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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 26 January 2015

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26 January 2015

 

Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: Indian Society, Class 12 Sociology, Chapter 3 and 4 

 

General Studies – 1

Topic: Salient features of the Indian Society;

1) The changes which the Brititsh colonisation brought in the Indian Society were irreversible and formed the basis of nationalism. Analyse what changes in Indian society occurred due to colonisation and how it helped in growth of Indian nationalism. (200 Words)

Chapter 1

 

Topic: Population and associated issues, Poverty and developmental issues;

2) The history of India’s National Family Welfare Program teaches us that while the state can do a lot to try and create the conditions for demographic change, most demographic variables are ultimately matters of economic, social and cultural change. Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Chapter 2 

 

Topic: Social empowerment

3) It is a concern that the lowest child sex ratios are found in the most prosperous regions of India. Discuss the causes for the low child sex ratio and its effects on the Indian society. (150 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/the-love-for-sons-and-appropriate-attire/article6822320.ece

http://www.epw.in/system/files/SA_L_1_030115_Sanchita_Bakshi_Arunish_Chawla_Mihir_Shah.pdf

 

General Studies – 2

 

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

4) The resorting of Central banks to unconventional monetary policies to ward off recession and deflation has caused serious problems for Emerging economies like India. In the light of the Fed Quantitative Easing followed by latest decision of the EU critically examine how such policies impact India? (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/yet-another-qe-programme/article6822315.ece

 

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests

5) “The US president’s visit is important from the perspective of furthering bilateral ties, as it is to show the world that India is ready to play a central role well beyond its borders.” What are the important areas of collaboration between the two nations and how will it impact India’s interests? (200 Words)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/subir-gokarn-the-bilateral-imperative-115012500725_1.html

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/fe-columnist/reviving-the-indo-us-bit-dialogue/34946/

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/beyond-the-immediate-present/article6822317.ece

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

6) The banning of Amazon’s Indian arm selling electronics from warehouses and imposition of heavy penalties by Kerala government on e-retailers like Flipkart, Jabong is an example of the burgeoning unregulated e-commerce which calls for a comprehensive policy and regulation of the e-commerce business in India. Critically comment. (200 Words)

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/e-commerce-taxing-times-for-flipkart-others-as-kerala-slaps-rs-54-crore-penalty/34637/

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/e-commerce-amazon-flipkart-rival-cos-fuel-commercial-property-boom-in-india/34465/

 

Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

7) Highlight the important features of the Nuclear Liability Act while throwing light on grounds on which it was criticised both domestically and by foreign suppliers. Add a note on the recent breakthrough in this regard. (200 Words)

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/barack-obama-arrives-in-india-6-top-points/34667/

 

General Studies – 4

 

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

8) Do you think it is ethical for a civil servant to lie before citizens even in public interest? Justify your stance with suitable examples. (150 Words)

General

 

Topic: Human Values-Lessons from the lives of great leaders, reformers & Administrators

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. (150 Words)

General

 

Topic: Human Values-Lessons from the lives of great leaders, reformers & Administrators

10) “The three key societal members who can make a difference are father, mother and teacher” -A P J Abdul Kalam.

What role does society at large play vis-à-vis these individuals in creating an ethical individual? (150 Words)

General