UPSC IAS Exam International Relations (IR)

(General Studies Paper-II) 2016-17

  • 4 DAYS Classes Per Week | 2.5 hours class
  • FEE: Rs.9000/- Only

Course Highlight

  • Combined & enhanced preparation of I.R & Internal security
  • Wide coverage of syllabus: both traditional and current issues
  • Learn the art of diplomacy and its presentation in accordance with examination pattern
  • Discussion based classes for developing the analytical capabilities of aspirants.
  • Major security issues
  • India's internal security and its structure, challenges, policies etc.
  • Includes in-depth and well researched study materials/handouts
  • Answer writing & personalized doubt clearing sessions

Topics Coverage

  • SAARC NATIONS:India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iran UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yamen
  • AFRICA: Egypt, Libya, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Namibia
  • ASIA PACIFIC/ASEAN: China, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia
  • P5 NATIONS: USA, Russian, China, UK, France
  • International Organizations: UNO & Security Council, SAARC, ASEAN, Arab, League, GCC, CSTO, CIS, NATO, World Bank, IMF, WTO, G-20, Commonwealth, NAM, EU, SCO, BRICS

Previous Years Questions

2013: GS Paper-II

  1. The proposed withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan in 2014 is fraught with major security implications for the countries of the region. Examine in light of the fact that India is faced with a plethora of challenges and needs to safeguard its own strategic interests.
  2. What do you understand by 'The String of Pearls'? How does it impact India? Briefly outline the steps taken by India to counter this.
  3. Economic ties between India and Japan while growing in the recent years are still far below their potential. Elucidate the policy constraints which are inhibiting this growth.
  4. The protests in Shahbag Square in Dhaka in Bangladesh reveal a fundamental split in society between the nationalists. and Islamic forces. What is its significance for India-?
  5. Discuss the political developments in Maldives in the last two years. Should they be of any cause of concern to India?
  6. In respect of India-Sri Lanka relations, discuss how domestic factors influence foreign policy.
  7. What is meant by Gujral doctrine? Does it have any relevance today? Discuss.
  8. The World Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, are the two inter-governmental pillars supporting the structure of the world's economic and financial order. Superficially, the World Bank and the IMF exhibit many common characteristics, yet their role, functions and mandate are distinctly different. Elucidate.

2014 GS Paper-II

  1. With respect to the South China sea, maritime territorial disputes and rising tension affirm the need for safeguarding maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation and over flight throughout the region. In this context, discuss the bilateral issues between India and China.
  2. The aim of Information technology Agreements(ITAs) is to lower all taxes and tariffs on information technology products by signatories to zero. What impact would such agreements have on India's interests?
  3. Some of the international funding agencies have special terms for economic participation stipulating a substantial component of the aid to be used for sourcing equipment from the leading countries. Discuss on merits of such terms and if, there exists a strong case not to accept such conditions in the India context.
  4. India has recently signed to become founding member of New Development Bank(NDB) and also the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB). How will the role of the two Banks be different ? Discuss the strategic significance of these two Banks for India.
  5. WTO is an important international institution where decisions taken affect countries in a profound manner. What is the mandate of WTO and how binding are their decisions ? Critically Analyse India's stand on the latest round of talks on Food security.

2014 Gs Paper-II (International Security related issues)

  1. International civil aviation laws provide all countries complete and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above their territory. What do you understand by 'airspace'? What are the implications of these laws on the sapce above this airspace? Discuss the challenges which this poses and suggest ways to contain the threat.
  2. How does illegal transborder migration pose a threat to India's security? Discuss the strategies to curb this, bringing out the factors which give impetus to such migration.
  3. In 2012, the longitudinal marking for high-risk areas for piracy was moved from 65 degrees east to 78 degrees east in the Arabian Sea by the International Maritime Organization. What impact does this have on India's maritime security concerns?
  4. China and Pakistan have entered into an agreement for development of an economic corridor. What threat does this pose for India's security? Critically examine.

2015 - GS-II

    1. Increasing interest of India in Africa has its pros and cons. Critically examine.
    2. Discuss the impediments India is facing in its pursuit of a permanent seat in UN Security Council.
    3. Project ‘Mausam’ is considered a unique foreign policy initiative of the Indian Government to improve relationship with its neighbours. Does the project have a strategic dimension? Discuss.
    4. Terrorist activities and mutual distrust have clouded India-Pakistan relations. To what extent the use of soft power
    5. like sports and cultural exchanges could help generate goodwill between the two countries? Discuss with suitable examples.

2015 - GS-III

    1. Religious indoctrination via digital media has resulted in Indian youth joining the ISIS. What is ISIS and its mission ? How can ISIS be dangerous for the internal security of our country ?

2015 - Geography Paper-II (IR Related Question)

  1. How has India’s ‘Look East’ policy taken shape in the past two decades and how it may affect India's external trade?