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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 June 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 30 June  2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

1) On this day — June 30 — 30 years ago, the Mizo Peace Accord was signed. Critically discuss the significance of this Accord for India and Mizoram. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2


TopicStructure, organization and functioning of the Ministries and Departments of the Government;

2) “Confining panchayati raj to just the Ministry of Rural Development will be a retrograde step in democratic decentralisation and an emasculation of the constitutional role envisaged for panchayati raj institutions.” Critically discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicIndian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure

3) Can the Supreme Court exercise the power of pardon or remission under Article 32 of the Constitution similar to the President’s power under Article 72 (by President) or 161 (by Governor)? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

4) “Subsidies to the rich are hurting the capacity of the India government to spend more on essential sectors such as health, nutrition and education.” Do you think India has become a tax haven for the rich? In the light of given statement, critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

5) The deadly fire at the Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Pulgaon in May has raised questions about the quality and manufacturing process of explosive TNT (trinitrotoluene). It has also raised questions about overlapping hierarchies and systemic deficiencies in defence production establishment.  Discuss the issue and remedies. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicRole of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security

6) “..playing with extremist groups for short-term goals is invariably counterproductive in the long run.” Discuss how true is it in Turkey’s case? Examine what lessons should India’s neighbours should draw from Turkey’s experience. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

7) Examine the merits and challenges of implementing minimum guaranteed basic income through cash transfer in India for all its citizens. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Attitude; Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service

8) In your opinion, what are the virtues and qualities of a good but strong political leader? Justify. (150 Words)

The Indian Express