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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 November 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic: Role of women and women’s organization

1) Examine the achievements and contributions of Cornelia Sorabji to women empowerment in India. (150 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 2


Topic:  Functioning of judiciary

2) Although there can scarcely be any argument against the Chief Justice of India being the master of the roster as a tenet of judicial discipline, it would be naive to consider it an absolute principle of justice delivery. In the light of recent controversy involving the Supreme Court judges, discuss critically. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

3) Critically evaluate performance and outcomes of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). (250 Words)

The Hindu


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

4) Discuss the significance and findings of the recent India State-level Disease Burden Initiative. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

5) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is a toothless tiger. Comment. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3


Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights. 

6) Why does Geographical Indication (GI) tag matter? It is argued that Geographical Indications have potential to be India’s growth engine. Examine why. (250 Words) 

The Hindu




Topic: Energy

7) Why is India, the country with the world’s third largest coal reserves , facing coal shortages? Examine why and suggest measures to overcome shortages. (150 Words)




General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethical concerns and dilemmas in public and private institutions

8) You are a Public Information Officer (PIO) in a government department. You are aware that the RTI Act 2005 envisages transparency and accountability in administration. The act has functioned as a check on the supposedly arbitrarily administrative behaviour and actions. However, as a PIO you have observed that there are citizens who filed RTI applications not for themselves but on behalf of such stakeholders who purportedly want to have access to information to further their own interests. At the same time there are these RTI activists who routinely file RTI applications and attempt to extort money from the decision makers. This type of RTI activism has affected the functioning of the administration adversely and also possibly jeopardises the genuineness of the applications which are essentially aimed at getting justice.

What measures would you suggest to separate genuine and non-genuine applications? Give merits and demerits of your suggestions. (250 Words)