PREVIOUS UPSC(MAIN)-2006 : General Studies : Paper-II
Q. 1. Write any two of the following (in about 150 words each) :
(a) US policy on Iran's nuclear programme.
(b) Terrorism sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
(c) Crippling the king in Nepal
Q. 2. Asnwer the following (in about 20 words each):
(a) Simla Agreement
(b) Indo-Israel Co operation in the field of agriculture.
(c) Pakistan role in Srilanka.
(d) Indo-US military cooperation.
(e) Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
Q. 3. Write about the following (in about 20 words each) :
(a) Contribution of the NRIs to GCC countries
(b) Future of Indians in Fiji.
(c) Indian's in the House of Lords, UK.
(d) Contribution of Indian's in Silicon valley
(e) Exodus of persons of Indian origin from Uganda.
Q. 4. Anwer any one of the following (in about 250 words each) :
(a) Discuss the importance of World Trade Organisation of Indian Economy in the light of various opportunity and challenges at the global level.
(b) Describe the main sources of industrial finance in India. How could India be benefited from recent developments in international finance ?
Q. 5. Answer any two of the following (in about 150 words each) :
(a) Discuss the role of public sector during the post-reform period of Indian economy.
(b) Examine the effects of globalisation on poverty removal in India.
(c) What are the implications of gender disparities in India.
Q. 6. Answer the following (in about 20 words each) :
(a) What is Philips curve ?
(b) What is Hundi ?
(c) What is twin deficit ?
(d) What is the main difference between free trade area and common market ?
(e) What is forward currecy market ?
(f) What is Laffer curve ?
(g) What is Eurobonds ?
(h) What is Disguised unemployment ?
(i) What are nifty junior ?
(j) What is Agri-Trade ?
(k) What is CEMA bloc ?
(l) What is rolling settlement ?
(m) What is Difference between Green Box Subsidies and Blue Box subsidies ?
Q. 7. Write about the any two of the following (in about 150 words each) :
(a) G-8 Summit n Russia.
(b) Expanding role of Amnesty International.
(c) Role of European Parliament.
Q. 8. Write about the following (in about 20 words each) :
(a) Trade through Nathu La Pas
(b) Outer space Treaty
(c) Withdrawal of Japanese Troops from Iraq
(d) Maastricht Treat
(e) Cuba and Castro
Q. 9. Write about the following by expanding and exlaning the objectives (in about 20 words each) :
Q. 10. Write any one of the following (in about 250 words each) :
(a) Explain how Nanoscience and Nantechnology have revolutionized modern technology.
Q. 11. Answer any two of the following (in about 150 words each) :
(a) What do you understand by optical computing? Why is optical computing envisaged to have much better performance than that of eletctronic Computing ?
(b) Write a note on Bio-refinery versus Fossil fuels.
(c) What are normal osmosis and reverse osmosis ? Why has reverse osmosis become popular in India today ?
Q. 12. Anwer all the five, (in about 20 words each) :
(a) What do you understand by a search engine in computer ?
(c) 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 ?
Q. 13. (a) In an a 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 those voting for the proposal among the males.
(iii) the percentage of those voting for the proposal among the males.
(c) Present the following information using a suitable diagram :
State PercentageMale LiteratesFemale (2001 Census)
Kerala 94.20 87.86 90.72
Maharasthra 86.27 67.51 77.27
Tamil Nadu 82.33 64.55 73.47
West Bengal 77.58 60.22 69.22
Q. 14. (a) From the following frequency distribution of 260 housewives of a locality according to their TV-watching habit-
(i) draw the graph of culmulative frequencies of less than type :
Hours per week watching T.V. Number of housewives
(ii) the median of the distribution :
(iii) number of housewives spending at most 18 hours per week watching TV.
(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 the this segment of population in 2005 compared to 2000
Head of expenditure % of family expenditure % increase in price in 2005 compared to 2000
Food 25 32
Clothing 18 25
Fuel & Electricity 16 30
House Rent 15 200
Miscellaneous 26 45
Total 100 -
Q. 15. Answer the questions :
(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, 2005. Comment on the validity o the arugument.
(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, by 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 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.