Print Friendly, PDF & Email

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 19 February 2015

Archives – Secure 2015

19 February  2015

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism

1) ” Secularism is not a policy option for a government, but one of the original principles that inform the Constitution.” In the light of growing religious intolerance in India and the governments’ response to this, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2) “Flagship development programmes in India have not been designed or modified based on evidence from evaluations.” With examples, discuss why it is important to launch development programmes after thorough evaluation of their feasibility and impact and how the negligence of this aspect has affected development process in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

3) Considering the ongoing geo-political developments in Afghanistan, do you think India should be worried? Analyse why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; Health related issues; Also paper-3 – Infrastructure – Roads

4) In absolute numbers, more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world. Critically examine why and suggest what policy measures should India follow to reduce deaths caused by road accidents.  (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


TopicPublic Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security;

5) Recently  Shanta Kumar panel, constituted to restructure FCI, recommended  reducing the number of public distribution system beneficiaries for subsidised foodgrains under PDS. What is the rationale behind such recommendation and what are its likely implications if implemented? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu 

The Hindu


Topice-Technology aid for farmers

6) How can mobile phone empower Indian farmer? With examples, examine the different ways by which mobile phone and its applications can be used to aid and empower farmers. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicVarious Security forces and agencies and their mandate 

7) Some defence analysts opine that the Indian military is not optimally organised to face the challenges that would emerge tomorrow. Why do they opine so? What in your opinion should be the role of government in preparing the army to face emerging security challenges? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 4

Topic Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; 

8) Why in your opinion,  having tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections is important for a civil servant? Illustrate with suitable examples. (150 Words)


Other Reference