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[MISSION 2023] Insights SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 20 July 2022

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General Studies – 1


 

Topic: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

1. By 1917, the working people of Russia were no longer prepared to tolerate their dehumanised situation. They were also by then politically organised, and therefore able to overthrow the old social and political order. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the causes for the outbreak of Russian Revolution.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving context of Russian Revolution of 1917.

Body:

First, write about the causes of for the outbreak of the revolution. Highlight the part played by the working classes in the revolution.

Next, write about the political organisation among the Russians – Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, which enabled to over thrown the ancient regime.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 

Topic: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

2. The Versailles treaty’s territorial reorganisations and the huge reparations bill imposed on Germany became major factors for the Second World War. Critically analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role of treaty of Versailles in the outbreak of world war-II.

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by briefly mentioning about treaty of Versailles.

Body:

First, write about the important provisions of the treaty imposed on Germany.

Next, write about the reasons in which the treaty became one of the reasons for the outbreak of second world war and to what extent it was responsible.

Next, write about the other factors responsible for the outbreak of the war.

Conclusion:

Conclude by highlighting the role of treat of Versailles in the beginning of world war-II.

 

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

3. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries as Indian mathematicians made seminal contributions to the study of trigonometry, algebra, arithmetic and negative numbers among other areas. Elaborate. (250 words).

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

A paper by the Karnataka government on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, uploaded recently, has revived discussion on something that has long been known to historians of mathematics — that what we call the Pythagoras theorem was already known to Indians from the Vedic times.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the contributions of ancient Indian mathematicians.

Directive word: 

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving rich heritage of mathematics in India since ancient time.

Body:

First, elaborate upon the contributions of ancient Indian mathematicians – The number system, The concept of zero, Solutions of quadratic equations, Rules for negative numbers, Pythagoras theorem, Pi etc.

Next, write about the significance of above.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 


General Studies – 2


 

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

4. Social media can connect large populations and remote groups and is an effective tool for enhancing communication, collaboration and transparency across government departments. Evaluate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s Twitter handle has taken an interesting turn lately, both in terms of its messaging for a domestic audience as well as for those outside the country. In the past, he rarely tweeted so frequently in languages other than English. March, April and May 2022 saw a considerable increase in Hindi tweets (102 over the three months), even more than his tally in 2021 (72 Hindi tweets).

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role played by social media in governance and its limitations.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context regarding the growth of social media in the digital age.

Body:

First, write about the benefits offered by social medial – social media is an excellent place to communicate with constituents, launch campaigns, build awareness around initiatives, and is an essential tool in crisis communications. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write about the various limitations of using social media as tool for governance.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to overcome the limitations.

 


General Studies – 3


 

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

5. The long-term survival of some of the world’s most iconic species is at risk from a significant and escalating threat of human-wildlife conflict. Analyse. What measures are needed to reduce the instances of conflict between humans and wildlife? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Down to EarthInsights on India

Why the question:

Eleven people have been killed in tiger attacks in Uttarakhand this year through July 18, according to the Uttarakhand Forest Department — the most in half a decade.

Key Demand of the question:

To explain the major causes for rising cases of man-animal conflict and measures needed to reduce it.

Directive:

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start with what you understand by Man-Animal conflicts.

Body:

First, write about the main causes of man wildlife conflict are – The cause of human wildlife conflict was human settlement, agricultural expansion, illegal grass collection, over grazing by livestock and deforestation in national park. As a result, local communities disliked wildlife inhabiting in and around their surroundings. human population growth and expansion, habitat degradation and fragmentation, land use transformation and increasing densities of livestock grazing in protected areas are considered as major causes of man-carnivore conflicts.

Next, write about the measures that are needed to reduce the conflicts.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions to address the issue.

 


General Studies – 4


 

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

6. What does this quote means to you? (150 words)

“In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.” ― Immanuel Kant

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Quotes Wednesdays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by explaining the literal meaning of the quote and highlighting its core meaning.

Body:

Write about the wrong actions as per law and ethics and how actions can be judged. Bring in the dimension that can a action be really judged before it is performed? Substantiate with examples.

Conclusion:

Summarise by highlighting the importance of the quote.

 

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

7. What does this quote means to you? (150 words)

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”  Rabindranath Tagore

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Quotes Wednesdays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by explaining the literal meaning of the quote and highlighting its core meaning.

Body:

Write about the importance of focussing on the positive side after a setback/loss. Mention the lessons or opportunities that are present in failure and that can lead to further success. Highlight the role of patience and perseverance. Substantiate with examples.

Conclusion:

Summarise by highlighting the importance of the quote.


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