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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic:  Urbanization  – problems and remedies

1) The city is never a function of concrete objects assembled in space, but rather, how people live together, prosper and create better lives for themselves. Examine how citizens can be solution to growing problems in Indian cities. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic :Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.

2) Setting up of the higher education financing agency (HEFA) is labelled as one of the key reforms in higher education sector in India. Examine why. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic:Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.

3) It is argued that restoring Class X exams will lead to exclusion of disadvantaged sections from higher education. Do you agree? Critically discuss merits and demerits of restoring Class X board exams. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

4) The opaque and gargantuan nature of electoral finance is at the root of the twin evils of corruption and black money. How to make publicly-funded elections a reality? Suggest solutions. (200 Words)

Livemint

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

5) Over the past two decades, India has worked towards upgrading more than 30 of its bilateral relationships to “strategic partnerships”. What do you understand by strategic partnership? Critically comment on its relevance for India, especially with 3o countries. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

6) Can social media ensure efficient governance, especially in India where government is often slow to respond to citizen’s grievances?  Discuss critically. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology

7) In your opinion, what needs to be done to make India a top destination for science and technology? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic: Agriculture issues

8) More than a decade ago, the National Commission on Farmers pointed out that successive droughts, illness, high expenditure on social obligations and asset loss push farmers to the brink. What reforms are needed in drought management for effective distress mitigation? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


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

9) It is no secret that intense lobbying is done by ‘reputed persons’ every year to receive Padma Shri or a Padma Bhushan awards. Is it ethical to lobby for such awards, especially when it’s a public servant who’s lobbying? Justify. (150 Words)

The Hindu