Transparency & People Participation
Previous year questions

  1. The Citizen’s Charter is an ideal instrument of organisational transparency and accountability, but it has its own limitations. Identify the limitations and suggest measures for greater effectiveness of the Citizen’s Charters. (2018)
  2. “Effectiveness of the government system at various levels and people’s participation in the governance system are inter-dependent/” Discuss their relationship in the context of India. (2016)
  3. In the integrity index of Transparency International, India stands very low. Discuss briefly the legal, political, social and cultural factors that have caused the decline of public morality in India (2016)
  4. Electronic cash transfer system for the welfare schemes is an ambitious project to minimize corruption, eliminate wastage and facilitate reforms. Comment. (2013)
  5. Though Citizen’s charters have been formulated by many public service delivery organizations, there is no corresponding improvement in the level of citizens’ satisfaction and quality of services being provided. Analyze.(2013)
  6. Comment on the significance of the Preamble contained in the Right to Information Act (2012)
  7. Benefits and potential drawbacks of ‘cash-transfers’ to ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households. (2011)

RAG Topics



  1. Digitisation


  1. RTI
  2. DBT


  2. Citizen charter
  3. Sevottam
  4. Jan Bhaghidari (People’s participation)

Quick bytes

    1. ABCD (Avoid , Bypass, COnfuse and Delay) culture of government to ROAD (Responsibility, Ownership, Accountability and Discipline)
    2. Octagon of Good Governance (Mnemonic: PERFECTA (Participatory, effective and efficient, responsive, follows rule of law, equitable and inclusive, consensus oriented, transparent and accountable)

Practice questions

  1. RTI 2.0 should take us pro-active disclosure of public information. Comment


Previous year questions

  1. E-governance in not only about utilization of the power of new technology, but also much about critical importance of the ‘use value’ of information. Explain.  (2018)

RAG Topics



  1. JAM trinity
  2. Digital India


  1. National E-Governance plan
  2. Digital locker


  1. Bharat broadband project

Quick bytes

  1. E-Governance(G2G,2C,2B,2Employee):Challenges identified are trust in the technology(safe, reliable etc), resistance to change, digital divide (access and literacy), cost and privacy and security concerns.
  2. E Governance means Easy Governance, Effective Governance and Economical Governance

Practice questions

  1. Does increased e-governance reduces corruption ? Justify your answer with examples.


Corporate Governance
Previous year questions

  1. In the light of the Satyam Scandal (2009), discuss the changes brought in corporate governance to ensure transparency, accountability.(2015)

RAG Topics



  1. Role of SEBI


  1. CSR
  2. Gender diversity at workplaces



Previous year questions

  1. “If amendment bill to the Whistleblowers Act, 2011 tabled in the Parliament is passed, there may be no one left to protect.” Critically evaluate. (2015)
  2. ‘A national Lokpal, however strong it may be, cannot resolve the problems of immorality in public affairs’. Discuss. (2013)

RAG Topics



  1. Administrative reforms: Trust and verify model
  2. Draft anti-corruption amendment bill


  1. Prevention of corruption act
  2. Whistleblowers Protection Amendment Bill


  1. Lokpal & lokayukta

Practice questions

  1. Analyse the nature of corruption between developed and developing countries.
  2. Illustrate with examples some of the steps taken by government towards achieving the goal of maximum governance, minimum government. And analyse how maximum governance helps in rooting out corruption at lower bureaucracy.


Civil services & reforms
Previous year questions

  1. Initially Civil Services in India were designed to achieve the goals of neutrality and effectiveness, which seems to be lacking in the present context. Do you agree with the view that drastic reforms are required in Civil Services. Comment (2017)
  2. “Traditional bureaucratic structure and culture have hampered the process of socio-economic development in India.” (2016)
  3. Has the Cadre based Civil Services Organisation been the cause of slow change in India? Critically examine. (2013)

RAG Topics



  1. Mystery of police reform
  2. 7th Pay commission, pay parity issue


  1. Performance evaluation of civil servants

Quick Bytes

  1. Agreements make headlines but implementation is what changes lives

Practice questions

  1. Entry into civil services in India is said to be a headless nail because of over-protective constitutional measures. Should these provisions be relaxed to improve the performance? Discuss
  2. “That police is a State subject complicates matters, but self-correction within the force is essential”. Comment

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