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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 02 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicRole of women; Social empowerment

1) Discuss the significance and latest high court judgements related to the Section 6 of the Hindu Succession Act. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies; Resources

2) “The general discourse on water management in India has mainly focused on enhancing physical access to water, improving water quality and improving water use efficiency. Recycling and reuse of wastewater is another important aspect, which till now has largely been ignored.”  Discuss the potential and benefits of efficient wastewater management in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 2

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

3) It is said that at both school and college levels, the state of private higher education is critical in India. Examine the reasons. Do you think complete government control over private schools and colleges would reform them? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to health; Mandate of international organizations

4) In recent years global emergencies have been declared over the outbreak of viral diseases in different parts of the world. Give an account of causes and consequences of such diseases, the role of international agencies in handling them and the ethical issues they have posed to governments and institutions.  (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Guardian


Topic: Indian constitution – significant provisions; Functioning of legislature and judiciary

5) “India remains among the few countries with a constitutional commitment to a liberal democracy that nevertheless lacks comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation .” Identify the issues that are holding back India from making it a true liberal democracy and the role of legislature and judiciary in making it one. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

Topic:Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

6) In the light of its tenth anniversary, critically evaluate the performance of MGNREGA scheme. Do you think it’s time to redesign the scheme to make it relevant to emerging challenges such as the ones posed by climate change? Comment. (20 Words)

Business Standard

The Indian Express


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

7) Critically analyse the design and intentions of‘ One Belt, One Road’  (OBOR) initiative  of China and examine if this initiative poses threat to India’s interests in Asia. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

8) Critically analyse how the 1991-92 economic reforms have transformed Indian economy during last 25 years. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance

9) It is commonly perceived that police in India are violent and abusive thanks to violent methods they use to thwart many peaceful protests held by students, activists or opposition parties among many other violences they indulge in. Why do you think this violent culture has persisted and what needs to be done to make police more humane? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu