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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 May 2015

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02 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicModern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1) Critically assess the legacy of Babasaheb Ambedkar, especially in the context of the efforts by mainstream political parties to appropriate him. (200 Words)



TopicUrbanisation – problems and remedies

2) Lakes and water tanks have been the major victims of rapid and unplanned urbanization in Indian cities. Critically discuss the factors causing damages to lakes and consequences of this damage. (200 Words)



Topic: Poverty and developmental issues; social empowerment

3) Do you think Adivisais in India have been unfairly treated and are victims of development agenda of governments and corporate world? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


(Today’s Chapters from India Since Independence will be Covered on Monday)

General Studies – 2

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections

4) “By equating reservation and social justice, the political discourse has prevented a deeper debate on the meaning of equality of opportunity and ideas for effective economic redistribution, where reservation is just one tool.” Elaborate and examine if reservation, as practiced in India, furthers substantive equality.(200 Words)



TopicMechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections

5) The Karnataka government is conducting comprehensive house-to-house social and educational survey which will also collect caste related information from households. Critically examine the benefits of enumerating castes and also comment if surveys of this kind should be encouraged or not. (200 Words)



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

6) The introduction of the Choice Based Credit System in Central universities, many educationists feel, aligns education with industry needs instead of encouraging independence and critical thinking. Critically examine. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3


Topic:  Disaster management

7) The recent earthquake that hit Nepal and parts of India has brought to the fore the need of a natural catastrophe pool to safeguard against losses from such disasters. Examine what should be the structure and objectives of such a pool and how should it be managed. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Land Reforms

8) A recent report by an NGO has found that Asia is seeing high consolidation of land and land reform is moving in the opposite direction. Examine the reasons and compare this trend of Asian countries with India’s experience. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic: Conscience as sources of ethical guidance;

9) What do you understand by conscience? Differentiate between ‘principles’ and conscience. With suitable examples, explain the importance and role of conscience in ethical decision making process. (200 Words)

Reference (Good One!)

The Hindu


Topicchallenges of corruption. 

10) Not all the amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act cleared by the Union Cabinet last week inspire public confidence or meet the objective of filling gaps in domestic anti-corruption law. Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu