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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 11 April  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicPopulation and associated issues

1) India stands next only to China in the prevalence of diabetes, and contributes nearly one-sixth to the global disease burden of 422 million. Discuss the factors contributing to rise in prevalence of diabetes in India, its effect on population and economy, and measures needed to prevent this disease. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicSalient features of Indian Society; Poverty and developmental issues

2) Since pre- Independence days, many arguments are made for and against imposing prohibition in India. Discuss these arguments and examine if it’s feasible in today’s India to impose prohibition. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

3) Many arguments are made for and against Britain’s ‘Brexit’. One such argument is that Brexit would lead to fragmentation of EU. Are small states or city-states better compared to large super states when it comes to managing economy and overall prosperity? Analyse. (200 Words)


Topic:Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

4) What do you understand by a tax haven? What are the threats posed by them? Also examine why taking action against such tax havens has not been successful. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,

5) Over the years, some economists are advocating creation of single global currency. Should such currency system be created? What effect it will have on countries like India? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Environmental pollution

6) What do you understand by the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis? Should India’s development policy be dependent on this hypothesis? Comment. (200 Words)



Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices

7) The interest subvention scheme was introduced in 2006-07 to help farmers with cheaper credit for crop loans. Critically evaluate the scheme and suggest what improvements can be made. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic:Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

8) “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”  Do you agree? Comment. (150 Words)