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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 July  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1) Fatehpur Sikri, the city that Akbar built and made his capital, is considered as an architectural marvel of medieval India. Discuss its architecture and historical importance. (200 Words)


Topic:History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society

2) Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has expanded at an aggressive pace. Examine reasons behind its expansion and its impact on peace in Europe in recent years. (200 Words)



Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

3) The annual UNICEF report on children issued on June 28 identifies the widening gap between rich and poor countries when it comes to ensuring child survival. Examine the solutions and recommendations made in the report to address child related problems around the world. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 2


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

4) “Successive governments have failed to meet their constitutional obligations in the field of education and have, instead, systematically deprived, then disparaged and now demolished state-run schools, and this has had the effect of reinforcing rather than removing class, caste and gender inequalities.” Critically comment. (200 Words)


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

5) “While issues of accessibility and enrolment have improved dramatically in the past decades, issues relating to the quality of education at both school and higher levels have not been addressed adequately either in policy or in practice.” Critically examine. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

6) Comment on the significance of provisions of the Centre’s Model Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2016. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicConservation; Environmental pollution

7) Recently, researchers have found high concentrations of uranium in Antarctic Peninsula ice core.  Examine the sources and causes. (150 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

8) In India, certain religious cults are gaining influence and power over gullible masses and thriving under political patronage. What are the challenges that an administrator would face in dealing with such cults? How they should be handled? Critically discuss. (150 Words)