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General Studies (Mains) – Questions Pattern & Trends Indian Polity & Constitution Basic features of the Constitution 1. Distinguish between Parliamentary and Presidential forms of Government. Do you think that changing over to Presidential form will be a solution for better governance? Substantiate your answer. (1995/40) 2. What do you understand by the term ‘Rule of Law’? How does the Constitution of India seek to establish it? (1996/40) 3. Bring out the aberrations of the parliamentary system of government in India. (2001/30) 4. What is a Constitution? What are the main sources of the Indian Constitution? (2007/30) Preamble 1. The Preamble to the Constitution is aimed to embody the fundamental values and the philosophy on which the Constitution is based. Elucidate. (1997/10) 2. What is the significance of a preamble to a constitution? Bring out the philosophy of the Indian polity as enshrined in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution. (2004/30) Fundamental Rights 1. What are the constitutional rights of the citizens of India. What do you think about the demand of the NRI’s for dual citizenship? (1995/20) 2. What is the present status of the right to property as a Fundamental Right? (1995/3) 3. Why is Article 32 considered as the cornerstone of the Constitution? (1995/3) 4. The Writ of Mandamus cannot be granted against certain persons. Who are they? (1996/3) 5. What are the provisions regarding the protection of Linguistic minorities in the Constitution? (1997/10) 6. What is Social Justice? How can reservation of seats for women in Parliament contribute to the establishment of a socially just society in India? (1997/40) 7. What, according to the Supreme Court, constituted ‘The Basic Features’ which is upheld in case known as (i) Keshavanand Bharati v/s. State of Kerala (1990) (ii) Minerva Mills v/s. Union of India (1990) (1997/20) 8. What specific provisions exist in the Constitution of India about child labour ?(1997/3) 9. What were the circumstances leading to the promulgation of Prasar Bharti Ordinance in August 1998? (1998/6) 10. State the amplitude of Article 21 of the Constitution. (1998/3) Dream Dare Win Page 1
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11. On what grounds does Article 15 of the Indian Constitution prohibit discrimination? Indicate the way the concept of ‘Special protection’ has qualified this prohibition, and contributed to social change. (1999/40) 12. What is the status of the Right to Property in the Indian Constitution? (1999/3) 13. Discuss the constitutional provisions regarding the rights of children. (2001/15) 14. Discuss how the Constitution of India provides equal rights. (2004/30) 15. What is Habeas Corpus? (2004/2) 16. What is the special facility provided to the linguistic minorities under Article 350 A? (2004/10) 17. Give your views on the right to freedom of religion as enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Do they make India a secular State? (2005/30) 18. What are the constitutional limitations on the free movements of Indians throughout the country? (2005/15) 19. What is meant by ‘double jeopardy’? (2005/2) 20. What is right to life and personal liberty? How have the courts expanded its meaning in recent years? (2006/30) 21. Bring out the differences between the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles
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