UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-6

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    What are the differences between the offices of the Attorney General and Solicitor General of India?
    1. Attorney General is a constitutional body, while Solicitor General is not.
    2. Solicitor General is subordinate to the Attorney General of India.
    3. The Attorney General advises the government on legal matters only while the Solicitor General appears on behalf of the Union Government to fight cases in courts.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

    A)  1 and 2           

    B)  1 and 3

    C)  Only 3             

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] The Attorney General is provided for in Article 76 of the Constitution, while the Solicitor General is a non-constitutional body subordinate to the Attorney General, who assists the Attorney General in his functions. Thus, Statements 1 and 2 are correct. The Solicitor General in turn is assisted by the several additional Solicitor Generals. Statement 3 however is incorrect. The Attorney General is the government's chief legal advisor and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court. The Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitor Generals however, also advise the government on legal matters and appear for the Government of India in court cases. The right answer thus is [a].

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