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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 9 September 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 9 September 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic:    Poverty and developmental issues 

1) A report on development in South Asia published by the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) focuses on poverty, mariginalisation and crisis of governance in the region. Discuss its findings. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

2) Write a note on the Derozio Affair and its significance. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 

3) India currently faces twin challenges in the nutrition sector – undernutrition manifesting in several health problems as well as increasing problem of overweight and obesity, contributing to the burden of non-communicable diseases. In this light examine the significance of the country’s first Nutrition Atlas published by the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN). (200 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability; E-governnce

4) It is argued that Aadhaar, in its current form, is a major threat to the fundamental right to privacy. Do you agree? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3


Topic:  Environmental pollution

5) Discuss the magnitude and implications of plastic pollution in oceans. (200 Words)

The Guardian


Topic: Conservation; Agriculture

6) In and around India’s 101 elephant corridors, the animals damage crops spread over 1 million hectares of land. What measures could farmers adopt to protect their crops? Examine. (200 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic: Disaster and disaster management.

7) Assam, because of its geological position and as home to a large network of rivers, faces floods frequently. Analyse  the causes of flood and the intensity of damages, and also suggest policy options to be taken to control the damages. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4



Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 

8) What lessons in morality and consciousness can one learn from Gita and Upanishads? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Concept of public service

9) Discuss OECD recommendations to improve  ethics in public service. (150 Words)


Note: Day after tomorrow there will be Case Study on the topic Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.