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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) Critically examine how will ‘local self-governance’  play its role in the implementation of Smart City project in Indian cities. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

2) Do you think only tribals and other forest dwellers should have rights to manage their forests under Forest Rights Act or should state also have stakes in it? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic:Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

3) A plunge in Chinese stock markets and its weakening economy have affected economies worldwide. How is India affected and why? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard

General Studies – 3


4) It is argued that India might fail to encash its demographic dividend advantage owing to several factors. Analyse these factors. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicConservation; Environmental pollution

5) It is said, if countries try to restrict carbon emission, some of the proven reserves of fossil fuels will never be burnt and will remain stranded. How will this impact environment? Should this carbon be burnt? Discuss with special reference to India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicSubsides; DBT

6) Some argue that time is ripe for pushing Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) for all subsidy programmes. Do you agree? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions; Ethics in public administration

7) You are working as District Collector (DC). In a recent meeting chaired by cabinet minister in your office, all elected representatives of local governments were invited. You had invited your subordinates as well. During the meeting, you, minister and other VIPs were served tea and snacks in clean porcelain cups and plates, whereas your subordinates and panchayat members were served in plastic cups. One gram panchayat member objected to this practice and shouted slogans against you and the minister. Some other members supported him. The minister pacified him telling that hierarchy was necessary to keep subordinates in their place and this practice helped in keeping a distance between ordinary people and powerful public servants to function smoothly.

Is this practice discriminatory and unethical? Is minister right in his arguments? When you become DC, will you stop such practices? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu