How IAS examination questions are framed?

  • by Manoj K. Jha

Can u guess how IAS examination questions are framed? What are the sources they opt for framing the questions?

Can u guess how IAS examination questions are framed? What are the sources they opt for framing the questions? No surprise, we will provide u the exact source along with book and pages number. We will start with the details of Reading Comprehension of last three year IAS prelims exam. Have a look….

COMPREHENSION PASSAGES: TITLES & SOURCES

A. SOCIAL

1. The Concept of a “Creative Society” [CSAT-2011]
[Book: “Readings in Indian Government and Politics: Class, Caste, Gender (Volume of Essays)” edited by Manoranjan Mohanty; Publisher: SAGE; ‘Chapter-15: Conclusion—Social Movements in a Creative Society’ by Manoranjan Mohanty (The Creative Society: Page-390)]

B. POLITICAL

2. Deepening of Democracy in India: [CSAT-2012]
Transfer of Power from Upper Caste Elites to the Marginalised Subaltern Groups [CSAT-2012]
[Book: “Indian Politics and Society Since Independence: Events, Processes and Ideology” by Bidyut Chakrabarty; Publisher: Routledge; Conclusion: “Growing Democratization” (Pages-171-172)]

3. Democracy and Development—Do they Go Together? [CSAT-2012]
[Book: “The Idea of Justice” by Amartya Sen; Publisher: Penguin; Chapter: ‘Democracy and Development’]

4. Democracy Not Exclusive Western Concept, But Development of Institutional Structure [CSAT-2013] of Democracy—A Western Achievement
[Book: “The Idea of Justice” by Amartya Sen; Publisher: Penguin; Part Four: “Public Reasoning and Democracy”; Chapter-15: ‘Democracy as Public Reason’]

C. ECONOMIC

5. Indian Economy—A Great Paradox [CSAT-SAMPLE]
[Book: “Contemporary India: Economy, Society, Politics”; Publisher: PEARSON; Part-I, Chapter-2: The Evolution of Development Strategy Since Independence by Ambuja Kumar Tripathy]

6. An Enabling State for Inclusive Growth—The Need of the Hour [CSAT-2011]
[The Economic Survey of India 2009-10, Chapter-2: Micro-foundations of Inclusive Growth, Paragraph 2.5]

7. The Potential of Farm Collectivities in Transition Economies [CSAT-2012]
[Working Paper No. 305 (2010) by Bina Agarwal: “Rethinking Agricultural Production Collectivities”, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; Chapter-7: In Conclusion (Page-31)]

8. Competition Law to Facilitate a Level-Playing Field Among Foreign and Domestic Firms [CSAT-2012]
[Article in The Economic Times dated 04 Nov 2009: “Competition Law and Inclusive Growth” by Madhav Mehra]

9. Indian Financial Markets Integrated With International Financial Markets [CSAT-2013]
[The Economic Survey of India 2011-12, Chapter-5: Financial Intermediation and Markets (Introduction)]

10. Corporate Governance [CSAT-2013]
[Article in The Economic Times dated 18 January 2009: “Corporate Governance” by Lisa Mary Thomson]

D. SCIENTIFIC/ECOLOGY/ENVIRONMENT

11. Effects of Modifications to Earth’s Ecosystem, [CSAT-2011]
Necessitated by a Rapidly Expanding Human Population
[Textbook: “Life-The Science of Biology” (8th Edition) co-published by Sinauer Associates Inc. and WH Freeman; Chapter-56: “Ecosystems and the Global Ecology”—56.4 ‘What Services do Ecosystems Provide’ (Page-1221)]

12. The Influence of Keystone Species on Species Richness in an Ecosystem [CSAT-2011]
[Textbook: “Life-The Science of Biology” (8th Edition) co-published by Sinauer Associates Inc. and WH Freeman; Chapter-55: “Communities and Ecosystems”— (Pages-1062-63) ‘Individual Species May Influence Community Processes’]

13. Introduction of Exotic Species in New Geographic Areas and Its Impact on Biodiversity [CSAT-2012]
[Textbook: “Essentials of Ecology” by Colin R Townsend, Michael Begon, John L Harper; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Article 14.2.2 Habitat Disruption (Page-462)]

14. Use of Chemical Pesticides in Agriculture—Is it Sustainable? [CSAT-2012]
[Website: www.trinitygreenconsultancy.com; Category: “Species Richness”; Article: ‘Evolution of Resistance to Pesticides” (posted 01 Nov 2012)]

15. Climate-Smart Development Strategies of Adaptation and Mitigation – The Need of the Hour [CSAT-2012]
[The World Bank Report: “World Development Report—Development and Climate Change” (2010); Chapter-1 (Pages-44-45)—‘Growth: Changing Carbon Footprints and Vulnerabilities’]

16. Habitat Fragmentation—The Most Serious Threat to Biodiversity Conservation [CSAT-2013]
[Article in Deccan Herald dated 17 August 2008: “Mining has spelt ecological disaster” by Praveen Bhargav]

17. Excessive & Indiscriminate Use of Chemical Fertilizers in Agriculture— [CSAT-2013]
A Serious Threat to Aquatic Ecosystems
[Textbook: “Essentials of Ecology” by Colin R Townsend, Michael Begon, John L Harper; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Chapter 13: Habitat Degradation; Article 13.2.2 Intensive Cropping (Pages-429 & 430)]

E. EDUCATION

18. Will the Right to Education Remain on Paper or Become a Reality, [CSAT-2011]
Particularly so for Girls?
[Article in The Hindu dated 02 April 2010: “India’s Children Have a Precarious Right” by Krishna Kumar.]

F. ETHICS & PHILOSOPHY

19. A Moral Act is an Act of Will [CSAT-2011]
[Book: “Ethical Religion” by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; Chapter-3: “What is Moral Action”]

20. India’s Spiritual Greatness—Myth or Reality? [CSAT-2011]
[Book: “Essays on Ancient India” by Raj Kumar; Publisher: Discovery Publishing House]

21. Ever Increasing Man’s Materialistic Needs Leads to Endless Miseries; [CSAT-2013]Only Solution to Change Man’s Character—Make Him Pure, Educated and Spiritually Strong
[Book: “The Indispensable Vivekananda: An Anthology for Our Times” by Swami Vivekananda;

Editor: Amiya P Sen; Publisher: Permanent Black; Chapter III. b. “Karma Yoga: Service Before Self” (Page-203)]