Economic & Social Development For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018

This article will help in covering the following topics of the syllabus


  • Economic Development 


Essay Paper-III

General studies III –

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 will be conducted on 3rd June 2018, and mains will be starting from 1st October 2018 in which current affairs will play a crucial role.

So in this article, we will be updating all important Economic and Social Development between January 2017 to September 2018 on monthly basis. Bookmark this page in your browser so that you don’t miss any important event. The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.


January 2017

  • New housing schemes announced
  • New regimen of drugs for TB/HIV launched
  • Supreme Court historic verdict
  • India’s great school education challenge
  • Inclusive development index
  • ‘ShaGun’ launched
  • Govt gets proposals under UDAN
  • India’s inputs in IPCC report
  • India Post gets payments bank licence
  • IPPB starts pilot services
  • One in 20 Indians suffers from depression

February 2017

  • Economic Survey 2016-17
  • Union Budget 2017
  • India Innovation Index launched
  • MR vaccination campaign launched
  • India’s solar power capacity crosses 9 GW
  • Cabinet nod for rural digital literacy programme
  • India to become world’s fastest growing economy
  • Model law on contract farming finalised

March 2017

  • India’s unemployment rate decline
  • India ranks 131 in HDI index

From time to time the current affairs magazines section containing full coverage of events will also get updated, which you can download in PDF format.

The magazines given below are updated  with full coverage of events from January 2017 to December 2017

Economic and Social Development (eBook) For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018Yearly current affairs 2018   

April 2017

  • India’s solar power capacity
  • Cashless township model
  • Aadhaar-based BHIM for merchants launched
  • India’s first ideal digital village
  • App of RUSA
  • Link-II of SAUNI project
  • Navonmesh in School Education
  • New India in 15 years
  • Cost-benefit structure for energy efficiency
  • IndiaSpend analysis on national health
  • North East’s first small finance bank

May 2017

  • India behind in ratifying treaty on torture
  • MDR-TB will rise in India
  • e-krishisamvad launched
  • Demographic transition report
  • Maternity benefit programme approved
  • New Hope for the North East
  • ‘Darwaza Band’ campaign

June 2017

  • India’s first Rural LED Project
  • SATH program launched
  • Govt launches Tele-Law
  • IDCF launched
  • Interest subsidy loans Extend
  • 4th and 5th ODF States in the country
  • Cities under Smart City Mission
  • Greening the Grid

July 2017

  • First Gharib Nawaz Skill Development Centre
  • ‘Swayam’ launched
  • Mission Parivar Vikas launched
  • NSP for Malaria Elimination launched
  • Road connectivity projects approved
  • Slum Yuva Run flagged off
  • Report on SDG in UN
  • New pension scheme launched
  • Revision Cost of SECC 2011

August 2017

  • Intensified Mission Indradhanush
  • ‘India’s job confidence outlook highest in Asia Pacific market’
  • Economic Survey volume-2
  • India’s jobless growth in services
  • MUSK approved
  • SC strikes down triple talaq
  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana
  • Niti Action Agenda

September 2017

  • Task force for employment
  • Human Capital Index 2017
  • India’s child mortality rate lags world
  • ‘Saubhagya’ Scheme launched
  • World Development Report 2018
  • India registers decline in IMR
  • COAI report

October 2017

  • IMI launched
  • GHI 2017
  • El Nino caused record CO2 spike
  • Rural toilets becomes ‘izzat ghar’
  • First PMKK for Skilling
  • New norms for worship at temple
  • SC upholds right to abort

November 2017

  • Government tweaks RKVY scheme
  • World Congress of mental health
  • Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana launched
  • IVAC report 2017
  • Global Nutrition Report 2017
  • ‘Chintan Shivir’ inaugurated
  • India in global public health crisis
  • Creation of NTA approved
  • SC declines plea to declare Hindus as minority
  • India’s first ever ‘Air Dispensary’
  • The largest ever NAS conducted
  • 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference
  • World’s Toilets 2017 report
  • India’s first health atlas mirror
  • Expansion of umbrella scheme
  • International Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
  • IHMI launched
  • WHO’s report on India’s drug
  • World Malaria Report 2017

December 2017

  • “Crime in India 2016” released
  • Setting up of NNM approved
  • 22nd AHWP conference
  • Dr. Ambedkar International Centre
  • National Trachoma Survey Report
  • SC to examine adultery punishing
  • Migration to cities continue
  • India’s first social audit law
  • Third power-surplus state in NE
  • ‘Ganga Gram’ project launched
  • Data form NCR Programme


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