Discussion Forum for RAS Aspirants

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Friday, March 30, 2012


1. Write notes on any three of the following (in about 150 words
each)                                                                               3×15=45                  
a) India’s strategic interests in South Asia
b) China’s ‘peaceful rise’ doctrine
c) India Russia Defence Ties
d) India’s ‘soft’ and ‘Hard’ power strategy in foreign policy
2.  Write brief notes on any four of the following in about 50
words each                                                                        4×5=20                  
      a) Nuclear Supply Group ( NSG ) and India
      b) Your view on the recent ‘ Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment
           and Self Governance Order 2009’
     c)  Wakhan Corridor
     d) Nuclear Submarine ‘ Arihant’
     e) National Security Advisory Board (NSAB)
3. Comment on any two of the following in about 100 words
a) India – USA as strategic partners
b) Ethnic conflict in South Asia  
c) ‘ NEPAD’ and its objectives
Time Allowed: Three Hours  Maximum Marks: 300
VISION IAS INTERACTIVE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME UNDER GUIDANCE OF EXPERTS4. Write on any two of the following in about 50 words each.
a) Indo-Bhutan trade relations
b) Sino Myanmar relations    
c) Geopolitics and Geostrategy
. .
5. Comment critically on any one of the following statements in
not more than 200 words:                                                       20                                                                                                                        
a) “ Foreign investment is far from being critical to India’s
economic growth”
b) “ The Lesson of current global financial crisis is  that
India should halt and may be even reverse financial
6. Answer any one of the following in about 200 words :       20                                                  
a). “ In the WTO negotiations over the years of the DOHA
Rounds , India appears to be diluting its stand on agriculture
issues to pursue perceived gains in services”. Critically
examine this statements.
b).  Discuss the Indo – US Knowledge initiative in
7. Answer any  two of the following questions (in about 150
words each)                                                                      15×2=30                  
a) Evaluate  the prospects for greater economic cooperation
between India & China.
b) Does India need the world Bank ?
c) Critically assesses the recent Free Trade Agreement
entered into by India with ASEAN.
8. Answer any  three of the following questions (in about 150
words each)                                                                     3 ×15=45                  
a) What do you understand by ‘Biosignatures’? Discuss
b) Write about Green Florescence Protein ( GFP ) and its
c) Define ‘ Bioinformatics’ . How does it work ? What  is
the major branches and applications ?
d) What is the ‘ Hubble Space Telescope’ ? How many
Service Mission ( SMs) have been conducted for it ?
GENERAL STUDIES PRELIM TEST SERIES PROGRAMME GENERAL STUDIES MAINS TEST SERIES PROGRAMME9. Explain any four of the following (100 words each)   4 ×10=40                        
a) DNA Finger Printing and its utility.
b) What is ‘Nanotech’. Give a brief account of its basic
concepts, material used and applications.
c) What is ‘ Graphene’? Mention at least three of its
d) Define ‘ optical frequency comb’ . Suggest at least three
e) Why is Tele-medicine important for country like India?
10. Write brief notes on any five of the following ( in about 30
words each):                                                                    5 ×13=15                                                                                                      
a) Artificial Sun
b) ‘ Vegetable Gold’    
c) PFCs and ‘ liquid breathing’
d) The ‘ P- 8 A Poseidon’
e) Biometric ATMs
f) Extra Vehicle Activity ( EVA)
11. a). The total areas of cultivation of high, medium and low
sugar content, sugarcanes in four regions of a state are given
below :
Sugar  Region
Content  North  South  East  West
High  100 100 200 50
Medium  300 300 400 250
Low  800 400 1000 700
Total  1200 800 1600 1000
Draw suitable diagram that facilitates the comparison of areas of
cultivation of different sugar content varieties among the four
regions                                                                                          6
b). The following table gives the production of soda ash ( in tons
) by three companies ( A , B and C ) over seven years period :
Company 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
A  20 25 28 31 34 36 41
B  15 18 23 35 40 46 50
C  45 43 40 37 30 26 20
Draw a suitable diagram so as to compare the performance of
these companies.                                                                           6
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS PRELIM STUDY MATERIAL  OPTIONAL SUBJECTS MAINS STUDY MATERIALc). The following date relate to the sales and net profit ( in
Rupees Crores) of a company :                                                     4
Years  1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99
Sales  100 250 300 290 680
Net Profits  2.5 4.5 6 8.5 12
i). In which year the percentage of growth in sales, relative to the
previous year is higher?
ii). In which year the percentage of growth in net profit , relative
to the previous year , is higher?
iii). Let the probability be defined as the ratio of Net Profit to
sales. In which Year the profitability is higher ?
d). The Total sales ( in ‘000 rupees ) of a particular item in shop ,
on 10 consecutive days , is reported by a clerk as follows :         5
     35.00 29.60          38.00     30.00          40.00
     41.00          42.00            45.00          3.60            3.80
Later it was found that reports of the 4
 and 8
 days were 10.00
more than the true values and that in the last two days the clerk
put a decimal wrongly one place to the left ( for example , 3.60
was really 36.0 ). Calculate the true mean value of sale
12.a). In a factory , 1500 women are working . Eight hundred of
them come from rural areas and 450 of the married women are
skill labourers. The number of skilled , rural and  married
labourers is 300. of the 400 unmarried and skilled  women
labourers ,  250 are from urban areas. The number of married ,
semi skill women labouers from urban areas is 200. One hundred
married rural women are semi skilled labourers.
       Tabulate the above information.                                          4
b). The mean score of a class in an examination is 70. If the
mean score of boys is 60 and that of girls is 75, obtain the
percentage of girls in the class.                                                    4
c). In a city 20% people read newspaper A , 25% people read B
and 10% read both A and B . What is the percentage of people
who read at least one of the two newspapers ?                           2
d).  In order to study the effect of inoculation on TB , It was
found that the number of inoculated and unaffected from TB is
28. and not inoculated and affected from TB is 13. If inoculation
was performed over 40 persons out of 60 persons, complete the
table and obtain the missing numbers.                                         2
. The percentage of literates six villages of an area are noted as
follows :                                                                                      2
           52 , 46 , 21 , 30 , 17 , 24
Can compute the percentage of literates in the entire area from
this information ? If yes , compute the percentage. If no , state
what additional information you would need for computation.  

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