Bilateral and Regional Groupings  For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018


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


  • Current events of national and international importance.


Essay Paper-III

General studies II –

  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies, and fora- their structure, mandate.

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 Bilateral and Regional Groupings 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

  • India, Singapore amend tax treaty
  • India, Pakistan exchange nuclear facilities
  • India and Kazakhstan sign Protocol to amend the DTAC
  • India, Portugal sign seven pacts
  • Focus on TFP for services at WTO meet
  • India-CERT Signs an MoU with US-CERT
  • MoU for collaboration in third world countries
  • 25th Asia-Pacific forum
  • India becomes Associate member of The European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Trade Agreement negotiations with Peru approved
  • Second commitment period Kyoto Protocol approved
  • India, UAE ink 14 pacts
  • ‘Tropex’ kicks off
  • India & Russia to develop PAK FA

February 2017

  • IWT survival appears weak: UN report
  • India Signs Agreement for TEQIP III
  • UN seeks India’s nominee for anti-terror panel
  • India, Indonesia to hold air combat exercise
  • India and Russia finalise JV for Kamov
  • India joins UN network to halve maternal
  • India to join Moscow meet on Afghanistan
  • India, China to discuss ‘friction points’
  • India, Pakistan to extend pact on nuclear mishaps
  • India, Rwanda sign 3 MoUs
  • IMF annual India report
  • India, ADB ink loan pact for industrial corridor
  • India, Israel to jointly develop missile for Army
  • India, Germany ratify Social Security Agreement
  • NDB to finance technological innovation projects
  • Exercise Tropex 2017 concluded

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 from January 2017 to November 2017

March 2017

  • India-Oman joint military exercise
  • 10th ICEGOV 2017
  • Al Nagah-II 2017
  • Temporarily give up veto power in UNSC
  • Two pacts ink for Sukhoi jets


April 2017

  • India not blocking UNMOGIP
  • India, Russia sign pact in innovation ecosystem
  • India, Bangladesh sign 22 pacts
  • India gives largest soft loan
  • India & Australia commit to begin uranium exports
  • India, Nepal agree to resolve border dispute
  • India wins elections to two UN bodies
  • 1st ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’
  • EU, India vow to step up joint terror fight

May 2017

  • Government ends bonhomie with North Korea
  • ASEAN sidetracks South China Sea dispute
  • US-India Business Council award
  • India to ink deal on FGFA
  • India elected president of UN-Habitat
  • China offers to rename CPEC
  • 29th India- Indonesia Corpat
  • India, Russia review bilateral cooperation
  • Nepal signs up to new Silk Road plan
  • Convention on BEPS
  • India’s NSG bid
  • Exhibition of ‘Safe return sculptures’
  • SIMBEX 2017 concludes
  • Indo-Thailand Siam Bharat 17
  • G-7 summit ends
  • Deal sign on maritime security
  • 5th India Morocco JCM
  • Indian lead UN probe into Rohingya crackdown

June 2017

  • India, Spain sign 7 agreements
  • Russia signs deal for two nuclear plant
  • Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Sweden
  • Gulf nations conflict
  • UN Ocean Conference opens
  • India, Lanka sign pact for line of credit
  • India-Somalia pact approved
  • India signs multilateral instrument
  • India becomes full members of SCO
  • India signed global tax treaty
  • India ratifies ILO conventions
  • India wins re-election to UN organ
  • Switzerland ratifies AEOI with India
  • India, US and Japan to participate in naval exercise
  • First air cargo corridor between Afghanistan and India
  • ONGC Videsh Limited shortlisted in Mexico
  • BIO 2017
  • India and Portugal Sign historical agreement
  • Amendment of the SSA between India and the Netherlands
  • India backs UN resolution to refer Britain-Mauritius dispute
  • NSG postpones decision on India’s membership
  • Navies play sports on SCS island
  • 1st country to give to UN Tax Fund contribution
  • India top supplier in health to UN in 2016

July 2017

  • EU-India Environment Forum
  • Jointly patrol Celebes Sea
  • India, Israel ink 7 pacts
  • Sikkim standoff
  • Malabar war games
  • G20 communique
  • India trying to join Wassenaar Arrangement
  • India gets G20 praise on startup funding
  • Malabar 2017 begins
  • First time import crude oil from US
  • EU & India establish an IFM
  • India-UN Development Partnership Fund

August 2017

  • Three contracts signed on NNP
  • India permitted to construct Kishanganga projects
  • Japan aids India in its Act East policy
  • MoU on IPRs approved
  • Hydrological data from China
  • Postal stamp for 9th BRICS summit
  • Russian origin T-90 tanks
  • India hails New Afghan strategy
  • WTO mini-ministerial at Marrakesh
  • Earthquake rescue exercise with SCO nations
  • India, Nepal sign eight pacts
  • End of Doklam standoff
  • Pact signed of renewable energy
  • BRICS Report 2017
  • Counter-terrorism cooperation between EU and India

September 2017

  • India & China join hands at WTO
  • Agree to revise missile treaty
  • Surya Kiran 2017 begins
  • BRICS banks agree on local currency
  • Xiamen Declaration 2017
  • India hands over Varuna to Sri Lanka
  • UJALA scheme in Malaysia
  • India, Japan to step up defence cooperation
  • India signs 11 agreements with Myanmar
  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017
  • India keeps off ‘Bali Declaration’
  • Coastal shipping and waterways summit
  • India agrees to defence assistance
  • India, Belarus ink bilateral pacts
  • MoU between India and Morocco
  • India has jurisdiction to try Italian marines
  • Operation Insaaniyat
  • India, Japan ink 15 MoUs
  • SCO discuss anti-terror cooperation
  • Central Government’s stand on Rohingya

October 2017

  • INS Gharial reaches Bangladesh
  • First crude oil cargo
  • GES 2017 to be Held in Hyderabad
  • Discuss agenda at Morocco meet
  • India, Ethiopia sign agreements
  • BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 inaugurated
  • BIMSTEC Exercise concludes
  • First Ever International Tri Service Exercise
  • India and Mozambique Agree to develop Rovuma gas field
  • Pact to boost LNG ties
  • Indo-Pacific strategy to counter China
  • Southeast Asian meeting
  • BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine
  • First shipment by Chabahar Port
  • Anti-submarine warfare exercise

November 2017

  • Prabal Dostyk 2017
  • AMER7
  • UN coordinator for Rohingya crisis
  • India, Russia ink a deal
  • 4th JWGACTC meeting
  • SAMPRITI 2017
  • First shale oil shipment to arrive
  • UN deal against cocaine production
  • Panel on Sino-India ties
  • Paradise Papers
  • India join to trace galaxies
  • Text-based negotiations for UNSC reform
  • India’s stand on BRI wavering
  • LEMOA in place
  • First consignment via Chabahar reaches
  • Cooperation in Indo-Pacific region
  • Indian Ocean assn’s centre
  • India, Philippines ink deals
  • Sampriti 2017 Culminates
  • First time IMBAX – 2017
  • IMD World Talent rankings 2017
  • India’s Membership for EBRD approved
  • First Ro-Ro shipment
  • India stands on Doha trade negotiations
  • India’s new diplomatic push for IMO
  • G-20 sherpa
  • e-commerce negotiations at WTO

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