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UPSC Mains International Relations Previous Year Questions

UPSC Mains International Relations Previous Year Questions
UPSC Mains International Relations Previous Year Questions

International Relations Topic Wise PYQs (2018-2023)

17] INDIA AND ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD RELATIONS

  1. ‘India is an age-old friend of Sri Lanka.’ Discuss India’s role in the recent crisis in Sri Lanka in the light of the preceding statement. [2022/Q9/10m/150w]

18] BILATERAL, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL GROUPINGS AND AGREEMENTS INVOLVING INDIA AND / OR AFFECTING INDIA’S INTERESTS

  1. ‘Virus of Conflict is affecting the functioning of the SCO’. In the light of the above statement point out the role of India in mitigating problems. [2023/Q9/10m/150w]
  2. Do you think that BIMSTEC is a parallel organisation like the SAARC? What are the similarities and dissimilarities between the two? How are Indian foreign policy objectives realized by forming this new organisation? [2022/Q10/10m/150w]
  3. How will I2U2 (India, Israel, UAE and USA) grouping transform India’s position in global politics? [2022/Q19/15m/250w]
  4. “If the last few decades were of Asia’s growth story, the next few are expected to be of Africa’s.” In the light of this statement, examine India’s influence in Africa in recent years. [2021/Q9/10m/150w]
  5. Critically examine the aims and objectives of SCO. what importance does it hold for India. [2021/Q19/15m/250w]
  6. The newly tri-nation partnership AUKUS is aimed at countering China’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region. Is it going to supersede the existing partnerships in the region? Discuss the strenght and impact of AUKUS in the present scenario. [2021/Q20/15m/250w]
  7. ‘Quadilateral Security Dialogue (Quad)’ is transforming itself into a trade bloc from a military alliance, in present times – Discuss.   [2020/Q19/15m/200w]
  8. “The long sustained image of India as a leader of the oppressed and marginalised nations has disappeared on account of its new found role in the emerging global order.’ Elaborate [2019/Q19/15m/200w]
  9. A number of outside powers have entrenched themselves in Central Asia, which is a zone of interest to India. Discuss the implications, in this context, of India’s joining the Ashgabat Agreement, 2018. [2018/Q10/10m/150w]

19] EFFECT OF POLICIES AND POLITICS OF DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ON INDIA’S INTERESTS, INDIAN DIASPORA

  1. Indian diaspora has scaled new heights in the West. Describe its economic and political benefits for India. [2023/Q10/10m/150w]
  2. ‘The expansion and strengthening of NATO and a stronger US-Europe strategic partnership works well in India.’ What is your opinion about this statement? Give reasons and examples to support your answer. [2023/Q19/15m/200w]
  3. “The USA is facing an existential threat in the form of a China, that is much more challenging than the erstwhile Soviet Union.” Explain. [2021/Q10/10m/150w]
  4. ‘Indian diaspora has a decisive role to play in the politics and economy of America and European Countries.’ Comment with examples.   [2020/Q10/10m/150w]
  5. What is the significance of Indo-US defence deals over Indo-Russian defence deals? Discuss with reference to stability in the Indo-Pacific region.   [2020/Q20/15m/200w]
  6. ‘The time has come for India and Japan to build a strong contemporary relationship, one involving global and strategic partnership that will have a great significance for Asia and the world as a whole.’ Comment. [2019/Q9/10m/150w]
  7. What introduces friction into the ties between India and the United States is that Washington is still unable to find for India a position in its global strategy, which would satisfy India’s national self-esteem and ambitions’. Explain with suitable examples. [2019/Q20/15m/200w]
  8. “India’s relations with Israel have, of late, acquired a depth and diversity, which cannot be rolled back.” Discuss. (10 ) [2018/Q9/10m/150w]
  9. In what ways would the ongoing US-Iran Nuclear Pact Controversy affect the national interest of India? How should India respond to its situation? [2018/Q20/15m/200w]

20] IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, AGENCIES AND FORA – THEIR STRUCTURE, MANDATE

  1. ‘Sea is an important Component of the Cosmos’. Discuss in the light of the above statement the role of the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) in protecting environment and enhancing maritime safety and security. [2023/Q20/15m/200w]
  2. ‘Clean energy is the order of the day.’ Describe briefly India’s changing policy towards climate change in various international fora in the context of geopolitics. [2022/Q20/15m/250w]
  3. Critically examine the role of WHO in providing global health security during the Covid-19 pandemic.   [2020/Q9/10m/150w]
  4. ‘Too little cash, too much politics, leave UNESCO fighting for life.’ Discuss the statement in the light of US’ withdrawal and its accusation of the cultural body as being ‘anti-Israel bias’. [2019/Q10/10m/150w]
  5. What are the key areas of reform if the WTO has to survive in the present context of ‘Trade War’, especially keeping in mind the interest of India? [2018/Q19/15m/200w]
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