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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

1) Oxfam’s latest report tells us that the bottom 50% of the world’s population has “just 0.2%” of the world’s “wealth.” What are the causes of this huge inequality? Explain. (200 Words)


The Indian Express

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times; Role of women

2) Dance in India has had a long and chequered history: from being seen as sacred and spiritual to getting proscribed for being perceived as profane, debauched and carnal. Critically examine how women and their role was depicted in various dance forms during the colonial India. Also examine how Rabindranath Tagore depicted women in various art forms, especially in dance and drama. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

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

3) Compare and contrast the differing approaches taken by the high courts on the issue of maternity benefits to women employees who have children through surrogacy. (200 Words)


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

4) Punjab, situated in close proximity to Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran), is considerably affected by the illicit drug menace. Critically discuss scale of this problem and measures needed to eradicate it. (200 Words)


Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

5) “Systemic reform of the institutional and legal framework for non-profit organisations in India is long overdue, but its absence does not imply that their societal, developmental and professional contributions should be ignored, decried, or devalued.” Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems

6) Although the construction of farm ponds is portrayed as a miracle strategy by the state and central government as well as popular media. Critically examine if their construction has resulted in achieving their objectives. (200 Words)


Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country,

7) It is argued that the changing cropping pattern is of key significance for the present state and future prospects of Punjab economy. Examine how has cropping pattern changed in Punjab over the decades. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections

8) With suitable examples, examine the distinction between “empathy” and “sympathy” in the context of ethics. (150 Words)