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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Social empowerment

1) Castes which have traditionally been seen as economically powerful are now resorting to making desperate demands for reservation and doing so in a violent manner. Why do you think so? What would be its impact on Indian society? Critically examine. (200 Words)


Topic: World history

2) “European “nationalism” in short was an aggrandising nationalism.” Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Political philosophies; Freedom struggle

3) “…the concept of “nationalism” that developed in countries like India during their anti-colonial struggle was of an altogether different kind when compared to Europe’s version of nationalism.” Examine what were the features of India’s nationalism during freedom struggle. Are Indians embracing nineteenth and early twentieth century European version of nationalism? Critically comment.  (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.

4) The union government plans to set up a National Media Analytics Centre (NMAC) to to monitor and analyse blogs, web portals of television channels and newspapers, as well as social media. Critically comment on this move. (200 Words)


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

5) It is said that the government’s Choice Based Credit System is also designed to foster privatisation of education.  Critically examine the merits and demerits of making higher education a profit-oriented and tradable commodity. (200 Words)



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

6) “The no-detention provision (NDP) and continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RtE) Act 2009 have become arguably the act’s most controversial clauses.” Examine why. (200 Words)



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

7) Discuss why The South Commission (1987-90) was set up, and what were its mandate and recommendations. The Human Development Report (HDR), 2013 titled “The Rise of the South” has recommended setting up a new South Commission. Examine why. (250 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

8) To widen the tax net and raise revenue for spending on India’s human capital development, the recent Economic Survey calls for bringing rich farmers into the tax net, raising property tax rates and phasing out tax exemptions. Do you think this is a prudent suggestion? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

9) “Public health research is largely conducted on the poor and marginalised who are more susceptible to illness and disease and face greater barriers in access to healthcare. This poses a number of ethical challenges in research.” What are these ethical challenges? How should these challenges be addressed? Discuss. (200 Words)