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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 July 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 18 July  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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Prelims Revision Tests

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)

1) Pakistan has decided to return to an international tribunal to settle a dispute with India over sharing waters of the Kishenganga and Ratle rivers. Discuss why river sharing between India and Pakistan has become a contentious issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. ; Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries; 

2) India does not, in any case, have a parliamentary practice like that of the “Prime Minister’s Questions” in the U.K. where the Prime Minister takes questions from MPs every sitting week for a dedicated time. Should this practice be considered in India? Discuss the significance. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicEffect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests; Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 

3) “It is likely that China’s reaction to the Hague ruling on SOuth CHina Sea dispute will have a negative impact on other multilateral processes.” Discuss. (200 Words)


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

4) Is tariff protection and other protectionist measures always bad for economy? In the light of measures proposed by Republican Party nominee Donald Trump, critically examine. (200 Words)



TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) What do you understand by Institutional autonomy? Should it operate independently of the government? With suitable examples, discuss the relationship between autonomy and accountability of institutions in a democracy. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Effect of liberalization; Food processing and related industries in India

6) Recently, the union government allowed FDI in trade, including e-commerce, of food produced or manufactured in India. Examine how will this impact different stakeholders. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions;

7) In India, the public is so passive or disinclined to intervene, or to help the victim when a serious crime occurs. Why? What measures can motivate public to intervene in crime situations and help victims? Examine. (150 Words)

The Indian Express