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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 May 2015

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08 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 

1) Critically evaluate performance of the past schemes that aimed at transforming Indian cities into more livable spaces. Do you think new schemes which are in  the pipeline would address inadequacies of past schemes? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicPost-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 

2) Critically comment on the immediate and long-term consequences of the decision to implement recommendations made by  Mandal Commission on 7th August 1990.  (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 21


General Studies – 2

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

3) A study has found that as many as 31 per cent of companies surveyed were not complying with the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013.  Examine the reasons and consequences of such apathy. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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

4) In the light of recent revelation by the National Crime Records Bureau  that 3,887 had allegedly committed heinous crimes out of the 28,000 juveniles who had committed various crimes in 2013, critically comment on the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill which was recently passed by Lok Sabha. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express


Topicissues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

5) In the last decade, the proliferation of big-ticket Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) has emerged as the key fiscal strategy to transfer grants to States to achieve a certain outcome in a specific sector, especially in health, education, agriculture and rural development. In the light of recent recommendations made by the Fourteenth Finance Commission, critically examine if the existing fund transfer mechanism is suited to achieve the goal of ‘cooperative federalism’, if not, suggest what needs to be done in this regard. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

6) Why and how did India get into Sri Lanka’s LTTE problem during early 1980s. What were its consequences? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 20


General Studies – 3

Topic:  Awareness in the fields of IT, Computers; IPR; effect of liberalization 

7) Recently European officials opened an antitrust investigation into whether large technology companies were impeding competition in online shopping in Europe. Elaborate the issue and examine if similar moves have been made in India by Indian officials, if so explain why. (200 Words)

Business Standard



Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation

8) Write a critical note on the role of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in addressing the problem of environmental pollution and degradation in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Disaster Management

9) Write a critical note on the role of media in disaster management. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections

10) With suitable examples differentiate between empathy, sympathy and compassion. In your opinion, which of these three qualities is most essential for a public servant and why? Explain. (200 Words)