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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 September 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 September  2015

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17 September  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps)

1) Do you think interlinking of rivers, as done in the Krishna-Godavari linking project through the Pattiseema scheme, would benefit people? Critically examine. (150 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard

Business Standard


General Studies – 2

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

2) The raising the policy interest rate by US Fed from the current near-zero level is said to affect emerging market (EM) economies, including India. Examine why and how will India be affected. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Business Standard


Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

3) World Bank data shows that the number of hospital beds per thousand people in India is much lower than the world average. In this light, critically examine the importance of adequate medical infrastructure for healthcare sector in the country and measures needed to improve it. (150 Words)



Topic:  Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

4) What are the factors that set stage for the vast majority of corruption in contemporary India? Which types of corruption does these factors give rise to? What can India do to decrease these corruptions? Discuss. (250 Words)



Topic: Poverty and Hunger issues

5) Differentiate between severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and severe chronic malnutrition (SCM).  Discuss the types of malnutrition Indian children face, reasons why they persist and interventions needed to eliminate them. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests ; Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate;

6) Do you think, looking at recent developments, India is close to achieve its goal of becoming the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

TopicEconomic development; Infrastructure

7) Write a critical note on the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission. (150 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values. 

8) Your 12 year old son has been selected by his class teacher to act as protagonist in a skit where he will be donning the role of a Mughal emperor. He is ecstatic. So are you and your wife. But your father is not happy. Your son is very fond of his grandfather. Your father tells him not to act in this skit but act in some other skit where he can be an emperor of ancient Indian kingdom. You are scared to counter your father, so is your wife. Your son readily agrees to his grandfather’s suggestion and promises him not to act in this skit.

Is grandfather right in making his suggestion? Justify. (150 Words)

The Hindu