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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 23 February  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment.

1) Do you think lack of employment opportunities is one of the major causes of protests seeking the status of Other Backward Classes (OBC) by prominent castes in India? What measures can government take to empower these communities without giving them reservation? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country

2) Compare and contrast the nature of nationalism that was prevalent during the time of freedom struggle with its present form.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings

3) Why does Britain want to exit from the European Union? Do you think the EU has succeeded as a monetary union? Is it time for its political union? Comment. (200 Words)


The Hindu


Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.

4) Strong arguments are made that the reservation in higher education – as even the Supreme Court has recently argued – needs to be done away with. Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

5) India is trying to become member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum for many years. If it becomes APEC’s member, how will it benefit both India and APEC? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

Topic: Economic growth; Resource mobilization

6) What do you understand by tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio? Compare India’s tax-to-GDP ratio with that of OECD economies and comment whether India should strive to increase this ratio or not. (200 Words)


Topic: Resource mobilization

7) Do you support the proposal of taxing agricultural income of farmers in India? Substantiate. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

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

8) Your very close friend who often visits you on weekends is disturbed by recent JNU incident. He tells you that the government is on the wrong side and students should be allowed to debate any issue as long as it’s peaceful. He is agitated against the police action against students in the university campus. He says that he supports any sort of slogans as long as they do not incite violence. Your father who is listening to your friend’s arguments shouts at him and says that shouting any anti – India slogan is anti-national and affects the integrity of nation. He asks your friend to leave the house at once . Your friend leaves the house peacefully. Your father warns you that you should not be making friends who hold such perverse views.

What is your opinion on your father’s and friend’s views? Critically comment. (200 Words)