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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicArt and culture

1) Write a note on the gharana system of Hindustani Classical Music and features of any three prominent gharanas. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

2) It is criticised that India has repeatedly failed to protect the domestic food security agenda at WTO negotiations. Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies

3) It is said that collaboration between academia and industry is increasingly a critical component of efficient national innovation systems. In your opinion, what are the best practices of industry – university collaboration? How will this collaboration help India? Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers 

4) Write a note on the National Agricultural Market (NAM)  platform. In what ways can Digital India program along with NAM help farmers? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights. 

5) It is frequently held that the patent protection regime in India as not being in line with the international best practices. Examine the shortcomings of India’s IPR regime as pointed out by the West. Also comment if India should tweak its IPR law to meet international standards. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Employment; Infrastructure; Energy

6) Renewable energy’s job-creation potential is significant. How can Make in India initiative help realize this potential? Examine. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic:Corporate governance

7) Write a note on the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. Why should these principles matter and how do they affect Indian companies? Examine. (200 Words)

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