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Probable Questions for May/June 2012

Well, a note of disclaimer first. This article in no way reflects the actual questions that will be asked in your exams on May 7. The topics discussed here are only the outcome of guesswork and hence I request you to take them as guesswork rather than a benchmark.

The following are the areas from which you might get questions this session. I will try to give some orientation about the topic first, and then provide you the examples of the questions that can be asked from each topic.

1. Olympic Games 2012 in London: The impact of Sports!

This is probably the hottest topic this year. The upcoming Olympic Games, starting from July 27 in London, have serious social, economic, environmental and political implications. Some of these implications will be positive with some others will be negative. Therefore, many ethical and socio-economic questions can be asked from this topic. You can learn about the 2012 Summer Olympic Games here.

Examples of the questions that might be asked will be:

  1. What are the positive and negative aspects of Olympic Games (or major sporting events)?

  2. Why is there a strong competition among nations to host the Olympic Games?

  3. Is there a competition to host the Olympic Games at all?

2. Matters of Economic Debate

The two emerging superpowers, China and India, have been carefully watched by the whole world. Till now, they had amazed the world with their astounding economic growth rate. However, the credit of this achievement for both countries goes to their liberal economic policies and democratic practices. When China was a communist nation, it barely traded with external world. Therefore, it wasn't much developed either. However, when it opened its borders to welcome foreign investment, its economy boomed with a whooping double digit economic growth rate. This outcome has serious social, political and economic implications. For example, its cheap labour policy has been openly criticized. The working condition of the employees in the Chinese and China-based factories of foreign companies is claimed to be below the safe and normal standard. And Chinese government mostly turns deaf ears towards the protest against such misconducts. Despite all these, China amazed the world with its remarkable economic growth rate.

Similarly, India too accelerated its pace of development in a way that was spectacular to most of the developed countries. However, in a bid to control inflation recently, it had to curb down its economic growth rate. "Was this trade-off between economic growth and inflation necessary?" is a matter to ponder upon. "Will it be successful to maintain a balance between between inflation and growth rate?" is a matter to watch in the news. Whatever, the present analysis is that the current economic growth rate, which is impressively high, may not be sustainable in the future as it might lead to over-production of goods and services, thus inviting recession and probably depression. Therefore, it was necessary to control growth rate as well as inflation.

Sample questions that can be asked from these topics:

  1. Does the liberalization of Chinese economy mark the failure of communism in China?

  2. What compelled India to slow down its economic growth rate?

3. The Issue of Rising Elderly Population

This is the problem of the developed nations. Due to the high living standard and availability of good medical services, the life expectancy of the people in such countries have increased significantly. This has increased the proportion of dependent population over independent population.

On the other hand, the population growth rate is quite low and is decreasing in the developed countries. Therefore, the number of active workforce is in decreasing trend while the inactive population is in the increasing trend. These two trends are therefore, conflicting with each other.

In the light of such background of the western world, it is natural to ask the following two questions:

  1. Will the developed world be able to support its ever increasing elderly population?

  2. What will be the consequences of declining birth rates in the developed countries?

The present situation of the US, in terms of population demographics, is discussed here. Similarly, the WHO's report about the various matters related to ageing is presented here in brief.

4. Environment & Climate Change

The current president of the USA, Barack Obama, was all set to implement Green Economy. For your information, here is an elaborate article on various aspects of "Green Economy".

Whatever the underlying intentions behind the implementation of Green Economy, Obama couldn't implement it because of its cost, sheer opposition from the Congress and industrialists and it's question about sustainability. Even the scientists were skeptical that the green economies would be sustainable. Here is an article describing why Obama failed to implement green economy. Here is another describing the same.

Therefore, it's a hot topic from where you can be asked the questions like:

  1. Why could not Obama successfully implement his “Green Economy”?

  2. Was Obama successful in implementing Green Economy?

These questions seem to be same but they are not and you'll have to approach them differently.

5. Terrorism and War

It is just a year after the death of Osama Bin Laden,  the former head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda known for the September 11 attacks. He was killed in the US mission to combat terrorism and establish peace in the world. However, many questions can be raised about the event, since his supporters have promised avenge of the killing of their respected leader.

  1. Will the US ever be successful in its mission to combat terrorism?

  2. Is killing or revenge an ethical way to end terrorism?

  3. Is it really possible to combat terrorism?

6. Health & Lifestyle

Health issues are always the concern of human beings. Most questions are common and easy to attempt. One example question is:

  1. “Prevention is better than cure.” Do you agree?

7. Foreign Aid: A Cooperation for a more prosperous world

The rich nations mostly provide grants and aids to the poorer nations in a bid to uplift the living standard of the people in the poor countries. However, such programs aren't being successful for many reasons. More details can be read at this page. (Note: Since this is the homepage you will have to scroll down the page to read the content I have referred.)

Questions from this topic can include:

  1. How successful have the richer nations been in providing foreign aid to the developing countries?

  2. Is is good for the poorer countries to rely on foreign aid?

  3. Can the foreign aids ever be effective?

This much is what I could come up with, in the limited time frame I had. I hope this article will help you to some extent in the exams. I recommend you to read other pages and websites as well to be more aware about the global issues.

Lastly, I wish you, the "best of luck" for those of you who believe in luck and "best of labour" for those of you who believe in your own efforts. All the best everyone. I hope all of you will get the grades of your expectation in the exams.


  1. Would you please suggest me the topic for October/November 2012?

  2. Would you please suggest probable topics for General paper may/june 2013 ?


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