2020-CGS-2: July 16 – 31, 2019

Model Questions

  1. What is the significance of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh followers? What are the concerns of India?
  2. Define total fertility rate. Discuss the trends in total fertility rate (TFR) across various states.
  3. Reservations based on economic criterion violate the ideals envisaged by the constitution makers. Critically Discuss
  4. How far the financial dependence is responsible for deteriorating social status of women?
  5. How the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill 2019 does seeks to strengthen the human rights watch dog?
  6. Does the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2019 undermines the independence of the Central and state Information Commissions?
  7. List out the criterions set under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 for putting into trail a juvenile as adult.
  8. Does the Dam Safety Bill 2019 violates the principles of federalism in India?
  9. Why the Clause 6 of Assam Accord gained significance? Discuss in the backdrop of the ongoing NRC exercise in Assam.
  10. Discuss the constitutional and legal provisions of office of profit. Does office of profit violates the basic structure of constitution?
  11. India health policies need to give due attention towards the WASH. Discuss
  12. Can India replicate the Odisha Model to eradicate malaria from the Country?
  13. What are the concerns against the proposed Automated Facial Recognition  by the NCRB.
  14. Discuss how KUSUM scheme can aid in overhauling the Irrigation potential of the country.
  15. What are the bottlenecks before India in attaining the goal of 5 trillion economy?
  16. Critically discuss the recommendations of the Subash Chandra Garg Committee on virtual currencies.
  17. What are Sovereign Bonds? What are the concerns against the proposal of external borrowing announced in budget 2019-20?
  18. Discuss how India was able to achieve the target of doubling tiger population well ahead of the schedule proposed under St Petersburg Declaration.
  19. How Chandrayaan 2 Mission will mark the beginning of new era for Indian Space Research organization?


Art and Culture

India- Pakistan makes progress on modalities of Kartarpur Sahib

During the Second formal discussion between India and Pakistan on Kartarpur Sahib, both India and Pakistan have agreed to following modalities for pilgrimage:

  • Visa-free travel for the Indian passport-holders and OCI card-holders seven days a week.
  • 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day.
  • Pilgrims will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups and also on foot.

During the meeting, India also urged Pakistan to prevent Khalistan supporters from misusing this historic initiative.

India also requested Pakistan to allow ‘Nagar Kirtan’ from Delhi to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan in July and during October-November 2019 as part of the celebrations to mark the birth of the first Sikh Guru.

Kartarpur Corridor

The Kartarpur Sahib Corridor connects Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of the Ravi River, about three-four km from the border in Pakistan.

Kartarpur Sahib is very significant for Sikhs since it was here the Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, had spent more than 18 years of his life.  Dera Baba Nanak shrine was established in in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.

Nagar Kirtan

Nagar Kirtan is a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community. The procession is led by the saffron-robed Panj Piare (the five beloveds of the Guru) and is followed by the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy Sikh scripture. Members of the procession are unshod in deference to the displayed scripture.


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