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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 November 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 November 2017

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General Studies – 1



Topic:   Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.  

1) Write a note on various Buddhist mudras, their significance and their depiction in various art forms. (250 Words)

The Wire


General Studies – 2


Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections;  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

2) The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that eight years from now, around 121 million boys and girls would still be engaged in various occupations. Why have countries failed to eradicate child labour? What efforts are required to end child labour? Examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic India and its neighborhood- relations; Development processes and the development industry- the role of various groups and associations

3) “Either non-mainstream actors and parties now do politics outside the rules of democratic politics or, the rules of democratic politics have changed to include disruptive and threatening gestures which might completely destabilise democracy itself.” Comment in the light of ongoing events in South Asia. (250 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu


Topic: Functioning of judiciary

4) It is argued that the Indian judiciary has become all powerful, mostly by taking on enormous authority in policy areas, that are technically beyond its ambit. Why is this trend evolving in the first place? What are its implications? Comment. (250 Words)



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

5) Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has initiated several bold domestic and foreign policy reforms. Should India support these reforms? Discuss critically. (250 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3


Topic:   Issues relating to intellectual property rights.

6) The promise of a forward-looking bio-pharmaceutical industry in India will only be fulfilled if India works to build an ecosystem that promotes medical innovation. Examine why a balance between patents and drug prices is crucial to build innovative forward-looking bio-pharmaceutical industry in India. (250 Words)



Topic: Employment

7) Comment on women’s current employment scenario in India and discuss why it’s crucial to create more formal jobs to empower women.  (250 Words)



General Studies – 4

Topic:  Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;