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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 July  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment; Poverty and developmental issues

1) Do you think governments have done complete justice to the country’s estimated 2.68 crore disabled people? Critically comment on existing policies on disabled people and measures need to be taken to empower them, especially in providing employment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu


Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

2) Recently a government release stated that the ministry of urban development has directed state governments to convert census towns to urban local bodies to allow for planned development and efficient service provision. Discuss the importance of this directive. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2


TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

3) “The consequences for India of retaining the protocols of a colonial bureaucracy are obvious. The system is imbued with ‘procedural rationality’ where the focus is not on the outcome but on adherence to procedure.” In the light of the statement, critically examine the need for reforms in administration in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicFunctions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

4) Critically comment on India’s policy on northeastern states. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

5) Shortly, Prime Minister of India will making an historic trip to Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Examine importance of these nations for India’s defence and economic interests.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – growth; Employment; Change in industrial policy and impact

6) Recently, the cabinet approved the Model Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2016, that will allow malls, shops, restaurants, banks and cinemas to operate 24 hours a day. How will this affect various stakeholders? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Awareness in biotechnology; Agriculture issues

7) Examine how India should use breakthroughs in biotechnology and genetic engineering for achieving the goal of low-input, high-output agriculture which is a pre-requisite for doubling farmers’ income. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic: Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

8) Do you blame popular movies for increasing violence against women in India? Justify. (150 Words)

The Hindu