General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 39

ARCHIVES 16 October 2014 Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.,  geographical features and their location: 1) Tropical cyclones are classified and named differently in different parts of the world. Examine how low pressure systems are classified by the Indian Meteorological Department and explain the criteria used to name tropical cyclones …

Geography-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 16

ARCHIVES 16 October 2014 1)  Give an account of global distribution of precipitation. (250 Words) 2) ‘’Contemporary global climate change is an anthropogenic phenomenon.’’ Discuss. (250 Words) 3)  Compare and contrast tropical cyclone and temperate cyclone. (250 Words)

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 35

ARCHIVES 16 October 2014 Topic – Comparative Administration Historical and sociological factors affecting administrative systems Answer in 250 words: 1. “No science of public administration is possible unless … there is a body of comparative studies from which it may be possible to discover principles and generalities that transcend national boundaries and peculiar historical experiences” …

Psychology – 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 38

ARCHIVES 16 October 2014 1) ‘An individual is the product of heredity interacting with cooperating  environment operating at the appropriate time of maturation.’ Discuss this  statement, quoting the findings of some experimental studies in this area. (200 words) 2) ‘We perceive what we want, and not what it is’ Examine the truth of this  statement, pointing …

Economics-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 35

ARCHIVES 16 October 2014 Q1) In the contemporary world of perfect capital mobility and fixed exchange rates why is the monetary policy ineffective to maintain equilibrium ? (20 Marks) Q2) Elaborate upon Gandhian versus Nehruvian visions of India’s development. Do you think Gandhian approach is again attracting scholars and the people? Give Reasons. ( 30 …

INSIGHTS CURRENT EVENTS: 15 OCTOBER 2014

Standards Compliance for Consumer Products to be Monitored Strictly The Government is working with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to introduce the regime of strict quality standards for consumer products and services. BIS Act will be amended soon with this propose. Why is it required? Indian products should meet international quality standards in all respects. …

Did You Fail in 2014 Prelims? Do Not Worry – There is Always a Silver Lining

If you are feeling depressed after your failure to crack this year’s Prelims, it is mostly because of the recurring guilt – that you could not fulfil your parents’ or friends’ expectations. Right from the beginning you had told everyone that you were preparing for civil services examination. Now it is hard to explain them …

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 37

ARCHIVES 15 October 2014 1) Distinguish between the Indological and the Sociological views on the Hindu family  and show how the former has influenced the latter. (300 Words) 2) Examine with particular reference to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the view  that education promotes social equality. (300 Words) 3) Write notes on any three of …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 34

ARCHIVES 15 October 2014 1. Consider the following statements below: a) SHGs enable women to realise their full potential in some spheres of life. b) SHGs are providing avenues of political mobilisation. Examine the implications of these two statements and assess the potential of SHGs for development. (300 Words) Next topic – Comparative Public Administration

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 15 October 2014

ARCHIVES 15 October 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) In recent months, despite ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the price of oil is declining worldwide. Comment on the reasons. Business Standard 2) Critically discuss the socio-economic situation of children in India. Business Standard 3) Write a critical note on the potential …

Science and Technology – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 35

ARCHIVES 14 October 2014 1) Write short notes on the following in not more than 100 words: ISS-RapidScat – Reference Comet Siding Spring – Reference  Naga, Pangti and Wokha Amur Falcons – Reference 2) Recently scientists have discovered that a “perfect storm” of urban change that began in 1920s Kinshasa led to the catastrophic spread of …

Sociology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 36

ARCHIVES 14 October 2014 1) Write notes on ALL the following is not more than 200 words on each: (a) Universalisation and parochialisation in Indian civilization. (b) Bride and bridegroom price. (c) The changing social composition of the political elite since Independence. (d) Unionization and the agrarian classes. 2) What is the relative role of ritual …