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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 April 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 25 April  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Social empowerment; Salient features of Indian society

1) Recently, the Maharashtra State Assembly enacted the Maharashtra Protection of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act of 2016. Discuss the significance of this law. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. 

2) “The fact is that the severity and intensity of drought is not about lack of rainfall, it is about the lack of planning, foresight and criminal neglect. Drought is man-made.” What needs to be done to address drought problem that’s man-made? Discuss. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 2

TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

3) During last few years, the number of private universities has increased manifold. What are the challenges these universities have posed to higher education in India? Should they be strictly regulated? Critically comment. (200 Words)


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

4) Some Indian strategists warn against closer military cooperation with the US on the grounds that this might tie India into an informal military alliance with Washington and force New Delhi to accord basing rights at the very least or, worse, draw India into a US-led conflict with any third party. Is this argument unfounded? Critically comment. (200 W0rds)


Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

5) Few foreign nuclear vendors and governments are still worried about India’s nuclear liability law. Examine why and comment if India should amend the law to suit demands of these vendors and governments. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 3

TopicLand reforms in India

6) Why reforms of land laws are much needed in India? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Employment; Industrial policy

7) It is argued that an important solution to India’s challenges of education, employment and employability lies in state governments adopting apprenticeships on a large scale. Examine its importance and how it can be done. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in public life; Ethical dilemma in administration

8) Discuss the ethical issues involved in denying entry to women and dalits to temples. How should issues like this be solved by government and society? Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu