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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 February 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 24 February  2016

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Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) What do you understand by Aerosol Optical Depth? It is said that the worsening air quality in Indian cities is already affecting the lives of the very young and the elderly, and reducing labour productivity. What urgent and long-term measures do you suggest to improve the air quality in Indian cities? (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Governance and accountability

2) The use of state power to silence dissent has always been resisted by intellectuals all over the world. Do you think a democratic state has a legitimacy to silence dissent of any form? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:India and its neighbours

3) “Ignoring Pakistan is not an option. It makes little sense to adopt an on-again-off-again strategy that smacks of ad-hocism. It would be prudent not to look upon Pathankot as yet another instance where India’s hopes have been dashed by Pakistan.” Do you agree with this view? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

4) “We need more than just technical skills in the globalised world we live in. We need skills that help us relate to those who are not like us. We need soft skills, more exposure to global languages as well as critical thinking.” In the light of the statements, discuss the need for encouraging inclusion and study of liberal arts in the Indian higher education system. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Latest developments in S&T

5) Write a note on the concept and applications of Li-Fi technology. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicBasics of cyber security

6) In the light of the Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, critically examine what lessons can India draw from the recent scuffle involving Apple company and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over encryption issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic:Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

7) Discuss the importance of emotional intelligence for job performance in the workplace. (200 Words)