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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 February 2015

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23 February  2015

General Studies – 1;

TopicDistribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)

1) In the light of recent developments in coal sector and its importance to the Indian economy, examine why coal is called as black gold in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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

2) Critically analyse the nature of relationship Gandhiji had with Britain and the British during the national movement. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources;

3) Critically comment on India’s attitude towards health care in rural areas since independence and its consequences. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources;

4) It is often pointed out that higher education in India not only lacks in quality  but also is plagued by politicisation in appointments to important positions.  Examine the magnitude of this problem and its implications, and suggest measures to address this problem. (200 Words)

Business Standard

The Hindu


TopicIndia and its neighbours

5) Critically comment on China’s position on India’s Arunachal Pradesh. Do you think China’s concerns and reactions to  India’s activities in Arunachal Pradesh are driven by its insecurity about India’s rise in Asia? Examine. (200 Words)

The New York Times


General Studies – 3


Topic: Indian economy -mobilization of resources; Investment models

6) It is now said that the public-private-partnership (PPP) model for infrastructure development has become dysfunctional and here is no option other than to step up public investment in infrastructure to boost the sector.  Examine the reasons behind this shift of opinion and examine in what form public investment can be used to invest productively in infrastructure sector. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values; social influence and persuasion; 

7) We often read in news about students committing suicide after failing in academic examinations.  Do you think the extreme importance given to school and college examinations in India is killing creativity and pushing some children into committing acts such as suicide? Examine the role of family and educational institutions in helping children overcome fear about exams and life. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topicsocial influence and persuasion

8) Discuss about some of non-violent strategies to fight terrorism. (150 Words)

The Hindu