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

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

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Poverty and developmental issues

1) A recent survey has revealed that the richest 1% Indians owned 53% of the country’s wealth, while the share of the top 10% was 76.30%. Do you see growing inequality as India’s next big challenge? Discuss why. (150 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic:  Appointment to various Constitutional posts

2) In the light of recent Supreme Court verdict striking down NJAC act as unconstitutional, critically analyse the merits and demerits of collegium system. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

3) What opportunities does exist in rising Africa for India and how does it seek to capitalize them? Analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicAppointment to various Constitutional posts

4) Do you think. the civil society should also have its say in appointment to key constitutional posts? Don’t you think, in the rivalry between judiciary and executive, civil society is being ignored in making key decisions? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy,

5) Do you think institutions such as SEBI created post-liberalization period, have responded to new challenges and ensured accountability? Critically evaluate. (150 Words)

Business Standard


Topic:   Conservation; Environmental pollution

6) One powerful proposal that is made to fulfill India’s green pledge is the one to expand its carbon sink to absorb emissions. What do you understand by carbon sink? Why are they powerful in dealing with climate change? Examine how can India implement this proposal effectively. (250 Words)



Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

7) It is found that in recent years even microfinance institutions have shifted their focus from rural pockets to urban India. Examine the reasons and impact of this shift on poor in rural and urban regions. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

TopicEthical issues in private life

8) Five years ago, you gave life to twins after ten years of struggle to get pregnant. During those ten years you had prospered  professionally and reached a high position in career growth. In the beginning you found it very difficult to manage children and work. Thankfully your husband who ran a business had sufficient time to look after them. He had encouraged you to take independent decisions and supported you to grow well in your career. After the birth of your children, doctors had told you that you would no more bear children in future due to certain medical condition. Few days ago when you consulted doctor, you came to know that you are in third week of pregnancy. You were happy with two children. It is now impossible for you to manage one more child due to professional commitments. You do not want this child and you want abortion. But your husband who is very fond of children and extremely happy knowing that you are pregnant, wants this child. He insists that you should not resort to abortion. Your friends suggest you to go ahead with abortion as you already have two beautiful small kids and don’t need another one at this stage. But your husband is unhappy with this decision and also thinks that ethically it is wrong to terminate pregnancy.

a) What will you do in this situation? Justify. (150 Words)

b) Your husband whi is usually supportive, now accuses of you giving preference to profession over family life. Do you agree with him? Substantiate.  (150 Words)