[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 04 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 04 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Secularism

1) What impact do you think the Supreme Court verdict on the section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, will have on Indian politics? Also examine significance of this judgement to secularism. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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General Studies – 2


Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations.

2) Critically examine India’s Tibet policy. In the light of Chinese assertion in the region, do you think India should be more aggressive and try to leverage its position in Tibet by being more assertive? Comment. (200 Words)

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Topic :Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

3) “India’s Act East policy will gain traction only if there is a committed road map for withdrawing AFSPA.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

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Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act

4) Critically discuss views expressed by judges of the Supreme Court in their interpretation of the Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act. Also examine significance of this judgement for citizens and democracy. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3


Topic: Indian economy – growth and development

5) What do you understand by marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR)? Recently many banks including SBI reduced MCLR. Examine the reasons for and benefits of this move. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Infrastructure

6) It is said that the new real estate bill would seek to eliminate the current norm of selling homes at a preliminary stage and introduce only build-and-sell model for their residential projects. Discuss the implications of this move on various stakeholders. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4


Topic:  Ethical issues in international relations

7) It is argued that a US turn to isolationism and the pursuit of strictly US national interests may eventually lead to a global conflict. To what ethical issues and conflicts would such US isolationsim give rise? Critically examine. (150 Words)

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