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

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

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General Studies – 1;

TopicUrbanization; Changes to geographical features

1) Discuss the importance of conservation of wetlands, open space and floodplains for sustainable urban growth. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

2) Recently Kerala was declared as India’s first digital state. Examine what e-governance measures have helped Kerala bag this distinction. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic: Agriculture issues

3) Discuss the features of National Policy on Farmers, 2007 and examine if its is time for India to have a new policy on farmers. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology;

4) To be innovative, rather than imitative, on what should companies and government focus on? Explain why. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Environmental pollution

5) “The voluntary pledges made by countries, called INDCs, are totally inadequate for the task of cutting carbon emissions significantly.” Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security

6) “This is a new phase of the global jihadist movement. Al-Qaeda more or less waged an asymmetric war against the rest of the world. The IS has built a proto-state in the territories it controls.” Elaborate and highlight the new challenges that IS has posed to Western powers. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Inclusive growth; S&T

7) “At its heart, Digital India is an ambitious vision that has the potential to be an equaliser for Indians by driving inclusive growth for the economy.” Do you agree with this view? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Changes in industrial policy

8) Karnataka plans to become the first state in the country to allow start-ups to pitch for local government contracts. What are the possible benefits of this move? Examine. (150 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethical dimensions

9) What impact does culture have on ethics? Are ethics subject to cultural differences? Examine. (200 Words)