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

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

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General Studies – 1;



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

1) The historical evidence on the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ Tipu Sultan can be read as competing narratives ranging between visionary to freedom fighter to bigot. Discuss critically relevance and significance of such narratives today. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2



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

2) Reforms to the UN Security Council would require benevolence of the permanent members of the Security Council. Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Functioning of judiciary

3) The designation of Senior Advocates in the judiciary has some symbolic purposes than substantial. In the light of the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court for designating lawyers in the Supreme Court and High Courts as senior advocates, critically comment.(200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 

4) India’s aspirations to attain South Asian Regional Leadership is catalysed through deeper ties with the US. Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3


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

5) Naxalism is a national security threat owing to incoherent and shifting ideological principles. Analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security

6) Criminalising Cyber speech should carefully balance wrongful intent and free speech. Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Land reforms in India; Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

7) Blockchain technology is at the forefront of a technological shift called disintermediation. What do you understand by disintermediation? Discuss significance of blockchain for land reforms. (200 Words)



General Studies – 4


Topic:   Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: 

8) What is ‘Conflict of Interest’? How do public servants face it during their work? What can be an effective way to resolve them? (150 Words)