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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPoverty and developmental issues

1) A recent report of UNICEF has revealed that millions of children around the world are victims of violence and trafficking, and are in dire need of help. Do you think Millennium Development Goals have failed to deliver? Discuss the issue of refugee children and measures needed to address this issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

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

2) Briefly discuss the history of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and causes of erosion of its authority over the years. In your opinion, how can NAM reinvent itself become relevant again? Comment. (200 Words) 

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

3) What do you understand by ‘migrant smuggling’? Examine the causes of migrant smuggling from Bangladesh to India, and its impact on India and Bangladesh.   (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

4) For many years, successive governments have failed to address India’s health-care needs for a vast majority of its population. Critically discuss the reasons why state of affairs has persisted. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) Recently it was reported that the government think tank Niti Aayog could be setting up a behavioural economics unit. Discuss the significance of this move for India. (200 Words)



TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education

6) Recently, the Union cabinet cleared a proposal to set up a higher education financing agency (HEFA). Discuss why it’s setup and how would it impact higher education sector in India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

7) In the light of many cross-subsidies and surcharges and issues associated with them,  critically discuss how should government mobilize resources to pay for social obligations. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance

8) According to you, what is freedom? Do you think you are living a life of freedom? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Indian Express