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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 July 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 July 2015

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27 July  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment;  Role of women

1) Critically discuss the role of Panchayat Raj institutions in the empowerment of women. (200 Words)



General Studies – 2

Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs

2) Critically examine the role of NGOs at the grassroot levels and comment if recent crackdown on several NGOs by the government is justified? (200 Words)



Topic: Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

3) Do you think Indian universities, from colonial to present times, have been treated as means to meet some of the state projects? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential

4) Write a note on some of the successful e-governance models in India that have improved the efficiency and speed of service delivery to the citizens. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

5) Analyse the major areas of cooperation between India and Central Asian countries. Also examine if India is well placed to compete with Russia and China in the region to play an important role in security matters in the region. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3

TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. 

6) Critically examine if India’s space research and exploration should aim at making profits through huge investments or should it remain frugal? (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicResource mobilization; Prevention of money laundering

7) What do you understand by Round-tripping? Examine the relationship between P-Notes and Round-tripping. Recently SEBI, Supreme Court and Government have initiated measures either to bring back black money or to curb its circulation. In this regard, discuss why addressing issues related to P-Notes and Round-tripping is critical. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

TopicEthical concern and dilemma

8) You are working as Superintendent of jail. A politician convicted of rape and murder who has already served 2  years in jail is under severe depression. His wife is on death bed due to cancer. He requests you to allow him to see his wife at his home one last time before she dies. He was a high profile politician and has lots of enemies in the opposition party. Your wife, who is a social worker, after coming to know about convict’s request, requests you to allow him to see his wife once subverting court procedures.

Will you follow your wife’s suggestion? Justify (100 Words)

If you follow your wife’s suggestion, what are the likely consequences that you might face?Enumerate.  (100 Words)

The Indian Express