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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 February 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 February 2017

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable


General Studies – 1;


Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) A new study has found that India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1 million people to die prematurely each year and is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world. In this light, critically examine why India’s air pollution problem is worsening while China, USA and some of the European countries have shown progress in containing pollution. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,

2) In your opinion, what lessons should public servants and citizens should learn from the recent Supreme Court judgement in the State Of Karnataka v. Selvi J.Jayalalithaa & Others case? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) Recently, the Commerce Ministry sent a note to the Cabinet proposing a blanket ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tobacco sector. How will this move affect tobacco industry and foreign companies in the sector? What other measures should India explore to better achieve the objective of reducing tobacco consumption and be less investment-restrictive as well? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. 

4) In the international context, foreign “aid” has been shown to create a number of adverse effects.  What are these adverse effects? Is ‘aid’ whether from foreign countries or from centre to states, good for India?  Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 3


Topic: Government budgeting; Conservation

5) Critically comment on the budgetary approach to environmental protection in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world,

6) What do you understand by human dignity? What is its relationship with rights? Also examine Emmanuel Kant’s views on human dignity. (150 Words)

Class XI NCERT Political Science, Political Theory, Chapter – 5

Topic:Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

7) Migration of people to different regions within the country is often resisted by the local inhabitants. In the light of recent events in the United States, critically examine on what ethical and legal basis such policies against immigrants could be proven as discriminatory and unethical. (150 Words)

Class XI NCERT Political Science, Political Theory, Chapter – 6

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world,

8) Differentiate between nationalism and pluralism. Discuss Tagore’s critique of nationalism and its relevance today. (150 Words)

Class XI NCERT Political Science, Political Theory, Chapter – 7

(Above THREE questions are part of our New Initiative, for Details and Timetable, Click Here)