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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 23 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 23 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues; population and associated issues, 

1) Despite some success, it’s argued that there is a key binding constraint to achieving Swachh Bharat under the Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM). What’s this constraint? Discuss it’s importance for the success of SBM. (200 Words)


Topic:  Globalization; Poverty and developmental issues

2) “Despite the challenges it has created, globalization has made the world a better place. And we still need it to eradicate poverty.” Do you agree? Discuss. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

Topic: Role of civil services; Dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

3) Critically analyse important issues plaguing paramilitary and state police forces. Suggest what remedies are needed to address these issues. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary 

4) Bihar government’s decision to put in place 50 per cent reservations in judicial services has been appreciated widely. Discuss merits of this move by Bihar government. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

5) Write a critical note on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Critically examine why Aung San Suu Kyi and India, both champions of democracy, have not been able to resolve this issue within their capabilities. Also suggest how can India address Rohingya issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Role of civil services; Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive 

6) Critically comment on the significance of the Central government’s recent decision to compulsorily retire two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and one Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer for ‘non-performance’. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

7) In the post GST scenario, what steps should be taken to reap the full benefits of GST on inter-state trade? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Economics of animal rearing; IPR issues

8) It is argued that the jellikattu sport will help preserve indigenous breeds of cattle. What are the other options people should be encouraged to practice to preserve indigenous breeds? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Codes of ethics; Codes of conduct

9) What’s the difference between codes of ethics and codes of conduct? Illustrate with examples. (150 Words)