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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 October  2015

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07 October 2015

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Locational factors of industries

1) The city of Surat is not only the hub of Indian diamond manufacturing; it manufactures 95 per cent of all diamonds processed in the world. Examine the factors that have led to successful flourishing of this industry in Surat. (200 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 2

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act; Salient features of Constitution

2) The Supreme Court of India has not only refused to recognise the right to vote as a fundamental right, but gone further by accepting that it is a ‘privilege’ that ‘may be taken away’. What is your opinion on this issue? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas

3) Recently the Indian Army objected to the government’s plan to build an embankment along the 179-km stretch of the International Border in Jammu district. Why is army objecting? Examine why border management along India – Pakistan border is both difficult and a contentious issue for India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


Topic: Economic development; Energy

4) It is said that there exists a positive correlation between energy access and the Human Development Index (HDI). In this context, do you think should India completely move away from coal based energy generation to renewable sources to meet climate change goals? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Awareness in S&T

5) The Nobel Prize in Medicine (2015) was awarded to scientists who discovered the drug ivermectin and artemisinin. Examine the significance of their discovery, especially for developing countries. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Conservation

6) What are the major threats to Himalayan biodiversity? Discuss why is it important to conserve them and what measures are needed to be taken in this regard by the government. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Environmental pollution

7) Critically discuss the various challenges and issues arising out of waste management in Indian towns and cities. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemma 


8) You are working as superintendent of police in a naxal affected district. Recently, naxalites have kidnapped five of your policemen and two local political leaders. They are demanding a complete ban on bauxite mining in the district in exchange for safe return of kidnapped persons. You are worried about the lives of kidnapped persons. Previously no policeman was sent home alive by naxalites. Family members of policemen, who are extremely scared, are requesting you take action and help release them immediately. The district administration is adamant that mining can not be stopped as it involves millions of dollars of investment and also is a source of employment for tribal youth. The state government has asked you to take appropriate action in this situation to deal with the situation. You decide to personally lead a team of highly trained force to fight naxalites and rescue kidnappers. Your wife is completely opposed to this idea. She pleads you to send a junior officer to lead anti-naxal operations instead of you leading it personally. She is scared for your life.

How will you handle this situation? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu