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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 16 January 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 16 January 2018

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General Studies – 1


Topic:  Poverty and developmental issues; Social empowerment

1)There is growing political support across the world for the idea that public investment in social security is critical to eradicate poverty, boost economic growth, and reduce inequality. Has this support translated into tangible outcomes in terms of better life for the targeted people? Critically examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic:   Functioning of judiciary

2) Critically analyse the factors that have slowed down India’s criminal justice system. Also suggest remedies. (250 Words)



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

3) Recently, a new legislation known as the equal pay standard came into effect in Iceland after being passed a year ago. Should similar legislation be passed by India? Discuss. (250 Words)



Topic Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions

4) The government is the biggest litigant in India. Examine the underlying causes, consequences and solutions. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


Topic:  Infrastructure

5) Why is India facing a housing crisis despite governments spending huge money through centrally sponsored schemes? Also discuss what course correction is needed. (250 Words)



Topic: Environmental pollution

6) Examine why and how soils can serve as a sink for carbon dioxide? Discuss why ability of soils to sequester carbon as a win-win strategy must be recognised by policymakers. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices;

7) The boom-and-bust cycle in the agriculture prices is the result of a broken supply chain that is over-regulated. Discuss. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions