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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 September 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 September  2015

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24 September  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Location of industries; Resources

1) Though separated by geography, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka states are facing similar problems in their sugar industries. Critically examine the nature of these problems and their impact on small farmers. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard



Topic: Location of industries; Resources

2) Sivakasi’s fireworks industry, which once used to cater to 80% of the fireworks market in India is said to be under distress due to variety of domestic and international factors. Critically comment on these factors. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic:Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these scheme

3) Discuss the challenges before newly launched Skill India mission. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard



Topic: Important aspects of governance

4) It is said that the success of the promise of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance depends upon deeper institutional changes. Elaborate. (150 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

5) Critically examine the significance of opportunity that India has got to lease and develop Chabahar port on the southeast coast of Iran. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation

6) The Indian Purple Frog ( Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis ), an endangered amphibian endemic to the southern Western Ghats is said to be facing an extinction threat. Discuss the reasons and suggest measures to stop threats to such rare species. (150 Words)

The Hindu

Deccan Herald


Topic:  Indian economy – growth

7) What do you understand by deflation? It is said that India is staring at deflation. Examine the reasons and its likely consequences on economy. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life  

8) What do you understand by encryption? Do you think government’s should be given authority to break into encryption and store the information? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration; Ethical concerns and dilemma

9) You are posted as Deputy Commissioner of a backward district. In recent years a farm crisis has hit poor farmers in this district and many are resorting to suicide pushed by debt burden and other factors. There were many protests outside your office demanding waiver of their loans. You were officially told by Chief Secretary not to personally meet agitating farmers as there was risk to your life if situation went out of hand. You were asked to go for field visits on occasions of such protests. In a recent protest, a farmer tries to commit suicide by consuming poison in front of your office despite the presence of  police force. Even though he was rushed to hospital, he could not be saved. Next day, media and farmers’ organisations accuse you of causing the death of this farmer. They accuse you that you did not appear and hear his grievances personally. They are calling for your  suspension by the government. The district in-charge minister promises these organisations that the state government would be soon taking action against you.

Following are the options before you. Examine their merits and demerits. Also suggest which course of action you will take apart from those mentioned below:

a) Take a leave and abscond for two months

b) Submit resignation accepting responsibility for the farmer’s death

c) Seek an independent probe for the death of farmer and continue to work in the office ignoring media accusation

d) Go before the media with an explanation and apologise publicly to farmer’s family and agitating organisations

The Hindu