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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 20 January 2015

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20 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – XI, Unit Four Chapter 12 World Climate & Climate Change


General Studies – 1


Topic: geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

1) What is polar front? How does cyclone develop along this front? Describe the weather condition associated with it. (150 Words)




Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.

2) Discuss critically the characteristics of tropical cyclones and analyse the extent to which they differ from the temperate cyclones. (150 Words)





Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., 

3) Why there are fewer cyclones over the Arabian Sea as compared to the Bay of Bengal? Why there are very few Tropical Cyclones during southwest monsoon season? (150 Words)




Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., 

4)  Why is Coriolis Force zero at the Equator? Also explain why cyclones rotate clockwise in Northern Hemisphere? (150 Words)




General Studies – 2


Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive ; Separation of powers between various organs;

5) Executive cannot misuse the extraordinary provisions of “Ordinance making” and “Joint session” to undermine the legitimate role of legislature and Rajya Sabha in particular. Explain using recent examples. (200 Words)

Business Standard



Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

6) How does the early conclusion of The Bilateral Investment Treaty between India and USA benefit the two countries? What are the roadblocks in its path? (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

7) Critically examine how does the latest political, economic and security transitions in Afghanistan pose new challenges to India’s interests in the region. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

8) The  draft Bill that seeks to amend the provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 is a right step towards reducing the consumption of tobacco products in India. Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu




General Studies – 3


Topic  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment

9) “Reforms, economic growth, progress – all are empty words if they do not translate into jobs.” Write a note on initiatives taken by the government to improve employment opportunities in the country. (200 Words)


Business Standard




Topic: :   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment

10) In what ways higher levels of economic inequality hinders economic growth and social mobility in the long run ? Discuss this statement in the light of growing inequality in India.  Make a case for re-introduction of inheritance tax in India. (200 Words)


The Times of India

Business Standard


General Studies – 4



Topic:- Human Values-Lessons from the lives of great leaders, reformers & Administrators

11) Max Weber lauded “impersonality” and “dehumanization” as the special virtues of bureaucracy. But, this has resulted in bureaucracy becoming byword for red tape, lack of initiative and innovation and poor public service delivery. Suggest how improved emotional intelligence can help fight these deficiencies? (150 Words)



Topic:- Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information; Corporate Governance issues 

12) “Many see Whistle-blowers as a snitch or a low life who betray a sacred trust largely for personal gains. “ How far do you agree with the statement? Substantiate with suitable examples. (150 Words)