Q. Discuss the significance of a product getting a Geographical Indication tag in India. (10 Marks - 150 Words)

Why this question? - The Himachal Pradesh government is trying to obtain GIs (Geographical Indication) for five products from the state - Karsog Kulth, Thangi of Pangi, Chamba Metal Crafts, Chamba Chukh, and Rajmah of Bharmour. 

Intro - About GI tags with some examples.


  • Legal backing - International and laws in India.
  • Significance with example.

Conclusion - Summarize based on above discussion.

Q. A revolutionary freedom fighter, Ambedkar had led from the front along with Jawaharlal Nehru and Gandhi and played a pivotal role in the upliftment of the poor and backward classes of the society, laying down a strong foundation for modern India. Comment (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question? -  Recently the Prime Minister of India has paid tributes to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

Intro - A brief about BR Ambedkar.

Body - His contributions

  • In the upliftment of vulnerable
  • As a freedom fighter
  • In laying the foundation of a modern India

Conclusion - Summarize based on above discussion.

Q) Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of C3, C4 and NMR tests for checking the purity of honey. (150 words) 

Why this question?

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recently released results of an investigation it had conducted into the quality of honey being produced in India. It reported that products by many popular brands were not honey, and, in fact, had been spiked with added sugar. Therefore, they ought not to be branded and sold as honey. 

Introduction: Briefly give the background about the issue food adulteration in India.


  • Features of C3 and C4 Tests
  • Disadvantages
  • Features of NMR tests
  • Advantages over C3 and C4 tests

Conclusion: Summarize and suggest changes in the food testing criteria of FSSAI.

Q) Critically analyse the provisions of the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019. (250 words)

Why this question?

Ten members of the 30-member joint parliamentary committee on the Data Protection Bill, 2019, have moved amendments against the provision in the legislation giving power to the Central government to exempt any agency of the government from application of the Act. The members have said this clause makes the entire act infructuous.

Introduction: Give a brief background of the Data protection Bill, 2019 


Key provisions of the Bill

  • Data Protection Authority: The Bill sets up a Data Protection Authority which may: (i) take steps to protect interests of individuals, (ii) prevent misuse of personal data, and (iii) ensure compliance with the Bill. 
  • Social media intermediaries: The Bill defines these to include intermediaries which enable online interaction between users and allow for sharing of information. 
  • Sensitive personal data: This includes financial data, biometric data, caste, religious or political beliefs, or any other category of data specified by the government, in consultation with the Authority and the concerned sectoral regulator.

Concerns: It has attracted criticism on various grounds such as the exceptions created for the state, the limited checks imposed on state surveillance, and regarding various deficiencies in the structures and processes of the proposed Data Protection Authority.

Suggest steps to tackle the challenges.

Conclusion: Give a balanced conclusion and suggest a way forward