[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 07 December 2016

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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 07 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World wars,

1) Why the attack on Pearl Harbour by Japanese forces during the Second World War is hailed as one of the most significant events of Twentieth century? Do you think some of the consequences of the Pearl Harbour attack were justified? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

2) Compare and contrast how courts in USA and India have viewed insult to objects of national unity such as flag or national anthem by  citizens of their country. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

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

3) In recent months the phrase ‘Project Europe’ is frequently used in both western and Indian media. What is Project Europe? In the light of recent events, examine what’s happening to the Project Europe. (200 Words)


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

4) Discuss the importance of reliable and frequent data for policymakers in addressing health and nutrition targets. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization

5) What is tax-to-GDP ratio? According to the recent Economic Survey, India’s ratio of tax-to-GDP (gross domestic product) is 5.4 percentage points below that of comparable countries. What are the implications of lack of an adequate tax base for India? Analyse. (200 Words)


Topic: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology. 

6) What procedure is involved in procurement of aircrafts by the Indian airforce and navy? Recently, Indian Navy rejected procurement of the Tejas fighter aircraft. What does it mean to indigenisation of defence technology? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Issues relating to intellectual property rights.

7) Examine the relationship between intellectual property (IP), competition law and innovation in India. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

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

8) Discuss Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of seven sins. (150 Words)

GS-4, UPSC Mains 2016