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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 December 2015

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 26 December  2015

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment

1) Critically discuss the need for prison reforms across India. (200 Words)


TopicSocial empowerment

2) “The Supreme Court ruling in favour of the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, which restricts the category of eligible candidates in panchayat elections, fails to uphold the spirit of the Constitution.” Critically comment. (200 Words)



Topic: Critical changes to geographical features

3) Discuss the importance of wetlands and measures needed to preserve them, especially in India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Suggest innovative measures to improve bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

5) “By signing the nuclear and high-speed rail deals with Japan, India inches closer to the anti-China alliance led by the United States.” Do you agree with this view? Critically comment. (200 Words)



Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

6) The World Health Organization (WHO) in its first global estimates of preventable food-borne diseases has reported that 600 million people (one in 10) fall ill and 420,000 die every year from contaminated food. Write a critical note on these f00d-borne diseases, their impact in India and measures taken by Indian government to prevent and treat these diseases. (200 Words)


Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

7) Europe achieved continental unification through economic means, liberal constitutionalism and a currency union. Do you think Europe practises same liberal principles when it comes to intervening in foreign matters? Critically discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic:Science and Technology- developments; Cropping pattern

8) How is Bt cotton created? Examine why Bt cotton’s merits and demerits.  Also examine in which parts of India it is cultivated and its impact on farmers income. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Dimensions of ethics; 

9) “It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” Discuss the meaning of the quote in the context of contemporary times. (200 Words)