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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 October  2015

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03 October 2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of India society;

1) What do you understand by structural violence? It is said that in India this form of violence is normalised. Critically examine the merits in this argument. Also comment how we can fight this form of violence. (200 Words)


TopicSalient features of world’s physical geography (Can be related to Paper – 2 topics)

2) In Indian strategic circles, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are seen as “unsinkable aircraft carrier”. Do you think this is a correct view of these islands? Critically analyse. (250 Words)



General Studies – 2

Topic: World history; India and its neighbours

3) What do you understand by ‘Monroe Doctrine’? Do you think India is following this doctrine to deal with its neighbours? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu



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

4) “The dengue outbreak in Delhi exposes the total absence of a functional public health care system with an efficient disease surveillance mechanism and highlights the dangers of leaving public health to the private sector.” Critically examine. (200 Words)




General Studies – 3

TopicEnvironmental pollution

5) What do you understand by Intended Nationally Determined Contribution or INDC, which is frequently used at climate change talks? Comment on India’s INDC which it recently announced. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard

The Hindu


Topic: Planning; Land reforms

6) Recently NITI Aayog identified land leasing, land titling and the Right To Education Act as focus areas to engage in. Why do you think these areas have been chosen specifically? Analyse. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Awareness in the fields of  Space,

7) What is X-Ray Astronomy? Explain its significance and India’s contribution to this field. (150 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethics in human actions.

8) Two years ago when you were staying in Delhi to prepare for civil services exam, you had lost your laptop and smartphone. As you were comfortable using them for studies, they had all the resources meant for your exam preparation. You were shattered and demoralised. Your roommate had comforted you and helped you file police complaint, but police never took your complaint seriously. Later you moved back to your native place and joined a software company. You still have ambition to become an IAS officer but unfortunately you do not have extra attempts to give exam again. One day you receive a letter from your roommate who had helped you file complaint when you had lost your laptop. In the letter he confesses that it was him who had stolen your laptop and sold them to get money. He says that he used that money to join a coaching class which he desperately needed at that time. He writes that he has cleared exam and has been allotted a central service. He asks for your forgiveness and has also attached a cheque equivalent to the amount of what he had stolen from you. He is apologetic and repeats in the letter that the guilt would haunt him until you forgive him for his shameful act. 

Will you forgive your friend and move on with your life? Justify. (200 Words)