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Mains Marathon – UPSC Mains Current Affairs Questions – January 2

Read the following questions and answer them by clicking on the links in not more than 200 words

Time: 40 Minutes

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1.In what way did Mahatma Gandhi transform the nature of Indian freedom struggle? Discuss. (GS 1)

महात्मा गांधी ने किस तरह से भारतीय स्वतंत्रता संग्राम की प्रकृति को बदला? चर्चा करें।

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2.The drainage system in Indus Valley civilization shows that the people had a high sense of health and sanitation. Do you agree? Justify your answer with examples. (GS 1)

सिंधु घाटी सभ्यता में जल निकासी प्रणाली से पता चलता है कि लोगों को स्वास्थ्य और स्वच्छता को लेकर एक उच्च भावना थी। क्या आप सहमत हैं? उदाहरण के साथ अपने उत्तर का औचित्य सिद्ध करें।

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3.Gandhi always advocated the purity of means. Do you think it is unethical for a military officer to mislead the enemy? Why? (GS 4)

गांधी ने हमेशा साधन की पवित्रता की वकालत की है। क्या आपको लगता है कि यह दुश्मन को गुमराह करना एक सैन्य अधिकारी के लिए अनैतिक है? क्यूं?

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4.“Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.” Discuss Confucius’s views. (GS 4)

विनम्रता सभी गुणों की ठोस नींव है। कन्फ्यूशियस के विचारों पर चर्चा करें।


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Answered Mains Marathon – UPSC Mains Current Affairs Questions – December 6


Download : UPSC Mains 2016 General Studies Paper -3


Download Paper -3 (2016) PDF

Answer All the following questions. Each Question is to be answered in not more than 200 words. Each question carries equal marks.

Q.1) How globalization has led to the reduction of employment in the formal sector of the Indian economy? Is increased informalization detrimental to the development of the country? 12 ½

Q.2)  Women empowerment in India needs gender budgeting. What are requirements and status of gender budgeting in the Indian context?

Q.3) Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is necessary for bringing unbanked to the institutional fiancé fold. Do you agree with this for financial inclusion of the poorer section of the Indian society? Give arguments to justify your opinion. 12 ½

Q.4) What are ‘Smart Cities’? examine their relevance for urban development in India. Will it increase rural-urban differences? Give arguments for ‘Smart Villages’ in the light of PURA and RURBAN Mission.

Q.5)Justify the need for FDI for the developments of the Indian economy. Why there is gap between MOUs signed and actual FDIs? Suggest remedial steps to be taken for increasing actual FDIs in India. 12 ½

Q.6) Comment on the challenges for inclusive growth which include careless and useless manpower in the Indian context. Suggest measures to be taken for facing these challenges. 12 ½

Q.7)What is water-use efficiency? Describe the role of micro-irrigation in increasing the water-use efficiency. 12 ½

Q.8) What is allelopathy? Discuss its role in major cropping systems of irrigated agriculture. 12 ½

Q.9) Discuss the role of land reforms in agricultural development. Identify the factors that were responsible for the success of land reforms in India. 12 ½

Q.10) Give the vulnerability of inidan agriculture to vagaries of nature, discuss the need for crop insurance and bring out the salient features of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). 12 ½

Q.11) Give an account of the current status and the targets to be achieved pertaining to renewable energy sources in the country. Discuss in brief the importance of National Programmme on Light Emitting diodes (LEDs). 12 ½

Q.12) Discuss India’s achievements in the field of Space Science and Technology. How the application of this technology has helped India in its socio-economic development? 12 ½

Q.13) Why is nanotechnology one of the key technologies of the 21st century? Describe the salient features of India Government’s Mission on Nan science and Technology and the scope of its application in the development process of the country. 12 ½

Q.14) Rehabilitation of human settlements is one of the important environmental impacts which always attracts controversy while planning major projects. Discuss the measures suggested fro mitigation of this impact while proposing major developmental projects 12 ½

Q.15) The frequency of urban floods due to high intensity rainfall is increasing over the years. Discussing the reasons for urban floods, highlight the mechanisms for preparedness to reduce the risk during such events. 12 ½

Q.16) With reference to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) guidelines, discuss the measures to be adopted to mitigate the impact of the recent incidents of cloudbursts in many places of Uttrakhand. 12 ½

Q.17) The terms ‘Hot Pursuit’ and ‘Surgical Strikes’ are often used in connection with armed action against terrorist attacks. Discuss the strategic impact of such actions. 12 ½

Q.18) “Terrorism is emerging as a competitive industry over the last few decades.” Analyze the above statement. 12 ½

Q.19) Border management is a complex task due to difficult terrain and hostile relations with some countries. Elucidate the challenges and strategies for effective border management. 12 ½

Q.20) Use of internet and social media by non-state actors for subversive activities is a major security concern. How have these been misused in the recent past? Suggest Effective guidelines to curb the above threat. 12 ½


Download : UPSC Mains 2016 General Studies Paper-2

Download the Question Paper GS- 2

Q.1) Discuss the essentials of the 69th Constitutional Amendment Act and anomalies, if any, that have led to recent reported conflicts between the elected representatives and the institution of the Lieutenant Governor in the administration of Delhi. Do you think that this will give rise to a new trend in the functioning of the Indian federal politics?

Q.2) To what extent is Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, bearing marginal note “temporary provision with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir”, temporary? Discuss the future prospects of this provision in the context of Indian polity.

Q.3) “The Indian party system is passing through a phase of transition which looks to be full of contradictions and paradoxes.” Discuss.

Q.4) Exercise of CAG’s powers in relation to the accounts of the Union and the States is derived from Article 149 of the Indian Constitution. Discuss whether audit of the Government’s policy implementation could amount to overstepping its own (CAG) jurisdiction.

Q.5) Discuss each adjective attached to the word ‘Republic’ in the ‘Preamble’. Are they defendable in the present circumstances?

Q.6) What was held in the Coelho case? In this context, can you say that judicial review is of key importance amongst the basic features of the Constitution?

Q.7) Did the Government of India Act, 1935 lay down a federal constitution? Discuss.

Q.8) What is quasi judicial body? Explain with the help of concrete examples.

Q.9) Professor Amartya Sen has advocated important reforms in the realms of primary education and primary health care. What are your suggestions to improve their status and performance?

Q.10) “In the Indian governance system, the role of non-state actors has been only marginal.” Critically examine this statement.

Q.11) “Effectiveness of the government system at various levels and people’s participation in the governance system are inter-dependent/” Discuss their relationship in the context of India.

Q.12) In the integrity index of Transparency International, India stands very low. Discuss briefly the legal, political, social and cultural factors that have caused the decline of public morality in India.

Q.13) Has the Indian governmental system responded adequately to the demands of Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization started in 1991? What can the government do to be responsive to this important change?

Q.14) “Traditional bureaucratic structure and culture have hampered the process of socio-economic development in India.” Comment.

Q.15) Examine the main provisions of the National Child Policy and throw light on the status of its implementation.

Q.16) “Demographic Dividend in India will remain only theoretical unless our manpower becomes more educated, aware, skilled and creative.” What measures have been taken by the government to enhance the capacity of our population to be more productive and employable?

Q.17) “The broader aims and objectives of WTO are to manage and promote international trade in the era of globalization. But the Doha round of negotiations seem doomed due to differences between the developed and the developing countries.” Discuss in the Indian perspective.

Q.18) Evaluate the economic and strategic dimensions of India’s Look East Policy in the context of the post Cold War international scenario.

Q.19) “Increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in India and growing interference in the internal affairs of member-states by Pakistan are not conducive for the future of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).” Explain with suitable examples.

Q.20) What are the aims and objectives of the McBride Commission of the UNESCO? What is India’s position on these?

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UPSC Current Affairs Questions and Answer Writing – Mains Marathon

UPSC IAS Mains Current Affairs Questions and Answers online

Dear Friends,

As promised, we begin with Civil Services 2017 Preparation. And the key to preparing for Civil Services Examination 2017 will be based on following things:

  • Reading Current Affairs on a daily basis
  • Writing Answers Based on Current Events
  • Covering the GS Mains Syllabus holistically to some extent before Prelims
  • Attempting Daily Current Affairs Questions

Find all Mains Marathon Questions at the bottom/end of this page. We only need consistency from you 🙂
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Reading Current Affairs on a daily basis

We already have two initiatives for covering Current Affairs on a daily basis:

The Mains Marathon – Your Answer to Daily Answer Writing Practise that does not compromise on your existing preparation

The big problem we all are facing, that there are simply too many questions – a lot of them meaningless – around the Internet. You can either do those questions, or clear the Civil Services – but not both. At least that is what you said in the Survey.

And you wanted these things from us

  • Limited Number of Questions that can be actually done.
  • Some feedback on answers.
  • Mains Marathon Suggested Answers.
  • Plan for covering the static part – for those who want to do Self Study

We have tried to address some or all of these through our FREE initiatives. We also have a paid MGP Plan with Top Mentors and email and telephonic support, but we can only have a limited number of people join that, as we are small and cannot take up many people as of now.

Daily Questions on Mains Marathon

We will be posting Daily Questions for Mains Marathon in the first half of the day.  About the questions:

  • They will be limited to 3 to 4 questions on a daily basis
  • You are expected to spend not more than 10 minutes on each question – in essence limiting your answer writing time to between 30-40 minutes
  • Links will be provided – which should be read and digested in another 30 -40 minutes. In essence, the exercise, even when done at a slow pace, should help you do a meaningful Answer Writing Practice in between 1 hour to 90 Minutes, but never more than that.
  • We will try to keep all questions meaningful and relevant to the examination
  • The questions posted on MM 2017 will cover the current affairs part of GS Paper 3, 2, 1 and anything that is relevant for GS – 4 too.

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Answer-Writing Practice: Read this to avoid Mistakes

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  • We will be offering a general feedback for the questions and will point out any errors that you may be making in your answers.
  • The feedback for your answers will be provided by 11 PM everyday. Please post clear pictures of your answers for that.

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Weekly Essay

  • We will come up with one Essay Topic Every week for Essay. This will be released on Saturday
  • General Feedback on Essay will be provided by Wednesday. Peer review should also happen.

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Summing up the Plan

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  • Saturday : Weekly Essay – One Topic

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Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers (2017)

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers : June 2017

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers : May 2017

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers : April 2017

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers : March 2017

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers : Feb 2017

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers : Jan 2017

Mains Marathon Current Affairs Questions and Answers (2016)