The Big Picture – War on Malnutrition and Poverty: Welfare schemes helped?

  Summary: The problem of hunger, poverty and malnutrition has been dogging our country for years now. Every successive government has attempted with varying degrees of success to tackle these problems over the years. The efforts to tackle these problems in the last 10 years seem to be bearing some fruits now. The latest GHI …

Geography – 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 18

ARCHIVES 18 October 2014 1) Discuss the different bases for classifying the ocean deposits and give a detailed account of pelagic deposits of the oceans.(300 Words) 2) Describe the ideal conditions for coral reef formation and discuss the glacial control theory of coral reef formation. (300 Words)

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 40

ARCHIVES 18 October 2014 1) Discuss Max’s concept of class. Is class struggle inevitable for the elimination of  inequalities and exploitation in the third world societies? (250 Words) 2)  Analyse scientific theory of culture. Will the crisis in culture in the contemporary  society facilitate the emergence of new man? (250 Words) 3)  Write short notes …

Psychology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 40

ARCHIVES 18 October 2014 1) Explain Guildford’s model of human intellect and point out its contribution to our understanding of creativity (200 Words) 2) Modern Psychology has outlived the schools’ Explain with reference to the current trends in modern psychological research and the recent counterparts of  the schools in psychological theory and applications. (200 Words) 3) …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions On Current Events, 18 October 2014

ARCHIVES 18 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in not more than 200 words: 1) Examine the socio-economic factors leading to child labour problem in poor and developing countries. Business Standard 2) Explain the major difference between two branches of Islam – Sunni and Shia. Critically examine why some analysts think that Muslim enlightenment is …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 17 OCTOBER 2014

PM rolls out labour reforms Prime Minister unveiled new measures for the youth, workers and employers to improve ease of doing business for enterprises while expanding government support for training workers. Details of the Schemes launched are as follows: Apprenticeship Protsahan Yojna The Apprentices Act 1961 was enacted for regulating the Apprenticeship Training Scheme in …

Economics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 36

ARCHIVES 17 October 2014 Q1) Examine the role played by IMF in the settlement of the balance of payment problems of the member countries? (20 Marks) Q2)  Which would you prefer “growth led exports” or “export led growth” and why? Give reasons (20 Marks)

General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 40

ARCHIVES 17 October 2014 Topic: changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) 1) Until 1960, many rated the Aral Sea as the 4th largest inland sea, alongside the Caspian Sea, and Lakes Victoria and Superior. Today this sea is completely dried up and has turned up into a poisonous desert. Critically examine the reasons …

Science and Technology-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 37

ARCHIVES 17 October 2014 1) Write a note on the capabilities achieved and future targets set for India and Russia’s BrahMos missile program. (200 Words) The Hindu 2) Write a note on technical aspects and strategic significance of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III. (200 Words) The Hindu ISRO Wikipedia 3) Write a note on …

Geography-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 17

ARCHIVES 17 October 2014 1) Explain and illustrate the life-cycle of a temperate cyclone and also describe the weather associated with it. (300 Words) 2) Examine critically the drawbacks of Koppen’s Classification of climates. Explain how Thornthwaite attempted to overcome Koppen’s limitations. (300 Words)

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 36

ARCHIVES 17 October 2014   Topic: Administration and politics in different countries Answer in 250 words: 1. “The main distinction between administration in western countries and in underdeveloped countries does not lie in differences in socio-cultural heritage but rather in the respective economic environments.” Comment. 2. “Instead of looking inward in their own values and …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 17 October 2014

ARCHIVES 17 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) “Though recent labour reforms announced by the Prime Minister of India are welcome, they are not sufficient to address existing labour problems.” Critically comment. Business Standard Business Standard 2) The much-awaited goods and services tax, or GST, which has the potential to reform …

The Big Picture – Whips’ Conference: Codifying conduct and privileges

  Summary: The increasing decline in the quality of the functioning of the parliament and state legislatures has been a cause for serious concern for some years now. A conference of whips’, held recently, raised these issues. The conference is also looking at whether the codification of the conduct of the legislators and MPs as …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 16 October 2014

ARCHIVES 16 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) “When it comes to choosing a partner between China and Japan, latter is the surer and safer option for India to partner with.” Substantiate. Business Standard 2) Write a note on the location and distribution of coffee industry in India. Examine which …