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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 26 December 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 26 December 2017

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General Studies – 1


Topic:  Salient features of Indian society; Social empowerment; Population and associated issues

1) The international recognition of caste-based discrimination as a form of racial discrimination may have some tangible effect on the rights of the Scheduled Castes in India. Comment. (250 Words)

The Wire

General Studies – 2


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

2) Why is trade multilateralism in a state of crisis? Has multilateralism lost its utility and relevance? Critically examine. (250 Words)

The Wire

The Hindu


Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

3) India’s vote at the UN is in line with its leading power ambitions, and not just a legacy of nonalignment. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders 

4) Discuss the potential of large-scale groups of women, such as self-help groups (SHGs) in strengthening of women’s civil rights and addressing crimes against women. (250 Words)

The Hindu



Topic  Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential

5) Analyse the progress made by state governments in expanding digital governance through various e-governance initiatives. (250 Words)


General Studies – 3


Topic:  Infrastructure

6) Urban growth should address needs of children from poorer sections of society. Analyse. (150 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

7) A permanent solution to naxalism lies in reversing the alienation of tribals. Analyse. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration