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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 November 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 November 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) What is biomethanation? Could it be a solution for better urban waste management? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger

2) Write a critical note on the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment (Paper-1); mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

3) India formally adopted gender budgeting in 2005. Has it succeeded in empowering women and bridging gender gap? Critically evaluate. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic:  Basics of cyber security

4) Because of demonetization, people in India are being forced to make digital payments. It is said that without proper precautions and security policies, the highly reactive nature of cybersecurity leaves us vulnerable to cyberattacks. Is it safe to utilise new payment platforms? How government and companies should mitigate cyberattacks and minimise its damages arising out of this situation? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Economic growth and development

5) It is widely expected that demonetization will bring long-term benefits. Will demonetization deliver benefits that outweigh the short-term costs? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices

6) Critically discuss imposrtance of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Indian farmer. In recent days, India is moving towards a regime where prices of agricultural produce would be decided by global demand and supply equations. Is it good for Indian agriculture? Comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

7) It is observed that in the absence of reasoned argument and evidence, people fall back upon their political preferences in order to form their opinions about any issue. Why does this happen? Is it good for the country? Critically examine. (150 Words)