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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 December 2017

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 December 2017

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General Studies – 1



Topic:  Role of women

1) Discuss the contribution made by prominent women in shaping India’s constitution. (250 Words)

The Wire


General Studies – 2


Topic:   Role of civil services in a democracy. 

2) IAS-IPS Turf Wars Are Not Good For Governance. Discuss the gravity and ramifications of turf wars between IAS and IPS, and measures needed to address tussle between these two All India services. (250 Words)

The Wire


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

3) India’s strategic embrace of the US has failed to extend to the WTO. Comment. (150 Words)

The Wire


Topic:  Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

4) Creation of the National Advisory Council (NAC) was an unique initiative towards democratising debates, bringing together government and movements, and introduction of rights based legislations.  Analyse. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


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

5) Laws that are based on gender are actually detrimental to women’s freedom and rights, hence our laws should be gender-neutral. Critically comment. (250 Words)



General Studies – 3


Topic:  Development in S&T

6) While it is legitimate to question the ethics and rules surrounding autonomous weapons, the idea that their development will necessarily usher in an apocalyptic future may not be accurate. Comment. (150 Words)




Topic: Disaster and disaster management.

7) It is argued that more lives of fisherfolk would have been saved if disaster management action plans were implemented properly during the recent cyclone Ockhi event. Examine how this disaster could have been managed effectively. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4

Topic:  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems;