IAS Gyan

Daily Mains Mini Test


10th September, 2019

Q1. Should the CAG be allowed to comment on issues of extravagance and efficiency, apart from the legality of a particular expenditure? Analyse. Also examine if the mandate of the CAG audit be extended to the private bodies involved in public projects.

Q2. Compare and contrast the Presidential and Parliamentary form of government systems. In your opinion, should India switch to Presidential form of government? Critically comment.

Q3. The dispensation of speedy justice is one of the two important pillars on which rests the strength of our country’s justice delivery system. Identify the reasons for a backlog of cases in Indian judiciary and also enlist recent measures which have been taken to reduce such delay.

Q4. The Upper Chamber of Parliaments across the world are generally considered less powerful vis-à-vis their Lower Chamber. However, they are also vested with certain functions and powers, which enables them to play a decisive role. Critically analyse with special emphasis on India.

Q5. Regulatory interventions are normally made for three main purposes: prevention of market failure, checking anticompetitive practices and promoting public interest. Critically examine the functioning of regulatory bodies in India in context of the above statement.

Q6. It has often been argued that the MPLAD Scheme is inconsistent with the spirit of the Constitution and an anti-thesis to decentralization. In this context, examine whether the time has arrived to scrap the MPLAD Scheme.

Q7. The four main priorities for education policy have been Access, Equity, Quality and Governance. These four areas must be prioritised in all new education policies and at the same time there must be greater emphasis on improving learning outcomes at all levels. Discuss.

Q8. World powers are making moves to counter China’s global thrust on infrastructure building under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Elaborate. Do you think the proposed Asia – Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is counter to One Belt and One Road (OBOR) Initiative?

Q9. The exit of Britain from EU has altered the dynamics of India’s relationship with both EU and UK. In this context, discuss the prospects and challenges of India’s relationship with post-BREXIT UK.

Q10. Initiatives such as NDB and AIIB represent not only an assertion of rising powers vis a vis the existing institutions dominated by the West, but also underline the requirement of diversifying investment sources for the developing world in arenas such as infrastructure. Discuss.