(Paper) RBI Grade 'B' Officer Mains (Phase II) Exam - 2009 "Economic & Social Issues"

RBI Grade 'B' Officer Mains (Phase II) Exam - 2009

Economic & Social Issues

Common Instructions

  • 3 hours, 100 marks

  • Answer any five questions.

  • All questions carry equal marks.

  • Answers may be written either in English or in Hindi at the candidate’s option. However, all the questions should be answered only in the language so chosen. Answer-books written partly in English and partly in Hindi will not be evaluated.

  • Part of the same question must be answered together without answers to other questions intervening.

  • Answer to each question must be started on a fresh page.

  • Marks will be deducted if handwriting is not easily legible.

  • Answers will be judged on the basis of perspective, analysis and presentation


  1. (a) Explain the factors responsible for the fall in the incidence of poverty in India.
    (b) India's concern with poverty alleviation has mostly remained at the rhetorical level. Explain.

  2. (a) What is the relationship between development and environment?
    (b) What are the measures undertaken by the government to prevent environment damage?

  3. (a) India's organized manufacturing sector has jobless growth which is a matter of serious concern. Do you agree? Discuss.
    (b) Suggest suitable policy for employment generation in India.

  4. (a) Discuss the problems faced by the public sector in India.
    (b) Explain the policy measures adopted by the government in the area of disinvestment.

  5. Examine the role of caste in Indian society and polity. (b) What is the impact of casteism on Indian political system?

  6. (a) Explain the terms current account, capital account in India's balance of payments and bring out their significance.
    (b) Discuss the policies adopted by the government to attract foreign direct investment in India.

  7. (a) Discuss the important issues of .concern to developing countries like India, arising out of WTO agreement.
    (b) Critically examine how trade blocs create obstacles to free international trade.

  8. (a) Examine the nature of fiscal crisis which has emerged in India in recent times.
    (b) In the background of economic crisis, there is a need to consider the policies to promote banking system. Do you agree? Substantiate your view point.

  9. (a) ‘Human development level in India is low because of inadequate spending on education and health. ‘Comment.
    (b) State measures adopted by the Government to promote human development in India.

  10. Write short notes on any two of the following:-
    (a) Globalization and changing status of women.
    (b) SEZ: Boom or Bane.
    (c) Coalition government and governance in India.
    (d) Role of MNCs.



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