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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 March 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 05 March  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic:Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) It is found that aside from poor quality public transport systems, inadequate city planning and a flawed design framework have further compounded Delhi’s congestion problem. Around the world there are examples of successful models to address these issues. Examine these models which can be applied to Indian cities, especially to Delhi. (200 Words)


Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2) Discuss the features of ancient Indian universities vis a vis their autonomy and education culture, and compare them with features of modern state funded universities in India. (200 Words)



TopicModern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

3) During the early years of national movement, both Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhiji were charged under the Section 124A of IPC for committing sedition. What was their crime? How did they react? Do you think this provision of IPC should have been removed once India gained independence? Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections

4) The latest Budget has  made a pensioned society one of the nine new pillars for growth. Critically evaluate how recent budgets have tried to provide social security to senior citizens. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger; Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections

5) The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) annual report on the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2015 explores the potential of social protection programmes in developing countries to tackle hunger and poverty. What constitutes social protection? How can they address poverty? Discuss. (200 Words)



General Studies – 3

Topic: Government budgeting; Infrastructure – transport; Environmental pollution

6) In India personal transport has now reached saturation limit in the cities, resulting in gridlock, rising air pollution, lost productivity and ill-health. To address this problem, encouraging public transport has become vital aspect of policy making. In this regard, critically comment how the recent budget strives to improve public transportation in the country and examine what else needs to be done. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicAchievements of Indians in science & technology; 

7) Recently,  the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) – India project was approved by the union Cabinet. Briefly discuss about the significance of the project and its likely impact on India. (200 Words)



Topic: Awareness in biotechnology; Agriculture in India

8) It is argued that Biotechnologies can improve yields, nutrition quality and provide security to farmers. Illustrate with examples. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 4

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

9) “The best safeguard against fascism is to establish social justice to the maximum extent possible.” Critically comment. (150 Words)