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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 May 2015

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04 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPost-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

1) What approaches were tried and tested to address various issues related to tribes of India soon after independence?  In your opinion, were these approaches successful in addressing tribal issues effectively? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 9


TopicPost-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

2) Do you think linguistic reorganisation of Indian states post-independence was a sound policy? What arguments were put forth to support or oppose this policy? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 8


TopicImportant Geophysical phenomena and their effects

3) “It should be a policy objective to monsoon-proof the economy, not so much because of the share of agriculture in gross domestic product (GDP), which is below 15 per cent, but because of the high proportion of people who are potentially vulnerable to monsoon failure.” Critically examine the policy implications of linkages between rainfall and economic outcomes for India. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 2


Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

4) It is found that smokers have a higher death rate than non-smokers. Critically examine the facts that support this finding and critically comment on India’s policy towards discouraging smoking  habit. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

5) Since the beginning of 2015, more than 20 central banks around the world have eased monetary policy leading to what economists say ‘currency wars’. It is said that even the US has entered this war. Examine the factors causing currency wars and their impact on world economy. Also examine India’s role in it. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

Topic: Government Budgeting; 

6) Compare and contrast budget making process of state governments’ with that of union government’s. Examine the major objectives of state budgets and their impact on their economies. Also comment why state budgets do not evoke same interest as it is evoked for the union budget. (200 Words)



Topic: Economic growth and development

7) When it comes to economic growth models in developing countries, some analysts think that India will become more like Mexico than China in coming years. Critically examine why. (200 Words)



TopicIssues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies (indirectly related)

8) Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) notified the new priority sector lending norms. Discuss these norms and associated issues. (200 Words)



Topic: Economics of animal rearing

9) Critically comment on the issues related to implementation of government’s new deep-sea fishing policy based on the recommendations of the Meenakumari committee. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

10) Now and then we keep reading in media about suicides committed by students not able to cope up with pressure of studies and competition. Do you think our education system is putting undue pressure on students and affecting their creativity? Critically comment and also examine the role of family and society in helping students manage pressures. (200 Words)

The Hindu