Topics for Today’s questions:
GS-1 Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc, geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
GS-2 Role of civil services in a democracy.
GS-3 Indian Economy
GS-4 Case Studies
Q.1 Mention the global occurrence of volcanic eruptions in 2021 and their impact on regional environment. (10 Marks)
Q.2 What are the proposed amendments to IAS Rule 1954? What are the concerns with the proposed changes? (10 Marks)
Q.3 What are the lessons the Indian economy can learn from the expansion of the mobile phone sector in India? What are the challenges in replicating its success? (10 Marks)
Q.4 You are Vice Principal of a degree college in one of the middle-class towns. Principal has recently retired and management is looking for his replacement. There are also feelers that the management may promote you as Principal. In the meantime, during annual examination the flying squad which came from the university caught two students red-handed involving in unfair means. A senior lecturer of the college was personally helping these students in this act. This senior lecturer also happens to be close to the management. One of the students was son of a local politician who was responsible in getting college affiliated to the present reputed university. The second student was son of a local businessman who has donated maximum funds for running of the college. You immediately informed the management regarding this unfortunate incident. The management told you to resolve the issue with flying squad at any cost. They further said that such incident will not only tarnish the image of the college but also the politician and businessman are very important personalities for the functioning of the college. You were also given hint that your further promotion to Principal depends on your capability in resolving this issue with flying squad. In the meantime, you were intimated by your administrative officer that certain members of the student union are protesting outside the college gate against the senior lecturer and the students involved in this incident and demanding strict action against defaulters. a) Discuss the ethical issues involved in the case. b) Critically examine the options available with you as Vice Principal. What option will you adopt and why? (20 Marks)
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