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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1) With suitable examples, discuss how has climate change affected important flora and fauna in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

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

2) It is said that India’s food chain continues to suffer from excessive toxicity due to various causes.  What are the causes? What is the role of government in addressing this issue? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

3) Write a note on Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Economics of animal rearing

4) How will the ban on killing cattle in India would affect their number, farmer’s income and economics of cattle rearing? Critically analyse. (150 Words)


Indian Express


Topic: Economic growth and development

5) To boost economic growth and development, will you prefer small gradual reforms or ‘big bang reforms’? Discuss. (150 Words)



Topic: Resource mobilization; 

6) What do you understand by treaty shopping? How will the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative of OECD seeks to address treaty shopping? Will India benefit from this initiative? Examine. (200 Words)




Topic:  Indian economy – growth

7) What do you understand by balance of payments (BoP) crisis? Why is it said that India might be staring at another such crisis? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic:integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship; determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions


8) You are walking on beach with your close friends in the evening. You are doing post graduation in a nearby university. There is only one girl in the group. She belongs to  a minority religion. She is very friendly, studious and ambitious girl in your group. You both are close to each other. Even though she is from a conservative family, she has broad and secular views on all issues. On the beach, you are being followed by a group of youngsters. They soon approach your group and start beating you and the girl accusing you of crossing moral lines and behaving indecently in public. Nearby a policeman, who is keeping vigil on the beach, instead of helping you, ignores the incident and walks away. Your friends also run away. You and the girl are beaten and warned not to roam around together again. Your friends who had fled the scene come back and take you both to university. In the university, professors and your friends ask you not to file complaint as this would affect name of the university and would also affect studies of students. Some professors tell you not to roam with girls but to focus more on studies. The girl wants to file complaint, but she is warned by the university officials that the group who beat her might take revenge on her.

Will you go ahead and file police complaint  knowing that you and your friend might be attacked again by the same group? What is your opinion on the reaction of your friends and other people in the above case?

The Hindu


Topic: Values

9) Just like human beings, nations also have certain core values. In your opinion, what are the core values of India? Which factors influence these values? Discuss. (150 Words)

The Hindu