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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 September 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 September 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

1) It is said that the most important historical event of the last two decades has been the battle over the Narmada dam. Do you agree? Discuss critically the socio-cultural, political and economic significance of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA). (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

2) ” All India Judicial Services may streamline vacancies at lower judiciary but Higher Judiciary still remains a challenge to achieve holistic Judicial Reforms.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy. 

3) Police Reforms must target towards creating law enforcement immune from political bias but accountable to the Rule of Law. Comment. (200 Words) 

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


Topic: Indian economy – growth and development;

4) With reference to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, analyse the causes leading to Wilful Defaulting of payments to Banks in India. Also, highlight multi layered measures that can be undertaken to improve the same. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Indian economy – growth and development; Investment models.

5) India’s reforming Current Account Deficit hints more towards measures undertaken internally than support garnered externally. Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Infrastructure 

6) Infrastructural readiness is a key factor towards efficiency in delivery of public good and services. Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping

7) Critically evaluate progress made in union government’s PDS digitisation drive. Do you think digitisation of PDS will improve its efficiency and plug its loopholes? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4



Topic:  Human Values; Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics;

8) Laws, on occasion, may question principles of morality underlined while framing them. Given the SC judgment on dowry, analyse the relationship law has with morality. (200 Words)

The Hindu


TopicCodes of Ethics,

9) What are the ethical issues involved in relationships between reporters and their sources and editors? Examine what implications these issues will have on journalism and the public. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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.