18 Questions from Insights Secure Repeated Directly or Indirectly in UPSC IAS Mains 2015 General Studies Paper – 1

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Questions from Insights Secure Repeated Directly or Indirectly in UPSC IAS Mains 2015 General Studies Paper – 1

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Questions from GS-1 Paper (Mains 2015) and Links to Secure Questions and Current Events posted on Insights

 

  1. The ancient civilization in Indian sub continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without breakdown to the present day. Comment.

(Not covered on Insights website)

  1. Mesolithic rock cut architecture of India not only reflects the cultural life of the times but also a fine aesthetic sense comparable to modern painting. Critically evaluate this comment.

 

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/03/31/2-examine-the-salient-features-of-mesolithic-and-chalcolithic-cave-paintings-of-india-also-examine-what-could-have-been-the-reasons-for-depicting-more-animal-figures-than-human-figures-in-cave-pain/

 

  1. How difficult would have been the achievement of Indian independence without Mahatma Gandhi? Discuss.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/08/04/5-in-what-way-did-mahatma-gandhi-transform-the-nature-of-the-national-movement-critically-discuss/

 

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/04/02/7-mahatma-gandhi-said-the-ultimate-solution-for-fighting-poverty-in-india-was-not-mass-production-but-production-by-the-masses-considering-large-number-of-unemployed-people-in-rural-regions-and-a-go/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/08/2-discuss-the-events-and-other-factors-that-transformed-mohandas-gandhi-into-mahatma-gandhi-in-south-africa/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/11/14/2-critically-analyse-gandhijis-thoughts-on-untouchability-and-untouchables/

 

 

  1. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. B R Ambedkar, despite having divergent approaches and strategies, had a common goal of amelioration of the downtrodden. Elucidate.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/04/18/2-critically-analyse-how-did-ambedkar-and-gandhiji-view-and-address-the-issue-of-untouchability/

 

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/05/02/1-critically-assess-the-legacy-of-babasaheb-ambedkar-especially-in-the-context-of-the-efforts-by-mainstream-political-parties-to-appropriate-him/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/08/31/1-critically-compare-and-contrast-the-views-of-ram-manohar-lohia-and-dr-ambedkar-on-caste-system-and-strategies-to-end-caste-discrimination-in-the-indian-society/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/12/03/3-articles-17-23-24-constitution-said-great-gifts-babasaheb-ambedkar-said-implementing-articles-true-spirit-will-great-gift-125t/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/04/14/1-ambedkar-was-one-of-modern-indias-first-great-economic-thinkers-its-constitutional-draftsman-and-its-first-law-minister-who-ensured-the-codification-of-hindu-law-elaborate/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/23/2-why-do-you-think-the-social-vulnerability-of-dalits-even-decades-after-reservation-and-dedicated-laws-meant-to-uplift-and-empower-them-were-put-in-place-has-increased-critically-comment/

 

  1. It would have been difficult for the Constituent Assembly to complete its historic task of drafting the Constitution for Independent India in just three years, but its experience gained with the Government of India Act, 1935 .Discuss.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/08/3-examine-what-historical-forces-shaped-the-vision-of-the-indian-constitution/

 

  1. Why did the industrial revolution first occur in England? Discuss the quality of life of the people there during the industrialization. How does it compare with that in India at present times?

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2014/12/24/was-industrial-revolution-truly-a-revolution-also-comment-on-the-connection-between-the-industrial-revolution-in-england-and-the-french-revolution-in-france/

 

  1. To what extend can Germany be held responsible for causing the two World Wars? Discuss critically.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/09/07/q10-one-of-the-primary-causes-of-world-war-ii-was-the-rise-of-adolph-hitler-in-germany-examine-the-factors-that-led-to-his-rise-to-prominence-in-germany/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/11/29/15-discuss-why-nazism-became-popular-in-germany-by-1930-and-in-what-ways-did-the-nazi-state-seek-to-establish-total-control-over-its-people/

 

  1. Describe any four cultural elements of diversity in India and rate their relative significance in building a national identity.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/20/1-in-your-opinion-what-are-the-traits-of-indian-culture-do-you-think-indian-culture-is-under-threat-today-if-yes-critically-comment-on-the-forces-that-are-threatening-it/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/26/9-some-believe-that-the-high-level-of-corruption-levels-in-the-country-can-be-traced-back-to-certain-elements-in-indian-culture-critically-analyse/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/03/19/2-what-are-the-tangible-and-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-india-write-a-critical-note-on-the-institutional-mechanism-that-exists-to-protect-and-propagate-these-cultural-heritages/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/03/01/insights-essay-challenge-2015-week-9/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/12/11/9-impact-culture-ethics-ethics-subject-cultural-differences-examine/

 

  1. Critically examine whether growing population is the cause of poverty OR poverty is the mains cause of population increase in India.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/08/03/2-critically-analyse-the-highlights-of-findings-of-the-recent-u-n-s-world-population-projections-report-and-its-implications-for-india-and-the-world/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/21/1-compare-and-analyse-poverty-estimation-made-by-world-bank-for-indian-population-with-that-of-estimations-made-by-various-committees-in-india/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/08/11/1-analyse-the-interrelationship-between-poverty-and-migration-in-india/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2014/11/10/poverty-line-india-meaning-concept-evolution/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/09/02/the-big-picture-census-religion-data-what-do-the-trends-indicate/

 

  1. How do you explain the statistics that show that the sex ratio in Tribes in India is more favourable to women than the sex ratio among Scheduled Castes?

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/11/24/1-analyse-trends-sex-ratio-india-impact-socio-economic-development-country-200-words/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/30/2-poverty-is-clearly-not-a-reason-for-falling-sex-ratio-elucidate/

 

  1. Discuss the changes in the trends of labour migration within and outside India in the last four decades.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/09/28/1-is-large-scale-labour-migration-good-or-bad-for-global-economic-welfare-discuss-with-suitable-examples/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/02/02/3-discuss-the-spatial-pattern-of-intra-regional-migration-in-india-and-examine-its-implications-in-regional-development/

 

  1. Discuss the positive and negative effects of globalization on women in India?

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/07/07/1-critically-analyse-the-changing-role-of-women-in-indian-society-and-the-influence-of-globalisation-on-their-decision-making-powers/

Critically comment on the effect of globalisation on working women in India. (200 Words)

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/06/27/2-critically-examine-how-globalisation-has-affected-various-sections-of-an-urban-society-in-india-also-compare-and-contrast-them-based-on-your-own-observation-and-experiences/

 

  1. Debate the issue whether and how contemporary movements for assertion of Dalit identity work towards annihilation of caste.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/23/2-why-do-you-think-the-social-vulnerability-of-dalits-even-decades-after-reservation-and-dedicated-laws-meant-to-uplift-and-empower-them-were-put-in-place-has-increased-critically-comment/

How did post – independent India try to address discrimination based on caste which was more prevalent at that time.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/21/insights-daily-debates-day-63-are-dalits-safe-in-india/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/22/the-big-picture-checking-atrocities-against-dalits/

 

 

  1. Explain the factors responsible for the origin of ocean currents. How do they influence regional climates, fishing and navigation?

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/06/19/2-the-movement-of-ocean-currents-follow-certain-pattern-around-the-globe-examine-the-factors-which-determine-these-movements/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/22/2-temperature-salinity-and-density-differences-in-ocean-water-are-the-prime-causes-of-ocean-water-circulation-elaborate/

 

  1. Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are the three Mega cities of the country but the air pollution is much more serious problem in Delhi as compared to the other two. Why is this so?

Delhi is considered as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Critically discuss the causes of pollution in Delhi and other metros in India, measures taken to reduce their pollution and scientific basis of these measures.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/20/loksabha-tv-insights-air-pollution-in-delhi/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/11/10/1-the-causes-sources-and-impact-of-air-quality-issues-are-interconnected-and-they-need-to-be-addressed-together-in-the-light-of-increasing-air-pollution-in-delhi-and-other-big-cities-in-india/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/12/02/6-growing-body-research-reveals-air-pollution-not-affects-asthma-lung-disease-also-results-life-threatening-diseases-among-healthy-population-efforts/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/11/10/insights-into-editorial-clearing-the-air-pollution-in-india-mindmaps-on-issues/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/12/10/indias-has-developed-a-colour-coded-air-quality-index-that-helps-citizens-look-up-the-air-quality-at-a-monitoring-station-near-them-analyze-the-components-of-this-index-and-examine-its-utili/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/12/05/5-discuss-feasible-measures-urgently-needed-implemented-indian-cities-curb-worsening-air-pollution/

 

  1. India is well endowed with fresh water resources. Critically examine why it still suffers from water scarcity.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/01/01/2-what-do-you-understand-by-water-scarcity-critically-discuss-the-problem-of-water-scarcity-in-india-and-its-causes/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/05/25/2-a-new-study-has-found-that-india-is-set-to-become-water-scarce-country-by-2025-due-to-demand-supply-mis-match-analyse-why-there-is-demand-supply-mismatch-and-what-measures-are-needed-to-address/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/09/08/8-despite-not-being-a-water-short-country-india-is-facing-several-challenges-when-it-comes-to-conserve-water-for-irrigation-purposes-examine-these-challenges-and-suggest-the-measures-needed-to-cons/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/04/28/3-the-rapid-growth-of-population-and-its-growing-needs-has-meant-that-per-capita-availability-of-fresh-water-has-declined-sharply-over-the-past-50-years-in-india-critically-discuss-the-magnitude-of/

 

 

  1. The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are reaching the limits of ecological carrying capacity due to tourism. Critically evaluate.

In India, many pilgrimage sites are located at ecologically sensitive regions and it is said that allowing tourism or pilgrimage in these regions poses threat to ecology there.  Do you think governments should ban religious and tourism activities in these regions? Critically comment. If you are asked for a solution, what would be your suggestions? Justify.

Critically discuss with suitable examples the need for developing sustainable tourism criteria in the country in the light of increasing pollution of ecologically sensitive regions due to tourist and cultural activities.

Rivers in India are worshipped as holy places by millions of pilgrims. But due to certain rituals and practices, pilgrimages have become on of the major causes of river pollution in India. Write a critical note on this issue.

 

  1. How far do you agree that the behaviour of the Indian monsoon has been changing due to humanizing landscape? Discuss.

 

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/10/15/discuss-how-would-climate-change-is-said-to-affect-indian-monsoon-in-coming-days/

 

  1. Smart cities in India cannot sustain without smart villages. Discuss this statement in the backdrop of rural urban integration.

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2014/11/16/insights-weekly-essay-writing-challenge-week-thirty-three/ (India Needs Smart Villages, Not Smart Cities – Critically Comment)

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/03/19/1-smart-cities-need-to-be-designed-keeping-in-mind-our-biggest-objectives-sustainable-inclusive-development-and-social-transformation-critically-examine-if-the-governments-smart-city-pro/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/09/03/2-analyse-the-the-correlation-between-urbanisation-and-economic-development-do-you-think-the-smart-city-initiative-in-its-present-form-would-also-help-in-economic-development-discuss/

 

  1. What are the economic significance of discovery of oil in Arctic Sea and its possible environmental consequences?

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/09/11/q15-the-fight-to-tap-arctic-resources-is-heating-up-around-the-world-especially-in-the-bordering-countries-do-you-think-india-should-invest-its-money-and-energy-in-arctic-oil-and-other-arctic-resou/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/07/18/2-critically-examine-the-potential-impact-of-exploring-oil-natural-gas-minerals-and-fish-under-the-melting-arctic-ice-and-comment-if-it-worth-to-explore-natural-resources-in-the-arctic-region/

http://www.insightsonindia.com/2013/12/28/arctic-council-and-india-issues/

 

 

 

  • ravindaran

    From where did we do Quotation in Paper 4 ???

  • jokeratupsc

    Great analysis!!!Thanking Insights team on behalf of all upsc aspirants.

    All students here are at right platform, it’s only matter of how well we utilize this opportunity. All the students from Insights come out with flying colours this year 🙂

    Eagerly waiting for secure 2016 initiative, I hope you would be starting it from Jan 2016 onwards.

    In advance wishing Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to Insights team and to my dear friends. This new year bring lot’s of joy and happiness in your life.

    Thanks,
    joker

    • Civil Services’ Aspirant

      secure 2016 has already started from today itself 22/12/2015.. with a question from GS-4 this year on environmental ethics 🙂 great going vinay sir, kudos 🙂

      • P.s

        If you know tell me is insights reliable for prelims also( as I am following it recently )

        • Civil Services’ Aspirant

          yes its highly recommended…! you can self study according to insights timetable and then by giving tests you can yourself gauge your performance.. !

          • P.s

            Thank you

        • Tom

          Yes it is……………u can follow insights if u don’t have any other strategy

          • P.s

            Thanks Tom

  • AJ

    sir, really great work by insight, sir u r going to start secure-2016

  • Mehaboob T

    Awesome sir, feeling my self at right platform??

  • DIWAKAR

    at least 100 IAS from INSIGHTS in this year it’s my guarantee
    Guys u believe or not …..

    The day is not far when UPSC aspirants move towards south …..
    In simple word Delhi will lost its influence for civil services and BANGLORE (where insights is based) will be focal point for study

    Thx Vinay Sir for ur kind effort and efficiency.
    ??????????

    • iamarunnirmal

      moreover a lot of pollution already grappling delhi!!

  • Anonymous

    this is bullshit
    GIVE ME HALF OF YOUR EARNINGS AND I CAN PROVE THIS GS1 PAPER IS 100% OUT OF YOUR ”
    PERIPHERY”

    • You want to be paid to write what you believe in? 🙂 Why don’t you just go through above questions and links before writing something non-sense in Block letters.

      • Please don’t encourage trolls by replying them. I have written Mains this year and I believe that your platform has helped me a lot, why?
        1. The questions are of high quality and covers major sectors like health, education, labor, environment etc.
        2. You get to know critical perspectives both from best answers and from user comments
        3. Sincere guys on forum out number trolls, so you get your answers reviewed with seriousness
        4. Its keep you touch with current news and views.
        5. All this on single platform

        Above all, the most of the question I faced in GS, even in my optional subject i.e. Sociology this year, I can guarantee that it was covered in secure 2015, obviously not verbatim 🙂

        Thanks INSIGHT for providing us insights on various topics with such a humility.

        Yours sincerely,
        Yaxh.

      • Raj

        I would accept from my bootom of heart if there was no insights secure initiative series i would have quit upsc .i had my coaching from June 2012 to April 2013 .due to change in pattern I was dumb struck and i need start it from zero again and i could not attend coaching again due to financial problem .vinay sir please do provide this year too compilation of secure 2016 .

    • Jadi Shankar

      Dont write anything without having any proof. I have been following INSIGHTS since last four months and some of articles i hav read and the links are showing the same artcles and INSIGHTS is doing a great job for aspirants like us who do not hav option to going for Coaching. Thanks INSIGHTS team#
      You are giving confidnce to us with your efforts for 2016.

  • HD

    thank u insights for your support . Everything went smoothly in all mains papers . Hoping for the best !

  • Mayur Singh Tomar

    sorry but 15 th question is not same as secure questions..not even indirectly..its totally different if we consider what is asked and small space given to write answer..

  • sri

    Thank you insights

  • ramu

    in COATCHING CENTERS,THERE IS less number of students because of INSIGHTS.i think INDIA SAVINGS GONE UP BY minium of 10 crore per HALF YEAR.thank you sirs.

  • Arpit Upadhyay

    Thanks

  • Jadax16

    I’m new to this, what exactly is Secure-16 and is it a paid feature? Where can I get more info. on it? thanks