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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 August 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 August  2015

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11 August  2015

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPoverty and developmental issues

1) Analyse the interrelationship between poverty and migration in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu



Topic: Social empowerment; Role of women

2) Women are not allowed to function as priests in Hindu temples. Examine why. Also suggest if they should be allowed to work as priests and substantiate why. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps)

3) Discuss the science behind the claim that melting Arctic ice is causing rise in sea levels. If it’s true, examine what dangers will it pose to earth’s ecosystem. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

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

4) It is said that of the original Bimaru states, only Bihar and UP have remained impervious to positive developmental changes. Critically examine why and suggest what needs to be done to develop them. (200 Words)



Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to education

5) Critically comment on the major challenges facing higher education in India and measures needed to overcome them. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Energy; Conservation; S&T Applications

6) Write a note on the differences between biofuel, bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas. Examine efforts made by India to to popularise these fuels. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Conservation

7) What do you understand by unsustainable fishing? Examine its causes and consequences. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Guardian



Topic: Agriculture; Employment

8) Write a critical note on the objectives and significance of a new scheme – Arya (Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture), launched by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

9) Do you think naming and shaming, a measure sometimes adopted by banks and tax enforcement agencies to force defaulters and tax evaders respectively to comply with rules, is unethical? Justify. (150 Words)

Business Standard