c) Kamla Persad. Write in a sentence or two on the following: (2 x 10 = 20 marks) (a) Distributive justice. (e) The system of “Single Transferable Vote” (STV) followed in the election of the President of India. (j) Ground of removal of Vice-President of India. (b) Social justice. Why the following were in the news recently? (Each answer should not exceed 20 words). (f) Preventive detention. (c) Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. (i) Contempt of Parliament. 7. Explain the following in NOT more than 50 words each: (5 x 5 = 25 marks) (a) Procedure for the election of a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). (d) Agricultural income tax.

(d) Jaggi Singh. rhinoceros and elephants. with illustrations. the linkages between geology and mineral distribution in India. 12. (b) Suggest measures to control poaching of wild animals. (b) Identify the constraints in the development of Inland Waterways as effective mode of transport in India. Answer the following in NOT more than 100 words each: (12 x 2 = 24 marks) (a) Discuss. 10. 11.8. 4 . Write a short note (in about 20 words each) on the following: (2 x 5 = 10 marks) (a) Nikki Randhawa Haley. (b) Right to vote in elections to NRI. Write short notes on the following in NOT more than 100 words each: (10 x 2 = 20 marks) (a) What is Climate Change? What according to you is its impact on rainfall patterns in India? (b) Identify and discuss the regional policies in India’s Planning. (e) Arun Sarin. Answer the following in NOT more than 150 words each: (15 x 2 = 30 marks) (a) Discuss the threats to indigenous biodiversity of India. especially tigers. (c) Rohinton Mistry. (5 x 6 = 30 marks) (a) Retreating Monsoon. 9. Your answer should NOT exceed 50 words in each case. Write brief but precise notes on the following.

13.(b) (c) (d) (e) (f) Census Classification of Urban Areas. (g) Total Reporting Area. (f) Environmental Performance Index. (c) Meteorological Drought. Ground Water Assessment Units. Fungus Farmers. (e) Indicator Species. Write brief notes on the following in about 20 words each: (2 x 8 = 16 marks) (a) Seismic Gap. (h) Contiguous Zone. Eco-Cities Project. 5 . Role of Jet streams in India’s Climate. (d) Canal Based Solar Project. (b) Outgrowth and Urban Agglomeration.

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