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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 July 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 July 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic:  Poverty and developmental issues

1) It is said that there is an urgent need to understand the complexity of the problem of food wastage and then to devise a national-level strategy to combat it. Discuss why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

2) Recently, the UN voted into existence the prohibition of nuclear weapons or the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty (NPT). Compare and contrast the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty (NPT) with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).(200 Words)



Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3) July 2017 marks 20 years since the Asian financial crisis. What caused the Asian financial crisis? What have Asian countries learned about how countries can safeguard their economies from future shocks and deliver sustainable and inclusive growth from this crisis? Examine. (200 Words)



Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

4) Write a critical note on Nepal’s equal-distance policy. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

5) Discuss the objectives and provisions of National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22). (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3


Topic: Transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints;

6) Once Punjab was a star performer in agriculture. What happened to its agriculture? What policies can make Punjab shine again in agriculture? Examine.  (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Employment

7) Discuss India’s formal non-farm job scenario and policies needed to create more such jobs. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Indian economy – planning and growth

8) “The all-out war on cash transactions is not wise economic policy” In the light of recent measures initiated by the union government against cash transactions, critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4




TopicEthics in personal and professional relations

9) You are working as Superintendant of Police (SP) in the anti- corruption branch (ACB). Your husband is an IAS officer and is posted as  commissioner in the food and civil supplies department. Recently there was an allegation against your husband that he was responsible for the supply of low quality, rotten food to various hostels run by social welfare department and also to PDS shops. After few cases of food poisoning and death of few students in social welfare hostels, the government wanted to fix accountability and punish senior officers to show that it was serious against such problems. The opposition parties have alleged that your husband was a kingpin in the scam and it was due to his corrupt nature, that innocent lives were lost. A committee formed by government wants you to investigate the case. 

a) What are the ethical issues that you are going to face during the course of investigation in the above case? How ill you manage these issues? (250 Words)


Note: Tomorrow there will 1 case study s related to above topic.