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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Art and culture

1) Write an account on the contribution of famous Kashmiris to India’s art and culture and examine significance of some of their works. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicLocation factors; Population; Urbanization

2) Bengaluru has more people with an engineering degree than New Delhi (all three corporations) and Greater Mumbai combined. In your opinion, which factors have enabled Bengaluru to gain this position and what has been its impact on Indian economy? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations

3) Recently Sri Lanka took the first step towards drafting a new Constitution by tabling a motion in its Parliament to create a Constitutional Assembly. Critically examine the challenges the Constituent Assembly faces and the issues that Sri Lanka must consider to create an inclusive and secular constitution. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

4) Recent India renewed its partnership with GAVI, the global vaccine alliance. Discuss the significance of this partnership, role of GAVI in immunising India and challenges ahead. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies; Dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

5) What do you understand by the new commercial courts system? Critically examine the significance of the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015 for the Indian economy and judiciary,  and the challenges in implementation of this Act. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

6) “The inclusion of CSR spending in the Companies Act suggests a basic misunderstanding of the role of corporate activity in an economy.” What do you understand by this statement? In the light of recent data on CSR spending by companies, elaborate the statement. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic: Achievements of Indians in S&T

7) In the light of recent controversies regarding the Indian Science Congress (ISC) sessions, critically comment on problems afflicting science administration in India and examine the measures needed to address these problems. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

8) It is argued that spoiler attacks by non-state actors such as recent Pathankot attack will be increasingly ineffective for the Pakistani military and its non-state allies, and likely today to change the India-Pak equation. Do you agree with this argument? Analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicPrevention of money laundering; Effects of liberalization

9) What do you understand by transfer pricing? It is said that in the fight against black money, curbing illicit capital flight ought to be a higher priority than courting foreign capital. What do you understand by this statement? Discuss with examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions; Corruption

10) Today we find that in-spite of various measures of prescribing codes of conduct, setting up vigilance cells/commissions, RTI, active media and strengthening of legal mechanism, corrupt practices are not coming under control.  (150 words)

(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of these measures with justifications

(b) Suggest more effective strategies to tackle this menace

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