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

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

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General Studies – 1;


1) What is the meaning of secularism as understood and practised in India? Do you think government’s power to administer and manage religious and charitable endowments is antagonistic to India’s secular ideals? Critically comment. (200 Words)


Topic:  Population and associated issues

2) Increase in life expectancy all over the world, which is a desirable outcome of economic and social progress, is creating new challenges. The problem of ageing populations has become a matter of great concern in rich countries, and now in China too. Can societies use aged people as resources? In the context of India and the world, discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

3) Examine how would the new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (Help) affect interests of consumers and producers. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

4) “A sophisticated engagement with the US is in India’s interests. But there is reason to worry that the escalating nature of our defence agreements with the US will put us on a slippery slope where we may not be able to manage our own geopolitical positioning in the world’s major conflicts.” Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

5) Recently, Prime Minister of India suggested that elections to the Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and local bodies should be held simultaneously. Is such an exercise feasible? Discuss the issues involved. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

6) “Effectively, the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) had sowed the seeds of cooperative federalism as states have been accorded unprecedented fiscal freedom.” Do you agree? In the light of recent budgets introduced by many state governments, comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

7) “The collapse of an under-construction flyover in the highly congested Burra Bazar area of Kolkata, killing 27 people, has highlighted the hurdles in the way of building new infrastructure capacity not just in West Bengal but in all of India.” Discuss these hurdles and suggest measures to overcome them. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

8) A photojournalist who happens to visit a site where communal forces are indiscriminately killing innocent women and children gets an opportunity to take pictures of the horrifying scenes. He keeps taking picture even after the mob leaves. He had an opportunity to help the victims, but his professional interests motivated him to take as many pictures as possible to tell the tragic story through photos to the world.

a) In your opinion, should such professionals be involved in providing immediate relief to victims or in taking photographs and reveal the story to the world? What would you do if you were the photojournalist in the above case? Justify.

b) Is it ethical to publish graphic pictures of victims in newspapers? Justify. (250 W0rds)

The Hindu