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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 05 February 2015

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05 February  2015

 Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: India – People and Economy, Class 12 Geography, Unit – III (Chapter – 6)


General Studies – 1:

 Topic: GS1: changes in critical geographical features; GS 3: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country;

1) Answer the following with in specified word limits:

(a) “India is witnessing changes in land use pattern due to changing economy.” Comment (100 words)

(b) Why is the strategy of increasing cropping intensity important in a country like India? (100 words)


Topic: GS1: changes in critical geographical features; GS 3: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country;

2) Analyse critically whether the existing cropping in different parts of India would need any change for better agriculture performance in future. (200 Words)


Topic: GS1: Changes in critical geographical features; GS 3: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country;

3) What are the reasons for low productivity in Indian agriculture? Give comprehensive innovative solution to solve the problems faced by the sector. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests.

4) It is said that economic agents have greater confidence in the systemic stability of democracies despite overt manifestations of political instability. Analyse why based on a comparison between India and China’s economies and how it has impacted their growth stories. (200 Words)


 Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

5) Critically analyse India’s performance on the Millennium Development Goal for gender Equity. Evaluate the initiatives taken by the government for gender equity and shortfalls therein. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3 

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

6) Critically examine the reasons behind the decline in GDP growth rate in the post 2011 period even though recovery of Indian economy from 2008 Global financial crisis was swift and sharp. What are the reforms needed to solve the critical socio-economic problems faced by the country? Suggest. (200 Words)


Topic:  issues relating to intellectual property rights;

7) There is a deep linkage between intellectual property protection, innovation and economic development of the country. Comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Accountability and ethical governance, strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;

8) Please read carefully the following case and answer the question asked at the end of the case within the word limit specified.

Ashok on completing his management degree from India’s most prestigious college decided to enter civil services to serve the nation. He gave up all the lucrative placement offers and started preparing for the civil service examination. He got selected into IAS in his third attempt after four years of intense hard work.

He was posted as Additional collector in a backward district in Karnataka and his excitement knew no bounds.  However, his excitement soon started withering away. He began to notice that funds from grants were being mismanaged and misallocated. The recruitments, tenders and official statistics were all a big sham.His repeated attempts to address and bring the issue to the notice of higher authorities fell on to deaf ears. In fact, they started convincing him saying, “Things were always the same. They will remain the same. Do your best with the available framework”.

Ashok soon started becoming disillusioned as he would never opt for unethical path. His conscience is telling him to quit the job and get into private sector where he will be paid far better salary.

Should Ashok quit his job? What are the other options before him? Substantiate your stance with logical arguments. (200 Words)



Topic: ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 

9)  “If capital punishment by itself is abhorrent and has no place in a modern society, executing prisoners using ineffective lethal injections is outright barbaric.” Comment. How can one decide which is more humane – lethal injections or hanging to death? (200 Words)