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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 13 January 2015

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13 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – XI, Units One and Two

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General Studies – 1

TopicImportant Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes

1) What do you understand by disasters? Differentiate between natural hazards and disasters. Write a note on the socio-environmental consequences of earthquakes and their hazard mitigation measures. (200 Words)


TopicImportant Geophysical phenomena 

2) What are the different types of droughts? Write a note on the causes and consequences of droughts. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topicvarious quasi-judicial bodies 

3) As a quasi-judicial body how has the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) performed in fulfilling its mandate? Critically evaluate. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topicmechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections; Also, Paper-1 – Indian society

4) In India, the inter-state migrants whose number is very large, face numerous problems in accessing government services or in being part of democratic processes such as electoral process. Critically examine major social, economic and political problems these migrants face and government’s response in addressing these problems. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

5) India’s small and marginal farmers have been facing variety of problems thanks to various factors ranging from climate to policy matters. Examine these major problems, their cause and also evaluate government’s interventions to address these problems. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicFunctions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein; Paper – 1: Social empowerment

6) “The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 is a major setback to the constitutional mandate of ensuring gender equality in panchayati governance.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

7) Contrary to popular perception, it is now said that the stupendous growth of India’s pharma and information technology sectors is because of the active but largely invisible hand of the Indian state. Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 

8) Critically discuss with suitable examples the need for developing sustainable tourism criteria in the country in the light of increasing pollution of ecologically sensitive regions due to tourist and cultural activities. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicLinkages between development and spread of extremism; Also Paper – 2 : powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. 

9) One of the major threats by Maoists to India is to prevent or severely disrupt the holding of elections in affected regions. What threats do they pose? How has the Election Commission overcome these threats to conduct free and fair elections in naxal affected regions? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topicsocial influence and persuasion; Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

10)  One of your friends who is preparing for civil services exam is addicted to consuming alcohol. He is a brilliant student, but due to some problems he is driven to this addiction. Now a days he keeps telling you that consuming alcohol is not wrong as it is keeping him ‘away from his problems’, moreover he is not abusing or harming anyone after consuming alcohol.

a) Why is consuming alcohol is perceived as morally wrong among certain sections of societies? (100 Words)

b) Do you agree with your friend’s view?  How and why you will persuade him to give up alcohol consumption ? (150 Words)

The Hindu