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

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

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General Studies – 1


Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 

1) From fire safety to urban planning, why are Indian regulations not working? Critically analyse. (250 Words)

The Wire


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

2) India has a shockingly high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 167: for every 100,000 births. This is more than twice the target to be achieved under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Why do you think institutional delivery is still a nightmare for majority of pregnant women in India? (250 Words)

The Wire


Topic:  Important aspects of governance, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

3) India does not have a legal definition of what constitutes personal information and lacks a robust and comprehensive data protection law. We need to have both quickly in place if the Supreme Court’s judgment according privacy the status of a fundamental right is to have any meaning. In the light of recent developments, critically comment on the statement. (250 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3


Topic:  Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

4) It doesn’t augur well for an aspiring market economy that the government should provide goods that competitive markets can provide effectively. With reference to debate on the privatization of Air India, comment on the statement. (150 Words)



Topic:  Developments in S&T

5) Though innovations such as blockchain are at the heart of creating ‘trustless’ decentralising technologies, their goal remains efficiency and profit. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Environmental pollution

6) What is surface ozone (O3)? Why is it considered as a neglected and dangerous pollutant? Examine. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:    Attitude; Emotional intelligence