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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 November 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 November  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Role of women

1) A multitude of factors are responsible for gender gap in employment in India. In your opinion, which is the most important factor? Analyse it. (200 Words)

Livemint

General Studies – 2

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

2) It is said that India clinging to non-alignment as its international identity since Independence, which had little inclination for defence diplomacy with other nations, is now slowly building military partnerships around the world. Discuss this shift in India’s foreign policy. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

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

3) Critically comment on India – Israel defence partnership. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Examine the objectives and importance of Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA)  signed between India and Afghanistan in 2011. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – growth

5) It is said that a drastic reduction in the use of cash in an economy has several potential benefits. What are these benefits? India is said to have one of highest cash to GDP ratio. Why is India finding it difficult to move towards a cashless economy? Examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic: Investment models; Resource mobilization

6) The 12th Plan envisaged private investments at 48 per cent of the total investment of Rs 56 lakh crore in the infrastructure sector. But it is said that eve half of that target is not met. In order to bring more private investment, what should be done? Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Mobilization of resources

7) “Policymakers need to take cognisance of the fact that it is domestic investment which has provided an overwhelmingly large share of India’s capital formation and has, therefore, been instrumental in pushing up the country’s growth rates. India should be careful not to create two classes of investors wherein the foreign investors, including returning Indians, are given disproportionate advantages.” In the light of recent FDI reforms announced by the government, analyse the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

 

8) “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”  – Aldous Huxley

Explain the meaning of this quote and its relevance in governance and public administration. (150 Words)

General