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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 February 2015

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24 February  2015


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General Studies – 1;

TopicModern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1) Some columnists  have argued that Sant Gadge Baba (1876-1956), a saint from Maharashtra, should be made icon for clean India mission. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


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

2) Recently it was found out that a total of 688 government primary schools in Karnataka had no students and  9,503 government schools in the State had 20 or less children studying in them. Many other states in India face similar situation too. Examine the reasons behind this trend and suggest measures to increase enrolment in government schools. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

3) Over the fast few years spending on social sectors by the union government is either flatlined or reduced. Examine its implications on social sector and critically comment on changing priorities of government at the cost of social sector. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

4) It is often argued that  the Official Secrets Act (OSA) which is of 1923 vintage and a complicated piece of legislation  has no reason to remain on our statute books after the Right to Information Act of 2005. In the light of leak of important information from key ministries of the union government, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topicenvironmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

5) India’s coal based thermal power plants are known for emitting highly polluting gases thanks to poor quality coal that India has. In the light of recent coal block auction and the triumphalism associated with it, critically examine the costs of continuing with existing technology and what needs to be done to address the issue. (200 Words)

Business Standard


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

6) “Agricultural scientists are being driven to frustration, thanks to the government’s lingering indecision on the genetically-modified (GM) crops technology.” Critically discuss why government has not taken a firm decision yet and why agricultural scientists are frustrated with government’s indecision. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Indian economy, Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies 

7) Some economists argue that the government should continue with ‘good subsidies’ and do away with ‘bad’ subsidies. In your opinion, which subsidies do you consider as good and bad in India? Explain why. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicEffects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 

8) It is expected that if recommendation of a key report on oil sector reforms by a panel under former Finance Secretary Vijay Kelkar, are implemented, these could bring down the country’s annual $150-billion oil import bill by at least $40 billion. Examine how. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

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

9) What do you understand by ‘work culture’? How does work culture in India differs from that of West’s? Examine. (150 Words)