[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 November 2015
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: Role of women
1) It is observed that more and more women vote in elections these days even surpassing male turnout, but they still lag behind men substantially in their representation in the electorate. Discuss the reasons for this anomaly. (200 Words)
General Studies – 2
Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy
2) It is argued that both administration and policymaking are getting increasingly complex and require specialized skill set and a good administrator may not always prove to be a good policymaker or vice-versa. Do you think IAS is unfairly dominating all other civil service posts in India? In your opinion, what structural reforms are needed to make both policymaking and administration efficient? Critically discuss. (200 Words)
Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health; Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
3) India is appreciated for its role in helping AIDS victims in Africa by offering cheap drugs. Which factors made it possible for India to help Africa? Do you think these factors are under threat today? Critically comment. (200 Words)
Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health
4) “The government of India’s proposed ban on commercial surrogacy is a rather ill-thought-out move that could have a disastrous effect on the flourishing surrogacy industry in India.” Do you agree with this view? Critically analyse. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
Topic: India’s contribution to S&T.
Topic: Agriculture issues; e-technology in the aid of farmers;Investment models
General Studies – 4
Topic: Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
7) Raju’s father keeps telling him that India would have been a better country if it had dictatorship in place instead of democracy. He is also against giving special attention to problems faced by religious minorities. He assumes that all the minorities are not the natives of India and they should be sent back to their respective countries. He thinks this would establish peace in the country. He often shares his views with Raju’s twelve year old son too.