GS Mains IAS Previous Years Question Paper 2 – 2006

GS Mains IAS Previous Years Question Paper 2 – 2006

1. Write about any two of the following (in about 150 words each):  15×2=30

(a) US policy on Iran’s nuclear programme

(b) Terrorism: Source in Pakistan and Afghanistan

(c) Crippling the King in Nepal


2. Write about the following (in about 20 words each):  2×5=10

(a) Simla Agreement

(b) India-Isarel cooperation in the field of agriculture

(c) Pakistans’s role in Sri Lanka

(d) Indo-US military cooperation

(e) Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty


3. Write about the following (in about 20 words each):          2×5=10

(a) Contribution of the NRIs to GCC countries

(b) Future of Indians in Fiji

(c) Indians in the House of Lords, UK

(d) Contribution of  Indians in Silicon Valley

(e) Exodus of persons of Indian origin from Uganda


4. Answer any one of the following (in about 250 words):    30

(a) Discuss the importance of world Trade Organization (WTO) to Indian economy in the light of various opportunities and challenges at the global level.

(b) Describe the main sources of Industrial finance in India. How could India be benefitted from recent developments in International finance?


5 . Answer any two of the following (in about 150 words each):      15×2=30

(a) Discusse the role of public sector during the post-reform period of Indian economy.

(b) Examine the effects of globalization on poverty removal in India.

(c) What are the implications of gender disparities in India?


6. Answer the following  (in about 20 words each): 2×15=30

(a) What is Phillips curve ?

(b) What is Hundi ?

(c)  What is twin defict ?

(d) What is the main difference between free trade area and common market ?

(e) What is forward currency market ?

(f) What is offshore currency market ?

(g) What is Laffer curve ?

(h) What are Eurobonds ?

(i) What is disguised unemployment ?

(j) What are nifty and the nifty junior ?

(k) What is  Agri-Trade ?

(l) What is CEMA bloc ?

(m) What is rolling settlement ?

(n) What is the difference between Green Box subsidies and Blue Box subsidies ?

(o) What are non- factor service in India’s balance of payment ?


7. Write about any two of the following (in about 150 words each):  15×2=30

(a) G-5 Summit in Russia

 (b) Expanding role of Amnesty International

(c) Role of European Parliament

8. Write about  the following (in about 20 words each):  2×5=10

(a) Trade through Nathu La Pass

(b) Outer Space Treaty

(c)  Withdrawal of Japanese Troops from Iraq

(d) Maastricht Treaty

(e) Cuba and Castro

9. Write about the following, by expanding and explaining the objectives (in about 20 words each ):   2×5=10

(a) ICJ


(c) IBRD

(d) WMO

(e) WHO


10. Answer any one of the following (in about 250 words): 30

(a) Justify with necessary logic “Biological clean-up methods can be cheaper than the conventional physical and chemical pollution treatments”.

(b) Explain how Nanoscience and Nanotechnology have revolutionized modern technology.


11. Answer any two of the following (in about 150 words each):  15×2=30

(a) What do you understand by optical Computing? Why is optical Computing envisaged to have much better performance than that of electronic Computing?

(b) Write a note on ‘Bio-refinery versus-Fossil fules.’

(c) What are normal osmosis and reverse osmosis? Why has reverse osmosis become popular in India today?


12. Answer all the five (in about 20 words each): 2×5=10

(a) What do you understand by a ‘search engine’ in computing?

(b) Expand the following:

(i) CAD

(ii) CAM

(iii) CIM

(c) Explain what is Thin Film Memory in computers.

(d) Write a short note on ‘Artificial Intelligence’.

(e) Who are called ‘Hackers’ in computer world?


13. (a) In an opinion survey regarding a proposed civil measure to be introduced, altogether 2878 persons took part of which 1652 were males. 1226 persons voted against the proposal of which 796 were males.1425 persons voted for the proposed measure. 156 females were undecided in their opinion.

(i) Put the above information in a neat statistical table. From the table, calculate-

(ii) the percentage of males among those voting  for the proposal;

(iii) The percentage of those voting for the proposal among the males. 8

(b)  Present the following information using a suitable diagram: 8


State Percentage of Literates (2001 Census)

Male             Female            Overall



Tamil Nadu

West Bengal

94.20          87.86              90.72

86.27          67.51              77.27

82.33          64.55              73.47

77.58          60.22             69.22

14. (a) From the following frequency distribution of  260 housewives of a locality according to their TV- watching habit-

(i) draw the grap of cumulative frequencies of less than type:

Hours per week watching TV Number of housewives
5 – 9

10 – 14

15 – 19

20 – 24

25 – 29

30- 34

35- 39








Total 260

Estimate using the above graph-

(ii) the median of the distribution;

(iii) Number of housewives spending at most 18 hours per week watching TV.       8

(b)  The following table shows the average percentage of family expenditure, as also percentage increase in price in 2005 compared to 2000, for the major heads of expenditure for the urban middle class families in a State in India. Calculate the percentage increase in cost of living for this segment of population in 2005 compared to 2000:    8


Head of expenditure    % of family expenditure % increase in price in 2005 compared to 2


Fuel & Electricity

House Rent












Total 100

15. Answer all the question:                          2×4=8        

(a)  A union leader complained: that the owners of this factory have adopted a policy of gradually decreasing the wages of its workers is amply evident from the fact that the average monthly wage of the workers has dropped down to Rs. 2,530 in January, 2006 from Rs 2,570 in January, 2005. Comment on the Validity of the argument.

(b)  As high as 45% of the under-5 children, brought to the outdoor clinics of 4 major State-run hospitals in Kolkata last year, were found to be victims of malnutrition. Incidence of malnutrition among the under -5 children in the city must, therefore, be alarmingly high. Explain why you support the argument, or disagree with it.

(c) In a community support project, the average grants (in Rs) received by the male and the female beneficiaries were 5,200 and 5,800 respectively, while the average grant received by all the beneficiaries was 5,560. What percentage of beneficiaries were females?

(d) The amounts of rainfall (in mm) in a town on 10 consecutive days are as follows:

8.5, 0, 6.8, 3.2, 4.8, 10.5, 76.2, 9.4, 0, 1.2

Use a suitable measure to throw light on the central tendency of the data.

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