Q.1) Answer any two of the following in about 250 words each: 20×2= 40
List the Central Asian Republics and identify those of particular strategic and economic importance to India. Examine the opportunities and bottlenecks in enhancing relations with these countries.
Critically examine the security and strategic implications of the so-called ‘string of pearls’ theory for India.
“Compared to the South Asian Trade Area (SAFTA), the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation Free Trade Area (BIMSTEC FTA) seems to be more promising.” Critically evaluate.
Q.2) Answer any three of the following in about 150 words each: 15×3=36
Subsequent to the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) waiver in 2008, what are the agreements on nuclear energy that India has signed with different countries?
Trace the progress of India’s efforts for a joint counter-terrorism strategy with China. What are the likely implications of the recent Xinjiang violence on these efforts?
Bring out the importance of the Small and Medium Enterprises Expo and Conference held in Dubai last year for Indian business.
What are the salient features of the political and economic relationship between India and South Africa?
Q.3) Answer either of the following in about 250 words: 20
“The causes and implications of the Jasmine Revolution and its spread are as much economic in nature as they are political.” Critically evaluate.
In the context of the ‘Euro-zone’ debt crisis, examine the proposed ‘six-pack’ solution. Do you think that this has a better chance of success than the earlier stability and growth pact?
Q.4) Answer any four of the following in about 150 words each: 12×4=48
“As regards the increasing rates of melting of Arctic Sea ice, the interests of the Arctic Council nations may not coincide with those of the wider world”. Explain.
Is there still a role for the concept of balance of power in contemporary international politics? Discuss.
“Strategic interests seem to be replacing commercial interests for the host country with regard to Cam Ranh bay.” Amplify.
To what extent has the withdrawal of al-Shabab from Mogadishu given peace a real chance in Somalia? Assess.
On a Formula-one (F-1) racing car track, information to drivers is generally signalled through the standardized use of flags of different colours. Describe the meaning associated with any six of the flags listed below:
Black and White Flag divided diagonally
Yellow and Red Striped Flag
Q.5) Comment on any thirteen of the following in about 50 words each: 5×13=65
International Year of Chemistry
The scourge of e-waste
Designer poultry eggs
INSPIRE programme of the Department of Science and Technology
The Kessler syndrome with reference to space debris
Omega-3 fatty acids in our food
Difference between ‘spin-drying’ and ‘tumble-drying’ technology with reference to drying of washed clothes
The admonishing population of vultures
‘Arsenic-bug’ and the significance of its discovery
F-22 ‘Raptor’ aircraft
‘Concentrated’ solar energy and’ photovoltaic’ solar energy
Analog hybrid and IP systems in CCTV technology
Various applications of Kevlar
Differences between Compact Disc (CD), Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) and Blu-ray Disc.
Q.6) Comment on the following in about 50 words each: 5×5=25
Functions of the World Customs Organisation (WCO)
Success of international intervention of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Strategic adopted by Colombia to eliminate its drug cartels
World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations (UN)
Sculpture of the broken chair in front of the UN building at Geneva
Q.7) Why each of the following been in the news recently? (each answer in a sentence or two only); 2×10=20
Tiangong – 1
Gliese 581 g
Operation Shady Rat
Billion Acts of Green
OPERA detector at Gran Sasso
Q.8.) Why have the following been in the news recently? (each answer in a sentence or two only): 2×5=10