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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 April 2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPost-independence consolidation; Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

1) Discuss the contribution of Moti Lal Nehru to the constitution development. (150 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 4

 

Topic: Developmental issues

2) Water security for rural India is measured on the following parameters: quantity, accessibility and quality. Based on these parameters, critically analyse the situation of water security and  evaluate the performance of schemes in ensuring  it in rural areas. (200 Words)

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Topicurbanization, their problems and their remedies. 

3) Critically analyse the objectives and design of recently launched Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Do you think such schemes will be effective in addressing fundamental problems of urbanization? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard

 

Topic:Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

4) How did the task of unifying post – Partition India and princely states take place? Give a critical account. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 6

 

General Studies – 2

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

5) Achieving gender parity in school education is sine qua non for ensuring the larger goal of women empowerment. In this regard, critically examine the progress made, roadblocks that exist and measures needed to overcome these roadblocks in achieving gender parity in school education. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

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

6) “The core of the commitment to the social revolution lies in parts III and IV of the Indian Constitution. These are the conscience of the Constitution.” Critically comment.  (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 4

 

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

7) Write a brief note on the basic features of the Indian constitution. If you are asked to alter or replace any of these basic features, what would they be? Justify. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 5

 

General Studies – 3

Topic: Disaster Management

8) In the light of recent earthquake that crippled Nepal’s economy and caused huge loss of lives of people, critically examine what policy measures needed to manage earthquake disasters. Also examine, if Japan’s experience in managing these disasters can be emulated in India and Nepal. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

9) It is said that to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) a meaningful exercise in achieving the goal of financial inclusion, the key driver will be the Direct Benefits Transfers (DBT) payment flows from government to banks to customer accounts. Elaborate and explain why DBT is crucial in this regard. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

General Studies – 4

Topicchallenges of corruption.

10) Do you think is it  right to punish bribe-giver along with bribe – taker? Justify. (150 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard