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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 July 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 17 July 2015

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17 July  2015

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Recent Compilation of Secure Q&A

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Post independence consolidation

1) Critically analyse the issue of imposition of Inner Line Permit system in India’s northeastern states and the dilemma this system has posed to the Indian government. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger

2) It is a paradox that malnutrition in India continues to exist in large proportion despite robust economic growth. Critically examine why fight against malnutrition has become a challenge in contemporary India. (200 Words)



Topic:Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

3) Do you think special development packages periodically announced by the union government for the states are antagonistic to the principle of cooperative federalism? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

4) “Excessive and prolonged reservations (affirmative action) have had unintended and possibly net negative consequences.” In the light of the statement, critically comment if it’s time for India to stop prolonging affirmative actions. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

5) Discuss the role played by India in Nepal’s efforts to draft and adopt its new Constitution. Also examine challenges being faced by lawmakers in Nepal to draft new Constitution. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

6) Should India open diplomatic channels to talk to Afghan Talibans and try to bring peace to the region? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: e-technology in the aid of farmers

7) Write a critical note on the objectives, significance and performance of Soil Health Cards (SHC) programme. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

TopicEthics in Private Relationships


8) Your 12 year old son has stolen an iPad from your neighbour’s home. Your neighbours are your close family friends too. Your son is hiding stolen iPad in his room and using it for many days now. You neighbours’ daughter one day somehow finds out that the iPad was stolen by your son. She tells this to her parents. They come to you and tell you that it’s not a big deal and asks your son to keep it as their gift. But your wife is agitated and asks you to punish your son stringently. Whereas your neighbours suggest you to pardon your son and let go of the matter.

What actions will you take on your son? Justify and explain the merits of your action. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Ethics in Public and Private institutions

9) Now a days it is strongly argued that medical colleges, both in the public and private sector, should also include ethics education and mentorship in their teaching. In the light of recent scams in the medical education field, critically examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu