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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 16 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 16 August  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Social empowerment

1) Examine the features of today’s Dalit movements and critically comment on their demands. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Salient features of Indian society

2) “While it has been a dramatic journey of social, economic and political progress since 1947, one that we are all proud of, several regressive practises continue to exist in India today, and it is these that we must look at addressing urgently in the future.” Which are these regressive practices? Critically analyse their nature and impact on society. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicModern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

3) Critically examine the contribution made by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to post-independent India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic:Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

4) “If Brexit, as seems likely, impacts the forces ranged against globalisation and strengthens protectionism, major developed countries might well begin to look inward. This would lead to profound geopolitical shifts.” Analyse what geopolitical shifts could take place. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

5) What are the salient features of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016? Critically analyse if this Bill attempts to empower women. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

6) Do you think India should rise the issues of Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Balochistan movement at international fora as a strategy to counter Pakistan’s involvement in Kashmir unrest? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic Infrastructure – Railways

7) Examine the principle behind Maglev trains. What are the challenges Indian Railways could face in running Maglev trains in India? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in human actions;

8) Discuss two events where your own ethical behaviour has given you happiness. Looking back, what would have been the consequences if you had behaved unethically in the same events? Examine. (200 Words)