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


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2. 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. . competitive and cooperative federalism”. but not sufficient to control corruption in India” . 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. why India is said to have a Parliamentary form of government? 3. (b) Role of Indian diaspora in accelerating India’s transition as a global power. (b) Reforms needed to strengthen the functioning of the Election Commission of India.Elucidate. 2 4.1. (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) “Lokpal is necessary. Answer the following in NOT more than 150 words each: (15 x 2 = 30 marks) (a) Constitutional (Ninety Seventh Amendment) Act 2011. (c) Despite having a President.

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

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

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