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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 20 April  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicUrbanization – Problems and Remedies

1) “Alongside Amrut and the Smart Cities Mission, we need fundamental reform in the institutions that govern the planning and management of cities within the Indian federal regime.” Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2

Topic:Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

2) Recently, China blocked India’s efforts to have Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated a terrorist by the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 committee. In this light, is it prudent for India to depend on UN resolutions to fight terrorism? What measures should it adopt? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

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

3) In the light of recent defence and security related agreements signed between India and USA, can relationship between two countries be termed ‘military alliance’? Analyse the nature of relationship between two countries and the consequences of their growing proximity. (200 Words)


Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Bangladesh has sustained so far as a liberal society thanks to the strength and tenor of its ethno-linguistic culture. Yet, in recent years, fanatics and extremists are posing grave threat to this strength. Analyse the causes and consequences of this problem. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Employment; 

5) In India, entering a government job is dream of many young aspirants. But there are very few government posts compared to number of aspirants. Analyse how this aspiration is affecting employment and employability of youth vying for government jobs, and examine how more jobs can be created for the youth. (200 Words)


Topic: Awareness in IT, Computers

6) An influential group of computer scientists are setting up a test bed to reroute the Internet’s traffic under a project, named “Yeti”. Examine the objectives and significance of this project. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Economic growth; Resource mobilization

7) What is Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR). How is it different from Statutory Liquidity Ratio. Some economists and bankers have demanded phasing out of CRR. Examine why. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: Human values

8) Discuss the importance of act of apologising and forgiveness. (200 Words)

The Hindu