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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 2 January 2015

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2 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 11 (i.e. chapter 11)

General Studies – 1

TopicModern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

1) Examine the factors that led to the raise of jotedars in rural Bengal. Also explain how different they were from zamindars in their power and influence. (200 Words)

Theme 10 (i.e. chapter 10)

2) Examine How did the American Civil War affect the lives of ryots in India in the mid – nineteenth century. (200 Words)

Theme 10 (i.e. chapter 10)

TopicEffects of globalization on Indian society

3) With suitable examples, critically comment on the effect of state and market’s intervention on the culture of some of the important tribal communities of India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

4) Write a critical note on The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)? Examine why Indian financial institutions have been asked to register with the US’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS ). (200 Words)

Business Standard

Business Standard-2

TopicDevelopment processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs

5) Recently the government stopped foreign funding of few NGOs working in India accusing them of affecting development processes in India. Critically discuss the role of NGOs in development processes. Also comment if the government’s decision is correct. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

6) What are the essences of effective governance? Critically comment on India’s record in providing effective and transparent governance to its citizens post – liberalization period. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – Planning

7) Compare and contrast the composition and objectives of newly set-up National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog with that of erstwhile Planning Commission. Some suggest that it is better to reform existing institutions than creating new ones to transform India. Comment on this suggestion. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu

Topic: Resource mobilization

8) “For efficient allocation of scarce resources, it is essential not to succumb to lobbies and hand out incentives to particular sectors in the belief that they will help in overall economic growth.” In the light of recent cut in the concessions given to the automobile and the consumer electronics sectors, critically examine the necessity and effects of doling out sector-specific sops. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicIndian Economy; Also can be included under Paper – 2: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

9) Do you think government’s recent decision to accept the P J Nayak committee’s recommendation of splitting the post of chairman and managing director (CMD) in public sector banks will help improve banking governance in India? Examine. (150 Words)

Business Standard

TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology

10) Examine how premier institutions such as IITs have helped invent and implement new technologies in the country for the benefit of common man. (150 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

TopicProbity in Governance

11) What do you understand by probity in governance? In your opinion, what measures are needed to be taken to ensure probity in governance? Explain. (200 Words)