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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 01 January 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 01 January 2018

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General Studies – 1


Topic:   Poverty and developmental issues; 

1) What is inequality, and what role does it play in inhibiting or encouraging growth, or in undermining democracy? Critically examine. (250 Words)



Topic:  Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

2) What do you understand by instrumentalism in political philosophy? Is Tagore’s non-instrumentalism the need of the hour? Examine. (150 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

3) Liberation of Goa was antithetical to Nehruvian approach to international affairs. Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2



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

4) In the cases of human trafficking, what are the issues faced by – during and post – rescue operations – by NGOs and state institutions that are involved in rescuing victims of human trafficking?  Discuss. (250 words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


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

5) “Public value does not mean simply redistributing existing wealth or correcting issues affecting public goods. Instead, it means co-creating value in different spaces.” Elaborate the sentence and discuss significance of collective creation of public goods. (250 Words)



Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

6) We want economic growth that is ‘green’—without damaging or destroying the environment. At the same time, we want improvement of the environment without stopping innovation and economic growth. What are the solutions that can help nations to protect their environment without hurting their economies? Discuss. (250 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:   Ethics in human actions