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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 August 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 August  2015

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31 August  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Post-independence consolidation

1) Critically compare and contrast the views of Ram Manohar Lohia and Dr. Ambedkar on caste system and strategies to end caste discrimination in the Indian society. (200 Words)



Topic: Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

2) Critically examine the changing nature and growth pattern of trade unionism in India and their underlying causes during the last decade. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard


TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

3) Do you support removal of caste-based reservation and its replacement with income-based reservation? In the light of question on ability of reservation system to address the twin issues of poverty and development, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Urbanisation – problems and remedies: Paper -2 – Schemes and their performance

4) Regarding India’s Smart City project, it is commented that from the objectives of this new policy, nothing appears ‘smart’ about them. Critically examine how different is this policy from other urban -centric policies and suggest in what ways the policies should be different and smart from the existing ones. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

5) Critically comment on the design, objectives and functions of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF). (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard


General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in IT and computers;  

6) Many academics have raised concern about the Digital India project.  Critically comment on these concerns. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Economic growth – issues

7) Examine the differences between Nominal and Real GDP rates. Also write a critical note on India’s new method of GDP estimation. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic:Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

8) Dr. Ambedkar once said that the Life should be great rather than long. In your opinion, what makes ones life great? Comment. (200 Words)