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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 21 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 21 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) What were the outcomes of the 1962 India-China War? Do you think it was a catastrophic defeat for India? Critically examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 2


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

2) The Aadhaar-based biometric authentication (ABBA) is being relentlessly pushed by the Central government to avail important services such as PDS. Critically examine the issues arising out of pushing ABBA across India. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


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

3) Discuss the potential and prospects for Delhi’s bilateral maritime security cooperation with Paris in the Indian Ocean. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: RPA act

4) The 255th Law Commission Report on Electoral Reforms observed that opacity in political funding results in “lobbying and capture” of the government by big donors. Do you think electoral bonds would help address flow of black money into political parties? What are the other alternatives available? Critically comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3


Topic:  Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate 

5) It is widely agreed that the Indian Air Force is well short of the fighter planes required to mount an effective offensive if war is imminent. Discuss the roots of the crisis and options IAF has to address its shortages. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Agriculture issues

6) Addressing structural issues in agricultural policy and allowing states greater autonomy would help Indian agriculture revive itself. Analyse. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


Topic: Resource mobilisation; Planning

7) Examine the mandate of GST’s National Anti-profiteering Authority and the concerns expressed against its mandate and powers. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Ethics in human actions

8) Examine the relevance of the following in the context of civil service: (150 Words, 10)

(a) Transparency

(b) Accountability

(c) Fairness and justice

(d) Courage of conviction

(e) Spirit of service