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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 22 December 2014

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22 December 2014

Note: Thank you very much for your suggestions. We are reading them and trying to include as many as possible. As it’s not possible to implement all suggestions in one go, they will be gradually included.

From Tomorrow, we will introduce a plan within Secure to make you read conventional books chapter-wise (Like we are doing in our Prelims Test series). We will ask you to read chapters from NCERTs, Bipan Chandra’s books and World History book (Norman Lowe) and then answer 1-2 questions given under GS-1 here. Topics/chapter names will be given before hand. If you follow this religiously, be assured of completing your GS preparation for all four papers of Mains. (For Prelims preparation, please consider joining our test series. This way you can help this site keep going. It’s a request. You are free to join any other test series)

Within next 2-3 weeks, we will introduce Secure Prelims – 2015  too, but mainly for Paper – 2 (Free initiative)

For tomorrow’s Secure GS-1, please read first Five chapters from OLD NCERT History book – Modern India, Class XII. We will ask 1-2 questions from these chapters tomorrow in Secure – 2015.

Wish you all the best!

(If you are consistent in your preparation, be assured of a rank. For General Studies, you don’t need test series, neither coaching. Answer these questions regularly. Your confidence will soar. You will feel good at the end of the day. We guarantee this.)

General Studies – 1

Topic: Resources, Poverty and Developmental issues; (you can also link to Paper – 3 topic on Government Policies and their effect)

1) Critically discuss the problems faced by cotton cultivators in India. How does the centre and state governments have sought to address these problems?

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies

2) Comment why the Election Commission of India has failed to curb the flow of illegal money during elections. Also examine how this illegal money has cast its shadow on India’s democratic credentials.

The Hindu

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

3) It is said that the US Fed will start raising interest rates, whereas the European and Japanese central banks are likely to increase liquidity. In this scenario, examine how these policies would affect India and other developing countries.

Business Standard

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the
performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the
protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

4) Do you think the Jago Grahak Jago initiative which was started in 2005, is still relevant today? Examine why and explain what amendments this campaign needs.

Business Standard

5) According to an official date prepared by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, only 17 per cent of Indians had health insurance covers as on march 2014. Critically examine its implications, why most Indians do not have health insurance cover and the role of government in ensuring it.

The Hindu

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

6) According to an official survey (NSSO) little over half of India’s agricultural households were in debt, with 40 per cent of the dues from non-institutional lenders, during agricultural year 2012-13 (July to June). In the light of this survey, critically examine the nature of rural and farm credit in India, and the reasons for high debt.

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic: Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

7) The slow implementation and poor performance of of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) has been blamed on the imposition of high minimum alternate tax (MAT) and dividend distribution tax (DDT). What do you understand by these two types of taxes? Do you think they should be reduced? Justify.

Business Standard

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation

8) Critically examine why there is an increase in instances of  the number of carnivores attacking humans and domestic animals in and around some of India’s forest regions.

The Hindu

9) Massive coral bleaching is under way in many part of the world thanks to various factors. Examine these factors and explain the consequences of coral bleaching.

The Hindu

TopicEffects of liberalization on the economy

10) “Leaving all decisions to markets results in grave inequalities.” Do you think the free market model has failed? Critically analyse.

The Hindu

Topicbasics of cyber security

11) What do you understand by Cyber vandalism? Examine how is it different from Cyber warfare.

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

12) Is it ethical to imprison human beings who have committed wrongs? Is the punishment only way to correct wrongdoers?  Critically analyse.

The Hindu (Link has nothing to do with the question directly, but might make you think!)