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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 May 2015

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20 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

The Static Timetable Will Resume from 26th May With Modified Timetable (To integrate it better with Prelims GS-1 Paper)

Topic:  Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) 

1) Write a critical note on the locational factors and growth trend of solar industry around the world in recent years. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 2

 

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

2) An intense debate is going on the Union government’s  proposal  to revive the Central Universities Act of 2009 which will require the Central universities to follow a common admission procedure and common syllabus. Analyse the issue and critically comment if following a common syllabus is good for higher education sector in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

3) There are strong pleas to bring political parties under the ambit of RTI law. Analyse why. Also register your opinion on the issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Indian Constitution- significant provisions and basic structure.

4) “Adopted in 1976, the Fundamental Duties have been incorporated in the Constitution to remind every citizen that while enjoying their rights, they also need to be conscious of their duties.” Comment. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic:  Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies 

5) “The tussle between the government and the judiciary has been going since the 1990’s when tribunals began to be set up to ease the burden on the regular courts.” Elaborate the statement by giving examples of recent such tussles and critically comment on the view of the Supreme Court on the issue of setting up of tribunals. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

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

6) It is said that the best way to eradicate child labour is to ensure that every child goes to school. Comment on the statement and critically examine if India’s laws enacted to end child labour are successful in sending children to schools. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

7) For many years India – EU free trade talks have not progressed well. What are the issues that are holding back signing a free trade agreement between India and EU? What are the benefits for India? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic:  Achievements of Indians in science & technology; 

8) Write a note on India’s Astrosat. (150 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic:  Indian economy – resource mobilization

9) Recently the Union government announced details of a new gold monetization scheme . Examine what are its objectives and how does it seek to realize its objectives. (200 Words)

Livemint

Business Standard

 

Topic: Infrastructure:  Roads,

10) It is observed that the construction of highways in India is lagging behind due to various reasons. Critically discuss what are the causes delay and measures being taken by the government to address these delays.  (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicEnvironmental pollution

11) Despite many efforts made to clean the River Ganga, the funds and time spent on cleaning it up have not yielded desired results. Critically examine why and explain if the newly launched scheme to clean River Ganga is suitably designed to address past mistakes and clean the river efficiently? Also suggest your ideas to clean the river and address the issue of pollution along its bank. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Computers,

12) It is said that more and more companies, including government  are tapping into Big Data purportedly to provide better services. What do you understand by Big Data? Illustrate with day to day examples and examine if the use of Big Data by service providers will be good for humanity or not. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 4

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

13) These days some disturbing news such as molestation and rape of school children by teachers are being reported by media.  In your opinion, what are the causes of such incidents? What measures will you suggest to stop such incidents in schools? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu