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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 27 January 2015

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27 January 2015

 

 

 Tomorrow’s Topic of GS-1: Indian Society, Class 12 Sociology, Chapter 5 

General Studies – 1

Topic: Salient features of the Indian Society;

1) With the rising literacy rates and urbanisation is it true to say that the caste system is dying? Discuss in the context of political, social and economic spheres? (200 Words)

http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?lesy1=3-7

 

Topic: Salient features of the Indian Society;

2) “The early school of anthropologists tended to emphasise the cultural aspects of tribal absorption into the mainstream, while the later writers have concentrated on the exploitative and political nature of the incorporation.” Which of the views did the government of India and its visionary leaders adopt for tribal development in post independence era and why? (200 Words)

http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?lesy1=3-7

 

Topic: Salient features of the Indian Society;

3) Critically analyse the impact of globalisation on Indian villages and agrarian structures. (200 Words)

http://www.ncert.nic.in/NCERTS/textbook/textbook.htm?lesy1=4-7

 

General Studies – 2

 

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

4) The report on the annual status of higher educational universities and colleges in India pointed out that, states that lay more emphasis on the quality and depth of their higher education are economically better placed than those that do not. Analyse the reasons behind this linkage ? What initiatives must the states take to improve higher education in the country ? (200 Words)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/focus-on-higher-education-to-improve-states-economy-115012600814_1.html

 

 

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

5) India’s relationship with US should not be solely seen from Chinese angle. Instead we should move towards developing a prosperity triangle between the future world’s three largest economies. Critically analyse. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/in-rday-message-china-tells-india-dont-fall-into-trap-laid-by-us/article6823793.ece?homepage=true

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy;

6) The recent election in Greece is a verdict against the austerity which ruined the country. Critically analyse in the light of recent developments in Greece and its impact on EU. (200 Words)

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/momentous-vote-in-greece/article6824736.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/stick-to-austerity-brussels-warns-athens/article6824744.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/radical-left-triumphs-in-greece/article6825246.ece

 

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

7) Nanotechnology can be used to develop simple, effective, low-cost and environment friendly techniques of pest control. Discuss. (200 Words)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/surinder-sud-game-changer-for-pest-control-115012600790_1.html

 

General Studies – 4

 

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

8) “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.”  Elaborate. (200 Words)

General

 

9) You are working as Sub Inspector and the place where you work is also the constituency of powerful politician who is now a very influential minister in the state government. Recently a woman social activist was tied to tree and was badly beaten and molested by few political activists belonging to the ruling party. After registering the case and preliminary investigation you come to know that the men who molested were staunch followers of the minister. The minister frequently calls you and pressurises you to either go slow with investigation or close the case citing lack of evidence. In your investigation you have found strong evidence to give justice to the woman and punish minister’s followers. However, the minister has threatened to transfer you to a distant place if you do not heed to his requests. Despite threats and pressures you continue with your investigation and files a strong case against the perpetrators. Later you come to know that the minister had used his influence and bribed the judges to get bail to his followers.

a) How do you deal with political pressure when performing your duty? (100 Words)

b) In the above case, your wife advises you to record your conversations with the minister in your cellphone and make them public via media. Will you do so? Justify. (150 Words)

c) Some of your friends suggest you to get transfer and move to new place so that you are saved from the wrath of the minister whose requests you neglected. (100 Words)

 The Hindu

 

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

10) Changing attitudes of people lie at the heart of empowerment and development. What attitudinal changes have to be brought among citizens to improve functioning of democracy? Give innovative solutions to bring about the above changes suggested. (200 Words)

General