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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 4 September 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 4 September 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic:  Salient features of Indian society; Role of women; Social empowerment

1) It is said that feminism could be a powerful tool that lets children shed stereotypes that they may hold and question those of others. Do you agree? Discuss how will the introduction of feminism in schools would help children shed gender stereotypes. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

2) Critically comment on the proposed amendments to the RTI act and their likely impact on RTI activists. (200 Words)

The Indian Express



Topic:    Functioning of Supreme Court

3) Examine the important observations made by the judges in the recent landmark right to privacy judgement. (200 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3


Topic: Energy

4) It is argued that socio-political and economic realities do not favour the prospects of renewables in India. Discuss why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Indian economy – growth and development

5) What do you understand by natural capital? Discuss the benefits of investing in natural capital. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Indian economy – growth and development

6) The recent real growth of GDP, i.e. after removing the impact of inflation, was only 5.7%. It is said to be much lower than expected. In your opinion, what are the causes of low growth? How growth can be stimulated? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Disasters and disaster management

7) “The root cause of man-made disasters of the type we saw in August is not merely incapacity and apathy but conscious errors of omission and commission by the state.” Comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4




Topic:   Ethics in international relations

8) You were recently hired as CEO of a reputed company. Because of radical measures that you have taken in the interest of the company, some of the board members are unsettled and have started to talk negatively about you openly.  The chairman of the company, who is also a co-founder, has given an open statement saying that your initiatives would be detrimental to company’s growth. However, since you initiated certain reforms, the company is doing well in the share market. You also have the support of shareholders. But the founders of the company, who hold conservative views and are scared of change, are now openly issuing statements against you. 

a) What are your options in this situation? Discuss their merits and demerits. Also justify finally which course of action you would follow. 


Note: Day after tomorrow there will be Case Study on the topic Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

Topic: Case study