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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 February 2015

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25 February  2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topicfactors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) 

1) Write a note on the various factors that determine the location of tertiary and quaternary industries. (200 Words)




General Studies – 2


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

2) “The recommendations of Fourteenth Finance Commission are a right step towards true devolution of more finances and powers to states and local bodies and have the potential to redefine Indian federalism in a long overdue and desirable manner” Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Business Standard – 1 (Important)

Business Standard – 2

Business Standard – 3


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.

3) Gender inequality is not just a gender issue that affects women, but it’s also a socio-economic issue that adversely affects development. In this regard, critically examine how can government address gender inequality issue and why this issue needs urgent action. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

4) Write a critical note on the objectives and importance of the India-U.S. Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) to  India’s strategic ambitions. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topicenvironmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

5) “Over half of the most polluted cities in the world are in India, said a World Health Organization report released in the middle of 2014 and air pollution is an urgent public health problem that deserves policy attention.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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

6) “The implementation of the National Food Security Act is mired in apathy and confusion.” In the light of India’s worst record in ensuring nutrition to its people and various amendments made to the food security act, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology;

7) “India’s brain drain is West’s brain gain.” Critically discuss why India’s scientists move to foreign countries and excel. Do you think brain drain is a thing of past, especially in the field of science? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicAwareness in the fields of bio-technology  

8) What do you understand by ‘genomics’? Examine how far the Human Genome Project has helped in finding cures for human diseases. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values; social influence and persuasion; 

9) “A moral system valid for all is basically immoral.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

What do you understand by the above statement? Comment on it in the context of current developments you see in India and around the world. (150 Words)