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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 11 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 11 November 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic: Role of women; Poverty and developmental issues

1) The recent 2017 amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 (Amendment) is a step forward in the right direction towards increasing gender diversity at the workplace. Comment. (150 Words)

The Wire


Topic: Role of women and women’s organisations

2) Discuss the nature and significance of contributions of Anasuya Sarabhai to women’s empowerment in India. (150 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 2


Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 

3) Why is militant Buddhism on the rise in few Asian countries? Examine the justifications given by votaries of violence in Buddhism. Also comment on India’s response to militant Buddhism in its neighbourhood. (250 Words)

The Wire


General Studies – 3


Topic: Cropping pattern; Food security

4) Discuss the importance of saving traditional seed varieties in organic farming. (150 Words)

Down to Earth



Topic:  Energy

5) Shale is OPEC’s nemesis. Discuss. Also examine how does increase in shale output in North America benefit India. (150 Words)

The Hindu



Topic:  Conservation

6) What do you understand by for compensatory afforestation? Comment on the recent guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) on compensatory afforestation. (150 Words)

Down to Earth


Topic: Conservation; Agricultural issues

7) Examine the causes of increasing incidences of pest attacks on crops in India. Do you think biological pest control would address pest problem effectively? Write a note on other pest control measures. (250 Words)

Down to Earth


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethical concerns and dilemmas in private institutions