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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

1) Examine the factors responsible for the concentration of plantation sector in South India. Do you think this sector is discriminated against agriculture sector? Critically examine. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources

2) It is argued that internet is hardening the divide that already exists between the literate and the illiterate. Do you agree with this view? Critically comment. (200 Words)

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Topic: Role of civil services in democracy

3) It is said that good administrators may not always turn out to be good policymakers and there is need to professionalise the bureaucracy for efficient governance. How can professionalism be brought in bureaucracy? Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

TopicS&T; Security issue – threats to internal security by state and non-state actors

4) Discuss the differences between Hydrogen bomb (thermonuclear) and atomic bomb. Why do you think international community and institutions have failed to ensure that North Korea do not possess nuclear devices? Examine. (200 Words)

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The Hindu

TopicInfrastructure – transport

5) It is said that India’s transportation system is planned by different authorities in isolation, resulting in chaos – therefore it needs an integrated plan. Elaborate. (200 Words)

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TopicEconomic growth; Liberalization; Industrial policies

6) The media and entertainment sector in India is a Rs 1.2-lakh-crore industry. Discuss various issues this sector is facing and examine what government can do to address these issues. (200 Words)

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TopicEconomic growth

7) The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Code has been welcomed by the banking sector. Examine how this code will benefit the Indian economy. Also comment on the SARFAESI Act (Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act 2002). (200 Words)

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Topic: Pollution

8) In a move to curb vehicular pollution, the government  announced it would prepone implementation of Bharat Stage (BS)-VI emission standards by a year, to April 2020. What do you understand by BS emission standard? What implications will it have for automobile manufacturers, environment and consumers if government decides to implement BS-VI skipping BS-V? Examine. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions

9) Why do we demand far higher standards of ethical behaviour from sportsmen and teams when other areas of human activity in most societies are riven by corruption? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Ethics in public administration

10) Some recent developments such as introduction of RTI Act, media and judicial activism, etc. are proving helpful in bringing about greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of the government. However, it is also being observed that at times the mechanisms are misused. Another negative effect is that the officers are now afraid to take prompt decisions. Analyse the situation in detail and suggest how the dichotomy can be resolved. Suggest how these negative impacts can be minimised. (150 words)

UPSC CSE – 2015