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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 21 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 21 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World geography

1) Recently scientists have discovered a jet stream within the Earth’s molten iron core. Discuss the significance of this discovery. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

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

2) India’s largely unorganized healthcare sector is focused on curing sick people rather than preventing sickness itself. Discuss what needs to be done to reform India’s healthcare system to make it worldclass. (200 Words)


Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

3) India has hundreds of problems to solve that require effective public-behaviour change. What are these problems? Do you think relying on law, fines, threats and monetary incentive would solve these problems? Examine how behavioural science can help in this regard. (200 Words)


Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies 

4) Critically discuss the importance of Manipur  for the success of India’s Look East and Act East policies. (200 Words)


Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive 

5) It is said that the blame for the Centre’s effort to scuttle the long-held convention of appointing the most senior among eligible officers as Chief of the Army Staff cannot be laid at the doorstep of the political executive alone and a significant part of it should go to the Army leadership too. Examine why. (150 Words)

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General Studies – 3

Topic:  Indian economy – employment

6) The unorganised manufacturing sector, which includes both household and non-household units, accounts for a large majority of total manufacturing employment in India and the units in this sector are by definition small in size. Analyse the performance of and challenges this sector faces in comparison to organised sector. Also examine differences between unorganized sector in urban and rural regions. (200 Words)

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Topic: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

7) Does moving money from home to a bank help poor households? Substantiate. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:Ethics and Human Interface:

8) Examine the legal and ethical issues related to how we deal with wild animals which venture into human-dominated landscapes. (150 Words)

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