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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 December 2015

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 December  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1) “It was not the British government that seized India at the end of the 18th century, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath – Robert Clive.” Critically comment. (200 Words)


The Guardian


Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Art and culture

2) “Jallikattu might be a popular tradition having evolved from a single man-bull combat in the past to the random spectacle that it is today, but that it is both irrational and against animal rights is beyond question.” Do you think banning sports like Jallikattu is a right decision? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

3) “Money power is the only unsolved problem in Indian elections, the root cause of all corruption.” Elaborate. Also suggest how money power can be curbed during elections. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate

4) Do you think agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have undermined the WTO? Critically comment. (200 Words)


Topic: Governance – accountability and transparency

5) It is common to hear from common man that government officials and public servants are not doing their job, they are insensitive, they are not accountable, they do not care, they are never punished and they never reach out to the people. Do you think a strong accountability legislation will change the attitude of public and civil servants? Critically discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Developments in S&T and their applications

6) Write a short note on the following in not more than 100 words:

a) Biosimilars –  their potential and applications

b) Biomarkers & companion diagnostics

c) Immuno-oncology

Business Standard

Topic: Awareness in IT and biotech

7) What do you understand by Big Data? How can it be useful to biotech sector? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in international relations:

8) At the international level, bilateral relations between most nations are governed on the policy of promoting one’s own national interest without any regard for the interest of other nations. This lead to conflicts and tension between the nations. How can ethical consideration help resolve such tensions? Discuss with specific examples. (150 words)