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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 26 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 26 August  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Political philosophies; 

1) Do you think dissent, protests and debates are integral to nationalism? In the light of ongoing debate on nationalism in India, critically comment which type of nationalism you would like Indians to embrace. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

2) What was the status of Balochistan before India’s and Pakistan’s independence? Can one argue that Balochistan should have been an independent country? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Human Resources.

3) Analysis of Olympic medal winners has shown that a country, no matter how small or economically weak, has won a number of medals in specific sports. Considering this fact, how can India win more medals in coming Olympics? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic Infrastructure

4) Discuss the significance of Maharashtra’s move in becoming the first State to embrace the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Energy

5) In the light of its vision and objectives, examine the progress made by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the challenges it’s facing in meeting its objectives. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic; Awareness in biotechnology; Cropping pattern

6) Examine why environmentalists and other organizations are opposing approval for the GM mustard variety by the government. Do you think approving GM crops for cultivation will benefit farmers? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Awareness in space

7) Recently scientists announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet – Proxima b – orbiting the star nearest our Sun. This planet is said to have habitable features for life. Which of its features make scientists believe that Proxima b is habitable? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

8) Discuss Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of ideal society (Ram Rajya). Do you think such a vision is unrealistic? Critically comment. (150 Words)