1. Corruption and Crime
  2. Public Services and Accountability
  3. Governance
  4. India and World
  5. Society and Religion

Write an essay on any one of the following topics, in not more than 2500 words. (250 marks)

Corruption and Crime

  1. Indian way of life has made all laws and institutions function defectively.
  2. Criminalisation of politics is anathema to the sacredness of democracy.
  3. Corruption- the formidable enemy of the India.
  4. Corruption is the violator of human rights, mother of economic imbalance.
  5. Immoral acquisition of wealth destroys the energy of people believing in honesty.
  6. Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
  7. The basis of Optimism is sheer terror. (Oscar Wilde)

Public Services and Accountability

  1. Without re-invention of the civil service, the promise of socio-economic reforms is hollow.
  2. Importance of probity in public life.
  3. Accountability is the soul of public service.


  1. Over the years, India has outgrown its institutions. (Rajanbhai)
  2. We don’t need more state or less state but rather better state intervention. (Nobel Economist Jene Tirole).

India and World

  1. Re-emergence of India on the global stage. (Norway PM)
  2. India an amazing country with unlimited potential (Zuckerberg)
  3. Today’s World needs Universalist, tolerant and rationalist ideals more than ever before.

Society and Religion

  1. Organized religion is the biggest obstacles in the path of God. (Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi-because all religious leaders have become centres of power, money, corruption, fraudulence.)
  2. Child labor perpetuates all forms of social evils. (Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi: child labour=>illiteracy => poverty =>lack of family planning=>population explosion =>more poverty => more child labour, child-abuse, alcoholism.)
  3. In place of a ‘rural-urban dichotomy’, the phenomenon of ‘rural-urban continuum’ is the order of the day. (Pranab)
  4. With community resilience and civil defence system, India can sustain any disaster and disease outbreak.
  5. Hindu, Muslims, Indians, Pakistanis – all need to join a common struggle for education and against extremism. (Nobel Committee chairman on selection of 2014 peace prize winners).

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