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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicSalient features of Indian society; Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) In your opinion, what is the role of society, especially of the aspirational class, in  fighting problems such as pollution in Indian cities? Do you think citizens are contributing their part in cleaning and fighting pollution in our cities? What administrations can do in actively involve citizens in fighting these problems? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Functioning of the Judiciary

2) “Unrestrained judicial activism in India, unmoored in sound principles, doing a disservice to governance in the country and damaging its economic growth prospects.” Do you agree with statement? Are we witnessing judicial hyper-activism which is harming India? If yes, how to restrain judiciary? Critically comment. (200 Words)


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

3) France has emerged, steadily since the 1990s, as India’s most trusted international partner. But has this goodwill resulted in economic and strategic benefits to India? Critically examine. (200 Words)


The Indian Express

Topic: Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

4) Evaluate the role played by the Indian Election Commission in increasing voter base and voters’ participation in elections. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

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

5) Has jihadi terrorism emerged as existential threat to Indian society or to the world civilization? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Money-laundering and its prevention

6) Discuss the the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations to stop money laundering and steps taken by India on these recommendations. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Economic growth; Climate change

7) Analyse the implications of extreme weather events on global and Indian economic growth.  (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Challenges of corruption; EThics in public administration

8) “….No one wants to go after the rich and well-connected wrong-doers, which means they get away with even more. If we are to have a strong sustainable growth, this culture of impunity should stop.” As a future civil servant, what vision do you have to fight the rich and well-connected wrong-doers? Why is it important to punish such people? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu