[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 January 2018

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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 January 2018

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General Studies – 1


 

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

1) It makes no sense for India, which prides itself on its multilingualism, to make a case for Hindi at the UN. Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

 


General Studies – 2


 

Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

2) The road to India’s prosperity may well run through Jerusalem, but the road to its leadership aspirations on the world stage cannot bypass Ramallah either. Critically comment on the implications of recent inconsistency in India’s policy towards Israel and Palestine for India’s regional and global aspirations.  (250 Words)

The Hindu

Livemint

 

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

3) It is said that there are clauses in the RTE Act which have enormous catalytic potential but that have gone largely untouched and unnoticed. Discuss the features of these provisions which can radically transform school education in India. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 


General Studies – 3


 

Topic:  Employment

4) The World Bank’s latest “Global Economic Prospects” report shows that the second wave of change in the global labour market will play out over the next two decades, with developing economies contributing to all of the addition in the global skilled labour force, as the number of skilled workers in advanced economies is expected to decline. How should India gain from this employment shift? Analyse. (250 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic:  e-technology in the aid of farmers 

5) For India, among the largest food producers globally, the challenge is to counter the effects of erratic rainfall, raise productivity and use water efficiently. Examine how Indo-Israeli Agriculture Project (IIAP) seeks to address these challenges through technological interventions. (250 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic:  Achievements of Indians in science & technology

6) Critically evaluate features and performance of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’ (INSPIRE) programme. (250 Words)

The Wire

 

Topic:  Achievements of Indians in science & technology

7) Why is Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)  one of the world’s most reliable space launch vehicles? How is it helping India commercially and technologically? Examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic:  Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;
a) Would you move to foreign country and work there? Justify.
b) What are the ethical issues that needs to be addressed in this case? How will you address them? 
General