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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 October 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 October  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

1) Critically analyse the interrelationship between rise of nationalism and economic growth. (200 Words)



The Guardian

General Studies – 2

Topic:Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies; Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

2) Critically evaluate the role of NHRC in investigating violations of human rights across India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic:Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation

3) Discuss the significance of the Kigali agreement to amend the Montreal Protocol and substantially limit the emission of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that contribute to global warming. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation;

4) Compare and contrast objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate with that of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. In the light of recent ratification of the Parsi Agreement by the required threshold, critically examine if there exists a support system to effectively implement this treaty. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Indian economy – planning, growth, resource mobilization

5) Discuss RBI’s conditions and their impact on setting up of payment banks and small finance banks. (200 Words)


Topic Indian economy – planning, growth, resource mobilization

6) Bank credit to the industrial sector has started shrinking. Its decline has been a serious cause for concern as credit growth is essential to revive investment. Why economic liberalization has failed to improve bank credit to industries? What is the way forward? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

7) While it is important to preserve and celebrate our rich social and cultural traditions, it is doubly important to ensure that, under the veil of preservation of traditions, the human rights of our children are not infringed upon. In the light of recent death of Jain girl who fasted unto death, critically comment on the role of government in stopping such harmful traditional practices. As a civil servant, if you come across a situation similar to incidences like the death of Jain girl, how will you prevent them? (200 Words)

The Indian Express