1. What are the main findings NCRB data on farmers’ suicide? Explain how farmers’ suicide in India is outcome of institutional and economic failure both. What are the basic flaws in loan waiver schemes? Suggest alternative measures to help farmers in distress.
  2. What are the main components of the third generation of economic reforms? Enlist the government initiatives to realize the goals of third generation economic reforms. What are the challenges to third generation economic reforms?
  3. What are the major problems facing the Indian economy despite being the fastest growing G-20 economy? In assessing the medium term prospects of the Indian economy, which internal and external factors need to be reckoned with? Suggest steps through which India can achieve double digit growth in the long run.
  4. What are the determinants of competitiveness in international trade? In the past year due to fluctuating India’s exchange rate, it has lost competitiveness. Do you agree with this proposition? Give reasons?
  5. Discuss about the major inflationary trends in India? What explains current low consumer and wholesale price indices in India? Why negative WPI is not a good indicator for an economy?
  6. What are the main recommendations of Urjit Ptel Committee on Monetary policy of India? What role does Monetary Policy Committee play in inflation targeting? What are the main reasons of non-transmission of cut in REPO rate on the market interest rate in India?
  7. What are the main thrusts of the new foreign trade policy of India? What are the reasons of slack performance of exports of India? What is the near prospect of trade balance of India?
  8. What are the major determinants of FDI? Discuss the recent trends of FDI inflow in India? Why has India become one of the major destinations of global FDI? Critically examine the structure and direction of FDI in India?
  9. What do you mean by precautious and cleavage India? Chart out the desirable vision for India that is democratic, poor and unequal.
  10. What are the main reasons of twin balance sheet problem in India? What measures have been initiated by government of India to address this problem? Why is the progress very sluggish in this regard?
  11. What do you mean by Non-performing Assets of banks? Gauge the extent of NPAs in the Indian banking system. Do you think that PARA can give solace to banks from NPAs?
  12. How is Basel III different from Basel I and II? What are the implications of Basel III for the Indian banking sector? Is it advisable for India to adopt tough prudential norms for banking sector at this juncture of its development?
  13. What are the problems ailing the real estate sector of India? Discuss various measures taken by government to address the problems of the real estate sector.
  14. What is the concept of Universal Basic Income and its benefits? Explain moral hazards of Universal Basic Income. Should India adopt this? What are the major impediments in adopting such an approach?
  15. Why the method of measurement of poverty in India has evoked lots of criticism in the recent past? Explain the similarities and differences between Tendulkar and Rangarajan Committees in this regard? In your view what should be the right approach to measure poverty in India— uni-dimensional or multi-dimensional approach. Give reasons.
  16. What are the reasons behind NITI Ayog replacing the Planning Commission? Has NITI Ayog made any difference? Evaluate.
  17. Critically analyse the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. Has it opened new doors for cooperative federalism? Is there any incentive for positive- competitive federalism in the Commission’s report?
  18. State some of the findings of big data analysis in the economic survey 2016 about movement of goods and migration in India. What are the reasons of lack of convergence in socio-economic outcomes in India despite robust figures of internal trade and movement of labour?
  19. Enumerate the problems of agricultural marketing in India and recent government initiatives in this regard? Suggest measures for improvement in agricultural marketing in India.
  20. What is the role and importance of food processing industry in India? Why has India failed to reap the potential of food processing industry? What are the problems inhibiting the progress of food parks in India?
  21. Why PPP model of infrastructure development in India has suffered from poor outcomes? Discuss the main drawbacks of PPP model in India? What is the recommendation of Kelkar Panel in this regard? What are the different service modes in the WTO? What is the recent trend of service export from India? What are the major impediments in making India a major service exporter?
  22. Find the major anomalies in the cropping pattern of India? What steps have been taken by the government of India to remove them?
  23. The social sector in India is suffering from low public expenditure and poor quality of services and outcome. Elucidate. Also critically examine the importance and constraints of introducing user charges in education and health to improve both services and outcomes of social sector.
  24. What are the major impediments in Indian cities working as dynamos for competitive federalism and economic growth? Suggest measures to remove such anomalies.
  25. There is an urgent need for India to rationalize its subsidies to free resources from wasteful consumption to investment in infrastructure and creation of durable assets. Comment. Can JAM trinity be effective in targeting of subsidies and plugging the loopholes?
  26. In the wake of increasing economic nationalism and protectionism in the advance nations, how can India and China play an important role in promotion of free trade and environmental protection? What are the main commitments of India to conform to the WTO rules and United Nations Climatic Convention?
  27. What are the difficulties of measurement of unemployment in India? Discuss suggestions of experts in this regard? Examine the recent trends of unemployment in India and give reasons. Suggest measures to increase labour absorption in India in the manufacturing in particular and industrial sector in general in India. Enlist recent measures initiated by government of India in this regard.
  28. In the wake of falling savings and investment, dwindling GDP, and sluggish global economy, should India continue strict fiscal consolidation? Give arguments.
  29. What are the main features and advantages of GST? Why the Indian format of GST is is considered to be full of anomalies and a half baked tax reform by the critics?


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