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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 February 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 February 2018

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General Studies – 1


:  Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. 

1) Examine how the change in demography along the River Cauvery basin has affected cropping pattern, water use pattern and also land use pattern in the basin. (250 Words)

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General Studies – 2



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

2) India’s energy requirements and greater geopolitical clout have resulted in it importing more hydrocarbon resources from Russia. Analyse how will ongoing tensions between Russia and the West, fluctuating crude oil prices, and the falling value of the rouble affect Indo–Russian cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector. (250 Words)



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

3) Discuss the significance and implications of the recent Supreme Court verdict in the River Cauvery water sharing dispute for other water disputes and also for federalism. (250 Words)

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

4) Why the role people and civil society is crucial in the preparation of the annual budget? Has government of India taken any step in this regard? Critically comment. (150 Words)

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General Studies – 3


Topic:   Agriculture

5) High input cost, flawed MSP calculation and non-inclusive crop insurance scheme are problems perpetuating farm distress. Critically analyse. (250 Words)

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TopicIrrigation; Resources (Paper-1)

6) Discuss the objectives, significance and prospects of the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY). (250 Words)

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General Studies – 4

Topic:  Corporate governance
Topic:  Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators

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