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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 May 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 May  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment

1) Should there be reservation for transgender people in government jobs and educational institutions? Critically comment.  (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) Analyse why stronger ties between Iran and India is in their mutual interest. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

3) Even though the Election Commission has succeeded in curbing many malpractices during elections, it has failed to curb the flow of cash in election campaigns. Why it’s a challenge and how it this malpractice can be curbed? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) In the light of changing geostrategic dynamics in the Himalayan region, it is said that India would do well to add economics and commerce to its strategic vision of the Himalayan region and change its Himalayan Doctrine. Discuss why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country

5) Discuss how diversification and adjustment of cropping patterns can mitigate the impact of droughts on the lives of the rural poor in India. Also examine the role of governments in this regard. (200 Words)


The Indian Express

Topic: Economic growth and development

6) What are the relative merits and demerits of GDP as a tool to measure the economic performance of a nation? Has it outgrown its utility? What alternatives measures can be used to measure well-being of a nation? Examine.  (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Economic growth, planning

7) In 2011, an experts’ committee headed by C Rangarajan had proposed that the distinction between Plan and non-Plan expenditure be abolished for both the Centre and the states. Examine the rationale behind such a proposal. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions;

8) Discuss ethical and legal issues surrounding the proposed Medical Treatment of Terminally-Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill. (200 Words)