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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 May 2015

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12 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

 

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

1) In recent years, scientists are posed with several problems such as increase in ice while reaching to Antarctic research stations to supply essentials to their respective stations. What could be the possible reasons for such anomalies? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 2

Topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

2) Compare and contrast the election process to their respective parliaments in India and the United Kingdom. Considering recent elections in UK and India, do you think the first-past-the-post system of election should be replaced with proportional representation system? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

3) In the opinion of many health activists, providing universal healthcare to all its citizens should be India’s priority. In this regard, where can the money for universal healthcare be found, how should it be spent and what role should the govt play? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Critically examine the nature of relationship between India and Mongolia. Do you think Mongolia can become India’s strategic partner to counter China’s influence in its neighbourhood? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

General Studies – 3

Topic:  Indian Economy – planning, growth

5) Recently there was controversy regarding the proposal to establish the Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) by the government. Many economists argue that it is prudent to leave debt management to the RBI alone. Analyse the issue. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

TopicIssues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; 

6) Do you think India’s minimum support price policy (MSP) is a sound policy vis a vis increasing efficiency in agriculture? Critically analyse the merits and demerits of present MSP policy. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Investment Models

7) The previous version of public-private partnership (PPP) has been hailed both as huge success and failure. In order to revive this investment model and make it successful again, what needs to be done? Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights

8) The 2015 Special 301 Report of US has raised several concerns against India’s Intellectual Property Rights regime. Critically analyse the merits of these concerns. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicAwareness in the fields of bio-technology 

9) Write a note on the science and methodology of  India’s Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP). (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 4

TopicChallenges of Corruption

10) Do you think that when it comes to corruption cases, the high and mighty are treated favourably by courts compared to ordinary citizens? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu