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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 05 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 05 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World geography; History of India

1) Critics argue that India and Bangladesh have wasted opportunities for shared advantages, especially when both countries are linked intricately together by geography. Do you agree? Analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

2) What are the most important reforms in education sector in India you would like government to implement in coming years? Discuss. (200 Words)


Topic : Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;

3) Shifting towards a digital payments ecosystem could generate several potential benefits: for citizens, it could reduce transaction costs and increase access to critical financial services; for governments, it could reduce leakages and improve public service delivery. But, to see these benefits on ground, how should India create and transform its digital payment infrastructure? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Critically comment on China’s decision to veto India’s proposal to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the UN. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy – resource mobilization

5) Tackling income tax exemptions for equities and agriculture has been a challenge for successive governments in India. Should government take bold steps to tax these sectors? Examine. (200 Words)


Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

6) In your opinion, what challenges the new army chief face and how he should address them? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration

7) Recently, on the occasion of new year celebrations, thousands of revellers had gathered in and around Mahatma Gandhi Road and Brigade Road to ring in 2017, as is something of a tradition in the city. But, according to reports that subsequently emerged, a large number of women were sexually assaulted around midnight. However, no complaint has been registered with the police. Meanwhile, state Home Minister has blamed ‘western culture’ being followed by women for the incident. 

a) Why do you think girls who were molested doesn’t come forward to register complaint? 

b) Is Home Minister right in blaming western culture for the incident? Justify.

c) If you were a police officer in-charge of providing security on this occasion, how you would have handled the situation?  (300 Words)

The Hindu