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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 January 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 January 2018

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General Studies – 1


 

Topic:  Social empowerment; Population issues; Women

1) The Economic Survey presents the first ever estimate of the number of ‘unwanted’ girls in India at 21 million. Who are these ‘unwanted’ girls? Discuss the significance of this estimation. (250 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


 

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

2) Today there is much more data and evidence about the contours of the learning crisis in India than ever before. In the light of this data, time is ripe for India to move beyond universal schooling and focus on  improving the quality of children’s learning outcomes. Analyse. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 

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

3) Unless legislatures are truly strengthened and the disproportionate power of the executive in the legislature curtailed, the issue of ‘office of profit’ can not be fully addressed. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu

 

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

4) India can be a ‘consensus builder’ in its neighbourhood before moving ahead with its role as ‘net security provider’. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindu

The Indian Express

 

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

5) What are the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group? How do these elite regimes control the export of weapons and transfer of weapons technologies? Why does membership in them matter to India? Examine. (250 Words)

The Indian Express

 


General Studies – 3


 

Topic:    Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 

6) The new Economic Survey provides compelling evidence of how the Indian economy is becoming more formalised. Discuss the causes and significance of formalisation of the Indian economy. (250 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic:  Conservation

7) Discuss the merits and demerits of the compensatory afforestation programme. (250 Words)

The Wire


General Studies – 4


Topic: Values; Political attitude; Thinker and moral philosophers