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General Studies – 2


 

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

1. India’s higher education system faces challenges that impact the quality, causing skill mismatches, low global rankings, brain drain, and stagnant innovation. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

The write about the challenges facing the higher education system and measures needed to overcome them.

Directive word:

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 by giving context.

Body:

First, Identify and explain the major challenges facing the higher education system in India – inadequate infrastructure, shortage of quality faculty, outdated curriculum, and limited research opportunities, challenges related to access and inclusivity, including affordability etc.

Next, write about the implications of these challenges on the quality of higher education – outdated curriculum and teaching methodologies on skill development and industry relevance, affordability, regional disparities, and social barriers etc.

Next, write about the steps that are needed to overcome the same.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.

 

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

2. Addressing India’s healthcare challenges requires a comprehensive approach that includes strengthening healthcare infrastructure and implementing a systematic healthcare system. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty Level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of Mission-2024 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the healthcare challenges faced by India, discuss the importance of infrastructure support, and explore the significance of a systematic approach in achieving universal healthcare.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

First, write about the healthcare challenges in India: inadequate healthcare infrastructure, lack of essential services in rural areas, high burden of out-of-pocket expenses etc.

Next, write about importance of infrastructure support: investment in healthcare infrastructure, enhancement of primary care facilities, improvement of healthcare access and quality etc.

Next, write about significance of a systematic approach: implementation of health insurance schemes, focus on preventive and primary healthcare and addressing issues like sanitation and nutrition etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude writing a way forward.

 


General Studies – 4


 

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

3. Living with integrity leads to a sense of personal fulfillment. Knowing that one’s actions are aligned with ethical principles contributes to a positive and purposeful life. Discuss. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about how integrity influences personal growth, ethical conduct, and the overall welfare of individuals and society.

Directive:

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 the answer by defining integrity.

Body:

Write about and explain how integrity fosters personal growth by promoting self-awareness, accountability, and consistency between one’s values and actions. Discuss the role of integrity in ethical behaviour, emphasizing how it cultivates honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for others.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 

Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

4. The philanthropic culture of India is characterized by a deep sense of social responsibility, rooted in cultural and religious traditions. Comment. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the philanthropic culture of India.

Directive:

Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by giving context.

Body:

Write about the Philanthropy in India – from business houses to individuals – trace the journey of great philanthropes of India since independence and right up to the COVID-19 and the PM cares fund.

Highlight the significance of the above.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 

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