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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 09 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 09 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Post – independence consolidation

1) “On January 10, 1966, the Tashkent Declaration brought an inconclusive war to an inconclusive end.” Elaborate and also examine what would have happened had India not signed Tashkent Declaration. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: World geography; Critical changes to geographical features

2) “According to a group of scientists, there is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch – ‘Anthropocene’.” What are these geological epochs? Why do scientists think that we have moved into new epoch? Examine. (200 Words)

The Guardian

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

3) The Alma Ata Declaration on Universal Healthcare (WHO 1978) was a clarion call for nations to focus on health for all their peoples. In this regard, critically examine the problems in primary healthcare in India with special reference to mental health care. (200 Words)


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

4) “Panchsheel was promoted by China and India as an instrument for advancing their respective national interests in the mid-1950s.” Discuss. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

Topic:Security challenges and their management in border areas;

5) In your opinion, what are the key pillars of counter-terrorism?  Justify in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in India. Also examine if it’s time for India to constitute the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

6) “It is time to finally accept the reality and move forward on a broad sweep of reforms in the security establishment. This could be done at three levels — parliamentary oversight, a well-defined national security doctrine and a national security strategy to implement the doctrine, and, finally, an independent federal commission of accountability on security matters.”  Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu


7) Examine the economic gains of Delhi government’s odd – even road rationing policy decision and explore the possibility of attaining this policy objective through alternative means. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions;

8) “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  Bring out what this quote means to you in the present context. (150 Words)

CSM 2015