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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 29 January 2015


Archives – Secure 2015

29 January 2015

 Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: Indian Society, Class 12 Sociology, Revision (First Four Chapters)


General Studies – 1

TopicCommunalism, Regionalism & Secularism;

1) “Communalism is more about politics and less about religion.” Discuss with a special reference to the South Asian nations. (200 Words)

TopicCommunalism, Regionalism & Secularism;

2) Indian secularism is considered as pseudo-secularism by certain sections of the society.Do you agree with this view? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

TopicCommunalism, Regionalism & Secularism;

3) Do you agree with the view that in the emergence of modern nation state system, the realities had come first before principles and ideals? (200 Words)

General Studies – 2

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation;

4) Women Army officers are still denied permanent commission on a par with men. Analyse the reasons behind it. How far patriarchal and macho mindset is responsible for such discrimination?  (200 Words)


 Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections;

5) Highlight the salient features of SC/ST sub-plan. Review its implementation on the ground and suggest measures to correct the inadequacies. Make a case for bringing about a legislation for SC/ST sub-plan to ensure funds are not diverted for other purposes. (200 Words)

General Studies – 3

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth;

6) The revenue-sharing contract which seeks to replace the New Exploration Licensing Policy production-sharing contract regime for oil and gas exploration in India with a revenue-sharing model, reveals an attitude of extreme suspicion towards the private investor. Critically analyse.  (200 Words)

Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it;

7) A World Bank report underscored the role of urbanisation and private sector participation as being critical to mitigating socio-economic disadvantages. Discuss. What are reasons behind growing inequality in South Asia and suggest measures to bridge them? (200 Words)

General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

8) “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

(a)How far is this statement true in Indian context and how much did it contribute to the growth of corruption in the country? ( 200 words )

(b) Many civil servants who are personally honest have done great disservice to the nation by not taking on the corrupt elements in their tribe heads on. Comment. (200 words)


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

9) There is a widespread view in the society today that, “every man has his price.” Do you agree with this view? Critically analyse. (150 Words)