The Big Picture – Media, Activism in Conflict Zones in West Asia and Middle East

  Summary: Conflict zones have always created conflicts for the media itself about how to cover them. The major conflict zones like Middle East and West Asia have stretched not only the resources but more importantly the imaginations of the media in covering such things. Media’s role has been crucial and controversial sometimes. There have …

General Studies-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 34

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 Art Forms: 1) “Traditional theatre forms incorporate not only the common man’s interests but there is also a classical element in them.” In the context of India, illustrate with examples. (200 Words) Reference 2) Write a note on the nature and important role played by Pali and Prakrit literature in ancient …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 08 OCTOBER 2014

Alert in Rajasthan as polio strikes Pakistan With Pakistan reporting the highest number of polio cases in the past 15 years, India has stepped up surveillance along the international border, particularly in Rajasthan, to check any spread of the infection. While India was given the polio-free certificate by the World Health Organisation this February, Pakistan …

Economics-2015: Answer Writing Challenge – 31

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 Q1) Explain the IS-LM approach of interest rate determination. Why this approach is considered superior? (200 Words) Q2) “Basically it is British colonialism that has led to economic backwardness and vicious circle of poverty in India”. Critically comment upon the statement by giving factual rationale in the light of state of …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 30

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 Q1. What is the significance of ITER fusion experiment? Explain the difference between fusion and fission based nuclear energy mentioning the roadblocks in achieving fusion energy. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/blogs/blogs-the-copernican/article5710172.ece http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/fusion-ultimate-green-energy-source/article5685772.ece http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/blogs/blogs-the-copernican/article5685659.ece   Q2. What are Date Tape Drugs? Discuss the issues and implications involved in cases of ‘Date Tape Drugs’. http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/need-for-sensitisation-on-daterape-drugs-delhi-court/article4421809.ece   Q3. …

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 31

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 Write notes on ALL of the following in not more than 200 words on each: (a) Continuity and change in India. (b) Agrarian and industrial class structure. (c) Intergenerational gap and youth unrest. (d) Decentralization of power and political participation. What are the features of economic development? Outline the social determinants …

Psychology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 31

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 1) Innate and experience factors play crucial role in perception.Comment. (150 words) 2) What is person perception and perceptual defense? Is it a critical variable in human interaction? Illustrate(200 words) 3) What is consciousness? Discuss the altered states of consciousness which are produce by hypnosis,drug and meditation? (250 words)

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 29

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 Topic – Dicey on Administrative Law, DELEGATED LEGISLATION  Answer in 250 words: 1. Delegated legislation in the era of modern positive state is  a necessary evil but is not absolute. Examine. 2. “Dicey was wrong not only in his concept of the rule of law but he also overlooked the significance of the …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions On Current Events, 08 October 2014

ARCHIVES 08 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) There are several manufacturing sectors where India has succeeded like pharmaceuticals,automobiles and auto parts, and textiles, but not in other sectors. Examine why. Business Standard 2) Comment on the significance of the recently concluded agreement on the gas-pricing formula for export of natural gas …

Do You Need A Strategy At All – For Your Exam Preparation?

Sahil Garg Rank 471, CSE-2013 “There is no single recipe for success in Civil Service Examination, just some common ingredients”   After clearing civil service examination, my email and comment box was thronged with a lot of requests about sharing the strategy for how to proceed for the exam. From the time I started preparing …

General Studies-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 33

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 India and Its Neighbours – Strategic Issues 1) Critically comment on the nature of India – Bhutan relationship in the light of India’s recent coercive commerce diplomacy and Bhutan’s geographical imperatives and its evolving relationship with China. (200 Words) Reference – IDSA (Page 16) 2) “Whatever the outcome of the nuclear …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 07 OCTOBER 2014

New government advertisement norms A Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by eminent legal expert N.R. Madhava Menon has released a set of guidelines to prevent Funds misuse. The panel said the issue of multiple advertisements by different departments and public sector undertakings should be avoided in commemorative advertisement and only one advertisement must be issued. As …

Economics – 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 30

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 Q1) What are the salient differences between Fisher’s equation and Cambridge Equation of money ? Which of these do you prefer and why? (300 Words) Q2) Is the economic planning relevant in the context of globalized economy of India?Elucidate (200 Words)

Psychology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 30

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 1) he History of psychology show ‘mind-body’ approach as one of the  popular ways of explaining behavior. Discuss how this is being revisited in modern psychology.(200 words) 2) What, in your view, are the psychological problems that physically  challenge people are more prone to? (200 words)

Public Administration – 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 28

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 Topic: Dicey on Administrative Law  1. Would you agree that the strong Rechsstaat version of the rule of law found on the continent never existed in England because of its particular history? [CSM 2012/250 Words] 2. Why is le droit administaitif regarded alongside the Napoleonic code as the most notable achievement of French legal …

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 30

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 1)  Discuss the role of participative decision making in formal and informal organizations.  Is it possible to have workers’ participation in industrial organizations? 2) Distinguish between science and religion. Examine religion as a functional and  dysfunctional factor in the contemporary society. 3) Analyse Marxian theory of social change. Is it useful …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 07 October 2014

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 Q1. What is ‘Terrestrial Observation and Predicting System’? Explain its significance. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/nasa-scientist-adapts-technology-for-farmers-benefit/article6462580.ece Q2. “India has become a surrogacy haven”. Comment on the recent issues and controversies related to surrogacy in India. Do you think Indian laws on surrogacy are strong enough to tackle the issue? What are the proposed changes in …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions On Current Events, 07 October 2014

ARCHIVES 07 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Recently the World Bank while projecting India’s GDP growth has advised India to bring ‘structural ‘reforms’ in its economy and has also advised to remove constraints such as supply chain delays and uncertainty to boost manufacturing sector. Examine what are these structural reforms, …

The Big Picture – Vacancies in Key Posts: What is the impact?

  Summary: For some time now concerns are being expressed in several quarters about the vacancies in key posts in government institutions. Like Chief Information Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commissioner, Vigilance Commissioner, High Court judges and police department. The post of CIC has been vacant since 5 weeks. A question also had been raised in the …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 06 OCTOBER 2014

National Investigation Agency National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a federal agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India. It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states. The Agency came into existence with …