General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 23

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 World History: 1) Was German unification achieved more by ‘coal and iron’ than by ‘blood and iron’? Examine. (200 Words) Reference 2) Any single explanation for the outbreak of the First World War likely to be too simple. An amalgam of factors intellectual, social, economic as well as political and diplomatic contributed to …

History-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 17

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014   Answer in 250 words: 1) “Stalinist Russia was a despotic regime.” Critically examine this view.   2) Discuss the main factors leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union.   3) ‘The Security Council is the heart of the United nations’. Examine.

Economics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 18

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 Q1) “A dominant firm acts as a price leader and other firms adjust their outputs accordingly”Comment (200 Words) Q2) Discuss the process of forced commercialization of agriculture under colonial rule (200 Words) Q3) ” In spite of its limitations, Kalecki’s theory of distribution is real in that it states that the …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure: Questions on Current Events – 23 September 2014

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1)  Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s (IARI) ‘postal-agri extension’ program has proved boon to many remote farmers. Write a note on the program. Business Standard 2) Critically examine the causes of the relative decline of India and China after the Industrial Revolution in the West. Business …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 21

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 Q1. “Climate change negotiations can be seen as drifting towards bipolarity and there are infinite reasons for its failure than success in near future”. Comment Source-1 Source – 2 Source – 3 Source – 4   Q2. “Energy security has become synonymous with national security”. Critically Analyze. Source – 1 Source …

Political Science-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 8

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 Answer in 250 words: 1) Explain the influence of British constitutionalism on the Indian Constitution. 2) “The Indian federation is a heavily-centered one; but the States are not mere provinces.” Comment 3) “The Indian bureaucracy still exhibits British orientations in its thought, action and  behaviour.” Justify the statement

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 19

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 Answer in 250 words: 1) Analyse the interrelationships among the joint family, the caste system and the village  community in the traditional Indian society and show how they were supported by the  peculiar economic organization and the value system. 2)  Describe the traditional modes of adaptation and mobility in tribe and …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 17

ARCHIVES 23 September 2014 Challenge 17  – Human Relations School (Elton Mayo & others)   1) To what extent has the human relations movement contributed to the knowledge and practice within the field of personnel administration? (250 Words)   2) “From Taylorism to Mayoism the organisation theory has travelled a long road in quest of …

Ethics and Integrity – Answer Writing Challenge – 45

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 A retired IAS officer  is arrested by the CBI on charges of corruption in coal block allocation when he was a Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. In his friends’ and colleagues’ circle he was known for his honesty, integrity and simplicity. He was also the youngest …

General Studies-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 22

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 Role of women and women’s organization 1) “A start was made in this period (1970s) toward the formation of women’s organizations along lines completely different from pre-independence ones.” Critically examine the nature, purpose and impact of these organisations. Reference (Page 24, 25 and 26) 2) “The ‘first wave’ of feminism in India  was …

Anthropology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 14

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 1) What is Synthetic Theory of Evolution? Discuss how this theory helps us in understanding the evolutionary mechanism. How Darwinism differs from the synthetic theory of organic evolution?  (400 Words) 2) Discuss the similarities and differences between Chimpanzee & Man in salient physical and anatomical characteristics. (250  Words)

Economics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 17

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 Q1) Examine the challenges to export diversification and increase in export competitiveness of India? (250 words) Q2) What is “Scitovsky’s Paradox” ? How far has Scitovsky been successful in removing contradictions in Kaldor-Hicks compensation criteria of welfare? (200 words) Q3) Bring out the differences in the definition of deficit financing given …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 20

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 Q1. “Ice streams are one of the significant causes of rising sea levels”. Discuss the factors and implications of ice streams on rising sea levels. Source-1 Source – 2 Source – 3 Q2. What are ‘Flash Floods’? Mention the causes and consequences of flash floods. Source – 1 Source – 2 …

Political Science-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 7

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 Answer in 250 words: 1) Make a critical and comparative assessment of the structural-functional approach and the  Marxian approach. 2)”Political socialization is the process of induction into Political Culture.” Elucidate and bring  out the role played by the modern State in the process. 3)  Account for the two trends – secular …

Geography-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 15

ARCHIVES 22 September 2014 1) Explain the illustrate the ocean floor topography and give a detailed account of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. (400 Words) 2) Examine critically the theories of the formation of coral reefs and atolls. (300 Words) 3) Explain and illustrate the submarine relief of the Atlantic Ocean. (400 Words)