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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 24 February 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 24 February 2017

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable


General Studies – 1;


Topic:  Role of women; Social empowerment

1) Should triple talaq be outlawed? What arguments can be made in favour of outlawing triple talaq? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Poverty and developmental issues;  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.

2) The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has estimated that approximately 150 million people in India experience one or the other mental health condition. Discuss the nexus between gender, poverty and mental health. Examine if interventions such as unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) could help address mental health problem among poor.  (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Awareness in space; Latest developments in S&T

3) What is ‘Goldilocks’ zone of a star? Recently NASA scientists have discovered Earth-size seven exoplanets which are said to possess habitable conditions. How did scientists discover such planets? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Indian economy growth and development

4) Most states achieved and maintained the target fiscal deficit level (3 percent of GSDP) and eliminated the revenue deficit soon after the introduction of their Fiscal Responsibility Legislation (FRL). Was FRL sole reason behind states’ good fiscal performance? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Economic Survey 2016-2017, Chapter 6

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

5) The latest economic survey of India argues that apparel and leather sectors meet many desirable attributes for creating jobs, especially for women, and provides opportunities for exports and growth. Discuss why. (200 Words)

The Economic Survey 2016-2017, Chapter 7


General Studies – 4


Topic: Ethical issues in international relations and funding;

6) It is said that in a post-Trump world, India can be an example of plural values. Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express