[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 November 2015
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: World geography
1) How do scientists find the age of planets and universe? Why is it important to find their age? Explain. (200 Words)
Topic: changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes; Salient features of Indian society
2) Rivers in India are worshipped as holy places by millions of pilgrims. But due to certain rituals and practices, pilgrimages have become on of the major causes of river pollution in India. Write a critical note on this issue. (200 Words)
Topic: Role of women
3) What are the strong social, economic and political arguments that can be made in favour of giving opportunities for women to work in higher offices? Discuss. (200 Words)
Topic: Urbanisation problems; changes to geographical features
4) Guidelines directing use of groundwater have been place since 2012, but a revised set of guideline are said to affect many industries adversely. Examine why. (200 Words)
General Studies – 2
Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
5) Do you think the BRICS concept has become redundant post the formation of several new multilateral fora? Critically analyse. (200 Words)
Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
6) “If ultra-nationalism gains ground in New Delhi, it will only escalate further in the neighbouring capitals — where the easy path to ultra-nationalism has always been through opportunistic anti-Indianism.” In the light of India’s foreign policy in recent months vis a vis its neighbours, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
7) Critically comment on the provision of the Environmental Laws (Amendment) Bill which has been made public for inviting comments. (200 Words)
8) Discuss the practical solutions that can plug loopholes in PDS. (200 Words)
General Studies – 4
Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics
9) Man and animal conflicts are on the rise thanks to shrinking forests and destruction of wildlife habitat. Recently a middle aged man was killed by tiger when he was tending his cattle near a reserved forest. The villagers protested against the forest department and demanded the killing of tiger.
If an hungry tiger kills a human for food, is it ethical on the part of humans to demand its killing? Critically comment. (150 Words)