Environment, Biodiversity Material for UPSC Civil Services Main Exam

UPSC Civil Services Mains syllabus actually has less topics on Environment. One should not study a whole book on environment for Mains (I recently mentioned a book on Facebook, but that is for Prelims). Fortunately, topics are clearly mentioned in the syllabus. They are: Conservation Environmental Pollution and Degradation Environmental Impact Assessment Disaster and Disaster …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 46

QUESTIONS: DAY 46 (CURRENT EVENTS) “The PFRDA Bill, 2011, seeks to give statutory status to the interim PFRDA, define its powers and duties, and set the broad contours of the NPS.” Elaborate. (250 Words) Explain the important provisions and the significance of Responsible Electronics Recycling Act. (250 Words) Write a critical note on recently approved proposals for …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 45

QUESTIONS: DAY-45 (GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – IV) “The APMC Act, designed to protect farmers from the vagaries of the market, has been turned on its head to enrich traders and harm farmers.” Critically comment. (250 Words) ” GSLV launch is dubbed as a game changer given the critical urgency of its success for future Indian space …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 44

QUESTIONS: DAY – 44 (GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – II) “The Indian national movement was basically the product of the central contradiction between colonialism and the interests of the Indian people.” Explain.(250 Words) Explain the working of Tsunami Warning System in India. (200 Words) Give an account of the movement for female enfranchisement during the Indian …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 43

QUESTIONS: DAY – 43 (GENERAL STUDIES PAPER II) “The Spanish Civil War was an outcome of a polarization of Spanish life and politics that had developed over previous decades.” Explain. (150 Words) “A quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing.” Explain why did the appeasement policy fail to prevent …

UPSC Question Paper-cum-Answerbook Model Question Paper – General Studies – 1 (Paper – II)

From this year’s (2013) UPSC civil services main exam, candidates will be given a Question Paper – cum – Answer booklet which will have a restricted (pre-defined) space below each question/sub-question to write their answers. To make you familiar with the new answer sheet, I have tried to create a model Question Paper-cum-Answerbook for General Studies Paper- …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 41

QUESTIONS – DAY – 41 (GENERAL STUDIES – III) How does the Parliament control the financial system in India? (250 Words) Highlight the significance of the 24th Amendment to the Constitution of India? (250 Words) Recent India – Bhutan relations (150 Words)   RULES ARCHIVES

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 40

QUESTIONS – DAY-40 (GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-IV) Examine the important features of the National Cyber Security Policy 2013. (250 Words)  How does depreciating Rupee affect the CAD and Fiscal deficit? Explain. (250 Words) Comment on the EIA process for nuclear facilities in India with an example. (200 words)  RULES ARCHIVES REFERENCES: 1) Question – 1 http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/NationalCyberSecurityPolicy2013_stomar_260813 …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 39

QUESTIONS – DAY 39 (GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-IV) Highlight the nature of the land reforms still needed in the country. (250 Words) How is agricultural price policy determined in India? Does the process take note of agricultural subsidies? (200  Words) Examine the causes of fiscal deficit in India. (150 Words) RULES ARCHIVES

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 38

QUESTIONS – DAY – 38 (General Studies  Paper-II) “The ideal of making Hindi the link language of the country still remains”. Critically examine the evolution of Hindi and its role as the India’s official language. (250 words) How did the policy of free trade hurt Indian textile industry and crafts in the latter half of …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 37

QUESTIONS: DAY – 37 (General Studies  Paper – II)  “The American revolution was essentially an economic conflict between American capitalism and British Mercantilism”. Critically examine. (250 words) Bring out some positive and negative social consequences of Green revolution. How has Green revolution changed the rural social structure? (250 words) Factors responsible for the location of …

“One is not born a Woman, But Becomes One” – In the Indian Context

“One is not born a Woman, But Becomes One”. Analyze the Statement in the Indian Context. (Best essay written on this question as part of Weekly Essay Challenge) Amudhan (IAS aspirant) The statement in question was made by the female existentialist philosopher Simone De Beauvoir in her book called the ‘Second Sex’. It alludes to …

Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 36

QUESTIONS  (General Studies – Paper-II) 1) Discuss the problems that impeded the integration of the princely states into the Indian Union. How were these problems tackled? (250 words) 2) Discuss the  factors that lead to the formation of Israel. Why its formation is a controversial issue in the region? (250 words) 3) Enumerate salient features …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 35

QUESTIONS ASKED: DAY-35 (24/09/2013)  1)What are the main determinants of voting behaviour in India?  2)“The conditions of the urban poor are  more deplorable than that of their rural counterparts”. Give your views. 3) Mandate and structure of OPCW (150 words) RESPONSES: Sagar August 24, 2013 at 9:53 am 4 Votes 1)What are the main determinants of …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 34

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY: DAY 34 (23/09/2013) 1)Comment on the performance of India recently as a non-permanent member in the UNSC .  2)What do you understand by the term ‘Rule of Law’? How does the constitution of India seeks to establish it? (GS 1996) 3) Write a note on the Sino-ASEAN strategic relationship (150 words) RESPONSES: Sahil Garg …