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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 01 June 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 01 June  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: History of the world – cold war

1) “Today’s nuclear world is very different from the bipolar world of the Cold War dominated by nuclear rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the two superpowers.” Elaborate the statement and comment on the existing challenges in making the world go nuclear-free. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2

Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy; Important aspects of governance

2) Critically discuss the problems faced by police personnel in India, challenges in addressing their problems and measures needed to be taken to address their problems. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


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

3) What do you understand by ‘school choice’ ? Can it be implemented in India? Discus the merits and demerits of it. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

4) Examine the causes of Iran-Saudi divide in the Middle East region. Do you think India should mediate between two countries to broker peace between them? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) Examine the World Health Organization’s stipulation on the quality of drinking water . Critically comment on the role of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in safeguarding the quality of drinking water in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

India Today

TopicComparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries; Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, 

6) In some countries such as in Italy, Canada and Australia – which have bicameral legislatures – their governments are trying to curb the powers of Upper House as it’s accused of creating instability and blocking reforms. In the light of GST impasse, should India also curtail Rajya Sabha’s powers through an amendment? Critically comment. (200 Words)


Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary 

7) “…over the years, the judiciary in India has acquired the supremacy over the legislature and the executive, despite not having, in Hamilton’s famous words, the power of the purse or the sword.” Is it a good development? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

8) What is Google Tax? Why is it levied? How will it affect companies? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

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

9) Many experiments have proved that most people will obey external authority over the dictates of conscience. Is there a way to strengthen the power of conscience over authority? Examine. (150 Words)