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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 09 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 09 November 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic:  Indian geography; Urbanisation

1) Discuss the inter-relationship between monsoon rains and pollution in Indian metros. (150 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu



General Studies – 2



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

2) Placing convicted disabled people in solitary confinement with no support violates their right to life, bodily integrity and autonomy under Article 21. In the light of recent observations made by the Supreme Court on the right to privacy issue, critically comment on the issues involved in putting convicted disabled people in jails. (150 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Poverty and hunger

3) A robust and responsive food system is need of the hour to combat undernutrition, non-communicable diseases and hunger around the world. Analyse. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


Topic: Indian economic growth; Inclusive development

4) Formalisation without preparation leads to exclusion. Critically comment. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu


Topic:  Indian economic growth and planning

5) One of the purported objectives of demonetisation was digitisation of India. Discuss critically the role of fin-tech multinationals in pushing India towards digitisation and the impact of demonetisation on making India a cashless economy. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Energy

6) Recently, the Union ministry of power advised the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to set up a committee to look into issues related to open access and brought out a consultation paper based on the committee’s findings. What do you understand by open access? Examine the merits and demerits of this policy. (250 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; 

7) You are an honest and responsible civil servant. You often observe the following:

(a) There is a general perception that adhering to ethical conduct one may face difficulties to oneself and cause problems for the family, whereas unfair practices may help to reach the career goals.

(b) When the number of people adopting unfair means is large, a small minority having a penchant towards ethical means makes no difference. 

(c) Sticking to ethical means is detrimental to the larger developmental goals

(d) While one may not involve oneself in large unethical practices, but giving and accepting small gifts makes the system more efficient. 

Examine the above statements with their merits and demerits. (250 Words)