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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 April 2015

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03 April 2015


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(Instead of India – 2015, we are giving questions from 3 chapters of Indian Constitution at Work which were not covered earlier)

General Studies – 1;


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

1) Discuss the factors that helped Buddhism to travel from India to other countries in the East and South. Do you think this cultural link between India and these countries has helped India in any way? Examine.  (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Population and associated issues

2) India, along with most other nations, has fallen victim to a lethal modern day scourge — non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Critically discuss their effect on the population and economy and measures needed to prevent them. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Social empowerment, Indian society

3) What are the provisions for the reservations for the socially disadvantaged groups as per the 73rd amendment? Explain how these provisions have changed the profile of the leadership at the village level. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work, Chapter 8


General Studies – 2

TopicIndian Constitution- features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

4) Why have there been so many amendments to the Indian Constitution? Do you think Indian Constitution is too flexible? Critically analyse the nature of these amendments and causes behind them. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work, Chapter 9


TopicIndian Constitution- features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

5) One of the limitations of the Constitution of India is that it does not adequately attend to gender justice. What evidence can you give to substantiate this charge? If you were writing the Constitution today, what provisions would you recommend for remedying this limitation? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work, Chapter 10


Topic: India and Its Neighbours

6) Recently, Iran, US and five other world powers reached an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program and open it for inspection. Critically analyse the details of the deal. (200 Words)

The New York Times

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighbours; Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

7) a fresh appeal to the Security Council has been made to refer the Islamic State to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute it for its crime against humanity. Examine the structure and mandate of ICC and explain why referring to it cases such as Islamic State’s crimes is sought for.  (200 Words)

The New York Times


Topic: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure; Comparision of Indian Constitution 

8) Explain the key ideas and concepts associated with federalism.  Examine how India’s federal set up is different from that of America’s and Germany’s. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work, Chapter 7


Topic: issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure; 

9) What are the demands raised by States in their quest for greater autonomy? Discuss recent measures, if any taken, to give more autonomy to states. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work, Chapter 7


Topicdevolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

10) What were the main differences between the local governments before 73rd amendment and after that amendment? Examine. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Indian Constitution at Work, Chapter 8


General Studies – 3


Topic: Security Issues

11) Both, the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), were considered as failed experiments that led to gross abuse. Critically examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Agricultural issues

12) A recent survey has found that almost half the respondents don’t want to continue in agriculture in India.  In the light of ongoing debate on land acquisition act and its effect on farmers, critically examine the real problems faced by farmers on the ground and initiatives needed to address these problems. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Internal security challenges; State and non – state actors

13) Who are the important stakeholders in Naga Peace Process? Examine the demands of important stakeholders and possible solutions to the Naga problem. (200 Words)



Topic: Infrastructure – Waterways

14) Recently the Union Cabinet approved for a central law that would declare 101 stretches of river “national waterways”. Examine the advantages of waterways over road and rail transport, and also examine how to make these waterways economically viable for transportation of goods. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

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

15) Why is it considered as morally correct to forgive a person who accepts his/her mistake and promises to not to repeat the same? Do you think showing honesty in accepting one’s mistakes be construed as ethically correct move even if their mistake is deliberate and a grave one? With suitable examples, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu