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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 December 2015

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 December  2015

Archives – Secure 2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Regionalism, communalism

1) Give a brief account of conflict and human rights issues that India faced in 2015 and likely to face in 2016. (200 Words)



Topic: Urbanization

2) “The Smart Cities Mission should aim to provide citizens a better quality of life using social and cultural yardsticks instead of focussing merely on physical infrastructure.” Discuss (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Functioning of legislature

3) “Urgent steps are needed to restore Parliament’s role as a deliberative body rather than as one prone to disruptions.” What these urgent steps could be and how they can be implemented? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4) It was said that the three pacts between India and USA – the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), the Communication and Information Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA)  would ensure that inter-operability between the Indian and US militaries was smooth. However, many objections have been raised against these pacts in India. Do you think these objections are valid? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations

5) Do you think India has failed in its Nepal policy by allowing it to become more assertive and giving China a strategic upper hand in Nepal? Critically comment. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

6) “The essential hope of the early 2000s – that fiscal responsibility could be assured through legislation – remains unfulfilled.” Examine the challenges that India is facing is fiscal consolidation. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Environmental pollution

7) Critically analyse the role of NGT and Central Pollution Control Board in protecting environment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Conservation, Environmental pollution

8) Aftermath the Paris Climate Agreement, what should be India’s policy on environment and  greenhouse gases emission? Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Dimensions of ethics; 

9) “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Discuss the meaning of this quote and explain how it is applicable both in personal and professional life. (200 Words)