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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 April  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) Recently, the Union government replaced the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000 with a new set of rules, the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016. Critically evaluate new rules. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources

2) Analyse the role of technological devices in imparting quality education and critically evaluate government’s intervention in this regard. (200 Words)


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

3) Critically comment on the Constitution (Fifty-second Amendment) Act, 1985 and subsequent amendments to the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

4) Recently the Gujarat government announced a 10 per cent quota for the economically backward among upper castes. Critically examine the merits and demerits of this move. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States

5) Despite Bommai judgment, why do you think the misuse of Article 356 of the Constitution is taking place? What is the solution to this issue? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

6) “Many see the formalisation of the Indo–US military relationship as a great leap forward in making India a great power. It is presumed that these developments will open the floodgates to American military technology for the budding Indian military-industrial complex.” Do you think India’s growing proximity to US will endanger its independent foreign policy? Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3


7) A recent research says that the global decline in the population of several wild animal species in the present era, termed as “Anthropocene Defaunation”, is among the most widespread drivers of Earth’s current biodiversity crisis. In this regard, examine the relationship between fauna and carbon storage in tropical forests. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


General Studies – 4

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world

8) Discuss contribution of any two moral thinkers to our understanding of ethics. (200 Words)