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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 May 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 May  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: History of the world

1) “It had become clear by the 1990s that the idea of humanitarian intervention had been reduced to a fig leaf for Western interests.” Critically comment on the outcomes of  West’s ‘humanitarian interventions’ in many countries since 1990s. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora (Reverse)

2) In recent months, crimes against African students and citizens in India is on the rise. Critically discuss the underlying reasons and what measures should state and union governments take to create harmony between two citizens. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

3) How the performance of schemes like MGNREGA can be assessed to understand their performance across the states? Can an index be created for this purpose? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

4) Considering India is expected to be home to 300 million elderly people by 2050, examine the problems faced by elderly in India and measures needed to address problems faced by them. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) The World Health Report of 2016 recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that despite being placed roughly in the middle of the South-East Asian Region (SEAR)—one of the worst performing regions in health after Africa—in terms of gross national income per capita, India figures in the bottom slots for most health-related parameters within the group. Discuss the reasons and how the situation could be improved. (200 Words)



TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

6) It is said that the new geopolitical dynamism animating all corners of South Asia poses a number of important challenges for India. Examine the nature of new geopolitical dynamism and the challenges it’s posing to India in South Asia. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in Robotics, Copmuter,  S&T

7) In the past few months, many large banks are moving towards using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for enhancing customer experience, security, and risk management. Examine how AI is used in banking sector. (200 Words)


Topic: Employment; changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

8) What are the objectives of the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)? Should the success of PMMY be measured in terms of the quantum of loans disbursed? Comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Moral thinkers

9) “You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” Discuss the relevance of meaning of this quote for a public servant. (200 Words)