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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicRole of women; Social empowerment

1) A gender equality index from the Center for Global Economic History shows that while there has been a general improvement in the relative position of women during the past century, we have seen little in the way of convergence between countries. Discuss the causes of gender gap across countries and impact of this gap on economic growth. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

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

2) Recent incidences such as a tribal man carrying his dead wife over his shoulders for last rites have revealed shocking and persistent neglect of health infrastructure in 21st century India. Critically discuss reasons for dismal health infrastructure and measures needed to address systemic problems of healthcare sector in India. (200 Words)


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

3) Recently, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test. Why is it a matter of concern? In your opinion, how should rest of the world, including India, deal with North Korea? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicResource mobilization; Infrastructure

4) Recently, the Railway Ministry announced dynamic fare pricing for the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains on an “experimental basis”. Examine merits and demerits of this measure vis a vis its impact on railways and travellers. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping;

5) The union government is pushing for imposition of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in the Public Distribution System. Discuss the progress made in PDS so far and the likely impact of compulsory Aadhaar-based biometric authentication of PDS reforms. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Prevention of money laundering

6) Critically assess efforts made during last two years to tackle the generation of black incomes and to bring black money back to India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration:

7) It is often complained that public administrators give priorities to grievances of rich and celebrity people ignoring plights of a common man. Do you see this as a problem? Justify. (150 Words)