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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 13 November 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic: Urbanization, their problems and their remedies

1) Providing relief to people in the Indian city now lies beyond the scope of conventional solutions and conventional governance. In the light of pressing problems being faced by metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkatta which have caught global attention, critically analyse. (250 Words)

The Indian Express



General Studies – 2


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

2) Given how they are juxtaposed geographically and culturally, the two countries – India and Bangladesh, have failed to realise full potential of their mutual relationship. Comment. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


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

3) While cooperative mechanisms are crucial to maintain stability in the Indian Ocean Region, it would be prudent on India’s part to do a cost-benefit analysis of building such grand alliances in such uncertain times. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential

4) Aadhaar-based Biometric Authentication does nothing in the battle against graft — there are better alternatives. Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


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

5) Does India need a new institutional architecture to deal with multi-state problems such as air pollution? Discuss. (150 Words)




Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics

6) It is said that we need global norms to address the rise of machine autonomy in armed conflict. Discuss the issues posed by the rise of autonomous machines and the challenges of regulating their role in conflicts. (250 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 
Topic:  Ethical concerns and dilemmas in private institutions

8) You are the manager of a spare parts company A and you have to negotiate a deal with the manager of a large manufacturing company B. The deal is highly competitive and sealing the deal is critical for your company. The deal is being worked out over a dinner. After dinner the manager of manufacturing company B offered to drop you to the hotel in his car. On the way to hotel he happens to hit motorcycle injuring the motorcyclist badly. You know the manager was driving fast and thus lost control. The law enforcement officer comes to investigate the issue and you are the sole eyewitness to it. Knowing the strict laws pertaining to road accidents you are aware that your honest account of the incident would lead to the prosecution of the manager and as a consequence the deal is likely to be jeopardised, which is of immense importance to your company.

What are the dilemmas you face? What will be your response to the situation? (250 Words)