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

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

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent);

1) Drafts of two proposed new laws recently released by the Ministry of Water Resources, along with the report of an expert committee headed by a member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, Mihir Shah, on institutional reforms in the water sector, have proposed radical changes in the way water is used and managed in India. Discuss what reforms does these laws and committee propose. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) From India’s point of view, what are the the pros and cons of the Indus water treaty? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3) Recently, the union government appointed its nominees to the monetary policy committee (MPC). Examine how will MPC function. (200 Words)


TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests ;

4) Do you think India still continues to neglect its Look East Policy? Critically examine. (200 Words)


Topic:  Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

5) It is crucial to effectively use the UN and its multilateral platforms to advance India’s long-term global interests. Is India effectively utilizing them? Critically examine the challenges and potential. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic; Inclusive development

6) Discuss potential of digital finance and financial inclusion for India. (200 Words)


Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas

7) Should India adopt Israel’s model of counter-terrorism? Critically discuss. (200 Words)


TopicCropping pattern

8) India’s quest for self-sufficiency in pulses goes back, at least, to 1990-1991, when pulses were incorporated in the technology mission on oilseeds. Despite having many schemes for decades, India has not achieved self-sufficiency in pulses and edible oils (oilseeds). Examine the reasons. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4


9) According to a report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, current educational attainments remain far from adequate for the enhancement of personal well-being and social progress. In this light, discuss what kind of education is required. (150 Words)

The Hindu