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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 02 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 02 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World history; World Geography

1) It is said that if Donald Trump succeeds in resetting ties with an aggressive Russia, it could trigger a cascade of geostrategic realignments across the world. Analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Social empowerment

2) A survey has found that in Indian metros a majority of the most educated and historically well-to-do communities do not feel that people from marginalised groups should get government support for representation in social and public spheres. Critically examine why such opinion on reservation persists and how it can be changed. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Important aspects of governance,

3) In your opinion, how one should – both government and public – deal with the phenomenon of ‘fake news’? In the light of its impact on polity and society, discuss critically. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Developments in S&T; Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges

4) Several recent episodes have highlighted the potential of Twitter diplomacy to both make peace or enhance relations and raise tensions or wage war. Analyse these episodes and suggest how governments should handle Twitter diplomacy. (200 Words)


Topic: Changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

5) One of the key features of the revised draft model goods and services tax (GST) law (released in November 2016) is a provision enabling the Central government to constitute an authority to monitor the prices businesses charge for goods and services in the lead-up to, and following the introduction of, GST. Critically comment on the necessity of this feature. (200 Words)


Topic:  Awareness in biotechnology

6) What are G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs)? Recently a research related to GPCRs was in  news in India. In this light, examine significance of GPCRs. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical dilemmas in public and private institutions

7) You are a young, aspiring and sincere employee in a Government office working as an assistant to the director of your department. Since you have joined recently, you need to lean and  progress. Luckily your superior is very kind and ready to train you for your job. He is a very intelligent and well-informed person having knowledge of various departments. In short, you respect your boss and are looking forward to lean a lot from him.

Since you have good tuning with the boss, he started depending on you. One day due to ill health he invited you at his place for finishing some urgent work.

You reached his house and before you could ring the bell you heard shouting noises.  You waited for a while. After entering the house the boss greeted you and explained the work. But you were constantly disturbed by the crying of a woman.  At last, you inquired with the boss but his answer did not satisfy you.

Next day, you were compelled to inquire further in the office and found out that his behavior is very bad at home with his wife. He also beats up bit wife. His wife is not well educated and is a simple woman in comparison to her husband. you see that though your boss is a nice person in the office, he is engaged in domestic violence at home.

In such a situation, you are left with the following options. Analyse each option with its consequences.

a) just ignore thinking about it because it is their personal matter.

b) Repost the case to the appropriate authority.

c) Your own innovative approach towards situation.(250 marks)

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