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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 February 2015

Archives – Secure 2015

20 February  2015

General Studies – 1;

Topicpopulation and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) Recently it was proposed to create Special Entertainment Zones (SEZ) in Mumbai where designated night zones (open 24 x 7) will be created and allow people to entertain themselves securely. Do you find this proposal socially, culturally and economically good for cities such as Mumbai, Kolkatta, Delhi and other metros? Can this idea be extended to tier-2 cities? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2) “Academic governance in the country remains deeply vulnerable to the opinions of the ruling government.” Do you agree with this opinion? If this is true, what measures need to be taken by both the academics and politicians to protect the autonomy of academic governance in the country? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express


TopicIndia and its neighbours

3) India is Israel’s biggest purchaser of its defence equipments and both countries regard each other as natural allies. Do you think Israel qualifies as India’s natural ally in the region? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard 


TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters,

4) In your opinion, how much of public opinion is considered in formulating policies that concern common man by the governments at the centre and states? Also examine how can information technology be used to ‘listen’ to public opinion. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

5) In the light of increasing deaths caused by swine flu in the country, critically examine what mechanism exists in the country to prevent the spread of epidemics like swine flu and what measures need to be taken by common man to safeguard himself/herself against swine flu. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

6) “The Draft National Health Policy 2015 fails to tackle head-on the core problem of the Indian health system: its management, administration and overall governance structure.” Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


TopicAwareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

7) Write a note on the latest applications of nanotechnology in the treatment of lifestyle diseases. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicLinkages between development and spread of extremism

8) How do you analyse the maoist movement (naxalite) in the context of globalisation and its effects, especially developmental projects that are being implemented, on the regions affected by maoist insurgency? (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; 

9) We observe that some people love their pets more than they love their relatives. In some cases, some people adopt pets and look after them as their own sons and daughters. In your opinion, which factors determine people’s love for their near and dear ones? Do you think it is ethical to treat animals better than humans or vice versa? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu