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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 March 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 March  2016

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General Studies – 1;

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

1) What do you understand by the nation concept? It is said that during the past two decades the nation idea has been under siege globally, and not only in India. Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

2) “The problem when it comes to eradicating sustained rural poverty in India has never been entirely one of budgetary allocations. It is also one of capacity.” Comment on the statement and examine how capacity building should be done to alleviate rural poverty in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic:History of the world will include events from 18th century

3) Why the European Union was formed? Also examine why Britain has had problems in staying with EU. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

4) When it comes to public health expenditure, India lags behind even among many developing countries. Does India need universal health coverage? What measures should be taken by government in this regard? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests; Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

5) Do you think the G20 and its summits are just talking shops for powerful world leaders? Discuss its role in the time of economic crises. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization 

6) In an attempt to equalise the tax treatment of the National Pension System (NPS) and the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), the Union budget has proposed that 60 per cent of an investor’s EPF corpus resulting from contributions made after April 1 be taxed at withdrawal. Why this has been done? What are the consequences? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Business Standard


TopicFood processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

7) The recent Union Budget has given a thumbs-up to domestic food processing, with the proposal to permit 100 per cent foreign direct investment in the marketing of food products made in India. Discuss the implications of allowing 100 percent FDI in food processing sector. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard


Topic: Indian economy – growth and development; Resource mobilization

8) Analyse the methods adopted to recapitalise weak public sector banks (PSBs) in India and the challenges faced in recapitalisation. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government

9) Is encounter killing of extremists and criminals, ethical? Critically discuss the ethical issues involved in these killings. (150 Words)

The Hindu