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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 7 January 2015

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7 January 2015

Tomorrow’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 15 (i.e. chapter 15)

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General Studies – 1

TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

1) Critically analyse the factors that led to the partition of British India. (200 Words)


TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 

2) Critically discuss how the partition of India in 1947 affected women from both the sides. (200 Words)


Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 

3) Write a note on Saint Thyagaraja’s contribution to Indian classical music. (150 Words)

The Hindu

TopicImportant Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami,

4) Which factors cause Tsunamis? Examine what caused  Fukushima tsunami of 2011 and Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2006. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

5) Considering the myriad glitches faced by the rights to food, education and employment, do you think is it a right move to enact right to health as envisaged under draft National Health Policy – 2015? In your opinion, what should be government’s utmost priority when it comes to managing the health-care sector in the country? Justify. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

6) “At the heart of the ongoing political crisis in Bangladesh are the unsettled questions from Bangladesh’s violent birth in 1971.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations. 

7) Critically analyse the changing role of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East post – Arab Spring, post the surge of the Islamic State and dipping crude oil prices across the globe. Also examine how has India’s engagement with Saudi Arabia has evolved in past few years post above mentioned developments. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: indigenization of technology and developing new technology; Also related to Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources,

8) Public sector defence firms have not so far enjoyed great success in designing and building weaponry for the military, except for naval warships. Examine why. Also throw light on India’s defence expenditure and its impact on military preparedness. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Land Reforms in India; Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 

9) How is the new ordinance on land acquisition legislation – the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (LARR) is different from its earlier version? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicLinkages between development and spread of extremism.

10) “In both Afghanistan and Pakistan, a new generation of jihadis is emerging which is more radical, better educated, and deeply committed to jihad .” Critically analyse the factors that are luring them towards jihad and terrorist activities. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topicrole of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

11) Citing an example from your own experience from your school days, critically comment on the role of educational institutions in inculcating values in children. (200 Words)

The Hindu