UPSC Civil Services IAS 2016: Sample paper for mains round

UPSC Civil Services IAS mains 2016: The exam is conducted in two stages: the prelims round and the mains round.

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UPSC Civil Services IAS mains 2016: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Civil Services mains exam for recruiting eligible candidates for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) posts on December 3, 2016. The exam is conducted in two stages: the prelims round and the mains round. The prelims round has already been conducted for which the result has been released. The successful candidates of the mains round are called for an interview. Given here is a sample paper with the help of which students can sharpen their preparation.

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Answer the questions in NOT MORE than 250 words each. Contents of the answer are more important than its length. All questions carry equal marks. 12½ × 20 = 250

1. “Indian constitution is a work of legislative evolution of more than two centuries which Britishers did while ruling India”, critically analyze. (12½ marks)

2. “Governor is the rubber stamp which exercises its powers as is mandated by the central government”, discuss. (12½ marks)

3. Central government has a moral and ethical responsibility to adhere to the federal principles which are enshrined in the constitution of India. Keeping this statement in mind analyze the challenges which federal structure faces and suggest the remedies to overcome them. (12½ marks)

4. “Media is the fourth pillar of the democracy and slowly civil society is becoming the fifth pillar of the same democracy”, comment giving suitable examples from India civil society movement. (12½ marks)

5. “NGOs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) are backbone of civil society movement in India, they need to be strengthen to bolster the essence of democratic element in Indian governance”, evaluate. (12½ marks)

6. Critically examine the poverty estimates of India given by various agencies. (12½ marks)

7. Write a critical note on the Greece financial crises and explain its ramifications for India. (12½ marks)

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8. Explain the social and economic significance of Indian diaspora around the world for India. (12½ marks)

9. What are the economic consequences of growing tensions across border between India and Pakistan? How SAARC and other regional groups are helping in reducing it? (12½ marks)

10. Is NAM loosing relevance in the contemporary world? If yes, why? (12½ marks)

11. What are the various economic prospects of India-Central Asia cooperation? (12½ marks)

12. What is SCO? What is its relevance for India? (12½ marks)

13. “Indian ocean diplomacy has attained a new significance because of growing economic explorations across the Indian ocean”, comment. (12½ marks)

14. What is Niti Aayog? How it is different from Planning Commission? (12½ marks)

15. “Is creating new institution a solution to eliminate the structural challenges of existing institution”, analyze this statement using examples from Indian administration. (12½ marks)

16. What is doctrine of basic structure? Explain its evolution in Indian judiciary. (12½ marks)

17. “Fundamental rights and fundamental duties are complimentary to each other”, evaluate. (12½ marks)

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18. Write short note on the following in not more than 50 words: (12½ marks)
(a) National Commission for Backward Classes
(b) National Commission for Scheduled Castes
(c) Directive Principles of State Policy
(d) Election commission of India

19. Critically examine the recent debate over the land acquisition bill. Give your opinion on it. (12½ marks)

20. Write a note on India-Sri Lanka bilateral relations after the end of LTTE movement in Sri Lanka. (12½ marks)

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