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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 October 2015

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 October  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Art and culture

1) Discuss the contribution of emperor Ashoka to spread of Buddhist art and culture in Asia. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources. 

2) “Brain trap is a result of the archaic educational, social, and economic systems that stifle most young minds from blossoming into creative thinkers and highly productive citizens.” With reference to India’s education system and in the context of debate on brain gain and brain drain theories, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

3) Critically examine why India is concerned with the activities in the Golden Triangle region in Myanmar and its border regions. (200 Words)

The Indian Express



TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4) Should Pakistan be offered a nuclear deal by the United States on the similar lines of Indo – US nuclear deal? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights.

5) Should computer softwares be given patents? How does India’s patent law deal with this issue? Also examine latest developments in this regard. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Awareness in the fields of bio-technology

6) Write a note on the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR and its significance in modern biology. (200 Words)



TopicAwareness in S&T

7) The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine goes to work with huge practical applications. Discuss briefly the research for which the Nobel prize was awarded and its applications in the health sector. (250 Words)

Business Standard


General Studies – 4

Topic: Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values


8) Your twelve year old daughter asks her grandfather why she is not allowed to play with boys in the neighbourhood.Her grandfather keeps telling her it’s is for safety and it is against Indian culture for girls to mingle openly with boys outside her home. You have observed that she is very good in asking questions and has an inquisitive mind. When she would in turn ask him why it’s not against Indian culture for boys to mingle with other boys and girls, he would tell her that a child, especially girl child should not speak like that to elders like him. She used to be fond of her grandfather, but nowadays she is rather scared of him. She has also stopped asking questions these days.  Your wife who has a modern outlook, and who is a teacher herself  is closely watching her daughter’s conversations. These days she wants to move away to a new home with you and her daughter. She thinks that the future of her daughter will be in jeopardy if they continue to live together with her in-laws. She also thinks that both families can be happy if they live far away from each other.

As a father, do you agree with your wife’s views? Highlight the issues in this case and discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu