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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

1) What do you understand by relative and absolute poverty? Have both forms of poverty reduced compared to their level a century ago? Examine. (200 Words)



Topic: Salient features of Indian Society

2) In recent years, dominant castes in India are fighting to get Other Backward Classes (OBC) status. Critically examine why. (150 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources. 

3) There is ongoing debate for many decades that private schools are better in delivering quality education compared to public schools and market economy would ensure better learning outcomes. Do you agree with this assessment? Critically comment. (200 Words)



TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

4) For India, besides infrastructure development and mineral resources, Africa holds immense potential as a credible nuclear energy supplier as well. Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

5) The recent Karamay Declaration involving China and Pakistan is said to pose threats to India’s strategic interests in Asia. Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic:  Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security; Security challenges and their management in border areas

6) After the official Pakistani declaration of (Tactical Nuclear Weapons) TNWs, many analysts have asked for a change in India’s nuclear doctrine. Is it in India’s strategic and security interest to change its existing nuclear doctrine? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Awareness in the fields of IT

7) Do you think Facebook’s Free Basics and Zero Rating do not violate Net neutrality? Coment. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Indian economy – growth and employment

8) It is said that Big Data could provide clues for everything from preventing TB to shrinking health care costs. Examine. (200 Words)


The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical issues in international relations 

9) Both Indian and Pakistani governments have failed to improve relations between them. Do you think if both countries behave ethically they could sort out their differences? What alternate ways exist to improve relations between them? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu