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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 June 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 June  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography 

1) Briefly discuss the causes of origin of the south west monsoon. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 2


Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

2) It is said that one of the reasons for the poor performance of India’s numerous laws, aside from design issues, capacity constraints and corruption, is the near-complete absence of post legislative scrutiny or review of the laws. Examine why instituting a culture of post-legislative reviews is good for India and how it can be done. (200 Words)


Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable section

3) Recently Swiss voters rejected the proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the country, irrespective of employment status or social contribution. Should such basic income be introduced in India? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

4) Do you think it’s time for India to seriously act on the conception of Indo – Pacific idea? Examine India’s geopolitical interests in Indo-Pacific region and the significance of Indo-Pacific idea for India. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy; Indian economy – growth and development

5) While the world’s Internet growth rate is 9% year on year, India’s is 43%. Examine how India can capitalise on this digital advantage and the challenges it faces. (200 Words)



Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

6) Is there a need for regulating Credit rating agencies (CRAs) in India? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

7) It is a fact that the sourcing norm has inhibited FDI inflow into India. Should government drop the sourcing condition altogether? Also analyse the status of retail FDI in India.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

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

8) You are working as Deputy Superintendent of Police in a sub-division where powerful politicians are controlling various illegal activities such as illegal alcohol distribution, sand mining etc. Being a strict and honest officer, you have tried your best to curb illegal activities. However, politicians in the region who have influence and money, have tried to intimidate you in the past. Some have spread rumours about you. Some have files false cases against you. Recently, a local politician organized a protest against you where hundreds of people brought from surrounding regions shouted against you demanding your transfer. Moreover, your senior officers are not lending any support to you. You have reached a point where you are thinking that it’s impossible to administer by strictly following rulebooks.

Following are your options:

  1. Resign from the job and go back to your native
  2. Resign and join politics to clean the system
  3. Continue in the job being dumb and deaf to all allegations and protests against you
  4. Seek transfer to another place

Analyse the merits and demerits of each of the above options and suggest any other best course of action (justify giving reasons). (250 Words)

The Hindu