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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 June 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 June 2015

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03 June  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicArt and culture

1) “The crisis in Indian museums is less of resources and more of imagination and commitment.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicFactors responsible for the location of tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

2) Critically examine, despite rich cultural and natural heritage, unlike China or other Asian countries why India is not a top tourist destination for foreigners? (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


TopicStatutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

3) Considering long delays in arriving at a final solution by the tribunals in the cases of river disputes, do you think setting up of tribunals was a right decision to resolve river disputes instead of handing over these cases to regular courts? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Bilateral agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests; India and its neighborhood- relations.  

4) Recently India and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Chabahar Port in Iran. Critically discuss the significance of this MoU for both the countries. (200 Words)

Business Standard 


Topic: Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein; Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

5) India’s National Capital Territory enjoys special status compared to other metropolitan cities in India. Examine how other federal governments such as USA and Australia,  and  unitary governments such as China have devolved powers to their Capital Territories compared to India’s National Capital Territory and comment if Delhi should be given full statehood. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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

6) Critically examine how has the US visa policy affected Indian nationals during last few years. Also examine how the Indian government has dealt with this issue. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these; Functioning of executive

7) Despite the Supreme Court’s judgement that it is unconstitutional to repromulgate ordinances, unless in exceptional circumstances, why successive governments in India have repromulgated ordinances on many occasions? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – growth and development

8) Looking at the way Indian economy is growing at present, can it be termed as ‘Goldilocks Economy’? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Hindu




Topic:  Conservation; Environmental pollution and degradation

9) Write a critical note on the Global Apollo Programme and examine why India is considered as pivotal to this program. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service;

10) What do you understand by probity in public life? It is generally perceived that many politicians lack probity in public life. How can probity be inculcated in such politicians who lack this quality? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu