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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 12 July  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic:Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present– significant events, personalities, issues

1) Critically analyse the nature of ongoing separatist movement in Kashmir valley. Do you think India is to blame for the ongoing unrest in the Valley? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu


Topic: Women empowerment

2) Critically comment on the provisions of Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2


Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

3) Lack of rules creates governance based heavily on political and bureaucratic discretion. Do you think India strongly needs a rule based governance system? Discuss why. (200 Words)


TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate

4) It is said that the Supreme Court has shone much-needed light on the dark underbelly of the operation of the AFSPA and the effects it has had on governance and civil liberties. Discuss Supreme Court’s observations and their significance. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

5) Should India de-escalate conflict in South China Sea or capitalize on it to gain strategic advantage in the region? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic:Structure, organization and functioning of the Ministries and Departments of the Government.

6) It is argued that India should do away with separate ministry and minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation and for urban development, and combine both. Examine why. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation;Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country

7) In many tribal regions some NGOs are mobilizing tribes to adopt millet-based biodiverse agriculture, especially in jhum regions. Examine the significance and advantages of millet based biodiverse agriculture. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Attitude: its influence and relation with thought and behaviour

8) Do you believe that the things have to get worse before they get better? Should certain things be allowed to get worse in anticipation of better future? Comment. (150 Words)