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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 October 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 October 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic:   Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); 

1) Recently India began shipment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Chabahar. Discuss the geography of this route and its strategic importance for India and Afghanistan. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


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

2) India’s issues in the quadrilateral cooperation among India, Japan, Australia and US is inextricably linked to China’s emergence as a great power and is no longer about the principle, but about purpose and process. Analyse. (200 Words)

The Indian Express



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

3) Discuss the purpose and significance of a new initiative by the United Nations Human Rights Office, titled “Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBTI people”. (200 Words)

The Indian Express



Topic: Functioning of judiciary

4) Judicial primacy is detrimental to judicial accountability. Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Hunger and poverty

5) Differentiate between hunger, malnutrition and under-nutrition. Recently the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has ranked India at the 100th position among 119 countries in its 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) rankings. Comment on India’s ranking in this GHI. (200 Words)



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

6) The autonomy and jurisdiction of high courts is under relentless attack from Parliament, and even the Supreme Court. Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 

7) Recapitalisation will help banks maintain their capital adequacy ratio. Banks’ capacity to lend will increase, but that does not mean lending will increase. Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Infrastructure

8) The telecom and internet revolution in India has ushered in good connectivity and infrastructure, but quality of service is poor compared to international standards. Discuss the issue and suggest reforms. (200 Words)



Topic: Indian economy – growth and development

9) Discuss the broad features of Abenomics. Compare these with India’s recent economic measures which are touted as reforms. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.