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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 April  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicSalient features of Indian Society; Poverty and developmental issues

1) In 2015, the highest number of farmer suicides were recorded in what is known as ‘suicide belt’ in Maharashtra, followed by Punjab, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh among others. It is believed that irrational and constant support seeking behaviour of farmers is the cause of this agrarian tragedy. Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

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

2) Discuss recent developments and their significance in bilateral relationship between India and Maldives. (200 Words)


TopicRole of civil services

3) One of the most complex tasks the Indian administration has to perform is the handling of massive religious congregations. Discuss the challenges and measures need to be taken by the district administration in ensuring safety during such occasions. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

4) Recently the Union government launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). It is said that the real test of the PMUY and its successor programmes will be in how they translate the provision of connections to sustained use of LPG or other clean fuels such as electricity or biogas. For this which issues need to be addressed? Also discuss the significance of PMUY. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in biotechnology; Issues related to IPR

5) What do you understand by biosimilars? How are they different from generics? It is said that the market for biosimilars is an attractive one for Indian companies. Examine why. (200 Words)



Topic: Developments in S&T; Awareness in the fields of IT; 

6) Recently the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched unified payment interface (UPI). Discuss the significance, objectives and applications of UPI. (200 Words)



Topic: Land reforms in India

7) “Ill-defined property rights and high transaction costs in land market have become one of the most significant factors depressing the country’s ease of doing business.”  Examine why India’s record in land titling is poor, its impact on economy and measures needs to be taken in this regard. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:Right to information;Information sharing and transparency in government

8) Discuss the significance of right to information and its relationship to good governance and development. (200 Words)