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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:Critical changes to geographical features

1) “The renaming of the Ganga Action Plan as Namami Gange, launched in 1985 by the then Prime Minister, does not reflect a new or more acute understanding of the problem.” Critically examine. (200 Words)


TopicLocational  factors of industries

2) Examine why Assam is one of the dominant tea growing regions in India. In recent months the tea industry in Assam is facing variety of problems. Discuss these problems. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

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

3) India has ratified the international convention on nuclear energy accident liability, that was perceived as a barrier for foreign companies to invest in the country. What do you understand by nuclear liability? Discuss the implications of India signing this convention. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) The process of promulgating a new Constitution in Nepal has severely affected India’s relations with the country. What flaws do you see in the way the Nepal constitution was drafted? Compare it with how India drafted its constitution. Also comment if India’s recent intervention in Nepal was unwarranted. (200 Words)


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

5) “Three development banks—the AIIB, the EBRD and the NDB —point to the emergence of new centres of power and influence in the global financial architecture.” Discuss. Also examine India’s role in these new centres of power. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

Topic: Economic growth 

6) The global economy is slowing down in recent months.  Can it be attributed to the fall in crude oil prices? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Economic growth; Employment; Developments in S&T

7) The world is witnessing two types of technological processes at faster rate: productive and disruptive. Do you think these will eventually replace human labour and cause serious socio-economic problems in future? Critically analyse. (200 Words)


Topic; Conservation; Environmental pollution

8) “Negotiations under the Montreal Protocol are unashamedly about business interests. Any change to the Protocol can impact businesses directly.” Discuss  about the objectives of Montreal Protocol and critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic: Conservation; Environmental pollution

9) What processes are involved in E-waste processing? It is said that in India E-waste processing sector is mainly informal. Can it be made a formal sector? What will be the advantages? Examine. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 4

Topic:Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; Ethics in public administration; 

10) Your close friend who is working  as an officer in police department is known for his strictness in complying with law. He is the most feared officer in his department thanks to his clean image. But there are allegations that he treats criminals with an iron hand and is ruthless in dealing with anyone who breaks law. There are instances when he has beaten eve teasers and other rowdy elements in public. Barring few, the public, especially the youth have praised him often for his actions like beating and chasing criminals in public. In fact, instances of eve teasing, ragging and street fights have come down thanks to the fear he has instilled in criminals.

Do you encourage your friend to continue to behave in this way? Which qualities you think he should have in addition to what he already possesses? Comment. (200 Words)