The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
1. Answer any ten questions from the following in about 250 words each: 10*10=100
(a) What is recession? Could the US recession bog down Indian economy?
(b) What are the alternative fuels available for the transport sector? Discuss their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages in their utilization.
(c) Who is Dalai Lama? Why and when did he come to India?
(d) Half a century after the launch of the notorious morning sickness pill, thalidomide, its surviving victims are demanding compensation. Explain why compensation is to be given.
(e) What are the salient features of the Government of India Acts of 1858 and 1909?
(f) Discuss the significance of the deal in which Tata Motors bought Jaguar and Land Rover from automobile giant, Ford.
(g) What is the composition of the Rajya Sabha? How are the members elected?
(h) Describe how the two parties in the USA select their presidential candidates.
(i) Evaluate the contribution of revolutionary terrorism represented by Bhagat Singh to the cause of India's Struggle of Independence.
(j) What was the character of social religious reforms in the 19th Century and how did they contribute to the national awakening in India?
(k) Why is Siachen important?
(l) Why is Nandigram in the news? Discuss the handling of Nandigram incidents by the Left Front Government of West Bengal.
(m) What is EDUSAT? What role can it play in spreading education?
(n) Who is Kashmir Singh? Why is he in the news?
(o) What are the salient features of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal? Why is there opposition to it?
2. Answer any five questions from the following in about 200 word each: 8*5=40
(a) What is SEZ? Why are some people raising objections against it?
(b) Discuss the main features of the 2008-2009 Annual Budget of India.
(c) Write briefly about the development of India's 'missile technology'.
(d) What do you mean by cholesterol? Why is it important in relation to one's health?
(e) On what day, the World Environment Day is observed? Discuss how it all started.
(f) Give at least three evidences in support of climate change.
(g) Describe some of the recommendations of the Knowledge Commission.
3. Answer any ten questions from the following in about 150 words each: 6*10=60
(a) The Monisena Commission of Enquiry has recently submitted its report. What are the main findings of the Commission?
(b) How is quality of a college or university assessed?
(c) Whay has the film 'Jodhaa-Akbar' created controversy?
(d) Technological changes have brought in a major shift in the use of roads as transport corridors in India. Do you agree with this view?
(e) Under what circumstances, financial emergency can be declared under the Article 360 of the Constitution of India?
(f) What are the exceptions when the President of India is not bound by the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers?
(g) Explain the phenomenon of ozone depletion, its causes and effects.What efforts are needed to reduce it?
(h) Explain how the Himalayan and the Tibetan highlands play an important role in the development of the South-West monsoon.
(i) Explain the nature and causes of growing slum problems in the metropolitan cities of India.
(j) What are the main sources of the Indian Constitution?
(k) What is regionalism? In which way, regionalism has affected the Indian polity?
(l) Under what circumstances, Parliament may legislate on State subjects?
(m) What is an opinion poll? Does it affect voting behaviour?
(n) Explain the importance of water resources and the means of conservation.
(o) What is the role of 'Sepoy Mutiny' in giving shapr to India's Struggle for Independence?
4. Write briefly about any fifteen of the following in about 30 words each: 2*15=30
(a) Bhakti Movement in Assam
(b) Madhava Kandali
(f) Raman effect
(g) Kumar Bhaskara Barman
(h) The Battle of Saraighat
(i) Salim Ali
(j) The Assam Accord
(m) Bahadur Gaon Burha
(n) Discovery of Oil in India
(o) The Rang-Ghar
(p) Poa Mecca
(r) The Sattriya Nritya
5. Write briefly about the following: 2*15=30
(a) Criminalization of Politics
(b) Casting Vote
(c) Protem Speaker
(d) Human Genome Project
(e) India's Missile Programme
(f) Panchsheel in India's Foreign Policy
(g) Differences between the Cabinet and the Council of Ministers
(h) Rastriya Krishi Bima Yojana
(i) Food Security
(k) Social Forestry
(l) ICL Vs. IPL
(m) Venture Capital
(n) Environmental Impact Assessment
6. Answer all questions briefly: 2*20=40
(a) What is obesity? How does it affect health?
(b) What is Alzheimer's disease? Discuss the symptoms.
(c) What is an operating system? Give examples.
(d) What is firewall?
(e) What do the following stand for?
(i) HTML, (ii) MPEG, (iii) ASCII, (iv) ISP
(f) What do you mean by computer architecture?
(g) What do you understand by primary and secondary data?
(h) What is India's 'Look East' policy?
(i) What is Consolidated Fund of India?
(j) Why the women need to be empowered?
(k) What do you understand by 'Doha Round' of talks?
(l) What is 'biodiesal'?
(m) What do you understand by a 'search engine' in internet browsing?
(n) What is 'Artificial Intelligence'?
(o) What do the 'hackers' do?
(p) What is forward currency market?
(q) What is disguised unemployment?
(r) What is the difference between Green-box subsidies?
(s) Is the High Court's power to issue 'writs' wider than that of the Supreme Court of India?
(p) What are the constitutional limitations on the free movements of Indians throughout the country?