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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 04 February 2015

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04 February  2015

 Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: India – People and Economy, Class 12 Geography, Unit – II (Chapter – 5)

 

 

General Studies – 1

Topic: population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, 

1) Discuss the recent trends in urbanisation in India and briefly describe the main characteristics and problems of the major Indian cities. (200 Words) 

http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?legy2=4-12

 

Topic: Population and related issues;

2) Answer the following questions with in specified word limits.

a) What are the main factors for the location of villages in desert regions? (50 words)

b) What are census towns ? What are the problems associated with them? (100 words)

c) Under what environments does one expect the presence of dispersed rural settlements? (50 words)

http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?legy2=4-12

 http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-12/news/54928900_1_towns-census-commissioner-dalip-singh

 

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

3) What are the reasons behind cities being considered as engines of economic growth? Should government actively promote urbanization to boost economic growth? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?legy2=4-12

 

General Studies – 2 

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

4) The central government has taken an initiative ‘Jan Aushadhi’ to avail citizens of low cost medicines. What will be the benefits of the scheme to the people and the pharmaceutical companies? Critically examine. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/centre-to-promote-bulk-drug-manufacturing-to-reduce-imports/article6854845.ece

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Jan-Aushadhi-Governments-low-cost-generic-drugs-from-July-1/articleshow/46101725.cms

 

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

5) Japan has moved away from a pacifist foreign policy to a more prominent role in international  stage in West’s Counter terrorism policy. Analyse its reasons and consequences in the recent times. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/terrorism-threatens-japan/article6854140.ece

 

 Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People Act.

6) “Until parties adopt strict rules on transparency and intra-party democracy, the materialisation of the idea of corruption free good governance is a distant dream.” Critically analyse. (200 Words)

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/the-resilience-of-briefcase-politics/99/

http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/politicians-versus-journalists-115020301498_1.html

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;

7)  The finance minister plans to scrap the supply of subsidised kerosene through the public distribution system (PDS) is a long overdue. Comment. (200 Words)

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-fuels-errand/99/

 

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

8) “The raging debate between environment and development is even more intense now as the country is on an ambitious growth path and there is scant regard for people’s rights or natural resources.” Critically analyse the statement in the light of recent moves of the government. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/leaving-people-out-of-development/article6854146.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/dispossession-development-and-democracy/article6854143.ece

 

General Studies – 4

Topic: Corporate Governance;

9) Answer the following questions in about 150 words:

(a) Through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), organizations seek to achieve a balance between economic, environmental and social imperatives. Discuss.

(b) Some argue that management’s sole focus on maximizing profits (with in the framework of law) rather than thinking about societal good. Critically Analyse.

General

 

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

10)  “Morality is a private and costly luxury.” – Henry Adams
What do you understand by this statement? How much of it true in the Indian context? (150 Words)

General