• General Studies – 1
  • General Studies – 2
  • General Studies – 3
  • General Studies – 4
  • GENERAL ESSAY PAPER

Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States

  1. Parliamentary and Federal Features
  2. Cooperative Federalism
  3. Centre –State Relations
  4. Inter-State Relations
  5. Devolution of Funds
  6. Role of Finance Commission
  7. NITI Aayog
  8. Local Self Government and their relationship with State and Centre
  9. Fiscal and executive powers of Panchayats and Municipalities
  • Dr Durga Das Basu- Introduction to Constitution of India
  • LaxmiKant on Indian Polity

2015 MAINS

  1. The concept of cooperative federalism has been increasingly emphasised in recent years. Highlight the drawbacks in the existing structure and extent to which cooperative federalism would answer the shortcomings.
  2. In the absence of well – educated and organised local level government system, Panchayats and Samitis have remained mainly political institutions and not effective instrument of governance. Critically Discuss.
  3. Khap panchayats have been in the news for functioning as extra – constitutional authorities, often delivering pronouncements amounting to human right violations. Discuss critically the actions taken by the legislative, executive and judiciary to set the things right in this regard.

2014 MAINS

  1. Though the federal principle is dominant in our Constitution and that priniciple is one of its basic features, but it is equally true that federalism under the Indian Constitution leans in favour of a strong Centre, a feature that militates against the concept of strong federalism.

2013 MAINS

  1. Constitutional mechanisms to resolve the inter-state water disputes have failed to address and solve the problems. Is the failure due to structural or process inadequacy or both? Discuss.
  2. Discuss the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission which have been a departure from the previous commissions for strengthening the local government finances.