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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 May 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 May 2015

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29 May  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Salient features of Indian society; communalism; urbanisation – problems

1) Recent reports about some Muslim families and individuals being denied housing accommodation or not being allowed to buy apartments in Indian cities point to an endemic issue of urban bias. Critically comment on this issue and suggest what needs to be done to address this and other related issues. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

2) Write a critical note on the efforts made by India and their success in reducing the proportion of food insecure persons since 1990. Also examine future challenges that India faces in eliminating hunger. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Human Resources. 

3) The incidence of cancer has grown over the last decade in India due to various factors. Examine the causes of raising rate of cancer in India and critically examine what efforts are being made by government to address this issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicRole of civil services in a democracy

4) Critically analyse how a civil servant can strengthen democracy and its ideals through his work and conduct. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

5) “Instead of hamstringing public sector banks with social schemes, it is time to transfer many of these financial tasks to India Post.” In the light of recently announced schemes aimed at weaker-sections of population, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic:  Infrastructure – energy

6) Examine the challenges faced by union government in the execution of the national optic fibre network (NOFN) project? Examine the benefits of this project and suggest how its execution can be sped up. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicEnvironmental pollution

7) Delhi is considered as one of the most polluted cities in the world. Critically discuss the causes of pollution in Delhi and other metros in India, measures taken to reduce their pollution and scientific basis of these measures. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Awareness in the fields of  bio-technology

8) Recently CRISPR-Cas9 (Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-Crispr associated protein 9) was in news. Write a note on the science and applications of this technique. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints

9) Critically analyse the characteristics on India’s agriculture markets and examine if India setting up a national market for agricultural commodities would address problems faced in agricultural marketing. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicIssues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices;

10) Critically analyse the impact of minimum support prices (MSP) on farmers and consumers. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic:  Challenges of corruption

11) Critically comment on the recent measures taken to curb high-level  cronyism and corruption and their impact in India. (200 Words)