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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) Do you think the rise of private-cab services in metro cities indicates failure on part of governments to allocate resources for effective public transport system? Discuss the advantages of public transport, focusing more on safety aspects. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries 

2) It is said that even though the new president is well disposed towards India, his efforts to change America’s trajectory will have huge economic and political consequences for India. How should India prepare to deal with the US? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

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

3) From all findings and reports, it’s now very clear that higher education system in India is failing. In your opinion, on priority basis, what should government do to revive higher education system? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements

4) “Given their objective geopolitical circumstances, the rational priority for Japan and South Korea should be the development of close defence and intelligence cooperation rather than quibbles over statues.” In the light of recent events that have taken place in northeast Asia, elaborate the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  ; Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity

5) In the light of massive protests in Tamil Nadu demanding revoking of the Supreme Court judgement banning jallikattu, do you think the union government should nullify the effect of the Supreme Court judgment through an ordinance? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

6) Critically examine how has India’s demonetization affected its neighbouring countries. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections

7) The Government of India has finally decided to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour and Convention 138 on Minimum Age of Employment. Discuss significance of ratification of these conventions. Also examine why it took so long for India to ratify these conventions. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 

8) Critically evaluate performance of union government’s Startup India, Stand Up India campaign. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in public administration

9) In the post-truth world, do you think ethics has any relevance in public administration? Critically comment. (150 Words)