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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 13 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 13 July  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic:Salient features of Indian society; Social empowerment

1) It is argued that implementation of uniform civil code in India should be a gradual process and should not be imposed suddenly. Analyse why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Women empowerment; Urbanization – problems and remedies

2) There is increasing concern about women’s safety in cities over the past few years. How can technology be used to ensure safety of women in cities? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2


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

3) Should India compete with China to gain upper hand in Africa? What kind of relationship should India build with African countries? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate

4) Post Brexit referendum in Britain, it is said that the European Union is on the verge of disintegration. To prevent collapse, what exceptional measures should European leaders take? Critically examine. (200 Words)


TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

5) “Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin offers far more interesting applications in the field of governance.” Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization; Health issues (Paper – 2)

6) Recently Kerala government introduced ‘fat tax’ on certain calorie-rich food items such as pizzas, doughnuts and pasta. What is the objective of this tax? Critically comment on the purpose of this tax. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicEffects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

7) By far the biggest reform of 1991 was industrial delicensing. Did this reform unleash the industrial sector in a big way? Critically examine. (200 Words)



Topic: Resource mobilization; Conservation; Environmental pollution

8) How effective would an additional green tax or cess be in furthering environmental protection in India? Critically analyse. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical issues in international relations

9) In the light of Chilcot report, critically examine what lessons should governments around the world learn in international relations. (150 Words)

The Indian Express