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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 April  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Secularism; Communalism

1) “Personal laws in India actually harm rather than preserve religious freedom.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Role of women; Poverty and developmental issues

2) Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) shows, there is a lot of work to be done in improving women’s access to healthcare and more women are reporting being ill compared to men in India. Discuss the causes and remedial measures. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies 

3) The government is planning to set up an independent tribunal for faster resolution of disputes relating to private sector partnerships and public procurement. What is the procedure to set up such a tribunal? In this case, examine the significance of this tribunal. (200 Words)

Business Standard

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

4) What do you understand by the Triffin dilemma? It is said that with the US, the issuer of the world’s preeminent reserve currency, unwilling or unable to provide the liquidity needed, a new supplementary reserve currency should be instituted – one whose issuer does not have to confront the Triffin dilemma. What alternative does world have? Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

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

5) In the light of the fact that India not being member of either Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) where 60 percent of world’s trade is going to take place, what alternatives does it have to access more markets to offset discriminatory trade practices of developed economies?  Analyse. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

6) Experts argue that India now needs to move beyond the binary of economic cooperation and military engagement and evolve a comprehensive policy which involves all dimensions of power in Afghanistan. Discuss why. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology;

7) Discuss the salient features and applications of IRNSS. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

Topic: Employment

8) For past many years India has been experiencing jobless growth and in recent years it’s been reported that India has created very few jobs. How can you explain the jobless growth? Examine the impact of jobless growth on India’s demographic dividend and measures needed to halt this trend. (200 Words)

The Indian Express 

General Studies – 4

Topic:Rules; Duties; Ethical dimensions

9) Differentiate between the following (200 words)  

  1. Duty and Responsibility
  2. Distributive Justice  and Procedural Justice
  3. Justice and Beneficence
  4. Rule and Principle