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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 March 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 March  2016

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General Studies – 1;


1) In recent months, criticism against globalization is increasing from many quarters. Analyse these criticisms. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment

2) It is said that the Mahila Samakhya Programme that began in 1989 has made significant contributions to women’s empowerment in a little over 25 years. Critically evaluate the programme’s success and comment whether it’s time to scrap it or merge it with other schemes. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

TopicFunctions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure,

3) Recently the Punjab government passed the Punjab Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal Land (Transfer of Property Rights) Bill, 2016 (SYL Bill). The Bill has given rise to several issues related to inter-state relations and the role of Centre and Supreme Court in matters like dealing with water disputes. Critically comment on these issues with reference to SYL Bill. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

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

4) The Rapid Survey on Children shows a new trend of an increased access to healthcare by marginalised communities like Dalits, Adivasis and Other Backward Classes which have made substantial gains in the last decade. However much needs to be achieved in the realm of nutrition and sanitation where these communities remain acutely deprived. Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Basics of cybersecurity

5) It is said that despite having a national cybersecurity policy, risks to our critical infrastructure remain. What are the main cyber threats that India is likely to face? What are the weaknesses of cybersecurity policy? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Resource mobilization

6) Foreign banks in developing countries are often found to indulge in “cream skimming.” What do you understand by ‘cream skimming’? Is it happening in India? Examine. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical issues in international relations 

7) It was reported in the media that the Government of India has privately reassured US–India Business Council (USIBC) that it would not use Compulsory Licenses for commercial purposes. This reassurances has been labelled as unethical. Critically comment why. (150 Words)