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

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

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16 September  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 

1) Critically analyse the contribution of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to India’s struggle for freedom. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.

2) The recent release of summary findings from the Rapid Survey on Children (RSOC), in the absence of latest NFHS report,  has revealed interesting data related to child health in India. Critically comment on the findings of this report. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

3) In recent months India has tried to upgrade its relations with North Korea. Comment on their present relationship and examine how will India benefit from better relations with North Korea. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

4) Examine what challenges politicians in Europe face in building a United States of Europe? Do you think such a union will be sustainable? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard



General Studies – 3

TopicEffects of liberalization on the economy

5) Fuel pump dealers want the ministry of petroleum and natural gas to shift to a maximum retail price (MRP) regime in diesel and petrol pricing. Why? Examine how this measure will impact consumers. (150 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Conservation, EIA

6) The government has decided to open degraded forest land to commercial lumber, paper pulp and other wood based industries provided they have a sustainable development model. Do you think this is a right step considering India’s reducing forest cover? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic : Challenges to internal security through communication network; Social media

7) How can government and citizens counter the online Islamic State propaganda and other challenges to internal security? Discuss. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in private relationship; Attitude; Emotional intelligence


8) Your close friend could not clear UPSC civil services Mains exam despite working extremely hard. Since result, she is scared about the future. She expected interview call and was also hopeful of getting a rank. She is now skeptical about the whole exam process. She wants to quit and take up another job. Yet, her inner desire to serve society by becoming a civil servant is still strong. She is in great confusion. She often tells you that she wants to go back to her previous software job, but she is afraid that her parents and friends might mock at her as quitter as she still has age and attempts with her. Sometimes she unintentionally demotivates you by telling you that your hard work will be useless just as hers was. You are worried about her, but you realize that your studies is being affected by her negative attitude. One day she asks you to give a final advice to her which she promises to follow.

What advice will you give and why? Justify. (200 Words)