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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 16 January 2015

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16 January 2015

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

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General Studies – 1

TopicSalient features of world’s physical geography.

1) Describe the nature and mode of origin of the chief types of rock at the earth’s crust. How will you distinguish them?(150 Words)


TopicSalient features of world’s physical geography.

2) Are physical and chemical weathering processes independent of each other? If not, why? Explain with examples. (150 Words)


Topicgeographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features 

3) Running water is by far the most dominating geomorphic agent in shaping the earth’s surface in humid as well as in arid climates. Explain. (150 Words)


Topic: Urbanization and problems; Changes in critical geographical features; Also Paper – 3 – Environmental Pollution

4) What do you understand by urban heat island effect? Discuss its causes and consequences. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources. 

5) The latest ASER report has revealed that the proportion of children in Class III who can read at least words is just over half in government schools – but nearly 80 per cent in private schools. Why do you think government schools perform poorly compared to private schools? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,
Education, Human Resources. 

6) “In India, property rights are presumably sacrosanct in capitalism, but evidently this does not apply to a farmer’s right to his or her land.” In the light of recent events related to land rights, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements

7) “The admission of Lithuania into the single currency bloc of Euro represents a landmark of sorts.” Critically analyse the geopolitical significance of this event. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicSalient features of the Representation of People’s Act

8) Critically analyse the amendments made to the Representation of the People Act in recent years and their significance to India’s polity. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Agriculture (related to many subtopics in the syllabus)

9) India’s farm sector has had good run in the last 10 years in terms of increased crop production. Examine the reasons and also discuss the future prospects of India’s agriculture sector. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Indian economy – employment

10) Trade unions are required to prevent exploitation of workers, ensure better working conditions and increase collective bargaining for wages. Do you think the Indian Information Technology industry needs trade unions? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Infrastructure – Housing (etc)

11) Real estate, more than one study has found, is perceived as the most corrupt sector of the economy. Examine why and suggest ideas that can make this sector more transparent. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:  laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance

12) “Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules. ” What do you understand by this statement? Explain with suitable examples. (200 Words)