Gilgit-Baltistan

Topics Covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations.   Gilgit-Baltistan   What to study? For Prelims: Location of Gilgit- Baltistan, eigth thousanders. For Mains: Controversy over the administration of the region, India’s concerns, viable solution.   Context: Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in the Parliament has sufficiently amplified India’s broadened vision that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir including …

National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Scheme

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Scheme   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the scheme. For Mains: Need for and significance of the scheme, usage of technology for better learning outcomes.   Context: Ministry …

Report on Malnutrition

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   Report on Malnutrition   What to study? For Prelims: Key findings of the report. For Mains: Concerns, challenges and ways to address them.   Context: Report on the  first comprehensive estimate of disease burden due to child …

Draft Social Security code

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.   Draft Social Security code   What to study? For Prelims: Higlights of the draft. For Mains: need for …

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

Topics covered: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.   Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana …

Sangam civilisation older than thought

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   Sangam civilisation older than thought   What to study? For Prelims: Overview of Sangam period. For Mains: Significance of Recent findings.   Context: Carbon samples collected from Keezhadi, the Sangam-era site, have been found to …

Insights into Editorial: The slow climb to the trillion-economy peak

Insights into Editorial: The slow climb to the trillion-economy peak Introduction: On Independence Day, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that India would be a $5-trillion economy in 2024. The size of the India economy is currently around Rs 190 lakh crore (GDP at current market prices, 2018-19) which comes out to be $2.8 trillion, converting …

How to Write Philosophical Essays in UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam?

How to Write Philosophical Essays in UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam? As we had expected the last year trend of giving more philosophical essays in philosophical essays in UPSC civil services Mains exam to continue this year too (which actually continued), we gave nearly 30 similar sounding topics in our Weekly Essay Writing Challenges. We …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20 September 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20  September 2019 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 …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PRODUCTIVITY & SUSTAINABILITY

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- PRODUCTIVITY & SUSTAINABILITY Introduction:             In today’s world of manufacturing raw materials are taken from the environment , turned in to new products which are then disposed after use. This is a linear process with a being and an end and in this process limited raw materials will eventually run out. …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 20 September 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 20  September 2019 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2019: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1 Topic:  geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies …

7) Rights and duties are two sides of same coin. Do you agree? If so why?(250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 7) Rights and …

6) Integrity is the bridge between responsibility in private and professional life. Give your opinion in this regard with suitable illustrations.(250 words)

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections. 6) Integrity is the bridge between responsibility in private and professional life. Give your opinion in this regard with suitable illustrations.(250 words) Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: …

5) India’s experience with existing free trade agreements has been lukewarm so far, explain the underlying reasons and discuss what should be the way ahead to change this experience into a positive outcome. (250 words)

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 5) India’s experience with existing free trade agreements has been lukewarm so far, explain the underlying reasons and discuss what should be the way ahead to change this experience into a positive outcome. (250 words) Reference Why this question: The …

4) What do understand by Disability-adjusted life year (DALY)? Why has Malnutrition still remained a leading cause of death among Indian children under the age of five? Critically analyse. (250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 4) What do understand by Disability-adjusted life year (DALY)? Why has Malnutrition still remained a leading cause of death among Indian children under the age of five? Critically analyse. (250 words) The hindu Why this question: Malnutrition continues to be the leading cause for death among Indian children …

3) India needs an overhaul of medical education, new colleges alone won’t ensure quality healthcare. Do you agree? Critically examine.(250 words)

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 3) India needs an overhaul of medical education, new colleges alone won’t ensure quality healthcare. Do you agree? Critically examine.(250 words) Economictimes Why this question: One has to discuss that India’s medical education system needs to go beyond existing …

2) Job quotas in the private sector are a Band-Aid approach to the on-going job crisis and are aimed largely at political dividends. Analyse and suggest what should be the way forward?(250 words)

Topic:   Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 2) Job quotas in the private sector are a Band-Aid approach to the on-going job crisis and are aimed …