HCS Mains 2014: Psychology Optional Paper Frontier IAS
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HCS Mains 2014: Psychology Optional Paper Frontier IAS

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HCS Mains 2014

HCS Mains Psychology Optional Paper 2014

Time : 3 Hours                                                                                                                                 M.M. : 150
Note i) Attempt five questions. All questions carry equal marks. Question number 1 is compulsory. Answer any two questions from part I and two questions from part II. The Parts of the same questions must be answered together and must not be interposed between answers to other questions. 
ii) In case of any discrepancy in the English and Hindi versions, the English version will be taken as final.

Q1. Write critical notes on any four of the following:                                       (4x7.5=30)
a) What is perception? Describe the different theories of perception 
b) Describing the characteristics of emotional behavior, discuss any two theories of emotions. 
c) Highlight the significance of social context in attitude development. Discuss the major theories of attitudinal change 
d) Describe the symptoms, causes, and possible treatments of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
e) Discuss the nature and characteristics of social change and highlight its different stages. f) Accentuate the various societal problems of contemporary Indian society. Highlight the causes of juvenile delinquency.



Q2. a) Describing the significance and mythodological problems of psychology, shed light on its relationship with other disciplines.     (30)                                                                 

b) Explaining the stages and types of memory, discuss the various factors affecting memory.  (30)                                                                                                                     

Q3. a) Discuss the structure of human nervous system, its different parts, and their functions. (30)                                                                                                                    

b) Elucidating the relationship between intelligence and creativity, discuss two major theories of intelligence. (30)


Q4. a) Using real-life examples, discuss the "Nature versus Nurture" debate with regard to human socialization.  (30)                                                                                                    

b) Discuss the contributory significance of motivation in human behavior. Highlight its major theories. (30)                                                                                                             



Q5. Describe the various types of psychological tests; their characteristics and limitations.  (30)
Q6. Discuss the salience of various therapeutic approaches. Elaborate on any two approaches in detail.   (30)                                                                                                                     

Q7. Define leadership and its paradigms and discuss its various theories, citing examples from the current scenario. (30)