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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 23 December 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 23 December 2017

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General Studies – 1



Topic:  Salient features of Indian society

1) What do you understand by cultural capital? Discuss its importance in society such as India. (150 Words)



General Studies – 2


Topic:  Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure,

2) Should state governments have the power to enact their own data protection laws? Substantiate. (250 Words)

The Wire


Topic:   Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

3) The recent 2G scam verdict by special CBI court reflects incapacity of the state and its institutions. Critically comment. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

4) The judgement delivered by the Supreme Court in August 2016 in the case of Anita Thakur and Ors v Government of J&K and Ors 2007 is likely to be a landmark in constitutional actions against the state in the context of the right to protest and corresponding limits on state action. Discuss. (150 Words)



Topic:  Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes

5) Discuss critically the impact of Aadhaar on welfare programmes. (250 Words)



Topic Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

6) An audit of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s premier watchdog on the food, by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) reveals gaps in the working of the body. Examine the findings of CAG and their significance. (250 Words)

Down to Earth

General Studies – 3


Topic:  Environmental pollution

7) The recently published report “Performance Audit of Rejuvenation of River Ganga” has put a question mark on the success of union government’s most ambitious programme for cleaning River Ganga. Critically examine why cleaning River Ganga remains a distant dream. (250 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic:   Achievements of Indians in science & technology;

8) Discuss the relevance of works and life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. (250 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic: Awareness in biotechnology

 9)How can DNA analysis help identify the identity of people who built the Indus Valley Civilisation? In the light of recent excavations carried out at Rakhigarhi, analyse. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

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