GENERAL STUDIES (PAPER - 3) Main Examination 2013 Question paper

General Studies (Paper - III) question paper Civil Services (Main) Examination 2013


Time Allowed : Three Hours                                        Maximum Marks : 250


Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions.

There are TWENTY-FIVE questions printed both in Hindi and in English

All questions are compulsory.

The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.

Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than the authorized one.

Word limit in question, if specified, should be adhered to.

Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off.


Answer questions in NOT MORE than the word limit specified for each in the parenthesis Content of the answer is more important than its length :--

Q1. With a consideration towards the strategy of inclusive growth, the new Companies Bill, 2013 has indirectly made CSR a mandatory obligation. Discuss the challenges expected in its implementation in right earnest. Also discuss other provisions in the Bill and their implications.  (200 words)                 10

Q2.  What were the reasons for the introduction of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act, 2003? Discuss critically its salient features and their effectiveness.  (200 words)                10

Q3.  What is the meaning of the term ‘tax expenditure’? Taking housing sector as example, discuss how it influences the budgetary policies of the government.  (200 words)                10

Q4. Food Security Bill is expected to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in India. Critically discuss various apprehensions in its effective implementation along with the concerns it has generated in WTO.  (200 words)                10

Q5. What are the different types of agriculture subsidies given to farmers at the national and at state levels ? Critically analyse the agricultural subsidy regime with reference to the distortions created by it.  (200 words)                10  

Q6. India needs to strengthen measures to promote the pink revolution in food industry for ensuring better nutrition and health. Critically elucidate the statement.  [200 words]                10

Q7. Examine the impact of liberalization on companies owned by Indians. Are they competing with the MNC’s satisfactorily ? Discuss.  (200 words)                10

Q8. Establish relationship between land reforms, agriculture productivity and elimination of poverty in the Indian economy. Discuss the difficulties in designing and implantation of agriculture-friendly land reforms in India.  (200 words)                10

Q9. (a) Discuss the impact of FDI entry into Multi-trade retail sector on supply chain management in commodity trade pattern of the economy.  [100 words]                5

Q9. (b) Though India allowed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in what is called multi-brand retail through the joint venture route in September 2012, the FDI, even after a year, has not picked up. Discuss the reasons.  (200 words)                5

Q10. Discuss the rationale for introducing Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India. Bring out critically the reasons for the delay in roll out for its regime.  (200 words)                10

Q11. Write a note on India’s green energy corridor to alleviate the problem of conventional energy.  (200 words)                10

Q12. Adoption of PPP model for infrastructure development of the country has not been free of criticism. Critically discuss pros and cons of the model.  (200 words)                10

Q13. Bringing out the circumstances in 2005 which forced amendment to the section 3(d) in Indian Patient Law, 1970, discuss how it has been utilized by the Supreme Court in its judgement in rejecting Novratis’ patent application for ‘Glivec’. Discuss briefly the pros and cons of the decision.  (200 words)                10

Q14. What do you understand by Fixed Dose Drug Combination (FDCs)? Discuss their merits and demerits.  (200 words)                10

Q15. What do you understand by Umpire Decision Review System in Cricket? Discuss its various components. Explain how silicone tape on the edge of a bat may fool the system?  (200 words)                10

Q16. (a) What is a digital signature? What does its authentication mean? Give various salient built-in features of a digital signature.  (100 words)                5

Q16. (b) How does the 3D painting technology work? List out the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.  (100 words)                5

Q17. (a) What is an FRP composite material? How are they manufactured? Discuss their applications in aviation and automobile industries.  (100 words)                5

Q17. (b) What do you understand by Run-of-River hydroelectricity project? How is it different from any other hydroelectricity project?  (100 words)                5

Q18. How important are vulnerability and risk assessment for pre-disaster management? As an administrator, what are key areas that you would focus on in a Disaster Management System?  (200words)                10

Q19. What are the consequences of Illegal mining? Discuss the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ concept of GO AND NO GO zones for coal mining sector.  (200 words)                10

Q20. Enumerate the National Water Policy of India. Taking river Ganges as an example, discuss the strategies which may be adopted for river water pollution control and management. What are the legal provisions of management and handling of hazardous wastes in India? (200 words)           10

Q21. Money laundering poses a serious security threat to a country’s economic sovereignty. What is its significance for India and what steps are required to be taken to control this menace?  (200 words)                10

Q22. What are social networking sites and what security implications do these sites present?  (200 words)                10

Q23. Cyber warfare is considered by some defense analyses to be a larger threat than even Al Qaeda or terrorism. What do you understand by Cyber warfare? Outline the cyber threats which India is vulnerable to and bring out the state of the country’s preparedness to deal with the same.  (200 words)                10

Q24. Article 244 of the Indian Constitution relates to administration of scheduled areas and tribal areas. Analyze the impact of non-implementation of the provisions of the Fifth schedule on the growth of Left Wing extremism.  (200 words)                10

Q25. How far are India’s internal security challenges linked with border management particularly in view of the long porous borders with most countries of South Asia and Myanmar?  (200 words)                10

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