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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 9 January 2015

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9 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: India Physical Environment, Class XI – Unit Three 

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General Studies – 1

TopicSalient features of world’s physical geography (includes India)

1) Explain the differences between India’s eastern and western coastal plains. (150 Words)


Topic: geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features 

2) What do you understand by river regime? Explain the differences between river regimes of peninsular rivers and the Himalayan rivers. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

3) Critically discuss challenges faced by  India and USA in tackling terrorism and examine agreements signed or arrangements made between the two to tackle the same. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

4) Examine how will India benefit if the UN Security Council is reformed. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

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

5) Critically examine the nature of some of most recent cyber attacks on corporations and nations. In your opinion, what challenges do such attacks pose to governments and to citizens across the world? (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicRole of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security. 

6) ” Maintaining freedoms and equality before the law in the face of a severe challenge to security is the most difficult test for any democratic polity and society.” Do you agree with this view? In the light of recent terrorist attacks on various sections of society in various parts of the world, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Conservation

7) It is said that India’s wildlife conservation model has many loopholes that only harm wildlife in the end. In the light of increasing man versus wildlife conflicts that are taking place, critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

TopicEmotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance; integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service

8) You are working as Commissioner of Police in the capital city. Recently wife of an influential politician of ruling party was found dead in a five star hotel. Circumstantial evidence has shown that it is a murder. You are under tremendous pressure to delay the probe. At the same time you are also being pressurized by the opposition party to expedite the probe. Some sections of media have also alleged that you are going slow on the probe intentionally. You are known for your honesty and integrity throughout your career. Though you want to speed up the process, some officers involved in investigating the case are biased and are delaying the whole investigation and bringing bad repute to you by selectively leaking false information to the media.

In situation like this, what will you do to ensure fair probe of the case? Justify your answer. (200 Words)

The Hindu