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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 08 April  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicDistribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent);

1) Indian mineral federation says that only about 13% of India’s 575,000 square kilometers of land with geological potential has been explored in detail. Why so less potential area has been explored? Examine. (200 Words)



General Studies – 2

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

2) Despite China’s repeated assurances of standing firm on the issue of terrorism at the bilateral level as well as at multilateral fora such as BRICS and RIC, it has let India down time and again in the past two years. Why does China do this to India? In your opinion, how should India deal more effectively with Pakistan based terrorists in the light of China’s non-cooperation? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3) The financial markets in the advanced economies are increasingly getting affected by what is happening in emerging market economies (EMEs). How and why advanced economies are getting affected? Examine. (200 Words)


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources

4) Droves of IIT graduates have left for good research and employment prospects abroad, raising the question whether India derived adequate social returns for the beneficial and relatively low-cost education that these institutions offered them. Do you think funding system has a role to play in retaining talent? Also comment on recent raise in annual undergraduate student fees at the Indian Institutes of Technology  by HRD ministry. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in IT; Issues relating to intellectual property rights.

5) It is said that open source softwares are the future and patent is a drag on innovation. Examine why and also examine how India’s patent rules are affecting innovation in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicLatest developments in S&T

6) Recent research has shown that the gut microbiome has been linked to nutrition and immunity. Disturbances in this friendly force have been related to an increased susceptibility for several health disorders. Discuss this finding and examine its implications for countries like India. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

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

7) It is said that the Panama Papers indicate that a large section of the rich contribute not only to inequality of income and wealth but also to the inequality of ethicality. Examine why. In your opinion, who is most unethical – the rich who accumulate wealth without following law of the land, or the rich who follow rules but show indifference towards less privileged section of society? Justify. (200 Words)



TopicAttitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour;

8) Critically discuss the ethicality of coercion and tit-for-tat behaviour. (200 Words)

The Hindu