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

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

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable

General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Salient features of Indian society

1) “The problem of pit emptying must become central to India’s efforts to eliminate open defecation.” Critically discuss importance of pit emptying and measures needed to enforce it to eliminate open defecation. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:   Population and associated issues; Salient features of Indian society 

2) What challenges does rapid ageing of population pose to policymakers in India? Social attitudes toward ageing in India and around the world is unfavourable towards aged people. How can this attitude be changed? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

3) How can accountability and transparency measures ensure better disaster management? Illustrate with suitable examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

4) What does world need today – protectionist measures or free trade  – to eliminate poverty? Substantiate. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security

5) Critically analyse present status of ISIS operations and  its ability to lure youths from across the world including India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Indian economy growth and development

6) What do you understand by twin balance sheet (TBS) problem? How and why is India affected by TBS? What’s the solution to fight this problem? Examine. (200 Words)

The Economic Survey 2016-2017, Chapter 5

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

7) With reference to the issue of the government’s excess capital in the RBI, is it good for economy? Should RBI hold excess capital? Should government use this excess capital? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Economic Survey 2016-2017, Chapter 5

General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

8) What’s the difference between populism and demagoguery? How do populists and demagogues affect society? Illustrate with current examples. (150 Words)

The Hindu