Print Friendly, PDF & Email

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 25 December 2014

Archives – Secure 2014

Archives – Secure 2015

25 December 2014


Click on the Questions to Post Your Answers. Thank You

Tomorrow’s GS Topic is: First TWO Chapters from Themes in Indian History – I, Class XII

General Studies – 1

Topicpopulation and associated issues

1) The implications of a sustained shrinkage in the fertility rate are many and quite far-reaching. Examine these implications. Also explain why is India witnessing a decline in fertility rates. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: NCERT Class XI – Themes in World History, Paths to Modernisation (Theme 11)

2) Examine the military, political and economic consequences of the Meiji Restoration in Japan. (200 Words)

Theme 11

3) The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution started in 1965 by Mao Zedong began a period of turmoil, weakened the Party and severely disrupted the economy and educational system in China. Examine why. (150 Words)

Theme 11

General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health (Also part of Paper – 3Effects of liberalization on the economy)

4) Recently the central government  approved 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in medical devices via the automatic route. Examine what effect this move will have on the health sector in India. (150 Words)

Business Standard

TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability; Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation;  devolution of powers  up to local levels and challenges therein

5) Some argue that illiteracy among elected members of Gram panchayats is one of the root causes of inefficiency of panchayat raj system in India. Recently Rajasthan government passed an ordinance stipulating a minimum education qualification for candidates contesting zila parishad or panchayat samiti polls. Do you think it’s a right move? Critically analyse issues arising out of this move. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topicdevelopment and employment

6) India’s heritage, its micro small and medium enterprises and its traditional knowledge are crucial to make ‘Make in India’ campaign a success. Examine how and why. (150 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Infrastructure – Energy (Also part of – Paper-1:  Distribution of key natural resources across the world -including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)

7) While countries like China and Brazil have massively increased generation of power using solar source, India, though has lofty targets, lags far behind in this regard. Critically examine why. (150 Words)

Business Standard

TopicChallenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security

8) India with its fast growing economy is vulnerable to many types of cyber threats. Do you think existing laws and amendments made to them are effective to ensure a cyber threat free environment in the country? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic – Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

9) Addressing at the earliest the genuine aspirations of the Bodo people in terms of development and entitlements by the government might be a solution to the ethnic problem plaguing Assam. Examine the roots of this ethnic problem and suggest other measures to end this problem in Assam. (200 Words) 

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:  determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

10) A terrorist group kills hundred innocent villagers in cold blood murder. Next day, few men from the village kill the relatives of members belonging to the terrorist group. Also, the government forces hunt down these terrorists and kill many of them. 

Should violence be addressed by violent means? If you were one of those villagers and had chance to kill a terrorist, would you kill him? Justify your answer giving reasons. (200 Words)

The Indian Express