International Relations Previous Years Questions



International Relations Previous Years Questions

India and its neighborhood- relations

  • In respect of India-Sri Lanka relations, discuss how domestic factors influence foreign policy. (2013)
  • What is meant by Gujral doctrine? Does it have any relevance today? Discuss. (2013)
  • 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 In this context, discuss the bilateral issues between India and China. (2014)
  • Project ‘Mausam’ is considered a unique foreign policy initiative of Indian Government to improve relationship with its neighbours. Does the project have a strategic dimension? Discuss. (2015)
  • Terrorist activities and mutual distrust have clouded India – Pakistan To what extent the use of soft power like sports and cultural exchanges could help generate goodwill between the two countries? Discuss with suitable examples. (2015)
  • Evaluate the economic and strategic dimensions of India’s Look East Policy in the context of the post Cold War international scenario. (2016)
  • “Increasing cross border terrorist attacks in India and growing interference in the internal affairs of several member states by Pakistan are not conducive for the future of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).” Explain with suitable examples. (2016)
  • ‘China is using its economic relations and positive trade surplus as tools to develop potential military power status in Asia’. In the light of this statement, discuss its impact on India as her (2017)
  • The question of India’s Energy Security Constitutes the most important part of India’s economic progress. Analyse India’s energy policy cooperation with West Asian countries. (2017)
  • 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)
  • Indian is an old age friend of Sri Discuss India’s role in the recent crisis in Srilanka in the light of the precedent statement. (2022)
  • Do you think BIMSTEC is a parallel organization like SAARC? What are the similarities and dissimilarities between the two? How Indian foreign policy objectives realized by forming a new organization? (2022)

Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

  • 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. (2013)
  • Increasing interest of India in Africa has its pro and cons. Critically examine. (2015)
  • “India’s relations with Israel have, of late, acquired a depth and diversity, which cannot be rolled ” Discuss. (2018)
  • In what ways would the ongoing S-Iran Nuclear Pact Controversy affect the national interest of India? How should India respond to this situation? (2018)
  • 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)
  • “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)
  • 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)
  • “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 (2021)
  • How will I2U2 grouping transform India’s position in global politics? (2022)

Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

  • What do you understand by ‘The String of Pearls’? How does it impact India? Briefly outline the steps taken by India to counter this. (2013)
  • 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? (2013)
  • Discuss the political developments in Maldives in the last two years. Should they be of any cause of concern to India? (2013)
  • 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? (2014)
  • 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. (2014)
  • 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 strength and impact of AUKUS in the present scenario. (2021)
  • “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)
  • Russia and Ukraine war had been going on for the last seven What ethical issues are crucial to consider while launching the war and its continuation so far? Illustrate with justification the ethical issues involved in the given state of affairs? (2022)

Indian Diaspora

  • Indian Diaspora has an important role to play in South East Asian countries economy and society. Appraise the role of Indian Diaspora in South-East Asia in this context. (2017)
  • ‘Indian diaspora has  a  decisive  role  to  play in the  politics  and economy of  America  and European Countries’. Comment with examples. (2020)

Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

  • 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. (2013)
  • 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. (2014)
  • 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)
  • 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 Discuss on merits of such terms and if, there exists a strong case not to accept such conditions in the Indian context. (2014)
  • Discuss the impediments India is facing in its pursuit of a permanent seat in UN Security (2015)
  • What are the aims and objectives of the McBride Commission of the UNESCO? What is India’s position on these? (2016)
  • “The broader aims and objectives of WTO are to manage and promote international trade in the era of globalization. But the Doha round of negotiations seem doomed due to differences between the developed and the developing countries.” Discuss in the Indian perspective. (2016)
  • What are the main functions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)? Explain different functional commissions attached to it. (2017)
  • 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)
  • Critically examine the role of WHO in providing global health security during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020)
  • ‘Too little cash, too much politics, leaves 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’. (2020)
  • Critically examine the aims and objectives of SCO. What importance does it hold for India? (2021)
  • Clean energy is the order of the Describe briefly India’s changing policy towards climate change in various international fora in the context of geopolitics. (2022)


  • “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)