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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 03 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 03 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues; Population

1) India has a major child and women malnutrition problem. In the light of recent surveys, critically examine the causes and suggest what should be done to address this problem. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Important aspects of governance, Transparency

2) Recently, the Supreme Court removed top functionaries of BCCI for not implementing Lodha panel recommendations and for the contempt of court.  In your opinion, what lessons should BCCI learn from this episode? Also briefly give your opinion on the whole episode. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies

3) What are the Election Commission’s powers in a dispute over the election symbol in case a party splits? Also discuss related court cases and controversies. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic:  e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; 

4) According to surveys by the World Bank and the department of industrial policy and promotion, Andhra Pradesh has emerged as one of the easiest places to do business in India. In this regard, discuss the e-governance initiatives taken by Andhra government which have helped it .(200 Words)


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

5) Some people see reservation system as  a programme for poverty-removal. Do you agree? What are the true objectives of reservation system? Is demand for reservation by Socially Advanced Castes (SACs) justified? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic:  Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity

6) A seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, in a majority judgment, held that an appeal for votes during elections on the basis of religion, caste, race, community or language, even that of the electorate, will amount to a ‘corrupt practice’ and call for disqualification of the candidate. Discuss significance of and justification for this judgement. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3

Topic:Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

7) It is said that there is rising uneasiness within the Indian Army on a number of significant issues. Critically analyse these issues and suggest how they should be dealt with by government and the defence establishment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Infrastructure

8) Compare and contrast the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) with the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Examine if AMRUT is an improvement over JNNURM. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethical dilemmas in public and private institutions

9)ABC Ltd. Is a large transnational company having diversified business activities with a huge shareholder base. The company is continuously expanding the generating employment. The company, in its expansion and diversification programme, decides to establish a new plant at Vikaspuri, an area which is underdeveloped. The new plant is designed to use energy efficient  technology that will help the company to save production cost by 20%.  The company’s decision goes well with the Government policy of attracting investment to develop such underdeveloped regions. The government has also announced tax holiday for five years for the companies that invest in underdeveloped areas. However, the new plant may bring chaos for the inhabitants of Vikaspuri region, which is otherwise tranquil. The new plant may  result in increased cost of living, aliens migrating to the region, disturbing  the social and economic order. The company sensing the possible protest tried to educate the people of Vikaspuri region and public in general that how its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy would help overcome the likely difficulties of the residents of Vikaspuri region. In spite of this the protests begin  and some of the residents decided to approach the judiciary as their plea before the Government did not yield any result.

a) Identify the issues involved in the case

b) What can be suggested to satisfy the company’s goal and to address the residents’ concern?

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