PRELIMS BOOSTERS – 2018: Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and Wetlands International 

      . PRELIMS BOOSTERS 2018 Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) and Wetlands International    Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)   Near threatened– IUCN Red List State bird of Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh Local names —  homrai(Nepal), banrao, Vezhaambal Long-lived, living for nearly 50 years in captivity Found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia Predominantly frugivorous, but is an opportunist and will …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 19 April 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 19 April 2018 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs . The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu  and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC IAS civil services preliminary …

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 19 April 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 19 April 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  LIST of TOPICS (Static) REVISION TIMETABLE FOR PRELIMS – 2018  Revision Tests   General Studies – 1     Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its …

7) Discuss whether death penalty is justified for gruesome crimes like rape?

Topic:Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics 7) Discuss whether death penalty is justified for gruesome crimes like rape? The Hindhu Why this question Each time a heinous crime occurs which shakes the conscience of society, rape penalty becomes a heavily debated topic. This issue is …

6) Even though Indian Meteorological Department has predicted a normal monsoon this year, the long-term challenge for Indian agriculture  is to make the most of the rainfall that we get. Comment.(250 Words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment, Disaster and disaster management. 6) Even though Indian Meteorological Department has predicted a normal monsoon this year, the long-term challenge for Indian agriculture  is to make the most of the rainfall that we get. Comment.(250 Words) The Hindhu Economic Times Reference Reference  Why this question This is …

5) NCTC would be a game changer for fortifying India’s national security and intelligence network. Critically examine.

Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate 5) NCTC would be a game changer for fortifying India’s national security and intelligence network. Critically examine. Livement   Why this question Relevance and necessity of NCTC, its impact on federalism etc has been a matter of debate right since the idea was proposed. Despite efforts …

3) While folk music and dance in India share common themes and concerns, there is a wide variety of forms. Comment.

 Topic: salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 3) While folk music and dance in India share common themes and concerns, there is a wide variety of forms. Comment. NCERT Class 11, Introduction to Art and culture Reference Why this question Folk music and dance form an integral part …

4) Simultaneous elections  in India would require some major amendments in the constitution. Discuss, in light of the recent Law commission report. (250 Words)

Topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. 4) Simultaneous elections  in India would require some major amendments in the constitution. Discuss, in light of the recent Law commission report. (250 Words) …

2) Explain the relevance of seismology in studying the structure of the interior of the earth.

Topic: Salient features of world’s physical geography. 2) Explain the relevance of seismology in studying the structure of the interior of the earth. NCERT Class 11, Fundamentals of Physical geography Reference Why this question In GS mains exam, direct questions are usually  asked from the book (NCERT, Goh Cheng Leong). This is an important topic …

1)“If the congress was buried at Surat, it took rebirth in Lucknow, in the garden of Wajid Ali Shah“. Analyze.

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country 1)“If the congress was buried at Surat, it took rebirth in Lucknow, in the garden of Wajid Ali Shah“. Analyze. Bipan Chandra, India’s Struggle for Independence, Chapter 13   Key Demand of the Question The statement has …

SOLUTIONS – INSIGHTS REVISION TEST for Preliminary Exam 2018: Test – 28 (Ancient History and The National Movement)

SOLUTIONS  INSIGHTS REVISION TEST for Preliminary Exam 2018: Test – 28 (Ancient History and The National Movement)     Consider the following statements. Abul Hasan al Hujwiri wrote a book in Arabic called Kashful-Mahjub. The book explains the meaning of Tasawwuf which forms the basis of Sufism. He is reveredly called Data Ganj Baksh. Which …