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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 April 2015

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07 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;


Topic:  geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1) What do you understand by ‘invasive species’? How do they alter local ecology? Illustrate with suitable examples. (200 Words)

The New York Times


General Studies – 2

Topice-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

2) Write a critical note on Union government’s eBiz project. (200 Words)



TopicStructure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary  

3) “Today the Supreme Court of India is an active intervener in policy formulation.” In the light of some of recent judgements of the Supreme Court, critically analyse the statement. (200 Words)



TopicStructure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

4) The idea of an Indian judicial service on the lines of all-India services like the IAS or IPS has been considered in the past and abandoned. Do you think is there a need to reconsider this idea? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 

5) Do you think China’s ambition to become a global superpower is peaceful? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

6) Critically analyse India’s nuclear doctrine vis a vis Pakistan and China’s nuclear doctrines. Also examine how the West views nuclear situation in South Asia. (200 Words)

The New York Times


General Studies – 3


Topic: Security challenges and their management 

7) Critically compare and contrast how India and China are managing security issues such as evacuating their citizens from conflict zones, setting up foreign bases etc outside their respective borders. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  ethics in private and public relationships

8) What do you understand by ‘conflict of interest’? Do you think if a Professor who is guiding ten students in their doctoral thesis has an affair with one of his students, will represent a case of conflict of interest? Justify your answer giving reasons. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

Reference  (for extra reference on the topic of conflict of interest)