[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 09 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 09 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) Discuss ideology and contribution of C. Rajagopalachari, and examine how his views differed from Nehru’s and Gandhiji’s on important contemporary issues. (200 Words)

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

2) “Gandhi was rooted in the society and economy of the country. Nehru used whatever tools his Western education exposed him to.” Discuss. (200 Words)

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Topic: World geography

3) Recently researchers have discovered the existence of hot hydrogen atoms in an upper layer of Earth’s atmosphere known as the thermosphere. Briefly discuss features of various layers of atmosphere and then discuss significance of discovery of existence of hot hydrogen atoms in thermosphere. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2


Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

4) What are the different types of defections witnessed in India with respect to the provisions of the anti-defection law? Do you thin anti-defection law is weak? Should it be repealed and replaced with new law? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

5) What are the main objectives of GST? Examine the various issues, especially concerns of state governments, delaying implementation of the Goods and Services Tax regime. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3


Topic: Prevention of money laundering; Terrorism

6) Two primary reasons given for taking drastic step of demonetization was to check “enemies from across the border… using fake currency notes” and to “break the grip of corruption and black money”. After thirty days it’s evident that both purposes have not been fulfilled. Do you think government should have opted for an alternative measure to achieve these two objectives? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Economic growth and development; Conservation

7) Define biodiversity and sustainable development. It is said that biodiversity integration into developmental plans is crucial for sustainable development. How can biodiversity be included into development plans? Illustrate with examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Accountability and ethical governance

8) What do you understand by terms ‘governance’, ‘good governance’ and  ‘ethical governance’? (150 Words)

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