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Q.1) In the 21st century, India and the US have found many reasons for strategic convergence and an urgent need to iron out the divergences. Analyse. (15 Marks - 250 Words)

Why this question? -  With the election of Democratic candidate Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., as the 46th President of the United States, beating incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, India is looking forward to strengthening its ties with the US and weeding out differences.

Intro - Recent status of India-US relations.

Body -

  • Reasons for strategic convergence.
  • Differences

Way ahead - Their relations are based on mutual benefits and not a zero sum game.

Conclusion - Summarize based on above discussion.

 

Q.2) The decision to use a COVID-19 vaccine will need to take into consideration logistics and infrastructure needed to distribute and deliver vaccines, which goes beyond financial resources to purchase vaccines. Analyse. (150 words)

Why this question?

  • The government recently said it will procure the vaccine and distribute it under a special COVID-19 immunisation programme to four categories of people, free-of-charge. Thus the question.

Introduction: Mention the need for immunising the population against Covid-19.

Body:

  • Priority groups
  • Challenges:
  • Vaccine shortage
  • Storage of vaccines at ultralow temperatures 
  • Vaccinating people with two doses 
  • Vaccine coverage

Conclusion: Summarize and suggest a way forward

 

Q.3) Bilateral cooperation with Maldives, especially on the economic front, has become a ‘model’ that New Delhi can adopt to make the Prime Minister’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ a sustained success. Analyze India’s bilateral relation  with Maldives. (250 words)

Why this question?

  • The visit of Foreign Secretary to the Maldives is significant for taking forward bilateral relations. Thus the question.

Introduction: Mention in brief the background of the bilateral relations between India and Maldives.

Body:

  • Bilateral relations:
    • Economic
    • Military assistance
    • Infrastructure development
    • Significance

Challenges:

  • Political instability in Maldives
  • China’s influence

Conclusion: Summarize and suggest a way forward.

 

Q.4) Haryana’s move to reserve 75% private jobs for local candidates may not go down well with the private sector and can be legally challenged. Comment (250 words)

Why this question?

Haryana government has announced it wants 75 percent of private-sector jobs in the state, till a certain salary slab, reserved for local candidates.

Intro:

In brief about Haryana govt’s new announcement

Body:

  • Details of the new scheme
  • Objectives
  • Probable achievements 
  • Problems associated
    • The response of the private sector
    • Legal hurdles: violative of Article 16
  • Few suggestions

Conclusion:

Summarize above discussion

 

Q.5) Demonetisation has helped reduce black money, increase tax compliance and formalization and given a boost to transparency. Critically Analyse (250 words)

Why this question?

4 years has been passed after demonetisation

Intro:

In brief about demonetisation

Body:

  • Background of demonetisation
  • Objectives
  • Achievements of demonetisation
  • Problems associated

Conclusion:

Summarize above discussion