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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 15 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 15 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Communalism

1) Why do you think communalism persists in India? How can government stop its spread? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

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

2) Critically analyse how India’s stand on various issues in WTO has changed since 2001 to recent negotiations. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

3) Write a critical note on South China Sea dispute and examine the purpose and consequences of India’s joint naval exercises with Japan and USA near the South China Sea region. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

4) “The rapid rise in the number of expatriate Indian technologists in USA comes in the decade when India—concerned about ‘brain-drain’—has launched a plethora of schemes to attract highly-qualified scientists back to India.” Why do you think USA continues to attract best brains from India? Is it a good trend? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Features of constitution;

5) Do you think the Article 26(b) of the Indian constitution which grants to religious denominations the right to manage their own affairs in the matter of religion is antagonistic to other fundamental rights enshrined in it? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic:  Economic growth

6) It is said that reforms in bankruptcy laws can play a crucial role in economic growth and financial stability. In the light of increasing non-performing assets (NPAs) in banks, discuss the statement. (200 Words)


Topic: Challenges to internal security; Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

7) How can technology be used to defeat the spread of Left Wing Extremism(LWE) by involving the tribal community if LWE affected regions? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Indian economy – growth; Resource mobilization

8) What do you understand by stagflation? It is predicted that India will be witnessing stagflation in near future. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in human actions; Ethical concerns and dilemma

9) There is a disaster prone state having frequent landslides, forest fires, cloudbursts, flash floods and earthquakes, etc. Some of these are seasonal and often unpredictable. The magnitude of the disaster is always unanticipated. During one of the seasons a cloudburst caused a devastating floods and landslides leading to high casualties. There was major damage to infrastructure like roads, bridges and power generating units. This led to more than 100000 pilgrims, tourist and other locals trapped across different routes and locations. The people trapped in your area of responsibility includes senior citizens, patients in hospitals, women and children, hiker, tourist, ruling parties, regional presidents along with his family, additional chief secretary of the neighboring state and prisoners in jail.

As a civil services officer of the state, what would be the order in which you would rescue these people and why? Give Justifications   (200 Words)

CSM 2015