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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

1) It is said that countries across the world are de-industrialising. What do you understand by de-industrialisation? Why is it happening? Can India buck this trend? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 2

Topic:Issues relating to poverty and hungerWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

2) Discuss the hunger, food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture related Sustainable development goals (SDGs) and examine the ability of India’s ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) and other related schemes in helping India achieve these goals. Suggest how can India meet SDG targets related to hunger and malnutrition. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

3) The Forest Rights Act (2006) and the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (1996) have established a framework for local self-governance in demarcated (or “scheduled”) areas, yet their full implementation is fraught with many challenges. Critically analyse these challenges and suggest ways to overcome them. (200 Words)



TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education & Human Resources.

4) Discuss how local communities and local governments can be instrumental in ensuring delivery of quality education in local schools. (200 Words)



TopicAppointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

5) In the light of recent events where Governors are accused of misusing their powers, discuss the constitutional proprieties that should guide a Governor’s word and deed. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

6) Discuss the future challenges that India might face in evacuating Indian diaspora from conflict ridden countries. How should India prepare for these challenges? (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education & Human Resources.

7) Do you think the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 has been successful in taking quality education to marginalised communities and reduce class distinctions in society? Suggest ideas to universalise education in India which can sustain without diluting its quality and harming weaker sections. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Employment; DBT; Inclusive growth and issues

8) Is there indeed greater livelihood security in the villages 10 years on the implementation of MGNREGA scheme? Wouldn’t direct income support through cash transfers be a better way to reach the goal of the scheme? Critically discuss. (200 Words)



9) Write a note on the objectives of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and examine the challenges faced in its implementation. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Dimensions of ethics; Ethics in public administration

10) Differentiate between public service and social service. Should public servants indulge in social service? Discuss. (150 Words)