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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 05 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 05 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) In the event of the anniversary of the Chennai floods, critically analyse the challenges faced by government in making cities flood proof. Also examine what common challenges does Chennnai, Kochi, Mumbai and Kolkatta face when it comes to floods. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

2) Do you think more democracy and more decentralization is good for India? Substantiate. (200 Words)


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

3) What are Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs? Recently, the Delhi High Court quashed all notifications of the government banning the manufacture and sale of 344 Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs. Discuss why government had banned FDC drugs and examine what lesson should government learn from quashing of its notifications by the Delhi High Court. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

4) Differentiate between extradition, deportation and abduction. What are the merits of extradition? Examine the nature and scope of India’s extradition treaty with the United Kingdom. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

5) Examine the criticisms made against functioning of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and in the light of these criticisms, discuss how its director should conduct himself.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – growth and development

6) Do you think the recent demonetization move is an opportunity for India to become a digital economy? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

Topic: Infrastructure: Energy

7) A suggestion is made in the media to the government to enact a “energy security and responsibility act” and set up a “department of energy resources and sustainability” in the PMO under the charge of a person with ministerial rank. Examine intention behind this suggestion? What are its merits and demerits? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

8) Differentiate between wisdom and knowledge. For a public servant, which one of these two is more important? Justify. (150 Words)