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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 7 September 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 7 September 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic:    Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 

1) It is said that the aspiration for self-rule of the hill people in Darjeeling is more than a century old. Examine the historical background of the demand for creation of Gorkhaland. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Wire


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

2) It is said that the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case between ICICI Bank and Innoventive Industries is a boost to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Examine why. (200 Words)



Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,

3) Why is India’s world ranking on press freedom is falling? In your opinion, what measures should government take to improve its ranking? Examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


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

4) The Supreme Court recently said that the attacks on innocents by cow vigilantes must stop. What directions did SC give in this regard? In your opinion, what is the constitutional mandate of the union government in stopping such attacks by vigilantes? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express


Topic:  e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential

5) Discuss the merits and demerits of recent moves by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to pilot public open WiFi hotspots through a nationwide model of pay as you go public data offices (PDOs). (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


Topic:  Infrastructure

6) As per official data, Indian roads became deadlier than ever in 2016, with a total of 1.51 lakh people dying in 4.81 lakh accidents. What do these accidents indicate about infrastructure, road safety and governance? How can India prevent these accidents? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express


Topic: Environmental pollution

7) Critically comment on India’s waste management crisis. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4




Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;

8) Differentiate between the following terms:

a) Law, Regulation and Rule

b) Conscience and Mind

c) Accountability and Governance

d) Ethical concern and Ethical dilemma


Note: Day after tomorrow there will be Case Study on the topic Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.