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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 28 May 2015

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28 May  2015

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NOTE: Environment related questions will be posted later today along with the new Timetable.

General Studies – 1;

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

1) It is said that the auto industry is looking beyond ownership model. Elaborate and analyse the growth trend of auto industry in India and  around the world. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 2

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

2) India is witnessing increased enrolment rates in its schools due to the implementation of some of its school education policies. Do you think this positive change is accompanied with improvement in education quality? Critically examine and suggest what needs to be done in this regard. (200 Words)


The Hindu


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations; Paper -1 Resources

3) In 2010, the Pentagon and American geologists estimated that Afghanistan has $1 trillion of untapped mineral deposits, including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and industrial metals like lithium. These vast resources remain untapped even today thanks to various factors. Discuss what’s stopping Afghanistan from exploiting these resources. Also examine any steps taken by India to exploit these resources and their progress.  (200 Words)

The New York Times


TopicRole of civil services in a democracy

4) It is argued that the complexities of day-to-day administration are such that senior civil servants are often handicapped by a lack of in-depth knowledge of the subject and domain of their postings. Elaborate and examine what needs to be done to address this problem. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3

Topic:  Infrastructure – energy

5) Examine the challenges faced by state governments in production, transmission and distribution of power. Also examine recent measures taken by states to bring power reforms. (200 Words)

Business Standard



6) Should ecotourism be encouraged in India? why ? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy

7) The government recently said that after diesel deregulation, a new gas price formula and roll out of the Direct Benefits Transfer in cooking gas, the next stage of development in the oil sector would focus on kerosene subsidy reforms. Critically examine how these reforms have affected common man and why is there a need for kerosene subsidy reforms. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic:  Infrastructure – energy

8) To address energy insecurity, the government of India had mooted the concept of strategic petroleum reserves in 1998. At present the demand for the same is growing stronger with each passing day. Discuss why such reserve is needed. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

TopicPublic/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; accountability and ethical governance

9) What do you understand by conflict of interest? In your opinion, ideally, what should be the nature of relationship between politician in power and a bureaucrat? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu