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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 July 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 July 2015

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18 July  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicSalient features of Indian society; Role of women

1) Critically discuss various hardships faced by single mothers in Indian society, and also examine what institutional and legal support exist for them. (200 Words)



Topic:  Distribution of key natural resources across the world

2) Critically examine the potential impact of exploring oil, natural gas, minerals and fish under the melting Arctic ice and comment if it worth to explore natural resources in the Arctic region. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


General Studies – 2

Topic: Poverty issues; Performance of schemes for vulnerable sections

3) A recent  World Bank report titled – “The State of Social Safety Net 2015” – estimates that  773 million people (which constitutes 55 per cent of world’s poor population) are in acute need of social safety coverage. In the light of this report, examine if India’s social sector schemes have helped its poor to gain social safety assurance. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Critically analyse how lifting of sanctions on Iran by the West would benefit India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

TopicResource Mobilization

5) It is argued that holding large foreign exchange reserves, especially in US Dollar denominated securities will undermine monetary independence of India and will have fiscal implications. Critically examine why this argument is made and if it has any merits. (200 Words)



Topic: Economics of Animal Rearing

6) It is found that there has been a major change in the composition and mix of the cattle population in India. Discuss these changes and examine the causes and its implications. (200 Words)



Topic:  Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

7) Examine the advantages of mobile money over cash transfers and how it can help in financial inclusion of poor people. Also propose a model in this regard and discuss what needs to be done to implement this model effectively. (200 Words)



TopicScience and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 

8) Discuss why solar installations in India is still not a popular option both in rural and urban households. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic: Transparency in government; Ethics in public administration

9) What does transparency in public administration means to you? What kind of ethical dilemmas you would face when you want to practice absolute transparency in administration? Discus. (200 Words)