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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 15 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 15 May 2015

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15 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)

1) How are minerals formed in igneous and metamorphic rocks? Explain the distribution of coal resource in India. Do you think more coal mining should be encouraged in India? Critically comment. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class X, Geography, Chapter – 5


Topic: Effects of globalization on Indian society

2) Critically analyse the impact of globalisation on Indian agriculture. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class X, Geography, Chapter – 4


Topic: factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) 

3) What factors decide the location of a manufacturing industry?  Explain with a suitable example. (200 Words)

NCERT, Class X, Geography, Chapter – 6


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.

4) When it comes to providing social protection to its citizens, it is said that India’s record is abysmal. Critically analyse the status of social protection available to India’s citizens. (200 Words)



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

5) India has been ranked at a lowly 100 position on the global Human Capital Index, which measures countries on development and deployment of human capital. What do you understand by Human Capital? Examine its importance and reasons for low ranking of India in the said index. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

6) “The Andaman Sea is about to become a floating mass grave, and it’s because of the failure of governments to do what is necessary.” With reference to the problems faced by Rohingya minority community in Myanmar and India’s response to this crisis, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The New York Times


General Studies – 3


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

7) The post-1967 period saw the launching of a series of radical economic policies which were to have long-term effects on India’s developmental effort. Critically examine what were these policies, why they were launched and what effect they had on the Indian economy. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 26


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

8) “The 1991 economic reforms were an attempt to free the economy from stifling internal controls as well as equip it to participate in the worldwide globalization process to its advantage.” How did reforms affect Indian economy and society? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 27, 28


Topic: Land reforms

9) The challenge before the independent regime in 1947 was to try to reverse the long-term distortions in Indian agriculture which had emerged during the colonial period and to put Indian agriculture on a high-growth path. How did independent India try to achieve this goal and what challenges did it face then? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, India Since Independence, Chapter – 29


Topic: Indian economy – growth and development

10) In your opinion, what are the underlying characteristics that allow a sector to transform an economy and durably raise living standards? Which sector in India has the potential to transform India’s economy and why? Examine.  (200 Words)

Business Standard



11) In your opinion, which country has strategic advantage in Nepal – India or China? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

12) In the light of increasing naxalite violent activities despite government’s efforts to stall them, in your opinion, what should be the critical components of counterinsurgency strategy followed by the government agencies? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

TopicCorporate governance

13) Recently India revamped 1992 insider trading regulations and issued new set of rules. Critically comment their importance in ensuring ethical corporate governance. (150 Words)

Business Standard