Print Friendly, PDF & Email

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 September  2016

Click on EACH question to post/read  answers.

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment; Salient features of Indian society

1) “Quotas and reservation no longer embody a search for justice, but an interest group politics where the powerful seek to accumulate more power.” In the light of ongoing agitations by powerful castes seeking reservation, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

2) The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Appellate Body has declared certain domestic content requirements (DCRs) in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) illegal. Should India comply with this ruling? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) In the light of the Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti’s asylum claim, what foreign policy implications and legal issues could India face if it agrees to grant him asylum? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

4) How did India and Pakistan solve Indus river water sharing problem? Do you think both countries can resolve their other bilateral problems in the same manner? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations

5) Examine the merits and demerits of all the non-military options before the government for a strong response to the  recent Uri attack by Pakistan sponsored terrorists.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic; Marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints

6) The APMCs were undoubtedly established with good intentions, but the harsh reality is that effective public policy should depend on more than good intentions. In this light, critically analyse the impact of APMCs on farmers and agriculture. (200 Words)


Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

7) How will GST impact India’s international trade and its trade strategy? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Moral and political attitudes;

8) The US Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s habit of offending politically significant minorities, including Mexicans, African-Americans, Muslims, the LGBT community, the differently abled and women, has not dented his popularity. Despite his lack of experience in politics and severe criticism from mainstream media, he is giving tough fight to more experienced opponent. How do you explain this phenomenon? Do you think voters who support Trump lack ethics? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu