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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 10 November 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 10 November  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies

1) “The causes, sources and impact of air quality issues are interconnected and they need to be addressed together.” In the light of increasing air pollution in Delhi and other big cities in India, analyse the statement. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) Considering latest developments in India and Nepal relations, do you think India is losing its trust and strategic advantage in Nepal by making series of mistakes? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

3) “A permanent solution on the public stockholding programmes for food security and special safeguard mechanism (SSM) in agriculture for the developing countries – these two outcomes are central to the survival of poor farmers in India and other developing countries.” Discuss the statement in the light of upcoming WTO negotiations, India’s position on these two issues and implication of its position on its farmers and poor people. (200 Words)



Topic: Functioning of judiciary

4) Recently the Supreme Court of India embarked on a unique process to involve the entire society in the exercise by inviting suggestions from the public to improve collegium system. Critically comment on the significance of this move. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

TopicIndian economy – growth and development

5) Discuss the causes of deterioration in India’s balance of payments (BoP) during 1990 and 1991  and what measures did then government take to overcome the crisis. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Indian economy – growth; industrial policies

6) Do you think India in its zeal to compete with economic powers such as China and become a manufacturing power-house, is neglecting agriculture sector and farmers? What can be economic and political consequences of such policy? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Indian economy  – employment

7) By 2050, according to analysis of NU data, India will account for 18.8 per cent of the global work force compared with 17.8 per cent today, toppling China from the top spot. Examine the significance of this shift and the challenges it poses to India in future. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Resource mobilization

8) In India, the total amount from cesses is Rs 1.16 lakh crore. In the light of recent imposition of a cess of 0.5 per cent on all services on which service tax is paid for the cause of Swachh Bharat initiative, critically examine if India is unfairly taxing its citizens. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Cropping pattern; agri issues

9) Examine the various non-policy problems faced by cotton growers in India and remedies needed to address these problems. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

10) “Without freedom there can be no morality.” Elaborate the meaning of this quote. (150 Words)