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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 March 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 March  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:World history

1) Why was Korea divided? Examine the causes of animosity between North Korea and USA. Do you think North Korea poses threat to global security? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

2) It is argued that the source for sustainable long-term growth in any country is the strength of its institutions. Are strong democratic institutions necessary for economic growth and development? Critically discuss their role. (200 Words)



TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

3) Discuss the salient features of the Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. Examine why making it a Money Bill is dubbed as unnecessary and unfortunate. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard


General Studies – 3

Topic: Government budgeting; Conservation; Environmental pollution

4) “Making a country’s budget green is not about how much money is allotted to tiger or forest protection. It is about integrating it into every aspect of your economy and ensuring there is no wasteful use of natural resources.” In the light of the statement, evaluate how green is the recent union budget. (200 Words)


TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology

5) According to World Bank/OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) data on research expenditure, India ranks 8 in the world, spending under one per cent of its gross domestic product on research. Discuss why India needs to spend more on research and why synergy between academia-industry should be improved. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard

Topic: Investment models

6) Despite developing a strong framework for the approval of PPP projects at the central government-level with appropriate oversight, various challenges have arisen along with the acceleration in the pace of the roll-out of PPPs in India. Which are these challenges? What measures has government taken to address these challenges? Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;;

7) “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Discuss the significance of this statement to present day India. (150 Words)