[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Political Science Paper 1 Question Paper
- For each paper: Time Allowed : Three Hours Maximum Marks : 250
- There are EIGHT questions divided in two Sections and printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
- Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.
- Question Nos. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE question from each Section.
- The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.
- Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than the authorized one.
- Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
- Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off.
Section-A (Part 1)
Q1. Comment on the following in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50
- ” … political theory is not an escape mechanism but an arduous calling.” ( John Plamanetz)
- “All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility.” (J. S. Mill)
- “Nationalism is not a mere political programme but a way of life like religion.” (Aurobindo Ghose)
- “India has thrown up a form of judicial democracy that has no parallel anywhere else, and has nurtured a kind of civil society that is uniquely its own.” (Bhikhu Parekh)
- “Power is never the property of an individual; it belongs to a group and remains in existence only so long as the group keeps together.” ( Hannah Arendt)
Q2. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Comment on the view that socialism in the 21st century may be reborn as anti-capitalism. 20 marks
- Examine the conditions that are required for the maintenance of legitimacy in modern societies. 15 marks
- Evaluate the contributions of Buddhist tradition to Indian political thought. 15 marks
Q3. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Explicate the conception of justice in the critiques of communitarian theorists. 20 marks
- Examine the conception of the State in the ideologies of Fascism and Marxism. 15 marks
- How is liberty a precondition for equality? Explicate the relationship between equality and liberty. 15 marks
Q4. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Explain how Machiavelli’s application of empirical method to human affairs marks an important stage in the evolution of political science. 20 marks
- Central to Aristotle’s political thought is his classification of the different types of political constitutions in the Politics. Evaluate. 15 marks
- Explicate the features of deliberative democracy. 15 marks
Section B (Part 2)
Q5. Comment on the following in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50
- The dilemmas of the human rights movements in India
- Relation between ethnicity and democracy in India
- Increasingly higher focus on Directive Principles of State Policy
- Marginalization of the left ideology in India
- The role of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in promoting good governance
Q6. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Discuss the working of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to curb violence against Dalits. 20 marks
- Examine the scope and limitations of women’s movements in India. 15 marks
- Explain how peasant movements promoted nationalist ideas during the struggle for Indian independence. 15 marks
Q7. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Discuss the nature of reforms of the electoral process in India and explain the further scope for reforms. 20 marks
- Examine the debates on the appointment procedure of judges to the higher judiciary in India. 15 marks
- Explain how the participation of women impacted the functioning of rural local bodies in India. 15 marks
Q8. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Explain how pressure groups have been influencing public policy-making with suitable illustrations. 20 marks
- What are the provisions for constitutional protection of right to freedom of religion and how far have they succeeded in promoting secularism in India? 15 marks
- Account for the changes in the socio-economic profile of legislators during last one decade in India. 15 marks
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