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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:World geography

1) Differentiate between meteorite and asteroid. Describe how they are named. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

2) It is said that over a year on, NITI Aayog’s usefulness and purpose remain unfortunately unclear. Do you  agree? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

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

3) In your opinion, how’s India’s improving relations with UAE benefiting it? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic: Latest developments in S&T; Awareness in space

4) Recently the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories (LIGO) was in news for a rare discovery in science. Explain the significance of LIGO and its recent discovery to science. (200 Words)



The Indian Express


TopicAwareness in science

5) In layman’s words, with illustrations,  briefly explain Einstein’s theory of general relativity and its importance for science. (200 Words)


Topic:Inclusive development and  issues arising from it. 

6) What measures should be taken to make JAM trinity to be an effective enabler of DBT (Direct Benefits Transfer)? Identify the problems and suggest solutions. (200 Words)



Topic: Economic growth

7) The new National Accounts Statistics (NAS)  has forecasted a GDP growth rate of 7.6 per cent for the current year, but this figure has been contested by many economists and it is said that serious doubts about the GDP estimates persist. Write a critical note on the controversy surrounding GDP estimations in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Economic development; Inclusive growth

8) Why did India, which has had the remarkable achievement of being the largest exporter of information technology services and skilled manpower among developing countries, fall behind China in digitally transforming its economy? In the light of the World Bank’s recently released World Development Report (WDR) ‘Digital Dividends’, critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics in governance;

9) As a future civil servant, discuss why it is important to implement the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 in its letter and spirit. (200 Words)

The Hindu