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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 16 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 16 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic:Distribution of key natural resources

1) It is said that the importance of water in the 21st century is comparable to that of oil in the 20th. Critically analyse  water’s strategic relevance to today’s world. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2


TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to health

2) It is said that measles-rubella, pneumococcal conjugate and rotavirus vaccines will boost the Universal Immunisation Programme. Explain how. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

3) Analyse today’s key global trends and their impact on the world and India. (200 Words)

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Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

4) Compare and contrast powers of Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s with that of Puducherry Lieutenant Governor’s powers. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity

5) What do you understand by ‘secret ballot’? Are elections held in India secret? If not, how can elections be conducted secretly and also protect voters’ privacy? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic: Employment

6) It is argued that that the advanced world is unlikely to witness any growth in factory jobs, as manufacturing companies of these countries find it profitable to combine their know-how with low-wage labour in developing nations. Analyse the statement and also examine what challenges does India face in creating more jobs. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology

7) Explain the method used by Aryabhata to measure earth’s circumference. (200 Words)

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Topic: Awareness in S&T

8) How does e-cigarette work? Is it safe for health? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;

9) Recent boat tragedy in Bihar is blamed on failure of state and union governments in implementing safety related measures in waterways. In cases like this one, how should citizens hold state accountable? In turn, how should state respond?Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu