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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 August  2016

Archives – Secure 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Salient features of Indian society; Social empowerment

1) In Many parts of India Dalits are denied entry into temples, public and social spaces, and are threatened when they try to assert their basic human rights. Do you see a pattern in such injustices across regions and societies in India? What needs to be done to stop such injustices? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) Do you consider growth of political dynasties as exclusionary and undemocratic? In the Indian context, critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations.

3) Do you think recent protests in Kashmir Valley are orchestrated by Pakistan to foment unrest in India? Or is there larger underlying causes behind such protests? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Judiciary

4) Critically analyse problems of the judiciary in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications

5) “Blockchain and distributed ledger technology can make the state more accountable.” Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicImportant International institutions; Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

6) Jurists and diplomats have pointed out that India has failed to develop and nurture sufficient legal expertise in the field of international maritime law. Do you agree? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations

7) In your opinion, what measures can arrest the downward slide in bilateral ties and restore some positive energy between India and China? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Awareness in S&T

8) What is radiocarbon dating? Explain the science behind radiocarbon dating and examine its applications. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in human actions; Ethics in public administration

9) Your friend who is preparing for civil services exam has following opinion on certain socio-political issues:

  1. Women should be given 50 per cent reservation in legislature and those who oppose such a move should be punished
  2. Dalits should organise a mass movement similar to Arab Spring movements and take over the government, and it’s the only way by which they can get justice
  3. Politicians and bureaucrats who indulge in corruption should be hanged in public

From ethics point of view, examine the merits and demerits in your friend’s opinions. (250 Words)