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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 13 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 13 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues

1) “Cultural norms and conspicuous consumption may be partly responsible for India’s malnutrition problem.” Analyse. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

2) Are weaker anti-corruption institutions to blame for corruption in India? In your opinion, what needs to be done to strengthen anti-corruption systems and processes? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3) Why was the Mudra Yojana launched despite the presence of similar schemes? How different is this scheme? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicImportant aspects of governance, 

4) What are the important issues that you think must be addressed by the government to promote good governance in India? Analyse. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic: Idigenization of technology and developing new technology

5) Recently the union government announced the contours of new defence procurement procedure (DPP). Discuss its highlights, how it is different from DPP-2013 and examine if it compliments the Make in India initiative. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

The Indian Express

Topic:Inclusive growth; Awareness in IT; Infrastructure

6) Information and communication technology (ICT) has been shown to be a powerful facilitator for meeting the Millennium Development Goals. In this regard, it is argued that a fibre optic network is a “durable” solution to increase internet connectivity across country. What challenges the government should address to provide national optic fibre network and what are its benefits? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions; Ethical concerns and dilemma

7) You are the Sarpanch of a Panchayat. There is a primary school run by the government in your area. Midday meals are provided to children attending the school. The headmaster has now appointed a new cook in the school to prepare the meals. However, when it is found that cook is from Dalit community, almost half of the children belonging to higher castes are not allowed to take meals by their parents. Consequently the attendance in the schools falls sharply. This could result in the possibility of discontinuation of midday meal scheme, thereafter of teaching staff and subsequent closing down the school. (20 Marks) (250 Words)

(a) Discuss some feasible strategies to overcome the conflict and to create right ambiance.

(b) What should be the responsibilities of different social segments and agencies to create positive social ambiance for accepting such changes?

CSM 2015