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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 09 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 09 October  2015

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09 October 2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Role of women

1) Why  are women kept out of combat role in defence services? Do you think the reasons are justified? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:The salient aspects of Art 

2) Critically examine the problems faced by traditional art forms and their practitioners in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Huffington Post


General Studies – 2

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

3) It is argued that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can alter not only trade but also geopolitics. In what ways, do you think India will be affected vis a vis its superpower ambitions and development requirements by not becoming part of TPP? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs

4) Critically discuss the problems faced by women SHGs in India and the lacunae in the prevailing model of SHG micro-finance. (200 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3

Topic: Achievements of Indians in S&T

5) Write a note on Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) satellites, their significance and applications. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship; Values in educational institutions


6) Your son is studying in 12th standard in a government residential school. He is school captain and is also head of students committee that looks after catering needs of school mess. One unfortunate day, hundreds of children in school fall sick after consuming chicken biryani. Preliminary investigation by Principal himself reveals that a very old stock of chicken was used in preparing biryani. Your son was away due to sports meet when food committee members along with school catering assistant had purchased chicken from the market. His team members tell your son that the catering assistant bought meat of dead chicken at half the market price despite their objection. The meat was also undercooked in biryani. Now, the Principal who is very close to catering assistant, threatens to punish your son and his team members for causing the food poisoning. They are threatened with suspension if they reveal the truth to enquiry committee that would be sent by District Collector later. They are asked to lie to the committee by saying that a lizard has fallen into biryani while it was being cooked. Your son who wants to become a doctor is studying well and has always been topper in studies. If he is suspended, he might risk his future studies. His friends want him to obey Principal’s orders.

What course of action will you suggest to your son? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Values; ethics in private and public relationships

7) Your close friend intentionally offends you by insulting your religion and some of its practises which you follow religiously. Your parents who comes to know about this wants him severely punished by their community members. Will you allow this to happen? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu