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Interview preparation: Rajasthan as home state

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  • Land of Colors : It refers to the rich cultural diversity of Rajasthan.

    Rajasthan can roughly be divided into three parts depending on major cultural differences.

    Marwar: Areas comprising of Jodhpur, Barmer and parts of Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
    Shekhawati : Sikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu
    Hadoti and Mewar : Udaipur , Kota, Bundi and Jhalawar.

    ( A rough distribution of present district according to historical regions)




    There is a wide variety in term of languages, food, attire and traditions across Rajasthan.

    So called Rajasthani language have so many dialects,

    Marwari , Mewati, Dhundhari/Jaipuri, Mewati, , Harauti, Ahirwati, Bagdi, Shekhawati, Wagdi, Nimadi, Dhatki, Gujari and many more.

    ( This is among one of the regions for it not getting it to the list of official 22 languages of India.)

    Similarly there is a greater variety in Rajasthani cuisine, with milk being the main ingredient in dishes to reduce water usage.

    But despite all these differences they are tied together by the colorful turbans, although they are also not uniform across the length and breadth of the state
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  • Aravallis(Mewar/Marwar)
    Why the Aravallis are called a divide between Mewar and Marwar? (CSE2004)

    Mewar and Marwar are two socio-cultural regions which are located on either side of the Aravallis. While Mewar is located to the east of the Aravaliis, Marwar is located to the west. The Physical terrain on the either side of the Aravaliis is vastly different and this has given rise4 to the two different regions.


    THE ARAVALLI RANGES are one of the most ancient mountain ranges in India that lies in the north-western part of the country. It separates the sandy desert of west Rajasthan and the fertile tracts in the eastern parts of the State. The present Aravalli ranges comprise only a part of the gigantic system that existed in pre-historic times. The ranges are now crossed by many rivers including Luna and the Banas. Luna and its small tributaries flow westward and in due course merge with Rann of Kutch and the Banas and its streams flow from the eastern side of the ridge and join the Yamuna. Aravallis are also gifted with great mineral wealth.


    MARWAR

    - it is a sandy plain lying northwest of the Aravalli Range, which runs southwest-northeast through Rajasthan state.
    - The Aravallis squeeze much of the moisture from the southwest monsoon.
    - The Northwestern thorn scrub forests lie next to the Aravalli Range, while the rest of the region lies in the Thar Desert.
    - The Luni River is the principal feature of the Marwar plains. It originates in the sacred Pushkar Lake of Ajmer District, and the main river flows through Marwar in a south-westerly direction until it finally disappears into the seasonal wetland of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. It is fed by numerous tributaries that flow from the Aravallis. Irrigation from the river and from wells near the river, support crops of wheat and barley.
    - High wind velocity, shifting sand dunes and very deep and saline water sources pose a challenge to sustained human habitation in the Thar. The area is also prone to devastating droughts.
    - Marwar is largely an arid wasteland suitable only for the raising of goats and camels.
    - The region has very low rainfall, in the range of 0-20cm. the whole region is covered with shifting sand dunes. In greater part of the area the ground water is impregnated with salt. There are numerous salt lakes of which Sambhar is largest. Gypsum and salt are mined, and cotton is raised.


    MEWAR

    - The northern part of Mewar is a gently sloping plain, drained by the Bedach & Banas River and its tributaries, which empty northwest into the Chambal River, a tributary of the Yamuna River.
    - The southern part of the region is hilly, and marks the divide between the Banas and its tributaries and the headwaters of the Sabarmati and Mahi rivers and their tributaries, which drain south into the Gulf of Cambay through Gujarat state.
    - The Aravalli Range forms the northwestern boundary of the region, composed mostly of sedimentary rocks, like marble and Kota Stone, which has traditionally been an important construction material.
    - Protected areas include the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sitamata Game Sanctuary.

    Mewar has a tropical climate. Rainfall averages 660 mm/year, and is generally higher in the southwest and lower in the northeast of the region. Over 90% of the rain typically falls in the period June to September every year, during the southwest monsoon

    Mewar is mostly an alluvial plain watered by ma by intermittent streams. Rainfall is in the region of 20-40cm. Grains, sugarcane and oilseeds are grown. There are also extensive mineral deposits of iron ore, lead and zinc.
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  • @hemu ...
    kahan se ho bhai (city/dist)?

    some questions/areas from my side:
    * is RJ still a BIMARU state
    * RJ has rich cultural heritage & diverse physiography ...some aspects found nowhere else in India. Even then, RJ is a laggard in terms of tourist arrivals (particularly Domestic). Suggestions to improve?
    * Recent steps taken for Ease-of-Doing Business in RJ
    * Does the present reservation policy need revision? Gujjar + others; SBC; RJ High Court
    * ur views on education criteria in panchayat elections?
    * status of Barmer refinery? hurdles?
    * Can RJ emerge as clean-energy leader in India?
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  • any question related to jaipur apart from why it is called pink city and its founder?
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  • SOME MAJOR PROBLEMS

    BIMARU states

    Bimaru, an acronym coined by an economist (Ashish Bose) in 1980 with the first letters of four northern Indian states — Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — literally means sick.

    It was meant to indicate that financially, socially and demographically, these four states are unhealthy compared to others.

    Key indicators:

    i. Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP): Acc. to CSO, figures for 2013-14,
    - MP was the top performer with over 9.5% growth among the bigger states.
    - Bihar was next with a GSDP growth rate of about 9%. Both these states, incidentally, recorded higher growth rate than the national average of 7%

    Rajasthan and UP were not in the top ten performers in 2013-14.


    ii. CAGR of Bihar was the highest between 2004-05 and 20012-13. Bihar recorded a CAGR of 9.3 percent, followed by MP (8.8% percent), Rajasthan (8.2 percent) and UP at 6.9 percent. Among the Bimaru states, the first three were above the national CAGR of 8 percent. i.e the Bimaru states have done better than the national average.

    Rajasthan's gains in the past decade have come from the discovery of crude reserves in the Thar basin, in villages around Barmer. The royalties from the oil basins have wiped out Rajasthan's deficits and left more money in the hands of the chief minister. Unfortunately, a lot of this windfall was wasted on doles and populist schemes.


    iii. demography: How fast is the population growing? According to the 2011 Census, in the last decade, the rate of population growth in Bihar at over 25 % was the third highest in India, behind only two northeastern states. All the Bimaru states — Rajasthan at 21 % , MP and UP at 20 % — grew at rates higher than the national average of about 17.5%

    iii. Low literacy rates; all of them were among the bottom 10.
    - Bihar: at bottom: literacy rate of about 62% and growing at about 15%.. i.e fastest growing among all Bimaru..
    - The corresponding growth rate for UP, Rajasthan and MP was 11 percent, 6 percent and 6 percent respectively.
    - Rajasthan Literacy: 66% . female literacy is 60% , male 80%. Jalore , Sirohi , Pratapgarh , Banswara and Barmer has the lowest litteracy rate in Rajasthan

    In a paper published in the Economic and Political Weekly (May 2015), Vinita Sharma asks: Are Bimaru states still Bimaru? She goes on to argue that all of them are still behind on key national indicators in spite of progress in certain areas. Her conclusion is that it's too early to call the states healthy.

    Finally, on an index of backwardness devised by Raghuram Rajan three years ago, Bihar, UP, Rajasthan and UP were grouped together among the least developed states. The index was based on several factors, including per capita income, consumption expenditure, education, health and connectivity.


    iv. child labor: Rajasthan accounts for almost 10% of child labor in country

    v. domestic violence: Rajasthan reports 3rd highest number of domestic violence cases.. almost 15000 cases reported in 2013

    vi. female foeticide: According to the 2011 census, Rajasthan has 883 girls in the 0-6 age group for every 1,000 boys. Rajasthan reports 8th position in the female foeticide in india

    will post solutions taken for this and what solutions we propose
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  • chuck said:

    @hemu ...
    kahan se ho bhai (city/dist)?

    some questions/areas from my side:
    * is RJ still a BIMARU state
    * RJ has rich cultural heritage & diverse physiography ...some aspects found nowhere else in India. Even then, RJ is a laggard in terms of tourist arrivals (particularly Domestic). Suggestions to improve?
    * Recent steps taken for Ease-of-Doing Business in RJ
    * Does the present reservation policy need revision? Gujjar + others; SBC; RJ High Court
    * ur views on education criteria in panchayat elections?
    * status of Barmer refinery? hurdles?
    * Can RJ emerge as clean-energy leader in India?

    bhai i am from udaipur and aap kaha se ho..
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  • @chuck really good questions.. i think u must have given interview before..

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  • also rajasthan has taken some service delivery steps and accountability steps.. for this bills have been introduced.
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  • pokhran and operation smiling buddha

    i. strategic significance of pokhran...
    ii. role of rajshtan princes in freedom struggle
    iii. only mewar did not surrendered.. (sisodia rulers)
    iv. why haldighati was chosen for war
    v. molela mud art.
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  • it will be better if we can post some answer in 25-30 words.. that will set the tone right..
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  • i. Indus valley cultures of Rajasthan
    ii. Ahar/banas culture
    iii. Kota as coaching industry
    iv. Scarcity of water is reflected in food items..
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  • i RJ as border state.. supppose u are DM/SP of border state what will u do
    ii. 1965 war
    iii. Pannadhay
    iv. should we have Maharana pratap statue similar to shivaji statue (recently all Hindi newpapers are covering this)
    v. suppose u are DM of drought stuck district what measures can be taken
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  • @hemu ...na bhai ...havent been that fortunate till now; but some hopes this yr.
    M from Jaipur ; but birth certificate is of Dausa, & did 10th,12th from Kota.
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  • bhai proper dausa se ho// karauli hindaun ??
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  • @chuck bhai optional kya h.. questions acche pucche apne so mujhe aisa laga aap experienced ho..
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  • any question related to jaipur apart from why it is called pink city and its founder?

    @chuck
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  • i. schools of painting.. very popular so relevant... Kishangarh school , bundi school, Mewar school etc.
    ii. Alauddin khilji.. Jauhar.. is it equivalent to sati..


    Rajasthan culture is very rich so be prepared for it..
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  • Q : cultural diversity and cusine is there in all states whats unique about rajasthan?
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  • hemu said:

    pokhran and operation smiling buddha

    i. strategic significance of pokhran...
    ii. role of rajshtan princes in freedom struggle
    iii. only mewar did not surrendered.. (sisodia rulers)
    iv. why haldighati was chosen for war
    v. molela mud art.

    i. Jaisalmer; nuclear tests
    ii. dont know (humare Kachhawa princes to British supporters the) ...plz enlighten
    iv. valley, pass across Aravalli; did not allow large army of Man Singh to attact at once; also easy for Maharana to ambush
    v. vlg in Rajsamand; GI; will read abt it
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  • hamare bhupa singh ji toh one of the first the instrument of accession m.. bhai i think Rajasthan has huge history in this. Manikya lal verma, AISPC etc..

    yaar abhi ek baar question dimmaag m jo aa rhe h wo post kar rha hu.. fir 3-4 jan tak ek excel file bana lenge.. almost 200 question prepare kar lenge with help of self knowledge and old transcripts..
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