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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 May 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 May  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1) Critically analyse the legacy of Robert Clive as a colonial administrator in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: World Geography

2) It has been found that the sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica been increasing slightly, in sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean. Examine why. Also discuss implications of ice loss in the Arctic Ocean. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

3) Both from the geo-economic and geo-strategic view, the northern Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf is the most important external region for India’s security. However, the US and India relationship is more tilted towards the East. Discuss the reasons and need for realigning India – US focus on the Western region. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

TopicStructure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary

4) It is found that either fishermen arrested by Pakistan or India for minor transgressions face many ordeals. In your opinion, what should India and Pakistan do to address problems of their fishermen languishing in each other’s jails. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations..

5) Why is Chabahar of strategic importance for India? Despite Chabahar’s strategic importance, India has failed to develop the port even after many years. Examine why and suggest solutions. (200 Words)


The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – employment

6) Discuss why labour reforms is sine qua non for achieving employment growth in India. (200 Words)


Topic: Indian economy – planning, growth

7) There is fear of global oil prices rising again in coming months. How will it affect Indian economy? What should government do to avert adverse consequences of increasing oil prices? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express



General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems

8) “It has been widely observed that weak, developing states tend to focus more on penalties; strong, modern states on enforcement and implementation of laws.” Do you think harsh punishments to citizens who violate law will ensure better governance and Strengthens democracy? Critically comment. (150 Words)

Business Standard