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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicUrbanization – problems and remedies

1) Information technology is taking on an increasingly important role in Indian urban governance, both in high-level policy announcements and localised innovations. Do you think our cities are ready for such “smart” technological improvements? Analyse. (200 Words)


The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,

2) “The Lodha Committee report has the power to become the lodestone through which India’s substandard sports governance can be reined in.” Discuss. (200 Words)


Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,; Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

3) Do you think welfare schemes have played their role in improving the health of population in India? Critically analyse in the light of preliminary results of the National Family Health Survey–4. (200 Words)


Topic: Indian constitution – significant provisions; Functioning of judiciary

4) Contempt of court is one of the explicitly spelled out restrictions to the guaranteed right to freedom of speech under the Constitution. Do you think speech in criticism of the courts should be allowed without punishment in democracy like India? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

5) “As long as parties pursue their own political interests rather than abide by the Constitution, it will be left to the courts to uphold federal norms.” In the light of recent controversial instances of imposition of President’s rule in certain states based on Governor’s recommendations and the manner of appointing Governors, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation

6) Describe the joint forest management (JFM), the National Afforestation Programme (NAP) and the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approaches of forest conservation and management. Examine the challenges facing forestry in India. (200 Words)



TopicConservation; Pollution; Security issues

7) What do you understand by climate violence? It is said that India is at top of climate violence in the world. Examine why. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 4

Topic: Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

8) Do you think, in the era of westernization, capitalism and globalisation, families in India are desisting from teaching values to their children? Critically comment. (150 Words)