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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 November 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 November  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Art and culture

1) Write a short note on the features of Mattancherry Palace murals. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topicissues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

2) Differentiate between cooperative and competitive federalism? Are they complementary? Should both be encouraged? If yes, discuss what steps need to be taken. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

3) Is there an opportunity for India to make use of Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) forum and help its trade grow? Elaborate. (200 Words)

Business Standard



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

4) Recently a high-powered panel of chief ministers made various recommendations on centrally sponsored schemes to the centre. Analyse these recommendations. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

5) It is estimated that India has a phenomenal 2.4 million shortage of nurses and after five years government hospitals in the country might have to close down due to this reason. Critically examine the reasons behind this acute shortage of nurses, its implications and measures needed to address this problem. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Functioning of the judiciary

6) Can Article – 136 of the Indian Constitution be held responsible for the pendency of cases in the Supreme Court? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 3

Topic: Subsidies.  

7) Are there any ‘wasteful subsidies’ in India that do not actually reach the poor? Will reducing them help the poor? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicAgriculture issues; e-technology in the aid of farmers

8) Critically comment on the socio-political causes of moribund status of Indian agriculture. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.


9) You are working as an Assistant Professor in an autonomous college. From day one you observed that boys and girls used to sit separately in your class. You come to know that the college management had issued strict warning to students to not to mingle or sit together anywhere in college campus. You are against such views and decide to encourage your students to mingle each other.

Even though you tried your best to encourage them to interact with each other and sit together at least inside the class, you were unsuccessful in persuading them.  A new batch of students, however, needed no such persuasion. Few girls and boys who were previously schoolmates were social both inside and outside of the class. But soon they were reprimanded and warned by the college management. However, you allowed them to sit together in your class. The college management came to know about this and suspended you and those girls and boys who used to sit together in your class.

Why did you go against college management’s diktat and encouraged students to mingle with each other? Doesn’t autonomous college has rights to decide what happens in its campus? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu