[Download] General Studies Paper2:(Polity, IR) of UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam 2013, topicwise separated, original-scan uploaded

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  1. Prologue
  2. General Studies Paper II: Topicwise
    1. Polity(80m)
      1. Indian Constitution (40m)
      2. Fedaralism (30m)
      3. Statutory Bodies (10m)
    2. Yearbook/Planning/Development(70m)
      1. Welfare Schemes (50m)
      2. NGO/SHG/Pressure Group (20m)
    3. Transparency/ Good Governance (20m)
    4. IR/Diplomacy (80m)
      1. Neighbours (60m)
      2. Policies of countries (10m)
      3. Intl.Organizations (10m)
  3. General Studies Paper II: Linear
  4. General Studies Question Paper2: Original Scan/Hindi
  5. Bogus Marketing propaganda (part II)

Prologue

  • UPSC’s Civil service mains exam- General studies paper 2 (GS2) had total 25 question. All compulsory, no alternates given. All questions were worth 10 marks and 200 words each.
  • UPSC did not use the BackbreakingTM move this time. Meaning they even asked from news that was too hot/popular e.g. Direct cash transfer, Smaller state (Telengana), Mid-day meal (deaths in Bihar) and so on.
  • Brighter side: you’d already be in possession of decent fodder points, as most of these topics have been appearing in the newspaper editorials. In otherwords, expensive coaching material= not a prerequisite for success.
  • Nothing from Representation of People’s Act.
  • Nothing from comparing Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Nothing from functions of ministries/ departments.
  • Nothing from role of civil services in a democracy. (May be they’re ‘saving’ it for Paper 4!)
  • Nothing from diaspora.

Detailed analysis later.

General Studies Paper II: Topicwise

UPSC-Mains-General-Studies-GS-Paper2

polity Constitution related 40
federalism 30
statutory bodies 10
yearbook/FYP/development welfare schemes 50
NGO/SHG/Pressure groups 20
transparency/GG transparency/good governance/accountability 20
IR/Diplomacy neighbors 60
policies of developed c ountries 10
international organizations 10
total 250

Polity

Indian Constitution (40m)

  1. The role of individual MPs (Members of Parliament) has diminished over the years and as a result healthy constructive debates on policy issues are not usually witnessed. How far can this be attributed to the anti-defection law, which was legislated but with a different intention?
  2. Discuss Section 66A of IT Act, with reference to its alleged violation of go to link Article 19 of the Constitution.
  3. Recent directives from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are perceived by the `Nagas’ as a threat to override the exceptional status enjoyed by the State. Discuss in light of go here Article 371A of the Indian Constitution.
  4. The Supreme Court of India keeps a check on arbitrary power of the Parliament in amending the Constitution. Discuss critically.

Fedaralism (30m)

  1. Many State Governments further bifurcate geographical administrative areas like Districts and Talukas for better governance. In light of the above, can it also be justified that more number of smaller States would bring in effective governance at State level? Discuss.
  2. Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed to address and solve the problems. Is the failure due to structural or process inadequacy or both? Discuss.
  3. Discuss the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission which have been a departure from the previous commissions for strengthening the local government finances.

Statutory Bodies (10m)

  1. The product diversification of financial institutions and insurance companies, resulting in overlapping of products and services strengthens the case for the merger of the two regulatory agencies, namely SEBI and IRDA. Justify.

Yearbook/Planning/Development

Welfare Schemes (50m)

  1. The concept of Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme is almost a century old in India with early beginnings in Madras Presidency in pre-independent India. The scheme has again been given impetus in most states in the last two decades. Critically examine its twin objectives, latest mandates and success.
  2. The Central Government frequently complains on the poor performance of the State Governments in eradicating suffering of the vulnerable sections of the society. Restructuring of Centrally sponsored schemes across the sectors for ameliorating the cause of vulnerable sections of population aims at providing flexibility to the States in better implementation. Critically evaluate.
  3. Electronic cash transfer system for the welfare schemes is an ambitious project to minimize corruption, eliminate wastage and facilitate reforms. Comment.
  4. The basis of providing urban amenities in rural areas (PURA) is rooted in establishing connectivity. Comment.
  5. Identify the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are related to health. Discuss the success of the actions taken by the Government for achieving the same.

NGO/SHG/Pressure Group (20m)

  1. Pressure group politics is sometimes seen as the informal face of politics. With regards to the above, assess the structure and functioning of pressure groups in India.
  2. The legitimacy and accountability of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their patrons, the micro-finance outfits, need systematic assessment and scrutiny for the sustained success of the concept. Discuss.

Transparency/ Good Governance (20m)

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=Comprare-cialis-farmacia-prezzo Syllabus: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

  1. Though Citizen’s charters have been formulated by many public service delivery organizations, there is no corresponding improvement in the level of citizens’ satisfaction and quality of services being provided. Analyze.
  2. ‘A national Lokpal, however strong it may be, cannot resolve the problems of immorality in public affairs’. Discuss.

IR/Diplomacy (80m)

Neighbours (60m)

  1. The proposed withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan in 2014 is fraught with major security implications for the countries of the region. Examine in light of the fact that India is faced with a plethora of challenges and needs to safeguard its own strategic interests.
  2. What do you understand by ‘The String of Pearls’? How does it impact India? Briefly outline the steps taken by India to counter this.
  3. The protests in Shahbag Square in Dhaka in Bangladesh reveal a fundamental split in society between the nationalists and Islamic forces. What is its significance for India?
  4. Discuss the political developments in Maldives in the last two years. Should they be of any cause of concern to India?
  5. In respect of India — Sri Lanka relations, discuss how domestic factors influence foreign policy.
  6. What is meant by Gujral doctrine? Does it have any relevance today? Discuss.

Policies of countries (10m)

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=dove-comprare-viagra-generico-a-Genova Syllabus point: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

  1. Economic ties between India and Japan while growing in the recent years are still far below their potential. Elucidate the policy constraints which are inhibiting this growth.

Intl.Organizations (10m)

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=acquistare-viagra-generico-100-mg-pagamento-online-a-Torino Syllabus point: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

  1. The World Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, are the two inter-governmental pillars supporting the structure of the world’s economic and financial order. Superficially, the World Bank and the IMF exhibit many common characteristics, yet their role, functions and mandate are distinctly different. Elucidate.

General Studies Paper II: Linear

  1. The role of individual MPs (Members of Parliament) has diminished over the years and as a result healthy constructive debates on policy issues are not usually witnessed. How far can this be attributed to the anti-defection law, which was legislated but with a different intention?
  2. Discuss Section 66A of IT Act, with reference to its alleged violation of Article 19 of the Constitution.
  3. Recent directives from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are perceived by the `Nagas’ as a threat to override the exceptional status enjoyed by the State. Discuss in light of Article 371A of the Indian Constitution.
  4. The Supreme Court of India keeps a check on arbitrary power of the Parliament in amending the Constitution.’ Discuss critically.
  5. Many State Governments further bifurcate geographical administrative areas like Districts and Talukas for better governance. In light of the above, can it also be justified that more number of smaller States would bring in effective governance at State level? Discuss.
  6. Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed to address and solve the problems. Is the failure due to structural or process inadequacy or both? Discuss.
  7. Discuss the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission which have been a departure from the previous commissions for strengthening the local government finances.
  8. The product diversification of financial institutions and insurance companies, resulting in overlapping of products and services strengthens the case for the merger of the two regulatory agencies, namely SEBI and IRDA. Justify.
  9. The concept of Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme is almost a century old in India with early beginnings in Madras Presidency in pre-independent India. The scheme has again been given impetus in most states in the last two decades. Critically examine its twin objectives, latest mandates and success.
  10. Pressure group politics is sometimes seen as the informal face of politics. With regards to the above, assess the structure and functioning of pressure groups in India.
  11. The legitimacy and accountability of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their patrons, the micro-finance outfits, need systematic assessment and scrutiny for the sustained success of the concept. Discuss.
  12. The Central Government frequently complains on the poor performance of the State Governments in eradicating suffering of the vulnerable sections of the society. Restructuring of Centrally sponsored schemes across the sectors for ameliorating the cause of vulnerable sections of population aims at providing flexibility to the States in better implementation. Critically evaluate.
  13. Electronic cash transfer system for the welfare schemes is an ambitious project to minimize corruption, eliminate wastage and facilitate reforms. Comment.
  14. The basis of providing urban amenities in rural areas (PURA) is rooted in establishing connectivity. Comment.
  15. Identify the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are related to health.Discuss the success of the actions taken by the Government for achieving the same.
  16. Though Citizen’s charters have been formulated by many public service delivery organizations, there is no corresponding improvement in the level of citizens’ satisfaction and quality of services being provided. Analyse.
  17. ‘A national Lokpal,however strong it may be,cannot resolve the problems of immorality in public affairs’. Discuss.(200 words).
  18. The proposed withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan in 2014 is fraught with major security implications for the countries of the region. Examine in light of the fact that India is faced with a plethora of challenges and needs to safeguard its own strategic interests.
  19. What do you understand by The String of Pearls’? How does it impact India? Briefly outline the steps taken by India to counter this.
  20. Economic ties between India and Japan while growing in the recent years are still far below their potential. Elucidate the policy constraints which are inhibiting this growth.
  21. The protests in Shahbag Square in Dhaka in Bangladesh reveal a fundamental split in society between the nationalists and Islamic forces. What is its significance for India?
  22. Discuss the political developments in Maldives in the last two years. Should they be of any cause of concern to India?
  23. In respect of India — Sri Lanka relations, discuss how domestic factors influence foreign policy.
  24. What is meant by Gujral doctrine? Does it have any relevance today? Discuss.
  25. The World Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, are the two inter-governmental pillars supporting the structure of the world’s economic and financial order. Superficially, the World Bank and the IMF exhibit many common characteristics, yet their role, functions and mandate are distinctly different. Elucidate.

General Studies Question Paper: Original Scan/Hindi

Google docs (To view online)

(GS1): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0DPgaYAtDgmX0RiR2hyejluNmc/edit?usp=sharing
(GS2): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0DPgaYAtDgmbHphMGg4VkZGb1k/edit?usp=sharing

My server (to download the PDF scan)

(GS1) https://files.secureserver.net/0shnFYey5ULW37
(GS2) https://files.secureserver.net/0sW5WJGHQnPW5S
http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=comprare-viagra-generico-25-mg-a-Milano Courtesy: Mahitosh and Shivaram for sending their question papers.

Bogus Marketing propaganda (part II)

Using the same sacred audit rules from paper 1

question comment bogus propaganda genuine claim
MDG & Government Health initiatives http://mrunal.org/2013/04/public-health-current-affairs-2012-13-government-schemes-policies-yearbook-stuff-part-1-of-3.html#852Sufficient points given in that [public health] article series. Additional points even under Economic survey summaries. 10 10
India-Maldives
  1. Maldives coup: http://mrunal.org/2012/12/diplomacy-maldives-coup-reasons-implications-nasheed-gmr.html
  2. GMR issue: http://mrunal.org/2012/12/economy-gmr-maldives-airport-controversy-ifc-aai-meaning-reason-implications-explained.html
  3. Maldivian election (by Aditya Sangotra in November writing competition): http://mrunal.org/2013/12/download-november-writing-competition-zip-file-of-all-good-entries.html

In short, more than sufficient content available to handle 200 words.

10 10
Citizen charter problem http://mrunal.org/2013/03/polity-citizens-charter-bill-2011-salient-features-issues-criticism-explained.html#42Also included 2nd ARC. Although Sufficient content to handle 200 words but generic medium quality points. 10 5
PURA Social Sector Initiatives compilation by Abhishek in November competition. ~90words. 10 5
China string of pearl http://mrunal.org/diplomacyAlthough points are randomly scattered: JIMEX, Chahbar, Fifth Generation Aircraft etc. Section not updated lately. 10 0
IMF vs World Bank http://mrunal.org/2012/05/bretton-woods.htmlAlthough I did write on Bretton woods but hardly anything on IMF vs World bank functions because that’s just too basic topic given in many books and IGNOU’s IR material. 10 0
total out of 250 marks 60 only 30!

I cannot make big claims because I had spent most of the time writing [World History], [Geograpahy], [Food processing], [Land reforms] and lately [Ethics] and science tech. Paper II never figured in the priority list. So, Nangaa nahaayegaa kya aur nichodega kya?
Anyways, Detailed analysis of the papers later on, after the mains is over and a bigger picture emerges.

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68 Comments on “[Download] General Studies Paper2:(Polity, IR) of UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam 2013, topicwise separated, original-scan uploaded”

  1. Real Mrunalji, you are inspiring person..you are the first who make available these question paper for non mains aspirants.. Keep it continue..also cover maximum syllabus as you possible in your this posts.

  2. hey! did you have any links of CABINET SECRETARIAT syllabus and sample paper Of Research officer (tech) post..
    If you have then please tell me my xam will on this 15 dec….

  3. Thanks Sir.

  4. Kuch log Kehte he ki “The Hindu” nhi padhoge to UPSC Clear nhi hoga …..Mai Kehta hu ki agar Mrunal ke Website nhi Open kiye to UPSC clear nhi hoga :))) Thanx Mrunal

  5. Thanks Boss Nice analysis

  6. Sir
    cs mains exam kab khatam hone wali hai

  7. U are truly Honest Person………This is only i can say….

  8. Mrunal bhai tusi great ho…..

  9. Nothing from RPA?? I think there was Anti Defection Law asked which terms eligibility for disqualification of MPs on ground of defection.

  10. yaar, I ahve had it enough. used every trick in the book. it is physically impossible for me to attempt more than 17 questions. again the same thing happened. I need a frictionless pen or may be I need to grease the answer sheet.

    ppr 1-16attempted
    ppr 2-16
    ppr 3-16

    by the mrunal sir, pink revolution fas gaya,thanks.

    ppr 4- didn’t study. jo hoga dhek lenge. mere liye tou 8 questions ki choice hai! lol

    tried everything. it cannot be done.

    the questions are so general in nature that so tge quality will make the difference.

    sabse maze ki baat…and tge end of every question likha hota hai “critically evaluate” …. lol. kaha se ! 25 questions, 3 hr har kisi question ko critically evaluate kaise kare?

    it has become a mockery. no quality wht so ever. just speed of producing garbage matters.

    aaj tak wali ko dena chahiye ye exam

    “aaj tak- sabse tej”

    aur wo har cheeze ko critically eval karte hai!

    1. hahaha…….I totally second u….

    2. how many words per qn did u write?

      1. no offence yaar.i dnt even get my head up to see wht the next guy is doing

        but an estimate would be

        6 words per line x 25lines per page x 1.5 page max

        so not more than 200 in most answers.

        but gs4 was good. h.r wali degree kisi kaam aayi!

  11. Ignou has blocked access to its contents.
    What are its alternatives?
    Can anybody tell me?
    Mrunal now what to do.

  12. gs 4 ws gud but paper 3 dint go that amazing…sci tech was bekar

  13. Thanks mrunal Sir

  14. THANKS ALOT KEEP GUIDING LIKE THIS ..UR CONTRIBUTION FOR MY SUCCESS WIL BE AT THE TOP .

  15. IGNOU website has been blocked…

    plz suggest what to do..

  16. I will be giving my first attempt in CSE in 2015. This website helps budding aspirants like me to understand the basics and motivates us to strive harder to cross the UPSC hurdle.

  17. Thanks a lot

  18. sir “men live in deeds, not in years”,i know hackneyed,but true for those who really make out its worth.people like me belonging from rural area ur job is not mean job but “deeds” undoubtedly,being torch-bearer who been guiding selflessly.for us,upsc is distant dream, because we cann’t single-mindedly worship it as we have to secure atleast one job first just to meet family pressue and other hurdles unspeakable,then gradually u strive towards your goal,sometimes u attain target,most of the times it remains mere a daydream.please sir write long-term preparation plan,write now i m preparing for west bengal school survice commision,if i aspire to give 2015,then what will be my plan for gs paper(mains)and also mentioning study materials and how to make notes from traditional parts.

  19. sir,ignou blocked access,what to do?

  20. All this paper seems to be related to current affairs & dynamic
    Bye Bye to static part and traditional mugging approach

  21. whats the use of sorting questions.. people need answers.. clarity dude clarity..

  22. The preparnation forIR Is only India related na

  23. The preparnation for IR Is only India related na

  24. Good detail…..

  25. thanks a million ton for taking painstaking efforts to provide insights into question papers, truly a hero #respect#

  26. This GS paper is toughest one needs more prep. And help from mrunal

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