Political Science-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 11

ARCHIVES 25 September 2014 1) “After the Chinese aggression (1962) some of the most significant changes in Indian foreign  policy took place. However, they were changes within the overall framework of continuity.”  Elucidate. (250 Words)   2)  Discuss the chief characteristics of the systems approach with special reference to Kaplan and  explain its impact on the development …

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 21

ARCHIVES 25 September 2014 1) Explain why it is not urbanization alone, but urbanization combined with  industrialization, which is responsible for far-reaching changes in society. (250 Words) 2)  Write short notes on the following:(200 Words) (a) Varna and Jati. (b) Growing economic disparities despite development planning. (c) Slow progress of Scheduled caste despite Protective Discrimination. …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 23

ARCHIVES 25 September 2014 Q1. “India is facing a serious and growing drug abuse problem, including the abuse of pharmaceutical preparations containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances”. Examine. Also mention the steps taken by Indian government to tackle the issue. (200 Words) Source-1 Source – 2   Q2. “Despite having immense hydrocarbon reserves India’s growth …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 19

ARCHIVES 25 September 2014 Topic  – Simon’s decision making theory  Answer in 250 words:   1. “Though somewhat unwittingly, Herbert Simon and James March have provided, the muscle and flesh to the Weberian (bureaucratic) skeleton.” Comment. 2. “Administrative efficiency is enhanced by keeping at a minimum the number of organizational levels through which a matter …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure: Questions on Current Events, 25 September 2014

ARCHIVES 25 September 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) In the light of the recent judgement by the Supreme Court of India cancelling coal block allocation to private and public companies, critically examine the causes and consequences of this judgement. Business Standard-1 Business Standard – 2 2) Some critics have questioned …

The Big Picture – CBI: Should it be within the ambit of RTI and Whistleblower laws?

Summary: As many the controversial cases the CBI has been investigating it seems to be involved in as many controversies itself. The CBI director is accused of meeting the persons who are friends or relatives of those accused under the cases being investigated. According to a former CBI director, it is not appropriate to receive …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Kudumbashree planning mode taken to tribal hamlets Kudumbashree Mission’s Micro-Level Planning (MLP) programme, a planning process at the grassroots level, will be extended to Scheduled Tribes (ST) colonies across the state of Kerala. What is Kudumbashree? It is an innovative model for poverty eradication through women empowerment. It was conceived as a joint programme of …

Economics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 19

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014 Q) Critically examine the Wiseman-Peacock hypothesis of public expenditure. How does public expenditure help in attaining economic stabilization and higher levels of production and growth ? Elucidate your answer. (250 Words) Q) “If individual A is made so much better by the change that he could compensate individual B for his …

General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 24

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014 World History 1) “The impact of the French Revolution (1789) was initially confined the Europe, but, that of the Russia Revolution (1917)  was global.” – Critically review. (200 Words) Reference – 1 Reference – 2 2) Explain how American imperialism in Philippines differed with European imperialism in Indonesia and Indo-China. (200 Words) …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure: Questions On Current Events, 24 September 2014

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) The restructuring of the Railways Board and challenge of resources mobilization are two crucial aspects of reform of the Indian Railways. In this regard, examine the major issues and recommendations made by various committees. Business Standard 2) The India-China-United States relationship is usually …

Mathematics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 9

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014 1) Discuss for all values of k the system of equations 2x+3ky+(3k+4)z=0, x+(k+4)y+(4k+2)z=0, x+2(k+1)y+(3k+4)z=0.   2) Investigate for what values of α and µ the simultaneous equations x+y+z=6,x+2y+3z=10,x+2y+αz=µ have  (i) no solution ,(ii) a unique solution, (iii) an infinite number of solutions.     3) Show that the three equations -2x+y+z=a, …

Political Science-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 10

ARCHIVES  24 September 2014   1)  “India has parties but no party-system.” Discuss. (250 Words) 2) “Secularization of Indian politics is a myth; caste is the determinant of Indian politics.”  Comment. (250 Words) 3)  “Over the decades, the primary objective of India’s foreign policy has been the creation of a  stable inner balance on the subcontinent in …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 22

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014   Q1. What are the reasons of ever increasing Man and Wild conflict? Mention the steps you would take as an administrator assigned to tackle the issue? Source – 1 Source – 2   Q2. “A comprehensive and partial climate change negotiation at international level can provide a golden opportunity for …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 18

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014  Functions of the Executive (C. Barnard) Answer in 250 words:   1). “The Barnard-Simon Theory of Organisation is essentially a theory of motivation.” Comment. 2) Why is is that the behavioral approach to the study of organisations is a continuous phenomenon? Discuss.   Topic – Thursday, 25th Sept. (Simon’s decision making …

Psychology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 19

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014 1) Explain w.r.t deprivation, nature vs nurture theory?(200 words) 2) What is reminiscence? Is it a fact or misnomer? Support your ans with case studies.(250 words) 3) Discuss level of processing information for long term usage?(200 words)

Commerce and Accountancy-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 8

ARCHIVES 24 September 2014 Paper 1 : Subject – Taxation Q.1 : Discuss how the monetary value of non-monetary consideration is determined for purpose of Service Tax.   (150 Words, 2012 Mains) Q.2) Discuss the conditions for availing of CENVAT credit under various categories of goods and services.  (150 Words, 2013 Mains)

The Big Picture – Scotland Vote: What does it imply?

Summary: Why they demanded Independence ? It is said that working class in particular demanded independence and upper class was quite happy with the united system. Growth of nationalism and assertion of identity politics has led to the demands for smaller states wanting to rule themselves. Many Scotts felt that they are being suppressed by the British. In the …