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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 14 September 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 14 September  2016

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General Studies – 1;

TopicDistribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)

1) From geographical perspective, critically analyse why the Cauvery River water dispute is complicated and has not found a viable solution till date. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

2) Recently, the Supreme Court of India made it mandatory for the police to upload within 48 hours a First Information Report (FIR) drawn up by it suo motu or on a complaint. Discuss the significance of this ruling and challenges in its implementation. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education

3) Experts argue that the union government should involve state governments to improve quality of higher education in India. Examine the role of states in higher education and challenges they face in this regard. (200 Words)

The Hindu


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

4) Critically examine the impact of the APTTA (Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement) on India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicIssues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

5) In recent years, India’s inter-state income disparity in increasing at an alarming rate. Critically examine the causes, its implications and remedies. (200 Words)



Topic: Policies of developed and developing countries

6) “The agreement reached between Russia and the United States in Geneva on a ceasefire in Syria is perhaps the best opportunity for a solution to the five-and-a-half-year old civil war.” Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

TopicEmployment; Awareness in robotics

7) In the light of increasing use of robots in various sectors, critically discuss the effect of machines on labour. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

8) The recent Cauvery water dispute is turning out to be less about water and irrigation and more about linguistic chauvinism and regional identity. In your opinion, how should public servants and media behave in charged up situations like Cauvery dispute protests in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu? Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu