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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 27 April  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. 

1) Define water scarcity. Despite facing water scarcity, why is India a large virtual net export of water? Should it continue like this? Comment. (200 Words)



Topic: Role of women and women’s organization

2) Examine the efforts made and challenges faced by the National Commission for Women (NCW) and other women organizations in providing justice to muslim women who are suffering from abject poverty and harsh personal laws. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times

3) “With poor documentation of existing and stolen artefacts, outdated laws, and unqualified investigative agencies, India’s record in preserving its past is deplorable.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations; Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

4) Write a critical note on China’s Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) initiative. It is said that the concern growing among downstream neighbours is that China is seeking to turn water into a potential political weapon. Examine why and how China is doing this. (200 Words)



Topic: Functions of judiciary

5) “Judiciary is part of the problem of judicial vacancy and case pendency. It must also be part of the solution.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hungerGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

6) Do you think, increased economic growth and slew of welfare schemes have obviated the need for active intervention in a drought situation? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicResource mobilization

7) According to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, foreign direct investment (FDI) into India reached the “highest ever” mark of $51 billion in April-February of fiscal year 2015-16. Is increasing flow of FDI always good for economy? Critically examine. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical issues in international relations

8) Should India compromise its moral positions on terrorism, and its refusal to bend its principles regardless of provocations from repeated terror attacks? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

9) Many a times, due to the fault of investigating agencies, innocent men and women end up serving many years of jail-term, hence losing many years of their precious lives. In such situations, how to recompense a person for years of wrongful confinement in jail? What are the ethical issues involved here? Critically examine. (150 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express