[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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.Elucidate.1. competitive and cooperative federalism”. 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. 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. (b) Reforms needed to strengthen the functioning of the Election Commission of India. (b) “Lokpal is necessary. (c) Despite having a President. (b) Role of Indian diaspora in accelerating India’s transition as a global power. but not sufficient to control corruption in India” . 2 4. 2. why India is said to have a Parliamentary form of government? 3. (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. Answer the following in NOT more than 150 words each: (15 x 2 = 30 marks) (a) Constitutional (Ninety Seventh Amendment) Act 2011.

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

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. Write a short note (in about 20 words each) on the following: (2 x 5 = 10 marks) (a) Nikki Randhawa Haley. Write brief but precise notes on the following. (5 x 6 = 30 marks) (a) Retreating Monsoon. (e) Arun Sarin. (d) Jaggi Singh. (c) Rohinton Mistry. 10. (b) Suggest measures to control poaching of wild animals. Answer the following in NOT more than 100 words each: (12 x 2 = 24 marks) (a) Discuss. especially tigers. Your answer should NOT exceed 50 words in each case. (b) Identify the constraints in the development of Inland Waterways as effective mode of transport in India. 12. (b) Right to vote in elections to NRI. 4 . Answer the following in NOT more than 150 words each: (15 x 2 = 30 marks) (a) Discuss the threats to indigenous biodiversity of India. 11. with illustrations.8. 9. the linkages between geology and mineral distribution in India. rhinoceros and elephants.

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

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