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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 April 2015

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18 April 2015

 

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, issues

1) What were the most important economic consequences and enduring legacies of European rule in India? Critically examine. (200 Words)

EPW

 

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

2) Critically analyse how did Ambedkar and Gandhiji view and address the issue of untouchability. (200 Words)

EPW

 

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

3) Critically examine the role played by Mountbatten in consolidating post-Independent India. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

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

4) What do you understand by the term ‘Indo-Islamic’ or ‘Indo-Saracenic’ architecture? How did this architecture evolve in India? Discuss. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class XI, Fine Art, Chapter – 8

 

General Studies – 2

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) “The menace of encounter killings or extrajudicial killings is largely attributable to the Supreme Court’s failure to enunciate clear procedural guidelines for reporting and investigating extrajudicial killings.” Critically discuss. (200 Words)

EPW

 

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

6) Do you think consumption of liquor should be prohibited? Discuss the prohibition policy followed by various states in independent India.  (200 Words)

Frontline

 

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations. 

7) Looking at Pakistan’s continued tacit or overt support to terrorists campaigning against India, do you think India should start pursuing coercive diplomacy with Pakistan? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu 

 

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

8) It is said that the world is witnessing a shift in trade pattern driven by various factors. Analyse this shift and examine what this shift implies for India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

9) What approach did Eurozone and the US each follow to address the effects of 2008 financial crisis on their economies? Looking at present situation, in your opinion, which approach did work and why? Examine if there are any lessons for India to learn from the experiences of these two regions. (200 Words)

The New York Times

 

Topic: Awareness in IT and related issues

10) “Economics suggests that policymakers should reject the concept of Net Neutrality and politics suggests that they should accept it.” Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

TopicIssues related to minimum support prices;

11) It is said that higher Terms of Trade (ToT) along with increases in productivity are important for raising incomes of farmers and the agricultural sector. What do you understand by the concept of Terms of Trade? How is it useful for farmers? Also examine the trends of ToT since 2000. (200 Words)

EPW

 

General Studies – 4

Topic: Utilization of public funds

12) It is argued that state funding of political parties can help end corruption. Do you think public funds should be used for this purpose? Substantiate. (150 Words)

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