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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 August  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World geography; 

1) “Pollution can cause fundamental changes in cloud behaviour and precipitation patterns.” Examine these changes and their effects. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 2

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

2) “The structure of the recently approved Goods and Services Tax Council, far from promoting cooperative federalism, also seems to create the institutional basis for further control of state governments by the union, especially in matters relating to states’ fiscal policies.” Critically comment. (200 Words)


Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

3) Critically evaluate the implementation of maternity entitlements scheme under the National Food Security Act, 2013  via a conditional cash transfer and suggest if any amendments to the act are necessary to ensure that the most vulnerable women get necessary benefits under the Act. (200 Words)


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

4) In your opinion, why did China block India’s NSG membership bid? Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic Infrastructure; Energy

5) How does electrification transform hitherto un-electrified villages? What are the challenges that government is facing in providing electricity to thousands of villages which are yet to see electricity? Discuss critically. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Challenges of corruption

6) Discuss why the Section 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in its present form is important to ensure probity in civil services. Do you think there is a need to amend this section to help bureaucrats to function fearlessly? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Ethics in human actions

7) What are the ethical issues involved in banning commercial surrogacy? Examine. (150 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express