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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment; Capitalism

1) What do you understand by Dalit capitalism? It is found that Dalit entrepreneurs face immense hurdles to progress. What are these hurdles and how can government help them overcome these hurdles? Critically discuss. (200 Words)


Topic: World geography

2) Discuss the impact of La Nina and El Nino on agricultural markets. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Art and culture

3) How distinct was Vijayanagar architecture compared to its predecessors’? Discuss with examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

4) It is argued that India should exit BRICS as it has nothing to gain from the forum. Do you agree? Examine why such argument is made and justify your stance. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

TopicAwareness in IT; Inclusive growth

5) “As per the “enabler of development” rationale, the Internet has value not in and of itself but rather as a medium that gives access to other basic goods and services.” Elaborate. Also examine the role of government in giving internet access to the public. (200 Words)


TopicFood security

6) To address the food-security problem, it is said that the scientific community is split between two main approaches: “tinker with agricultural details” (TAD) and “mend societal fundamentals” (MSF). What do you understand by these approaches? Which one is more effective? Examine. (200 Words)



Topic: Conservation

7) What conditions are necessary for tigers to live, breed and increase their population? Examine the role of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in conserving tiger population. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicVarious Security forces and agencies and their mandate

8) Compare and contrast the role and mandate of NSG with that of Army’s. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Infrastructure; Economic development; Pollution

9) Critically analyse the role of international finance institutions in sustainable development. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Moral thinkers and philosophers

10) “The weak can never forgive; forgiveness is the attribute of strong.”  Bring out what this quote means to you in the present context. (150 Words)