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

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

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies; Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

1) Why wetlands are considered as the kidneys of the cities? Critically examine how and why wetlands in Indian cities are adversely affected. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, 

2) Critically comment on the role of women in electoral politics in India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

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

3) In the years after Independence, the framers’ delicate balancing act — between State and citizen, between rights and public goals, between legislatures and courts — has sometimes come under immense strain, but has survived more or less intact. In recent months, however, that balance is once again under stress, more so because of the Supreme Court. Critically analyse these recent instances involving the Supreme Court and their implications. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,

4) What’s the mandate of the Supreme Court appointed four-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)? Examine the challenges that CoA faces. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

5) Should India allow countries such as the USA, Japan and Australia to help mend its ties with China? If not, why should it alone try to improve its bilateral relationship with China? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies 

6) What is a quasi judicial body? Analyse advantages and disadvantages of these bodies. (200 Words)

Non-Constittional Bodies, Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

TopicStatutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

7) Differentiate between statutory and regulatory bodies. Critically comment on functioning of a statutory and a regulatory body each, especially on those which are in news. (200 Words)

 Non-Constittional Bodies, Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – growth and development

8) Discuss the growing importance of trade for India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Probity in governance

9) What is probity? Why is it important in governance? Illustrate with any current event. (150 Words)