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

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

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable


General Studies – 1;


Topic :  Role of women; Social empowerment

1) Critically comment on the demerits of the recent the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


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

2) Why does Scotland want to exit from the United Kingdom? If Scotland breaks away from the UK, what will be the consequences to the UK and Scotland? Also examine how will this affect Indian diaspora in UK. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

3) What is the mandate of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)? What is its opinion on the issue of settlements being built by Israel in the occupied territory? Do you think Israel is practising apartheid? If yes, hot its should be dealt with? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

TopicImportant International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

4) Examine the causes of recent tensions between the EU and Turkey. Also critically comment on ongoing political developments in Turkey and their implications for regional peace. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


Topic: Economic growth and development

5) What’s the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and faster technology deployment in economic growth? It’s is said that democratization of these three factors is crucial for India to to reach new heights in economy and technology. Discuss. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

6) Counter-insurgency operations by the security forces, especially against maoist insurgency, have often been undermined by poor intelligence, flagging alertness of the security forces and the absence of a multi-layered political strategy. Discuss what needs to be done to overcome these deficiencies to fight insurgency effectively. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security. 

7) Compare and contrast nature of India’s, China’s and the US budget spending on arms and defence. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Right to Information

8) The most contentious issue in the implementation of the Right to Information Act relates to official secrets. Examine the recommendations made by the Second ARC vis a vis issues posed by official secrets. (150 Words)

Second ARC

Topic: Right to Information

9) Discuss the recommendations made by the Shourie Committee on the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules. (150 Words)

Second ARC