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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 February 2015

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27 February  2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topicurbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) A recent survey has shown that urbanisation is not a panacea for concerns about public safety. Rather, cities must invest in the “right kind” of urbanisation, with the sort of infrastructure seen in the largest cities. What in your opinion is ‘right kind’ of urbanisation that ensures public safety, especially safety for women? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topicresponsibilities of the Union and the States; Government policies 

2) In 2015 railway budget, the railway minister presented before the parliament a White Paper on railways. What do you understand by ‘White Paper’? Why is it presented by the government? Also examine how does it differ from other policy instruments of the government. (150 Words)

Business Standard



Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional posts;

3) Critically examine why the judicial appointments through the collegium system is despised by many in India. Do you see any merit in this? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries 

4) Israeli settlements on the West Bank are opposed by the West, by Arab states on many grounds.  Why do they oppose these settlements? Do you see any merit in this? What is India’s opinion on this? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Infrastructure:  Railways etc

5) “Indian Railways plays a pivotal role in reviving economic growth in the country and investment in the railways has a large multiplier effect on the rest of the economy.” Examine how the 2015 railways budget seeks to achieve this goal. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: ethical concerns and dilemmas in private institutions

6) Some see that the growing commercialisation of medical care, ranging from general practitioners to super specialists, in corporate hospitals is unethical. Do you think treating patient with profit motive is unethical? Critically comment why. (150 Words)

The Hindu