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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 14 March 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 14 March  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicRole of women; Social empowerment

1) Should marital rape be criminalised in India? Substantiate.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

2) Do you think India should sign up for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)? Analyse merits and demerits. (200 Words)


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

3) Comment on significance of the Real Estate Bill that was recently passed by Rajya Sabha. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicIndia and neighbourhood relations

4) In recent months, India has signed many agreements with Myanmar which are said to have potential to strengthen India – Myanmar exponentially.  Discuss these agreements and, how and why India needs to implement these agreements. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Cropping pattern; Awareness in biotechnology and IPR related issues

5) How did biotechnology impact cotton production in India? It is said that certain recent government decisions related to Bt cotton pricing might adversely affect ‘cotton revolution’ in India. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicIPR related issues

6) Recently US industry groups recently claimed the Indian government offered them a “private” assurance that compulsory licences will not be issued, save in emergencies and for non-commercial purposes. What are the implications for patients and generic drug makers in India if government stops issuing compulsory licences. Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Environmental pollution; S&T; Disaster management

7) What are the inherent risks associated with operating nuclear reactors? What safety measures should be taken to ensure safety of nuclear reactors? Comment on India’s record in this regard. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics

8) Inter – caste marriages in India are opposed mostly on the grounds that the Hindu ethics prohibits inter-caste marriages.  Is it ethical to stop or oppose inter-caste marriages? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu