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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 February 2015

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11 February  2015

 Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: India – People and Economy, Class 12 Geography, Unit – IV (Chapter – 11)


General Studies – 1;

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 

1) “…India as a repository of countless performing arts, local health practices, indigenous knowledge systems and rich language traditions spanning generations could ill-afford to destroy or lose it.” Discuss with suitable examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicHistory of the world 

2) Discuss why the name – Anne Frank – is pivotal in the history of the modern world. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

TopicParliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. 

3) Critically comment on the  Constitution 69th Amendment Act passed in 1991 and on Article 239 AA of the Indian constitution and their relevance to contemporary Indian politics. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3

Topic: Infrastructure

4) Explain the advantages of water transport. Discuss the challenges faced by water transport sector in India. (150 Words)



Topic: Indian economy

5) Critically comment on the issue of black money and the efforts made by the union government to address various aspects related to black money. (200 Words)

The Hindu


 Topic:Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation,

6) With suitable examples, critically examine the nature of threats being faced by  wildlife in India as a result of government’s developmental policy measures. If a drinking water project benefits thousand poor human beings but severely affects ten endangered crocodiles, should this project be implemented? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology;

7) Developing methods for alternative delivery of drugs has gained importance considering the large number of infections that are spread through contaminated, non-sterilised syringes. Examine why using non-sterilised syringes is dangerous and also examine latest developments in finding alternatives to syringes. (200 Words)

The Hindu 


TopicScience and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 

8) Explain the principle behind functioning of space telescope. Also explain why world’s largest telescopes are built on higher elevations. (150 Words)

The Hindu


TopicInfrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. 

9) If you are asked to advice India’s railway ministry on how to mobilize financial resources without hiking railway fares, what suggestions will you make and why? Explain. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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 carefully read the following case and answer the questions within the specified word limit.

One of your colleagues and also a close friend who is working as Assistant Commissioner in the department of Income Tax is actively involving in political activities. He is a son-in-law of a prominent politician. He has ignored many warnings given by his senior officers in the department, and in few instances, he has used his political connections to intimidate some his seniors too. On several occasions he has told you that he wants to pursue politics after making lots of money in the department. You keep telling him that it is wrong for a civil servant to indulge in political activities and have affiliation with a political party. He has ignored your friendly advises too. 

a) Why is it wrong for a civil servant to indulge in politics? Justify with examples. (150 Words)

b) Is it ethical for a newly appointed civil servant to marry a daughter of active politician? Justify. (100 Words)