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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 November 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 November  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Secularism

1) What do you understand by pluralism? How is it different from secularism? Discuss in the Indian context. (150 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

2) Critically analyse urban transport challenges in Indian cities and policy responses needed to address these challenges. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: World physical geography

3) Will the contribution of a melting Antarctica to sea-level rise be significant and challenging? Discuss. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Physical geography

4) Write a note on the origin of Earth and the planets in solar system. Also examine how do scientists study birth of planets in universe. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

5) Critically evaluate the focus and performance of Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission. (200 Words)

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Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

6) Discuss the importance of and measures to encourage, the right to disagree and tolerance of contrary opinions within the government by officials and how to increase appointments of quality officers to senior positions to improve governance. (200 Words)

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TopicStructure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

7) “Under the scheme of the Constitution, the final interpreter of the law is the court, not the legislature or the executive. Judicial independence is, therefore, central to democracy because it is the judiciary which helps the realisation of the Rule of Law and protection of human rights.” In your opinion, what features of judiciary and steps taken by courts ensure judicial independence? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

8) “The Swachh Bharat cess imposed by the union government is part of a continuum of moves, growing dependence on indirect taxes, that is making the Indian tax system even more regressive.” Comment. (200 Words)



TopicAchievements of Indians in S&T

9) Many reports have revealed that engineering education in India is in crisis. Examine the causes and suggest what measures are needed to fix its problems. (200 Words)

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Topic: Basics of cybersecurity

10) According to a report, nearly half of India’s Internet-using population has been affected by cybercrime during the past year. Write a critical note on nature of these crimes and their impact on affected people. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:RTI, Information sharing and transparency in government,


11) Critically comment in what ways the RTI act has helped advance good governance and strengthen democracy in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu