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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 July 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 July 2015

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16 July  2015

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Recent Compilation of Secure Q&A

General Studies – 1;

TopicUrbanisation – problems and remedies

1) Analyse the recent revelations made by India’s Air Quality Index and examine what policy challenges these revelations pose to policymakers and city administrations. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: Significant provisions of Indian Constitution; Important aspects of governance

2) “The provisions in the Indian Penal Code on criminal defamation do not have a chilling effect on free speech.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

3) Many central government welfare schemes aimed at providing affordable housing and employment opportunities through cheap loans face various hurdles in their implementation. Examine what these hurdles are and comment on government’s response to address these hurdles. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

4) It is said that if India agrees to the commitments sought from it by the developed countries at WTO, this would limit the policy space of the government in respect of certain categories of farm subsidies. Do you agree? If so, how should India respond to the demands made on it? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3

Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology

5) Critically comment on the contributions made by India’s premier science and technology institutions to the welfare of Indian society. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard


TopicLinkages between development and spread of extremism

6) Do you think religious stimuli is the sole reason impacting the rise of Islamic extremism across the world? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Employment

7) Write a note on the National Skill Development Mission and the role of private sector in skilling the unskilled. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

8) You are posted as Block Development Officer in a naxal activities hit region. As soon as you assume your office, you receive a note from an unknown source. It asks you to transfer ‘X’ amount of money every month to a local naxal leader failing which you would be abducted and killed. The note asks you to meet an unknown person at ‘Y’ place and get details about where, when and how to pay the money. The note tells you that in case you inform the police, you and your family would be killed.

You show this note to your friends and family. Some suggest you to go back to old posting by paying bribe to concerned authorities; some suggest you to resign; others suggest you that the practice of giving ‘protection money’ is common in the region and if you too pay this money regularly you could live a peaceful life.

What are the options before you? Analyse their merits and demerits and explain which course of action would you take in the end and why. (200 Words)

The Hindu