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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 November 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 November 2016

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General Studies – 1;

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

1) Why didn’t India’s political and military leadership to use its offensive air power assets to stop the advance of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in NEFA and Ladakh in 1962? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Functioning of executive and judiciary

2) Government litigation reportedly constitutes nearly half of all litigation in the Indian judiciary. In the light of this fact, do you think India needs a new litigation policy? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3) Do you think the recent demonetization move is a boost to electoral reforms in India? Critically analyse. (200 Words)


Topic: The role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations

4) “For a socially and environmentally just solution for Cauvery river dispute, we need to move to an adaptive management approach and an alternative set of principles of sharing, sound science and a participatory processes with non-state actors.” Discuss. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic: Indian economy; Resource mobilization

5) It is argued that the government will reap a windfall gain from its recent demonetization move. Do you agree? Critically examine.  (200 Words)


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

6) Critically analyse impact of demonetization on the unorganized sector. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

7) Discuss how convergence of IT and defence industries in India is in their mutual interest as well as in the national interest. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in human actions

8) Discuss the ethical issues involved in using autonomous vehicles. (150 Words)

Scientific American