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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 November 2017

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General Studies – 1;



Topic: Role of women

1) Discuss Indira Gandhi’s contribution as a conservationist and as an environmentalist to India’s environmental causes. (250 Words)

Down to Earth



General Studies – 2


Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 

2) In successive elections, electoral participation in India’s big, metropolitan cities has been lower vis-à-vis semi-urban and rural constituencies. It is argued that in big cities, it is not the middle class but the urban poor who are unable to exercise their franchise. Discuss. (250 Words)



Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 

3) The publication of “Investing in Health,” the World Bank’s highly influential 1993 World Development Report, has guided structural adjustment policies and health sector reforms in many developing countries. Critically examine how India’s healthcare industry has evolved since the publication of above said report. (250 Words)



General Studies – 3


Topic: IPR; Industrial policy

4) A robust broadcasting industry is the linchpin of every democratic society. Analyse the key provisions of the Proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations by WIPO and examine if India should sign this Broadcasting treaty or not. (250 Words)



Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning; Energy

5) Energy planning should link energy and its end-use and end-user directly, promoting equity, and providing a better monitoring framework for energy use. Comment on energy planning in India. (250 Words)



Topic: Conservation

6) Comment on the existing approaches for resolving incidences of human–wildlife conflict and suggest measures to alleviate these conflicts effectively. (250 Words)



Topic: Energy

7) What do you understand by solar irrigation? Examine the benefits of the Solar Power as a Remunerative Crop (SPaRC) model compared to other solar irrigation models. (150 Words)


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethics in public administration

8) Conflict of interest in the public sector arises when

(a) official duties,

(b) public interest, and

(c) personal interest

are taking priority one above the other.

How can this conflict in administration be resolved? Describe with an example. (150 Words)