Topics for Today’s questions:
GS-1 Population and associated issues
GS-2 Constitution of India- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
GS-3 Government Budgeting.
GS-4 Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
Q.1 Conducting a caste census is important for better targeting of welfare services; however, such an exercise is fraught with challenges to social harmony and risks polarization. Discuss. (15 Marks)
Q.2 Do you think time has come for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in the country? What are the arguments against it? (10 Marks)
Q.3 Instances have come to light where states with highest debt-to-GDP levels take fiscally profligate actions. In this regard, analyse how fiscal devolution is causing a lack of state-level fiscal responsibility and what needs to be done to improve it? (10 Marks)
Q.4 Discussing the main challenges in upholding highest ethical standards in civil services, suggest effective measures to overcome such challenges. (10 Marks)
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