[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 31 March 2015

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31 March  2015

 

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General Studies – 1;

 

 

Topicchanges in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

1) China has more than 26,000 large dams, more than the rest of the world combined.  Recently concerns have been expressed about the ecological cost of these dams, especially in the Tibet region. Critically examine the issue. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2) Examine the salient features of mesolithic and chalcolithic cave paintings of India. Also examine, what could have been the reasons for depicting more animal figures than human figures in cave paintings? (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Introduction to Indian Art, Chapter 1

 

Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

3) What kind of similarities and differences do you find between present-day terracotta and the Indus Valley terracotta? Discuss. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Introduction to Indian Art, Chapter 2

 

Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

4) Write a note on the distinguishing features of Buddhist Viharas, Stupas and Chaityas.  Also explain the significance of each of these architectural features. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Introduction to Indian Art, Chapter 3

 

Topic:Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

5) Write a note on the salient features of Mathura, Gandhara and Sarnath schools of art and their depiction of Buddha. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Introduction to Indian Art, Chapter  4

 

General Studies – 2

 

TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

6) Write a critical note on China’s “One belt One Road” initiative and its implications for India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicComparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

7) Food safety is critical for public health as food-borne diseases affect people’s health and well-being. Examine the challenges to food safety and measures needed to make food safe in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

8) It is argued that insurance is a poor model for healthcare and a new approach called ‘medical savings accounts’ is proposed as an attractive and unique alternative for financing healthcare in India. Analyse. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society; poverty and developmental issues

9) Keeping in mind rural sociology and farmers’ interest in mind, if you are asked to come up with humane and imaginative approach to land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement, what would that be? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 4

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

10) What do you understand by Political Attitude? How is it different from Political Ideology? Also examine the role and importance of political attitude and ideology in determining ethics in politics. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu