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[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 March 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 March 2018

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LIST of TOPICS (Static)

General Studies – 1




Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times;

1) Some of the Islamic architectural structures in south India stand as proud reminders of not just an architectural tradition but also of cultural traditions, where Islam effortlessly adapted itself to the native customs. Examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

It’s in our topic list.   

Key demand of the question:

You should examine and explain features of some of the Islamic architecture in South India which have blended local traditions within them. The reference article provides Tamil Nadu examples. Find similar 2-3 other examples. 

Directive Word:

Examine– Explain with examples how Islamic architecture in south India projects a cultural tradition that reflects blending of native traditions and customs. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write how Islamic architecture in south India has distinct features compared to north due to influence of native customs and also how it reflects religious syncretism.  

In the body, with the help of 3-4 examples, address the demand of the question. It’s better to address this question spatially. Write few points to emphasise that these structures represent cultural traditions as well (Hindu- Islam unity).

In the conclusion write 1-2 lines about the need for preserving these traditions today and how they remind us of great syncretic past. 


General Studies – 2



Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources.

2) Regulating school fees is one of the most significant legal and political challenges policymakers in India face. Examine why. Also comment why it’s important to regulate fees. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Why this question?

It’s one of the dimension of education sector reforms and regulation.  Though a very specific issue, it’s important.  

Key demand of the question:

TWO – demands – first, give reasons why regulation of school fees poses legal and political  challenges to policymakers.  Secondly your opinion on importance of regulating school fees is needed. 

Directive Word:

Examine: From the article, inspect reasons and present them in answer

Comment: Your opinion on the importance of school fee regulation. Here, your own view is required.  

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write in 2-3 lines why regulation in education, especially regarding fees is a challenging issue but needs to be done. 

In the body, divide answer into TWO main parts to address two demands of the question. In the first part, divide further into LEGAL and POLITICAL challenges. Within these,  write relevant points with examples.  In the Second part, in 3-4 points present your views with facts why regulation of fees is important. 

In the conclusion, write in 1-2 lines about the need for other reforms such as curriculum, teacher training, funding etc make education system robust in the interest of harnessing demographic dividend. 

Related question/Articles: Here , Here , Here


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

3) In the light of China’s model of a new order and the U.S.’s commitment to the existing order, do you think India can and should strive to establish its own new order? If yes, what should be its nature and priorities? Analyse. (250 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

It’s a very important question. This article provides original perspective on India’s global role. Will be helpful  for essay too

Key demand of the question:

While briefly explaining existing global orders being led by USA and China, you should analyse what order India should strive to create (if it can) and  what should be its nature and priorities in this order. 

Directive Word:

Analyse: Question itself has four parts. Wherever necessary, divide these parts further into sub-parts and write your answer.   

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write in 1-2 lines on unique position India has in providing the world with new global order without antagonising existing power structure. Also write India can and should create new order. 

Briefly explain in 3-4 lines existing orders led by the USA and China. 

In the body, divide answer into FOUR main parts as per question’s demand. First part to explain if India can establish new order; Second for giving reasons why India should; Third for describing nature, and Fourth for explaining priorities. Given article provides hints/pointers to all four dimensions. Emphasise more on sustainability, peace and security. 

In the conclusion, write in 2-3 lines giving a message that India has the potential, will and moral standing to set a new global order in the interest of the world.


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

4) As two pluralistic democracies with a firm belief in a multipolar world order and in the future of Eurasia, India and France have numerous strategic convergences. Discuss. (250 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

It’s in news.  

Key demand of the question:

Discuss the areas where India and France have converging interests and how they contribute to multipolar world order and to the future of Eurasia, France and India.  

Directive Word:

Discuss: Examine various dimensions of this issue and discuss them.   

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write in 2-3 lines how France and India share common interests in the interest of their respective countries and Eurasia as well. Give current affair example of recent visit of France President to India. 

Define what strategic relationship means.

In the body, divide answer into 4-5 dimensions: Security, Trade, Defence etc. Within them discuss why interests in these areas are ‘strategic’ and mutually beneficial. Give facts about recent agreements to support your views. 

In the conclusion, write in 2-3 lines on sustaining and strengthening these bilateral relations without succumbing to domestic developments (political/social).

General Studies – 3



Topic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

5) Examine critically the potential of technologies such as artificial intelligence(AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (VR) and big data in transforming education in India. (250 Words)



Why this question?

Impact of technologies on various social sectors is an important topic from exam point of view.  

Key demand of the question:

Objectively examine how these four technologies are going to transform education in India.   

Directive Word:

Critically examine:  You have to write about both failures and successes of these technologies.  

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction write 1-2 lines on the potential of technology to revolutionise education sector in developing countries. Also write about indispensable nature of real world teacher-pupil relationship. 

Define each technology in one line.

In the body, there should be FOUR main part for each technology: Examine their success and failure so far. Give examples of other countries too. Write their demerits and merits. Argue why traditional human touch is necessary and can’t be replaced by technologies. 

In the conclusion, make a point about need for synergy between human interventions and technologies to ensure quality education in schools and colleges. 



General Studies – 4

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

6) What do you understand by public service professionalism? What is the essence and values of public service professionalism? Examine. (150 Words)

UN(Page 25)

Why this question?

Direct from syllabus of GS-4.  

Key demand of the question:

Direct question – Your understanding of public service professionalism concepts – definition, essence and values. 

Directive Word:

Examine:  Present plain facts and information to meed question’s demand. 

Structure of Answer:

Write an introduction in a line write need for professionalism in public service positions. 

In the body, in TWO parts, meet demand of the question. For each part, give 2-3 points. Refer article for authentic points.  

In the conclusion write in 1-2 lines about need for bringing about these essence and values in Indian public services. 


 Other IMPORTANT issues that are NOT covered Today in Secure/Covered Previously:

  1. Death Penalty for Child Rapists
  2. GST – E-Way Bill
  3. Privatising Public Sector Banks
  4. Maharashtra Kisan March – Issue Explained

We are giving hints for each question. Please use your creativity and originality to come up with answers that are unique to you. But do so without deviating from core demand of each question. Ultimately you should use your reason and judgement to write your own answer. 

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