[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 December 2016

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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: World geography

1) Examine the causes of cyclone sin the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It is found that severity of cyclones is increasing in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Functioning of judiciary

2) In many instances, courts in India are making rules on their own. Do you think courts should have such discretions? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) What are the compelling arguments you would give to advance India’s relationship with Indonesia as a defining one in Asia – pacific region? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

4) Critically comment on the justifications given by the Supreme Court in the Koushal judgement. (200 Words)

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Topic: Quasi judicial bodies

5) What are the functions of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal? It is said that it’s in need of revamp. Examine why. Also suggest reforms. (200 Words)

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Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

6) The Companies Act 2013 requires large (above a specified threshold level) firms to spend 2% of their net profits on corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. Do you think this law has been effective in ensuring CSR activities? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3


Topic: Infrastructure – energy

7) In India solar power sector has enormous potential. At the same time it has many challenges in realizing this potential. What are these challenges? How can they be overcome? (200 Words)

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Topic: Resource mobilization

8) It is argued that government should ensure that all tobacco products, including bidis and smokeless tobacco, are taxed at the highest rate of the Goods and Services Tax. Discuss the rationale behind this argument. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance

9) What are the philosophical roots of copyright? Do you think recent Delhi High Court ruling on copyright case is ethically sound? Justify. (150 Words)

The Hindu