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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 September 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 September  2015

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19 September  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Poverty and developmental issues

1) In your opinion, what do recent anti-reservation movements by people belonging to relatively well-off castes reflect of the Indian society? Critically comment. (200 Words)




Topic Salient features of Indian society;

2) Do you think caste consciousness and practice of caste system exists in the Indian diaspora around the world? Critically comment. (150 Words)



Topic: Post-independence consolidation

3) It is said that the War experience of 1965 War against Pakistan helped India win decisively against Pakistan in 1971 War. Critically examine. (150 Words)

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General Studies – 2

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

4) There is a growing demand for the repeal of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. Do you support this demand? Justify. (200 Words)



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

5) Write a critical note on the  emergence of chronic diseases (non-communicable) and their impact on people and economy in India. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

TopicIndian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources

6) “Many proposed reforms in Indradhanush follow the framework put forth by the P J Nayak Committee, but fall far short of the paradigm shift policies proposed therein.” Discuss. (200 Words)



Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

7) Discuss the features and significance of ISRO’s Astrosat mission. (200 Words)




Topic: Achievements of Indians in S&T; Space awareness

8) Explain the principle behind cryogenic engine. Examine why and how India acquired technology for indigenous development of cryogenic engine for its space ambitions. (250 Words)




General Studies – 4

Topic:  Challenges of corruption

9) Your friend who is preparing for civil services exam keeps telling you that corruption has become an integral part of Indian society and no measures taken by politicians can neither reduce nor eliminate it. He is disturbed by corruption scandals about which articles appear every day in newspapers. He believes that he can fight corruption only through violence i.e. by punishing corrupt officials and politicians in public by pelting stones at them. He tells you that if he becomes a civil servant, he would secretly pass information to radical youth groups about corrupt officials and encourage them to take action against such officials by catching them red-handed. He believes that law, police and courts are inefficient in fighting corruption. He says that police and courts are more corrupt than they appear.

What is your opinion on your friend’s arguments? What advice would you like to give him? Critically comment. (200 Words)

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