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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 16 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicUrbanization – problems and remedies

1) Discuss the significance of reforms in financial management of municipalities. How to ensure financial self-sufficiency and financial accountability in municipalities for better urban governance? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2

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

2) Energy security is a key ingredient of India’s interest in West Asia and it is said that India’s increasingly multidimensional relations with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states buttress these energy security efforts. Discuss the efforts being made by India and the advantages it possesses in this regard. (200 Words)


TopicAppointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies

3) In recent days, the Second Judges case law of 1993 has been in news for various reasons. Discuss the significance of this case for Indian judiciary. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 

4) Do you think the existence of Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 is justifiable in a true democracy? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in biotechnology

5) In recent months T-cell therapy is hailed as revolutionary in treating cancer. Examine why. Also examine how different this therapy is from chemotherapy and radiation therapy. (200 Words)

The Hindu



Topic: Resource mobilization; Economic growth

6) The problem of non-performing assets (NPAs) in the Indian banking system is said to be big and might affect economic growth of the country. What are the approaches that RBI and government are adopting to clean the banking system of NPAs? Examine. (200 Words)


The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

7) “An important part of education, particularly higher education, is to learn to ask questions and to develop the capacity for disobedience and reasoned arguments.” Do you agree with this view? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu