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

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

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable

General Studies – 1;

Topic: Population – and associated issues

1) What do you understand by replacement level fertility? It is said that India’s fertility is fast approaching replacement levels. Examine how will it affect population growth in future. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country 

2) Examine the meaning and context of the term ‘pseudo-secular’, which is frequently in news.  Discuss the nature of context between secular nationalists and communalists during the course of the Indian freedom struggle. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

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

3) It is said that Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to cut corporate taxes will be a major boost for US companies and the dollar, but may spell bad news for emerging markets. Examine why. (200 Words)


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

4) Examine how the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, is an improvement over 1995 Disabled Act. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topic: Economic growth

5) The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee report has preferred a debt to GDP ratio of 60% for the general government by 2023, comprising 40% for the Central government and 20% for the State governments.  Discuss the challenges that states would face in achieving debt ceiling of 20% by 2023. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Linkages between development and spread of extremism. 

6) What is the core ideology of Maoist insurgents in India? Do you think heavy military approach to address Maoist insurgency is in the interest of local people? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 

7) What’s RTS,S or Mosquirix? Discuss its applications and significance. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Challenges of corruption

8) A survey has found that both popular perception as well as experience of corruption in public services has declined in India. Examine the factors that have contributed to this decline. (200 Words)