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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 April 2015

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23 April 2015


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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as monsoons etc

1) Write a note on the objectives and achievements of  India’s Monsoon Mission. (200 Words)

The Hindu

India – 2015, Chapter – 25, Scientific and Technological Developments


General Studies – 2


TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; related to Paper -3 also

2) “A properly designed and implemented procurement law is long overdue. It can improve financial management, and bring large financial and governance benefits.” Elaborate and also examine what challenges need to be addressed in the implementation of such a law in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

3) “The development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not necessarily bad for India or the region.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


TopicAwareness in the fields of IT & Computers

4) Recently Google unveiled its long-awaited phone service, called Project Fi. Write a note on this project and also examine, if this project is launched in India in future, how this might affect network carriers and consumers. (200 Words)

The New York Times


TopicAwareness in the fields of IT & Computers

5) What do you understand by the Internet of Things (IoT) – which is poised to be the biggest technological revolution yet, and expected to create $2.7–6.2 trillion of economic impact globally by 2025? Examine its likely impact on India. (200 Words)



Topic: Indian economy – Growth, development and Employment 

6) Critically examine why economic growth in India during last two decades has not resulted in the growth of jobs during the same period. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; 

7) Write a critical note on India’s nuclear power programme. (200 Words)

India – 2015, Chapter – 25, Scientific and Technological Developments


Topic: Disaster management; Achievements of Indians in science & technology; 

8) Examine the role of India’s space programme in disaster management operations. (200 Words)

India – 2015, Chapter – 25, Scientific and Technological Developments



General Studies – 4

Topic: empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;

9) A close friend of yours who hails from a powerful political party keeps visiting you often in your office. You are working as District Collector. During one of his visits, your friend tells you a story about a suicide committed by farmer in his native village. He tells you that the farmer, who was poor, was given many free goodies by the government. According to your friend, the farmer could have lived happily for rest of his life by depending on the government goodies alone – without working in his farm forever. But he committed suicide after selling his land to government and spending all the money on daughters’ marriage and loan repayment. Your friend opines that suicides such as this should be neglected and never be highlighted in the media as they are the result of farmers’ own mistakes. He even tells you that the huge monetary compensation given by the government to dead farmers is wrong as it encourages more farmers to commit suicide.

What do you think about your friend’s arguments and what will be your counter-argument? What values does your friend lack? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu