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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 April 2015

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24 April 2015

 

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Note: Tomorrow we will give questions from:

a) Goh Cheng Leong, Certificate Human and Physical Geography, Chapter – 7, 8 and 9

b) India – 2015: Chapters 26 & 27

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanisation – problem and remedies

1) A recent study by a strategy and policy consulting firm has shown that the use of ‘smart maps’ in India’s smart cities project will lead to $8 billion in savings and value in a year. What do you understand by ‘smart maps’? Examine their uses. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicUrbanisation – problem and remedies

2) “Rather than grandiose plans, smart cities should focus on just three things: transportation, e-governance and easy land titling.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: changes in critical geographical features

3) Differentiate between soil creep, soil flow and landslides. Which of these is/are commonly found in India? Why and where? Examine. (200 Words)

Goh Cheng Leong, Certificate Human and Physical Geography, Chapter – 4

 

Topic: changes in critical geographical features

4) Examine the advantages and disadvantages of erosion, transportation and deposition process of rivers from a human point of view. (200 Words)

Goh Cheng Leong, Certificate Human and Physical Geography, Chapter – 5

 

Topic: changes in critical geographical features

5) Distinguish between valley glaciers and continental ice sheets. Which of these are most affected by the climate change process and why? Examine. (200 Words)

Goh Cheng Leong, Certificate Human and Physical Geography, Chapter – 6

 

General Studies – 2

 

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations.

6) Critically compare and contrast foreign policies of India and China, especially with respect to meeting their security, strategic and economic needs. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

7) Compare and contrast US’ and China’s foreign policy vis a vis Pakistan. Critically examine their effect on India’s interests in the region. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

 

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

8) Recently the government proposed to introduce legal provisions to ensure that children between the ages of 16 and 18 are tried as adults if they commit heinous offences such as murder and rape. Do you think is it a step in right direction? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Indian economy – growth and development; Effects of liberalization on the economy

9) Some economists argue that in addition to free market forces, state intervention, even if forcible, is necessary to improve economic growth and development. Do you think is it right for government to forcibly acquire land and other resources for the welfare of larger population? In the light of experience of some of Tiger economies of Eastern Asia on this front, critically comment if India should follow their example. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.; Awareness in the fields of IT & Computers (Paper – 3);

10) Critically analyse the effect of social media on functions and performance of government, governance and institutions in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicVarious Security forces and agencies and their mandate

11) Write a note on the structure, mandate and contribution of Gorkha Rifles. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour

12) Examine the relationship between attitude and behaviour. Do you think training can change attitude of people, especially of teachers, politicians and bureaucrats positively towards weaker sections of the society? Discuss. (200 Words)

Reference

 The Hindu

The Hindu

The Hindu