General Studies - 1999 (Main) (Paper - I)
Time Allowed : Three Hours Maximum Marks : 300
Candidates should attempt all questions from Section I, II and III.
2. Answer any two of the following : (About 150 words on each)
(a) Trace the formation of the Swaraj Party. What were its demands.
(b) 'What began as a flight for religion ended as a war of independence, for there is not the slightest doubt that the rebels wanted to get rid of the alien government and restore the old order of which the king of Delhi was the rightful representative.' Do you support this viewpoint?
(c) How far Curzon's policy towards
3. Answer any three of the following : (About 75 words on each)
(a) Assess the contributions of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar to the making of modern
(b) In what way did Ramakrishna infuse a new vigour and dynamism into Hinduism ?
(c) 'Tagore's poetry is a written record of his religious experience.' Elucidate.
(d) How did Nehru's plan for modernization make rapid stride during the decade 1951-61?
(b) What do you know about the following ?
(c) Why have the following become famous ?
6. Attempt any three of the following : (About 100 words on each)
(a) What new type of satellite is proposed to be inducted for bolstering surveillance on
(b) Explain in brief the observations made by the leaders of the Group of Eight countries in their meeting in
(c) What are the major provisions of the New Telecom Policy approved by the Government? What has been the decision of the Delhi High Court in this respect?
(d) Analyse the recent French response to
7. Attempt any five of the following : (About 50 words on each)
(a) What was the rationale for the recourse to air strikes by the Indian Air Force during Operation Vijay ?
(b) What is Deep-water Oil Exploration? What are its prospects in
(d) What percentage of GDP India spends of defence? To what extent defence expenditure should be increased ?
(e) What is 'Chandra' ? For what purpose it has been launched?
(f) What is the most important provision of the Wye River Accord?
(g) What is Al Khalid ? What are its features? 6 x 5=30
8. (a) Who are the following ? Why have they been in the news ? (About 20 words on each)
(b) What do you know about the following?
(c) Name the authors of the following books ?
(d) Answer the following :
(a) Represent the information in tabular form. 10
(b) From your table calculate the increase in total enrolment from 1993-94 to 1995-96. 2
10.(a) A pie chart is to be constructed to represent the distribution of total budget of a government. The total budget is Rs. 7200 crores. Out oj this Rs. 360 crores is budgeted for Agriculture, Rs. 90 crores for irrigation, Rs. 90 crores for Education, Rs. 540 crores for Defence, Rs. 72 crores for Health and Rs. 108 crores for Industry. The remaining amount is budgeted for other (miscellaneous) heads. Provide the percentages and angle measures of all the above heads in a tabular form. 7
(b) In a housing complex there are 20 families. A family having annual income of Rs. 1.8 lacs leaves and another with annual income of Rs. 3.0 lacs moves in. What change is caused to the average monthly income of the housing complex due to this replacement? 5
11. (a) Given below are the percentages of words of different lengths used by an author in his entire work :
(i) What is the total percentage of words of length 8 or more? 3 (ii) What is the maximum number of letters contained the shortest 78% of the words? 4
(b) Name the most appropriate diagram to be used for representing the information in each of the following cases :
12. (a) A group of freedom fighters met in 1998 and their average age was 81.7 years. The survivors of this group met again in 1999 and their average age was 81.0 Explain why has the average decreased when everyone in the second group is one year older than what they were in 1998. 4
(b) Below is given the gross corporate sector output in four selected years at current prices and also the inflation factor for these years. Calculate the gross output for these years adjusted for inflation. 6
(c) In report it is quoted that 65% of the women and 30% of the men in a locality were against the opening of a liquor store in their locality. Thus it is argued that, an overwhelming 95% of the total population is against the opening of the liquor store. Is this argument justifiable? Give reasons. 2
(d) Six lots of twenty guinea-pigs each were administered carcinogenic drugs in an experiment. After 6 weeks the percentage of survivors in the six lots were :
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3. (a) Discuss the role of modern technological inputs on agricultural development in
4. Answer any TWO of the following : 20+20 =40
(c) Highlight the significance of the Twenty Forth Amendment to the Constitution of India ?
(d) Access the importance of the role played by the Public Accounts Committee.
(a) What does buy-back of shares mean ?
(b) When and why was SEBI established?
(c) What is SIDBI ? What are its main functions?
(d) What is Tobin tax ? What are its main features?
6. Answer any TWO of the following :- 15+15 =30
(a) How is deforestation of Himalayas disturbing the ecological balance of north
(b) What is dry farming? Discuss its relevance in augmenting the food supply in
(c) Name the mega cities of
(d) What is the importance of Indian Ocean for
7. Answer any TWO of the following :- 20+20 =40
(a) What is the Human Genome Project? Discuss briefly its importance.
(b) What is carbon dating? Describe its applications in archaeology.
(c) What is ozone hole? How is it caused and what are its implications for life on Earth ?
(d) What are biosensors? Describe their uses.
(a) What is 'Swatch of no ground' ?
(b) From where was the most advanced commercial satellite of India Insat 2E launched?
(c) What is Global Positioning System (G.P.S.) ?
(d) What is Cash Reserve Ratio?
(e) How is revenue deficit different from budgetary deficit?
(f) What is Plan Holiday?
9. Answer any THREE of the following :- 3 x 3 = 9
(a) Who presides over the Joint-Session of the two Houses of the Indian Parliament over a non-memory bill?
(b) Is there any provision to impeach the Governor of a State?
(c) In case of any dispute whether a bill is a money bill or not, whose dicision is final?
(d) How is the vice-President of
(e) What is the status of the Right to Property in the Indian Constitution?
(f) What is the maximum gap between two sessions of the Indian Parliament?
10. Answer any THREE of the following :- 3 x3 =9
(a) What is a modem? What is it used for?
(b) What is CNG ? How can it reduce air pollution?
(c) What is a computer virus? How does it infect systems?
(d) What do the following stand for?