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

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

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General Studies – 1


 

 

Topic:  Role of women; social empowerment

1) It is argued that the new law criminalising triple talaq may not be in best interests of Muslim women and might be counter-productive too. Critically examine why. (250 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

 


General Studies – 2


 

 

 

Topic:  Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity

2) Why is intraparty democracy important in Indian polity? Why is it lacking and what measures are needed to ensure intraparty democracy? Examine. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 

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

3) Contemporary bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements are mostly not about trade at all, but about a whole host of non-trade-related issues which are cunningly called trade-related. Comment. (150 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 3


 

Topic:  Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies 

4) Recently, Prime Minister of India asked farmers to cut urea consumption by half by 2022. What is the rationale behind this request? Is it possible to achieve in India? Critically examine. (250 Words)

The Indian Express

 

Topic: Developments in S&T; Awareness in IT and computers

5) Can blockchain be used to reduce costs and increase efficiency in online transactions and bring financial stability? Examine. (150 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicConservation

6) India and its neighbours Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have decided to conduct a joint census of their tiger population. Discuss the significance of this initiative. (150 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic:  Developments in S&T; Awareness in space, computers, IT, robots

7) What do you understand by deep learning neural network? What are its applications? Examine. (150 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


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