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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 August  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes 

1) Recently scientists announced that the human impact on Earth’s chemistry and climate has cut short the 11,700-year-old geological epoch known as the Holocene and ushered in a new one known as ‘Anthropocene’. Discuss the features of Holocene and compare them with Anthropocene features. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

2) “Gilgit-Baltistan, Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir are all equal stakeholders and the issue cannot be solved by focusing on Kashmir alone.” Which ‘issue’ does the statement refer to? Do you agree with the statement? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

3) With reference to the draft National Medical Commission Bill prepared by the NITI Aayog, critically discuss if the provisions and objectives of this Bill effectively seek to address India’s health challenges. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations

4) Examine recent progress made in India and Myanmar relations. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic Indian economy

5) “From bankruptcy code to goods and services tax to elimination of capital gains tax advantage to Mauritius-domiciled investors to reviving the corporate bond market and the launch of the unified payments interface, a lot has been and is being done.” Discuss the impact of these measures on Indian economy. (200 Words)


TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

6) The Indian Space Research Organisation joined an elite club when it successfully launched a rocket using a scramjet engine that was developed indigenously. Why is this event significant for India? How is scramjet engine different from conventional engines? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface

7) Analyse the ethical and economic implications of latest surrogacy bill. (150 Words)


Topic: Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

8) Discuss the ethical issues involved in dictating and reminding how a woman should dress in different societies across the world. (150 Words)

The Hindu