[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 02 December 2016

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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 02 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country

1) Critically analyse views of Gandhi, Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru and Ambedkar on patriotism. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2


Topic: Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

2) The proposition that populism harms democracy has been amply borne out by our history. Do you think the subordination of political parties to populist leaders is good for democracy? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

3) Do you think measures like demonetization which have bearing on all the citizens, should have been implemented through legislative support? If the Supreme Court intervenes in the validity of demonetization move, will it amount to judicial overreach? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

4) In the light of upcoming Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan, critically analyse evolving nature of India’s relationship with Afghanistan. (200 Words)

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Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health; Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

5) Recently, the World Health Organisation released guidelines on HIV self-testing. Discuss its significance and also examine mechanism used in its OraQuick HIV self-testing. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

6) Recently, Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone devastated its society and economy.  How did it impact various sections of Sierra Leone’s society? Also examine role of various international agencies in situations like this. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology

7) Indian researchers have developed a wound-healing nanofibrous mat that interacts with the body to help it heal faster and without scarring. Discuss its mechanism and applications. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4


Topic: role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

8) Is patriotism more important than humanity? Justify.  In your opinion, how patriotism should be inculcated among citizens? Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

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