[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 May 2017

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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 May 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic:  Art and culture

1) The state-funded cultural institutions have been asked to generate revenue amounting to 25-30 per cent of their budget initially and “eventually” achieve “self-sufficiency”. Critically discuss the role of these institutions in preserving culture and the kind of support they need from government. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Functioning of the judiciary

2) “The Supreme Court’s use of its vast powers under the Article 142 has done tremendous good to many deprived sections. However, it is time to institute checks and balances.”  Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) Why do you think Russia, USA and India’s neighbours are taking keep interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Does India stand isolated? In terms of geopolitics, examine whether India’s stance vis a vis BR initiative is justified or not. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicBilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4) Examine how and why is India trying to balance its relations with Palestine and Israel. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations

5) Recently, India’s Prime Minister addressed huge rally of Sri Lanka’s hill-country Tamils. Discuss the significance, status of and problems being faced by this community in Sri Lanka. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

6) Is creating more districts a good of decentralization? In the light of panchayat’s powers to plan and carry out developmental activities, analyse critically. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment

7) For the first time in 11 years, in 2015-16 the combined fiscal deficit of India’s 29 States as a proportion of the size of their economies breached the 3% threshold recommended as a fiscally prudent limit by successive Finance Commissions. What are the causes? What should be the role of centre in addressing this problem? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic:   Ethics in international relations

8) Illustrate with suitable examples why ethical conduct in international relations is more important today. (150 Words)

General