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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

1) Is communism and other left ideologies known for their staunch opposition to neo-liberal capitalism ebbing in Latin America? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

2) In the light of increasing demand by dominant castes to include them in OBC list, it is now argued that adopting a non-political and pragmatic approach to reservations is necessary to stop non-deserving sections of population from accruing reservation benefits.  In your opinion, in this regard, what approaches can be non-political and pragmatic? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

3) In India, health care remains heavily skewed against the poor. To address this problem, price controls remain an effective answer to ensuring affordability. In this regard, examine the loopholes in drug pricing policy in India and how India can create an accessible and affordable health-care system. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Government budgeting

4) Transparency – openness about policy intentions, formulation and implementation – is a key element of good governance. But when it comes to budgetary process in India, it is said that the process is non-transparent. In the light of ‘OECD Best Practices for Budget Transparency’, examine why budgetary process needs to be transparent. (200 Words)

The Hindu



5) Some national parks are adopting the strategy of creating physical barriers such as power fences to conserve wildlife. Examine the merits and demerits of this policy. (200 Words)


TopicInfrastructure – Railways

6) “Only competition and accountability can put Indian Railways back on track.” In the light of recent findings that all is not well in Indian railways, comment on the statement. (200 Words)


Business Standard

The Indian Express


Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights

7) Recently, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks ruled that computer programmes and softwares can not be granted patents in India. Discuss the significance of this ruling and its impact on various stakeholders. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Developments in S&T

8) What do you understand by Virtual Reality(VR) ? Discuss the concept and applications of VR. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Human values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 

10) “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act..”  Explain the significance of this quote to the present context in India. (150 Words)