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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 July  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) Critically comment on the role of private sector in India’s smart city project. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health;

2) The commitment to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 is a mandate set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN and signed up to by India in September 2015. Define UHC. What are the challenges that government faces in achieving UHC and how it can overcome these challenges? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

3) Should RBI issue its own digital currency using blockchain technology or some other form of consensus network to help India become a cashless economy? Discuss. (200 Words)



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) “The Inter State Council and NITI Aayog should be merged into one constitutional forum to improve the institutional participation of state governments in inter-governmental affairs.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

5) In your opinion, what is the unfinished agenda of 1991 economic reforms? If it’s to be implemented now, what are the challenges that government faces and how it can overcome? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Indian economy – growth and development; Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

6) India is among the underperformers on access to Information and Communications Technology. How and why should government bridge the digital divide? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical issues in public administration

7) Do you think, in today’s world,  peaceful resistance such as hunger strikes act as powerful weapons against injustices of state? Critically comment on such methods and their ethicality. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Accountability and ethical governance

8) Define accountability. How should citizens and civil society organizations make state accountable? Discuss. (200 Words)