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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 19 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 19 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: World history

1) Why is Russia viewed as threat to world order, especially by the US and other western powers? Do you think, in the post-Cold War era Russia is a major threat to world peace? Critically examine. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries 

2) What implications would Brexit have on both Britain and EU? Also discuss major challenges Britain is facing in its bid to execute Brexit. (200 Words)

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

3) Critically examine the causes of suicide of small and marginal farmers in India. Suggest solutions to solve this crisis. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education,

4) The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) is run by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the light of recent findings of Pisa, examine what India can learn from these findings. (200 Words)


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

5) How important is a party symbol for a political party? Discuss the role of the Election Commission in issuing or cancelling party symbols and impact of its decision on political parties. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 3

Topic: Resource mobilization; Indian economy growth and development

6) What challenges does government and institutions face in making Indians shift to cashless transactions? How these challenges can be addressed? Discuss. (200 Words)


Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

7) It is said that shifting markets from the informal sector to the formal sector has several advantages. What are these advantages? Illustrate. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in human actions

8) What arguments can be made on ethical grounds to both defend and ban continuation of jallikattu? Critically examine. (150 Words)

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