APSC Mains GS Paper – Mock Test
(Paper on 18-02-2018)
Full Marks: 300 Time: 3 hours
1. Answer the following in about 200 words each: 16×10 = 160
(i) What is Demographic Dividend? Is India’s demographic dividend turning to a demographic disaster? Discuss the measures needed to harness this demographic window of opportunity.
(ii) Elaborately discuss the reasons behind the rise of religious movements in India after the later Vedic period. Why are Buddhism and Jainism considered as religious reforms.
(iii) What is NPA in banking? How assets are classified? Explain the challenges it poses to Indian Economy and also suggest measures tackle the NPA issue.
(iv) Discuss the classification of Directive Principles of State Policy. Differentiate between the Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Rights and also mention their relationship with each other.
(v) Elaborate “India is an indestructible Union of destructible states. Also mention the main dissimilarities between the constitutions of India and US.
(vi) Recently Govt of India has been pushing hard for the development of manufacturing sector. In this regard, mention the opportunities and challenges to the Make in India initiative.
(vii) Royal Indian Navy proved to be the last nail in the coffin of British colonial aspirations in India. Elaborate.
(viii) Discuss how Raja Rammohan Roy had contributed immensely to the socio-cultural awakening of the 19th Century.
(xi) Define biodiversity and sustainable development. It is said that biodiversity integration into developmental plans is crucial for sustainable development. How can biodiversity be included into development plans? Illustrate with examples.
(x) What are the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act 1992 and the Constitution (74th Amendment) Act 1992? Evaluate the growth of local self-government in Assam.
2. Answer the following in about 100 words each: 8×10 = 80
(i) Recently Assam for first time extends AFSPA orders on its own. Critically evaluate the provisions of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
(ii) What are Gravitational Waves and explain the significance of their discovery.
(iii) What is nuclear suppliers group(NSG)? Explain why China opposes India’s NSG membership bid?
(iv) Peasant and Tribal Movements in India during Independence
(v) Why NRC update is required in Assam? Also discuss the potential challenges, which may arises from improper NRC updating process.
(vi) Who was Rani Gaidinliu? Give an account of her contribution to the Indian Independence movement.
(vii) What were the main features of the Government of India Act, 1935? How did it helped in constitutional development in India?
(viii) Write a short essay on Phulaguri uprising, the first peasant movement in the Indian freedom movement.
(ix) North-East India has huge potential for Tourism development. Explain the various impediments stalling the development of the sector in NE.
(x) What are the significances of recently organised cultural programs like Namami Brahmaputra and Namami Barak?
3. Answer any eight of the following in about 50 words each: 5×8 = 40
(i) Write a brief note on Cabinet Mission Plan (1946).
(ii) Write a short note on the policy of expansion of Marathas.
(iii) Write a short note on International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
(iv) Mention the salient features of Assam’s Atal Amrit Abhiyan
(v) Explain the functions and composition of Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)
(vi) Write a short note on Paik system of administration
(vii) What are the causes and effects of high Arsenic contamination in ground water in Assam
(viii) Discuss the various problems plaguing the Tea gardens in Assam
(ix) Write a short note on the Sagarmala project
(x) Give a brief description about the various mineral resources found in Assam
4. Write Short note on any ten of the following: 2×10 = 20
(i) Forest Rights Act, 2006
(ii) Doklam issue
(iii) Startup India
(iv) Kublai Lamjao National Park
(v) ‘Make in India’ initiative
(vi) India’s Forex reserves
(vii) cyber security
(viii) Middle income Trap
(x) Net Neutrality
(xi) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
(xii) National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA)
(xiii) Big Data
(xiv) Swachh Bharat initiative