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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 May 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 May 2017

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1) The Uttarakhand High Court has granted ‘legal persons’ status to rivers Ganga and Yamuna. From environmental and pollution point of view, discuss the significance of this judgement. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


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

2) A study published in The Lancet indicates that India’s TB crisis is set to snowball by 2040 when one in 10 cases could be drug-resistant — both multidrug-resistant TB (or MDR-TB),  and extensively drug-resistant TB (or XDR-TB). What is MDR-TB and XDR-TB? In the light of this study, how should India fight TB? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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

3) Concerns over academic dishonesty and plagiarism have risen in the digital age. How can these practices be fixed? Discuss the challenges and solutions. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional post

4) How is High Court judge selected and appointed? In the light of recent C S Karnan issue, experts have argued that due care should be taken while appointing judges to High Courts. Do you agree? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

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

5) How are medicines named? Do you think prescription of generic drugs alone would bring down out of pocket expenditure? What else can be done? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


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

6) What is augmented reality? How does it compare with religion? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic:   Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions

7) “..the arc of the moral universe must bend towards a more empathetic version of justice rather than a retributive one.” In the light of debate on abolition of capital punishment, comment on the statement. (150 Words)

The Hindu