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  • Briefly highlight the contribution of Mauryas in the spread of Buddhism.
  • Write a short note on the administration of Sher Shah Suri.
  • Discuss ancient India's trade with China.
  • Write about the efforts of Congress party to solve the problems of Peasants during pre-independence period.
  • Describe the achievement of Indian national army during British period.
  • What is a 'cloudburst'? Explain the impact of cloudburst.
  • Where are the major coal mines located in India? Discuss the current issues concerning the mining of coal.
  • What is 'spot-fixing' in cricket? Briefly discuss the impact the spot-fixing had on the IPL Tournament.
  • Why do the petrol and diesel prices increase in India frequently? What impact these price rises have on the economy?
  • Discuss the reasons as to why 'outsourcing' has become an economic beneficial mechanism for both 'rich' and 'poor' countries.
  • Define the role of the Governor of an Indian State during emergency.
  • What are the main functions and responsibilities of the Gram Sabha under Article 243(A) of the Constitution?
  • What is the impact of coalition politics in India's decision-making process?
  • Explain the implication of the Supreme Court ruling in 2013 in the context of electoral reforms in India.
  • Give an account of the State reorganization process in modern India.
  • What is Television Rating Point (TRP)? Briefly point out the utilization of TRP in management of media channels.
  • What is Breaking News? What purpose does Breaking new serve? Point out the misuses of the same.
  • Advantages of remote sensing in forest management
  • Explain: Carbon footprint, Carbon credit and Carbon sink
  • Difference between Computer hacker and cracker? Discuss importance of firewall
  • What are the objectives of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission?
  • Discuss the main provisions of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREG) Act, 2005.
  • Explain the Food Security Bill. What are its implications?
  • What is acid attack? What direction the Supreme Court has given to the Government of India to curb these attacks?
  • What is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of FDI in multibrand retail sales.
  • Discuss the impact of opencast mining on environmental degradation.
  • What is Jhum? How does it affect the environment?
  • Explain the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Programme 2013-2016 on biodiversity
  • Explain the causes of forest fires and describe the methods of controlling it.
  • What is an ecosystem? Classify them on the basis of risk or threat they are facing at present.
  • What is dark matter? Discuss how it has opened a new area of research in Physics?
  • What is wilting in plants? What effect does it have on food production? What measures can be taken against wilting in plants?
  • What is fibre-optic cable? How does it work?
  • Differentiate between 'broadsheet' and 'tabloid' newspaper. Discuss the content of 'page-3′ and 'op-ed' page of a newspaper.
  • What is HTML? What for it is usually used and how?

Explain the following in about 20 words each

  • Oriental Despotism
  • Diaspora
  • Digital Slavery
  • Politicides
  • Nirankari Movement

Who/What are the following and why were they/these in the news recently?

  • Razia Sultana
  • Chris Gayle
  • Ravuri Bharadwaj
  • Adli Mansour
  • Keonjhar
  • Rituparna Ghosh
  • Bodh Gaya
  • Edward Snowden
  • Miguel Trevino Morales
  • Amar G. Bose