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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 10 February 2015

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10 February  2015

 Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: India – People and Economy, Class 12 Geography, Unit – IV (Chapter – 10)


General Studies – 1;

 Topic: poverty and developmental issues

1) What do you understand by regional planning? Critically evaluate the success of five year plans in addressing regional inequality in India. (200 Words)


 Topic: poverty and developmental issues

2) How did the concept of sustainable development evolve? How is it different from economic development? If you are posted as District Collector, what measures will you take to ensure sustainable development in your district? Suggest out of the box measures. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

3) Do you think the new thrust on cooperative federalism in the functioning of newly constituted Niti Aayog will only slow down the pace of schemes and projects due to various demands by states, political differences and  tensions between states and centre? Critically comment. (200 Words)


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

4) Recently India proposed the creation of a ‘India Nuclear Insurance Pool’ in its agreement with the USA regarding nuclear liability law. Examine why has India proposed this insurance pool and its nature and benefits. (150 Words)



5) Examine the limitations of some of the e-governance initiatives being implemented in India. Mention, if any, your own experience of being beneficiary or victim of such e-governance initiative and suggest measures to improve the same. (200 Words)


TopicWelfare 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.

6) “India has a long history of retirement savings products. Unfortunately, this history is one of allowing continuous fitful additions by different players.”  In the light of the statement, critically comment on the post-retirement savings products scenario in India. (200 Words)


Topic: Indian Constitution-  significant provisions and basic structure. 

7) “The fundamental right to religion does not include practices which run counter to public order, health and morality.” Elucidate with suitable examples. (150 Words)


TopicSeparation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

8) The Law Commission of India (LCI) in its recent 253rd Report has recommended reforms that can support India’s economic growth from a legal perspective. Comment on its recommendations. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

 Topic:poverty and developmental issues (also Paper-3 – planning)

9) Write short notes on drought-prone area programme and agro-climatic planning. How do these programmes help in the development of dryland agriculture in India? (150 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

10) Please read carefully the following case and answer the question within the word limit specified. 

You are recently posted as Superintendent of Police to a district which has become infamous for frequent rapes and abuses against women both in rural and urban regions. A woman delegation meets you and requests you to do something to prevent such atrocities against women. However, in your research about the districts profile, you find that the district has one of the lowest sex ratios in the country, highest female illiteracy and is following a tradition of male dominance by curbing women’s rights since long time. You also find that politics in the region has thrived on tradition of violating women’s rights. Your preliminary investigations reveal that most of the atrocities committed against women in the region are mostly by political activists belonging to prominent political parties.  You are told by the women delegation that in the past police have refused to even register complaints filed by women victims.

In this scenario, as SP, what steps will you take to address the issues raised by women delegation? Suggest practical solutions and also explain what possible hurdles you might encounter and how will you face them. (250 Words)