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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 09 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 09 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) What and how should public transit systems in Indian cities learn from aggregators service providers like Uber and Ola? Examine. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2


Topic: Centre – state relations

2) Recently, the Centre announced a special package for development of Andhra Pradesh. Do you think this special package is sufficient to meet Andhra’s post bifurcation challenges, or should it be accorded Special Category State status? Critically comment. (200 Words) 

The Hindu

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

3) Discuss the features and priorities of the U.S. and India’s growing collaboration on innovation and entrepreneurship. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4) Critically assess the efforts made towards achieving economic integration of SAARC nations. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

5) Do you think it’s time to make MGNREGA scheme target oriented than retaining its universal nature? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


TopicConservation; Environmental pollution

6) Recently China and the US ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. Why do you think the US has signed this Agreement considering its opposition and non-ratification of Kyoto protocol? Also, in the light of major powers signing the Pris Agreement, critically examine the progress made by India towards meeting its climate goals. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Environmental pollution

7) Discuss the social and economic costs of increasing air pollution in India. (200 Words)

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Topic: Developments in S&T

8) It is argued that there is clear hegemony with respect to the Internet, Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing by a few private companies. Is it a matter of concern? Substantiate. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4


Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Attitude

9) As a civil servant, even when you do the good work and show empathy towards weaker sections, you will face people who are rude to you and never acknowledge your good work. Moreover, some might even spread lies about you out of jealousy. In such situations, how will you keep your motivation high? How will you react to such ‘negative’ people?  (150 Words)

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