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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 17 November 2017

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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 did India wait till early 1990s to introduce structural economic reforms but not in 1970 as did by China? Critically examine. (150 Words)




General Studies – 2


Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

2) Making registration of marriages compulsory, like births and deaths, is an effective antidote to social evils like child marriage, bigamy and gender violence. Discuss. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. 

3) The Supreme Court is definitely facing an institutional crisis of the kind that it has never faced before, mainly, but not exclusively, on account of the most ferocious attack ever on the judiciary by the executive. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to education

4) Do you think private schools deliver better learning outcomes than public schools? In the light of the recent World Development Report, discuss the issues associated with private education and the need for upgradation of public education in India. (250 Words)



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

5) What do you understand by the rules-based regional security architecture ? Examine how can India and ASEAN be partners in the rules-based regional security architecture. (150 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3


Topic: Environmental pollution 

6) Discuss the causal relationship between indoor and outdoor air pollution with the rise of disease burden in India. (150 Words)



Topic: S&T; Security challenges

7) Is global instability from proliferation and weaponisation of nuclear weapons imminent? Examine the measures taken and the challenges that exist to ban nuclear weapons. (250 Words)

The Hindu 


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethics in human actions