general studies 2010 mains paper 2

Posted: October 30, 2010 in 2010_mains_papers

1. answer the following in not more than 250 words each. 20×2 = 40

a.        critically examine the implications of the disintegration of the soviet union on India’s security & strategic perspectives. What further responses would you suggest in India’s foreign policy to accommodate these implications.

b.        Evaluate India’s approach towards meeting the country’s growing energy demands. Compare the success iof this approach with that of another asian giant which has perhaps the fastest growing energy demand.

2. answer any 4 of the following in not more than 150 words. 12×4 = 48

a.        how far have japan’s principles of hikaku san gensoku impacted bilateral ties with India?

b.        Assess the  contributions of India’s diaspora in the Caribbean

c.        Do you agree with the view that isreal is a ‘natural ally’ of India?

d.        Bring out the FDI & employment implications of china being a manufacturing hub & India a service hub?

e.        Have the Uruguay round negotiations & the TRIPS agreement helped in resolving trade conflicts arising out of variations in different nations IPR regions? Also list the steps taken by India to conform to TRIPS.

f.          Examine the recent developments towards the solution of the Bangladesh-myanmar maritime boundary dispute. What implications do these have for India .

3. answer any 8 of the following not more than 50 words each. 5×8 = 40

a.        compare & contrast the role of IMF with that of the world bank

b.        what are the major capacity-building & reconstruction projects being undertaken by India in Afghanistan?

c.        Bring out the significance of GDI & GEM as components of UN HRD. Comment on India’s relative rankings with regard to HDI & GDI?

d.        What is round tripping – in the context of FDI inflow & why has it been in the news recently in the case of India?

e.        Comment on the reasons for the recent hike in visa processing fees for certain categories of US visas. What is the likely impact of this hike on India?

f.          In the context of UNFCCC, distinguish between ‘Annex-I’ & ‘Annex-II’ countries?

g.        Highlight the role of the Indian peacekeeping contingent as a part of MONUSCO.

h.        List the salient features of the Riyadh declaration & the bilateral agreement between India & Saudi Arabia signed earlier this year.

i.          Comment on the reasons for the recent economic crisis in the so-called ‘PIGS’ countries of Europe.

4. answer any 2 of the following in 150 words. 12×2 = 24

a.        examine the opportunities for a lasting west asia peace solution in the context of the historic talks started in September 2010.

b.        Has the February agreement between the Sudanese government & the justice & equality movement (JEM) been, more successful in ending the strif in darfur than the Abuja peace agreement of 2006? Evaluate?

c.        Comment on the present status of the biological weapons convention. What important issues, do you think, need to be taken up at the 7th review conference of the BWC scheduled for 2011?

5. answer any 4 of the following in 150 words. 12×2 = 48

a.        bring out the applications of computer models in studying climate changes, with special reference to community earth system model.

b.        What is phytoremediation? Discuss its applications.

c.        Explain & differentiate among ‘plasma’ ‘LCD’ & ‘LED’ television technologies?

d.        What is cloud computing? Bring out its essential features & list its advantages & limitations?

e.        Discuss the application of nanotechnologies in health care sector?

6. comment on any 3 of the following in 50 words. 15×3 = 15

a.        Rotterdam convention

b.        The mavi marmara incident

c.        Significance of the kampala declaration of the international criminal court (ICC)

d.        Trial chamber of the extraordinary chamber in the courts of Cambodia & its recent verdit.

7. comment on any 6 in 50 words each. 5×6 = 30.

a.        MRSA infection

b.        HRP-2M choromet

c.        Maglev vehicles

d.        Super absorbent polymers

e.        Ginkgo biloba

f.          CARTOSAT-2B

g.        Various generations of mobile phone technologies

8. who/what are the following & why have they been in the news recently. (your answers should be in a sentence/two only) 3×8 = 24

a.        craig venter

b.        shahran amiri

c.        wolfram alpha

d.        dreamliner aircraft

e.        blue gene project

f.          predator drones

g.        deepwater horizon incident

h.        ACTN 3 gene

9.        a) the distribution of rent of 150 residential houses surveyed in locality is as follows: 5 mrks.

Rent in Rs. Number of houses
101 – 150 10
151 – 200 18
201 – 250 27
251 – 300 35
301 – 350 30
351 – 400 16
401 – 450 8
451 – 500 6

Find : i. the % of houses having rent higher than rs. 300

ii. the % of houses having rent more than rs. 250 but less than rs 401

b) work out the trend values by any suitable method from the following data showing the number of murders (in thousands) in a country for the years 1985 – 1995.

Years 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Murders 19.0 20.6 20.1 20.7 21.5 24.7 24.7 23.8 24.5 23.3 21.


c) the data on the total investment on different heads under the 8th five year plan are shown below:

19.4 % = services

1.4 % = science, technologies & environment

18.6 % = transport & communication

10.8 % = industry & minerals

28.2 % = energy

5.5 % = irrigation & flood control

1.0 % = special programs

7.7 % = rural development

7.4 % = agriculture & allied services

If the total proposed outlay on different heads is as rs. 4,34,100 crores at 1991-92 prices. Obtain separately the proposed outlay on each of the heads & make on overall comment. 4 marks.


d) represent the following data through a suitable diagram.

Region A B C D
Married criminals 95 80 63 32
Unmarried criminals 72 25 41 26

10.a) data on flight arrivals from several cities for 2 airlines are shown below for the last 6 months.

Table : city wise ontime & delayed flights for airlines A & B

Airline A Airline A Airline B Airline B
Ontime Delayed Ontime Delayed
City I 497 62 694 117
City II 221 12 4840 415
City III 212 20 383 65
City IV 503 102 320 129
City V 1841 305 201 61

It is known that City II was mostly sunny & City V was mostly foggy during 6 month period of data collection. Compare the performance of 2 airlines a &  b over the cities in terms of % of delayed flights. What is your conclusion. When the data on all the cities are combined?

b) the arithemetic mean of 2 observations is 127.5 & their geometric mean is 60. find i) the 2 observations , ii) their harmonic mean.


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