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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 May 2015

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30 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Salient features of Indian society;

1) Critically comment on Indian government’s and society’s attitude towards sports and sportspersons. In your opinion, what needs to change and why? (200 Words)

EPW

 

TopicSalient features of Indian society; Role of women

2) Ageing is becoming a major social and policy issue in India. Critically analyse the mutual relationship between and its impact on  aged parents or grandparents, working women and children when they are living together in Indian homes.  (200 Words)

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TopicHistory of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, 

3) Critically examine the role of Russia and Stalin in defeating Nazi Germany during the Second World War. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger; Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

4) Recently the UNHCR pointed out in a statement that vulnerable people around the world are moving in search of safety and dignity, fleeing persecution, abject poverty, deprivation, discrimination and abuse. Elaborate and suggest what needs to be done by international organisations and nearby  countries. (200 Words)

EPW

 

Topic: Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

5) It is said that transfer and allocation of resources to local bodies by finance commissions is beset with several complications. In the light of Fourteenth Finance Commission’s (FFC) recommendations, examine what these complications are and how the FFC has addressed them. (200 Words)

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EPW

 

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 

6) India’s Universal Immunisation or Routine Immunisation (RI) Programme is considered as a key public health programme and is much appreciated. Despite appreciation, it is said that the programme has not succeeded in urban regions due to various factors. Critically examine the challenges faced by this programme in urban regions and measures needed to address them. (200 Words)

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Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

7) Write a critical note on the state of girl education across India. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

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

8) Write a note on areas of cooperation and their potential and progress between India  and Sweden.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology;

9) “Budgetary cuts, failure to make appointments in time, and political interference in the past year have affected all aspects of science development in the country and lowered the morale of the scientific community.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Challenges of corruption; Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

10) A principal charge levelled against civil servants who reveal wrongdoing by their political bosses, post-retirement, is that they speak up too late. Do you think civil servants while still serving should blow the whistle against their colleagues or political bosses even if the latter is powerful? Critically comment on the issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu