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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 6 January 2015


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6 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 14 (i.e. chapter 14)

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General Studies – 1

TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 

1) “It was the Rowlatt satyagraha that made Gandhijia truly national leader.” Examine. (200 Words)


Topic:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 

2) Why did Gandhiji choose salt as symbol of protest during the Dandi satyagraha? How do you evaluate the significance and impact of Dandi march on the national movement among all other movements initiated by Gandhiji? Examine. (200 Words)


TopicImportant Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.

3) What are the causes of volcanic eruption? Examine why it’s considered as hazard. Also discuss why predicting volcanic eruptions is said to be a very difficult task. (200 Words)

The New York Times

General Studies – 2

TopicParliament and State Legislatures –  functioning

4) “The procedure of the promulgation of ordinances is inherently undemocratic. Whether an ordinance is justifiable or not, the issue of a large number of ordinances has, psychologically, a bad effect.” Critically comment with suitable examples. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicDevelopment processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs

5) Do you think the activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in India should be regulated by an independent regulatory body? Critically discuss the various issues related to accountability of NGOs and government’s role in ensuring the same. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicIndia and its neighborhood-: Also related to Paper – 3: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning,

6) The average Indian was slightly better off than the average Chinese in the initial years after Indian independence. Critically analyse how and why China developed faster than India to become world’s second largest economy in the world. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topicindigenization of technology and developing new technology

7) “The defence ministry needs to focus keenly on “Made in India” projects without being distracted by “Make in India” slogans.” In the light of the the categorisation into “Buy and Make” and “Buy and Make (Indian)” in the Defence Procurement Policy and its implications on indigenisation of defence products in India, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicInfrastructure: Energy

8) Recently the ‘Advisory group for integrated development of power, coal and renewable energy’ suggested that the power supply for 24 hours should be a norm and not a scheme. Discuss the challenges and solutions that lie ahead in realizing this goal. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic:  Infrastructure: Energy

9) A target of installing 63 Gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2032 has been reduced to 27.5 Gigawatts and none of the landmark deals under Ind0 – US nuclear deal envisaged has been struck. The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act, 2010 which contains a speedy compensation mechanism for victims of a nuclear accident has been deemed responsible for this deadlock. Analyse why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topicethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;

10) In India, groping and sexual assault are a problem for women who use buses, especially during peak hours when buses are overcrowded. Some cities have introduced ‘women only’ buses to provide safe transportation for women.

If you are a transport secretary for a state government and has powers to formulate a comprehensive policy to provide safety measures and address the issue of lack of safety for women at public places, especially in public transport, what priority policy measures will you formulate and why?

The Hindu