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Chronicle Mains Test Series 2016 Analysis and Achievement (GS Paper-1 & 2)

We at Chronicle IAS Academy, with all humbleness, take immense pride in announcing that our “GS Mains Test Series 2016” has replicated its previous achievements this time as well. Almost 50% questions from Civil Services Mains GS Paper I and II were covered in our test series. In fact many of the topics on which UPSC framed questions were asked in different dimensions in our test series. This means our students who were enrolled in test series must have realized that their decision to join Chronicle Test Series was worth it.

We believe they now enjoy increased chances of success in Mains examination.

Following analysis serves as supporting evidence for our claim:

GS Paper I

1. To what extent globalisation has influenced the core of cultural diversity in India? Explain.

→ If we want a more flexible, borderless, creative world, we need systems to insure the losers from globalization. Elaborate in context to lessons from Brexit. (Mock V)

→ Do you think traditional social values in India are under threat due to globalization? (Mock I)

3. Explain how the upraising of 1857 constitutes an important watershed in the evolution of British policies towards colonial India.

→ Indian Rebellion of 1857 made the British more cautious of the way India was perceived and administered. Critically examine. (Test 1)

3. Highlight the differences in the approach of Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi in the struggle for freedom.

→ “If you see today, you would get the feeling that in India’s struggle, two men mattered-Gandhi and Nehru. The rest were just extras.” How far you agree with the above statement? Do you think Subhash Chandra Bose has not been accorded the status he deserved? (Test 1)

6. Has the formation of linguistic states strengthened the cause of Indian unity?

→ “Time has proven that reorganization of states on the basis of language was the best thing to happen.” Critically examine the statement in the light of state Reorganization Act, 1956. (Test 1)

7. The anti-colonial struggles in West Africa were led by the new elite of Western -educated Africans. Examine.

→ Decolonization was difficult process. It produced more problems than it solved. Explain.(Test 1)

8. “An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the poor from the process of deprivation.” Substantiate this statement with suitable examples.

→ Recently noted economists in India mooted an idea for introducing Universal Basic Income (UBI) to end poverty. Discuss the concept, its merit and demerits. (Mock VII)

→ The former RBI Govenor Raghuram Rajan candidly observed, “India is still a relatively poor economy and to wipe the tear from every eye, one would have to at least want to be a middle-income (country)”. Given its recent efforts and demography of the country, do you think India will grow old, before getting to be rich? Discuss. (Mock VII)

→ Analyzing different poverty eradication programmes discuss why India has not been able to fully overcome the challenges of poverty?

9. Enumerate the problems and prospects of inland water transport in India.

→ Why Inland water transport has remained underdeveloped in India? Suggest measures for its development. (Test VI)

11. With a brief background of quality of urban life in India, introduce the objectives and strategy of the ‘Smart City Programme.”

→ The city of future is the future of city. Comment. (Test VI)

14. “The Himalayas are highly prone to landslides.”Discuss the causes and suggest suitable measures of mitigation.”

→ Explain the role of Himalayas in influencing the climate of South Asia. Enumerate the changes observed recently in the Himalayan region with respect to climate and geomorphology. What are the possible anthropogenic causes behind them? (Mock V)

15. The effective management of land and water resources will drastically reduce the human miseries. Explain.

→ What is the current status of water security in India? Discuss in detail. What are the causes of water insecurity? (Mock VII)

→ Climate change has quickened and regularized the occurrence of irregular and extreme events like draughts, flood and cyclones in different parts of India. Discuss the long term remedial options and projects that could help water-scarce India in coping up with frequent crisis. (Test VI)

16. South China Sea has assumed great geopolitical significance in the present context. Comment.

→ Discuss the importance of South China Sea for India. Discuss territorial disputes over the South China Sea and its implications for India. (Mock II)

17. Major cities of India are becoming vulnerable to flood conditions. Discuss.

→ While describing the term, explain how “Flash floods” are causing havoc to different parts of country. Suggest preventive measures. (Test II)

GS Paper II

2. To what extent is Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, bearing marginal note “temporary provision with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir”, temporary? Discuss the future prospects of this provision in the context of Indian polity.

→ Under article 370 of the constitution Jammu and Kashmir has been given a special status through which it enjoys greater autonomy, but still there are strong resentments and agitations. What are the demands of Kashmiri people? What suggestions would you give to bring peace to the state? (Test III)

3. “The Indian party system is passing through a phase of transition which looks to be full of contradictions and paradoxes.” Discuss.

→ “Divisive political agenda along with polarizing debates can lead to constitutional subversions and institutional travesties”. Analyse the statement in the light of ongoing debate on alleged growing intolerance in the country. (Test III)

4. Exercise of CAG’s powers in relation to the accounts of the Union and the States is derived from Article 149 of the Indian Constitution. Discuss whether audit of the Government’s policy implementation could amount to overstepping its own (CAG) jurisdiction.

→ Critically examine the role of the office of CAG in India in strengthening financial governance in the country.(Test VI)

11. “Effectiveness of the government system at various levels and people’s participation in the governance system are inter-dependent/” Discuss their relationship in the context of India.

→ “Governance is a two way process”. Examine this statement in the light of the launch of “Mygov” portal. (Mock VI)

11. “Effectiveness of the government system at various levels and people’s participation in the governance system are inter-dependent/” Discuss their relationship in the context of India.

→ “Governance is a two way process”. Examine this statement in the light of the launch of “Mygov” portal. (Mock VI)

→ Increased participation of women has effectively changed the structure and functioning of Panchayati Raj System. Critically analyse.

→ What do you understand by “Participatory democracy”. Evaluating the outcomes explain how Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has become one of the greatest examples of people’s participation. (Test III)

12. In the integrity index of Transparency International, India stands very low. Discuss briefly the legal, political, social and cultural factors that have caused the decline of public morality in India.

→ Do you think traditional social values in India are under threat due to globalization? (Mock I)

14. “Traditional bureaucratic structure and culture have hampered the process of socio-economic development in India.” Comment.

→ A committed bureaucracy can be tool of smooth realization of national objectives in India. Comment (Mock VI)

→ ‘Indian democracy can’t be a tyranny of the unelected’. Critically comment (Mock VI)

16. “Demographic Dividend in India will remain only theoretical unless our manpower becomes more educated, aware, skilled and creative.” What measures have been taken by the government to enhance the capacity of our population to be more productive and employable?

→ Vocational training provides a means of pivelihood and thus must be made a fundamental essence of school curriculum in India. Do you agree? (Test IV)

18. Evaluate the economic and strategic dimensions of India’s Look East Policy in the context of the post Cold War international scenario.

→ “India is yet to unleash economic potential of CLMV countries”. Analyze the statement in the light of recently approved Project Development Fund. (Mock II)

→ Discuss “India’s Act East policy” while outlining basic difference between Look East policy and Act East Policy of Indian Government? (Test IV)

→ Elaborate on the Indo-Bangladesh relation in the context of Act-East initiative of India? Do you think that trade and commerce can be used as a means to develop a natural deterrence against spoiling of mutual-relation between neighboring countries? (Test IV)

19. “Increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in India and growing interference in the internal affairs of member-states by Pakistan are not conducive for the future of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).” Explain with suitable examples.

→ What is meant by Gujral doctrine? Does it have any relevance today? Discuss. (Mock VI)

→ In the light of repeated provocations across LoC, especially the latest Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, how should India react to this well caliberated terror attack supposedly planned by Pakistan? (Test VI)

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