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Welcome to our INSTA Revision Plan 2.0 & 3.0 to give wings to your Preparation for the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary cum Mains Examination – 2021
The following Insta RevisionTest is part of the detailed Insta Plan 2.0 which we have given you (CLICK HERE) recently. Read and internalise the plan before you start giving these tests. If you are already very well prepared, you can give these tests as stand-alone tests for extra practice.
The Insta 70 Days Plan received huge response from all of you. Questions were appreciated. In the Insta 2.0, we are further ensuring that questions are of high quality and are intended to help you eventually ace in the actual preliminary exam 2020 as well as Mains Exam.
We will concentrate solely on Prelims in Insta 3.0.
You are blessed with 4 more months and if you utilise these months smartly and sincerely, you will not only improve Prelims scores, but also get better at writing GS answers and essays before Prelims-2021. All that matters is your consistency.
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Post your INSTA Revision Test score as well as your answers for the below Mains Questions in the Comments section for review.

Static question:

1. Beyond health costs, air pollution can also hurt the economy in other ways. Elucidate in the backdrop of alarming air pollution issue in the country.(250 words)



Ethics question :

1.  Mr. X  was the Secretary of Ministry of Defence. He is an intelligent dealmaker and he secured a deal with a foreign country for weapons purchase, along with transfer of technology. In order to secure the deal, he makes some compromises upon oral orders from your Minister viz. Minister of Defence. The pricing of the weapons is over-invoiced and the surplus amount will accrue to the defence company which supplies weapons. The amount is not exorbitant but Rs. 5 Crores only. This information is kept out of public access using Official Secrets Act by Mr. X.

Mr. X is transferred to Personnel Ministry now. Interestingly, a whistle-blower has disclosed the over-invoicing done by him but she lacks any evidence. She files RTI to access pricing details of defence deal. Chief Information Commissioner concluded that under the present RTI Act, the information is ought to be disclosed. The Personnel Minster and Defence Minister have decided to amend the RTI law to reduce powers of CIC and create loopholes such that some compromises made for securing national interest by any Ministry is kept in dark.

As a Secretary of Personnel Ministry, Mr. X is supposed to give green signal to weaken the RTI law by amendments and Personnel Minister asks him to do so. What should Mr. X do in this case?

(20 marks, 250 words)


2. The CBI of your country raids a premise being used by terrorists. While no terrorist was found there, multiple belongings of them including a branded smart phone has been seized. In course of analysis, it was found that it is necessary to unlock the phone to access some critical information which will give clues about the terrorists and their plots.

Your government approaches the company producing these phones and asks them to unlock the mobile. However, citing the company norms for customer privacy, it is said that regardless of one of their phone being used by a terrorist, it is unprofessional to unlock a customer’s mobile which will amount to violation of customer privacy.

Analyze the ethicality in the argument of the company. What should be the right approach in this case? (20M)


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