[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Political Science Paper 2 Question Paper
Section A (Part 1)
Q1. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50
- Party system in India is neither western nor indigenous. Explain.
- In what respect is the new social movement new in nature? Discuss.
- Do you agree that the U.N. has failed to contain transnational terrorism? Elaborate your answer with examples.
- “The Feminist approach to international politics is biased.” Comment.
- “Ukraine crisis is a product of power politics and geo-politics.” Comment.
Q2. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- “Despite so many agreed areas of cooperation, innumerable institutional mechanisms and a permanent secretariat, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has not taken off as a meaningful regional grouping.” Discuss. 20 marks
- Critically evaluate the approaches of global south towards addressing environment concerns. 15 marks
- Critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security. 15
Q3. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Argue a case for U.N. reform in the context of changing global milieu. 20 marks
- Who was Mr. ‘X’ in international politics? Elaborate his approach to foreign policy. 15 marks
- “Morton A. Kaplan’s system theory is contrary to the fundamental precepts of systems approach.” Comment. 15 marks
Q4. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- How do you explain the growing importance of multi-national corporations (MNCs) and civil society in contemporary international politics? 20 marks
- What is ‘global village’? Elaborate its main characteristics and also the factors that contributed to its growth. 15 marks
- Discuss the main factors that have contributed to the gradual transformation of the world from ‘Billiard Ball Model’ to ‘Cobweb Model’. 15
Section B (Part 2)
Q5. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50
- Is India’s quest for a permanent seat in the Security Council a possibility or just a pipedream? Elaborate with reasons.
- “Afghanistan is a litmus test for India’s ascendance as a regional and global power.” Discuss.
- “EU – India relations have a long way to go before they can purposely be termed strategic.” Discuss.
- Do you agree with the view that the USA is of late willing to treat India as a partner rather than merely a camp-follower? Give reasons for your answer.
- Discuss the grounds for India’s opposition to NPT.
Q6. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Evaluate the recent changes in Indo – Japan relations. 20 marks
- “Federal units are critical in the making of India’s foreign policy.” Examine this statement with reference to the role of West Bengal vis-à-vis Bangladesh. 15 marks
- “India’s policy of non-alignment has been guided by the genius of the Indian people and their interests.” Explain. 15 marks
Q7. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- Analyse the drivers of Indo – Russian relations in the post-Cold-War era. 20 marks
- Examine the implications of turmoil in Iraq and West Asia for India’s security and foreign policy concerns. 15 marks
- Evaluate India’s participation in United Nations peace-keeping operations over the years. 15 marks
Q8. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)
- The Ministry of External Affairs is losing its importance in the making of India’s foreign policy with the parallel rise of the P.M.O. Explain. 20 marks
- “Some of the major changes that occurred in India’s foreign policy after the Sino – India war in 1962 were within the larger framework of continuity.” Discuss. 15 marks
- In the history of foreign policy, seldom have relations between any two nations blossomed as fast as they have in the case of India and Israel. Discuss. 15 marks
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