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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 August  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPoverty and developmental issues; Resources; changes in critical geographical features 

1) In a recently released report on Desertification, Land degradation and Drought, the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) observed that food security can’t be achieved without looking into the issue of desertification and land degradation. Discuss the linkages between food security, desertification and land degradation. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

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

2) With suitable examples from the northeast India, critically discuss how policies of central and state governments on local resources have affected indigenous communities there. (200 Words)

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

3) Do you think inequality against developing and under-developed countries is increasing in global climate negotiations? What are the implications for India of the ‘climate apartheid’? Critically examine. (200 Words)

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TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

4) Critically evaluate the Rural Electrification Policy of government of India. (200 Words)

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

5) Does Southeast Asia and its contested littorals such as South China Sea dispute matter to Indian interests? Analyse. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic Economic growth and development

6) Is GDP a true and accurate measurement of growth? Discuss the arguments made for and against GDP. (200 Words)

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TopicBasics of cybersecurity; Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges

7) There has been steady and accelerating increase in the recorded cases of breach of cyber security in India. To address this issue, what’s the most important step that India has taken? Discuss. (200 Words)



TopicInclusive growth and issues arising from it

8) Should efforts to promote financial inclusion through SHGs continue? Discuss why. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

9) It is often argued that being an idealist or fully honest while working as a public servant is impractical and unnecessary. In fact it is said that by being honest one invites more trouble than rewards.  Do you agree? Comment. (150 Words)