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With only 10 days to go, it is time to brush up the important topics for UPSC IAS Mains 2016. Here you will find the list of most important topics for upcoming Mains examination – We are focusing on General Studies – Major Environment and geographic issues, Art and Culture, Sports, Defense, Science and Technology, Commissions and Committees, Bills and Acts, Programs and Policies. We will be posting further videos on current affairs and general studies topics in coming days, you can keep yourselves updated by simply subscribing to our YouTube Examrace Channel.

IAS GS Mains 2016: 87 Expected Questions

IAS GS Mains 2016: 87 Expected Questions

  • Bimal Jalan Committee – Licensing & Expenditure Management (1)
  • Deepak Mohanty Committee - Data & Information Management in RBI
  • M B Shah Committee – On Black Money (4)
  • Arvind Mayaram Committee - Definition to FDI and FII
  • P J Nayak Committee – Governance of Board of Banks – Scrapping Bank Nationalization Act

Demonetization (8)

  • Structure and role of RBI
  • Currency notes and printing press
  • Functioning of ATM’s
  • Cash deposit machines and its working
  • Anil Bokil
  • Arthakranti Sansthan
  • Urijit Patel
  • ATM Recalibration – SS Mundra Task force

Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A) (1)

  • Launched by RBI
  • To help resolve the corporate debt problem and strengthen the lenders’ ability to deal with stressed assets.
  • Company’s debt is bifurcated into sustainable and unsustainable based on the cash flows of the company’s project.
  • Sustainable debt cannot be less than 50 % of existing debt and will have to be serviced over the same terms as that of existing facilities.
  • Unsustainable debt can be converted into equity, Optionally Convertible Debentures or Redeemable Optionally Convertible Preference Share with clearly spelt out terms.

External Commercial Borrowings and Hedging (6)

  • Additional Tier 1 (AT1) Bonds: Hybrid bonds that combine debt and equity elements & are called contingent convertible capital instruments (CoCos)
  • Ease of Doing Business Index
  • National Medical Commission Bill 2016 - Scrapping of MCI
  • Niti Ayog/

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  • GDI

Developments in Railways (7)

GST (1)

  • Scrap off concepts of levy of excise on manufacture, VAT/CST on sales, entry tax on entry of goods
  • Include Central Taxes: Central Excise, Service Tax, CVD, SAD, CST
  • Include State Taxes: VAT, CST, Entry Tax, Luxury Tax
  • Customs is outside GST
  • 122nd Amendment Bill

Bills and Acts (7)

Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws Amendment Bill, 2016 (1)

  • Amend four laws
  • Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002
  • Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act (RDDBFI), 1993
  • Depositories Act, 1996
  • Indian Stamp Act, 1899

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) (1)

Table contain shows National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) (1)

Table contain shows National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) (1)







Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal


Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

University Institute Of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh


Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi


University of Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Poona College Of Pharmacy, Erandwane, Pune


Tezpur University

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

Institute Of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

Major Programs and Policies (7)

Environmental Issues (5)

  • Kasturiranjan Committee
  • Gadgil Committee
  • Interlinking of Rivers
  • COP22 to the UNFCC: Marrakech Action Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development.
  • Doha Amendments to Kyoto Protocol

Geographically Important Topics (5)

Defense, Science and Technology (6)

  • Net Neutrality
  • Nuclear triad: 3 basic components viz. , strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).
  • K-4 Missiles (DRDO)
  • LIGO - Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • KAGRA - Kamioka Gravitational Wave Detector
  • IndiGo - Indian Initiative in Gravitational-wave Observations (Sanjeev Dhurandhar, Professor at IUCAA, Pune)

Defense, Science and Technology (8)

  • Lagrange point: Location in space where combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and sun or Earth and the moon, equals centrifugal force felt by a much smaller third body.
  • Aditya L1 – 1st Indian Mission to Study Sun by ISRO
  • Mangalyaan – Mars
  • ISRO chairman UR Rao to be part of IAF Hall of Fame
  • Chandrayaan -2 Mission
  • Pratham

Defense, Science and Technology (6)

  • Scramjet engine: Works on the Air-breathing Propulsion System. Uses natural oxygen present in the atmosphere to burn the fuel stored in the rocket
  • INS Vikramaditya
  • Blue-water navy: Maritime force capable of operating globally; essentially across the deep waters of open oceans
  • Green-water navy: Naval force designed to operate in nation’s littoral zones and has the competency to operate in the open oceans of its surrounding region
  • Brown-water navy: Naval force capable of military operations in fluvial or littoral environments, mainly carrying heavy sediment loads from soil runoff or flooding

Art and Culture (6)

Sports (6)

  • Olympics & Paralympics
  • Indians in Olympics & Paralympics
  • PV Sindhu - Ace Shuttler
  • Padmini Rout - Chess
  • Sakshi Makil – Repechage allows participants who failed to meet qualifying standards by a small margin to continue to the next round.
  • Decision Review System (DRS): Technology-based system used in sport of cricket for the sole purpose of reviewing controversial decisions made by on-field umpires as to whether or not a batsman had been dismissed.

Decision Review System (1)

  • Footage from TV cameras placed around the ground
  • Hot Spot: Infrared camera system highlights parts of the bat and body that have been hit by the ball
  • Hawkeye: Ball-tracking system to check leg before wicket decisions
  • Realtime Snickometre: Waveform of the sound captured by a stump microphone

- Published/Last Modified on: November 23, 2016


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