VTS-12-GS-M-01

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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. (b) “Lokpal is necessary. but not sufficient to control corruption in India” . competitive and cooperative federalism”. (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) Reforms needed to strengthen the functioning of the Election Commission of India.Elucidate. 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. Answer the following in NOT more than 150 words each: (15 x 2 = 30 marks) (a) Constitutional (Ninety Seventh Amendment) Act 2011.1. 2 4. why India is said to have a Parliamentary form of government? 3. 2. (c) Despite having a President.

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

with illustrations. 12. the linkages between geology and mineral distribution in India. 11. 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. rhinoceros and elephants. 4 . Write a short note (in about 20 words each) on the following: (2 x 5 = 10 marks) (a) Nikki Randhawa Haley. (5 x 6 = 30 marks) (a) Retreating Monsoon. (b) Right to vote in elections to NRI. (c) Rohinton Mistry.8. (e) Arun Sarin. (d) Jaggi Singh. 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. 9. 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. 10. Write brief but precise notes on the following. Answer the following in NOT more than 100 words each: (12 x 2 = 24 marks) (a) Discuss. (b) Suggest measures to control poaching of wild animals.

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

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