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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 24 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 24 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment

1) “The rationale behind instituting reservation in jobs and educational institutions was not to eliminate economic inequality but to dismantle the monopoly of a few castes in government services and educational institutions and to create equal opportunities for the backward classes in an otherwise unequal society.” Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

2) In your opinion, what options are available for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to amicably solve River Cauvery water dispute? Critically examine. (200 Words)


TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, 

3) It is said that the recent G20, ASEAN and East Asia summits have become platforms for USA to advance its agenda of putting an end to the economic and geopolitical advance of Beijing. Examine. (200 Words)


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

4) What are the drawbacks of setting targets for social welfare schemes? Illustrate with examples. (200 Words)


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

5) Examine why there is a demand for diluting provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act? Do you think this demand should be accepted? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic; Issues relating to intellectual property rights

6) “A critique of the new Intellectual Property Rights Policy 2016, designed to strengthen India’s IPR regime “to foster creativity and innovation,” indicates that it has put the interests of intellectual property owners, or global capital above that of public.” Critically examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Awareness in space

7) In recent years, Satellite operators are launching more high-powered communications rigs into space. How will this affect various stakeholders? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Infrastructure

8) Critically discuss from where finances will be mobilized for and how it will be utilised to meet targets of the Smart City Mission. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 4


9) What do you understand by moral hypocrisy?Is it good or bad?  Illustrate with examples. (150 Words)