General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 7

ARCHIVES 04 September 2014 World History (From History Optional) Critically examine the following statements in about 150 words each “If the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia (that resulted in the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or Soviet Union) inaugurated an international competition for the hearts and minds of people all over the …

General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 6

ARCHIVES 03 September 2014 World History (From History Optional) Critically examine the following statements in about 150 words each “Six hundred thousand men had died. The Union was preserved, the slaves freed. A nation ‘conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal’ had survived its most terrible ordeal.” “Colonialism …

General Studies – 2014 – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 5

ARCHIVES 02 September 2014 SECURITY ISSUES 1) Write a critical note on the revised defence FDI policy and its significance. (200 Words) IDSA 2) “The issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh to India has been the most vexing issue in the bilateral relations of the two countries.” Critically analyse the issue and its effect on both …

General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 30 August 2014

ARCHIVES 30 August 2014 SECURITY ISSUES 1) Recently there were violent clashes between Naga tribes and few groups from Assam in the border region between these two states. Examine the genesis of this border dispute and clashes between different communities there? Suggest solutions to the problem. (200 Words)   References Question – 1 IDSA

Mains – 2014 General Studies Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 2

ARCHIVES 29 August 2014 SECURITY ISSUES 1) “Bangladesh and Myanmar have had a not-too-stable a relationship on the border – both land and maritime.” Critically comment and examine implications on India and its role in resolving border dispute between  Bangladesh and Myanmar. (200 Words) 2) The recent award by  the Hague-based Permanent Court of Attribution (PCA) awarding Bangladesh …

Mains – 2014 General Studies Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 1

ARCHIVES 28 August 2014   SECURITY ISSUES 1) What is the purpose of proposed ‘Technology Development Fund’ in the defence sector? Also analyse important recommendations of the Kelkar Committee set up by the Government to examine and recommend changes in the acquisition procedures and enabling a greater participation of private sector in defence production. (200 Words) …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, August 07

ARCHIVES 07 August 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1) ” There is a limit to how much good corporate governance can be legislated.” In the Indian context, critically comment. Business Standard 2) “Car-centric planning has been directly responsible for the degeneration of urban mobility in most Asian cities.” Examine. Business Standard 3) In your …

ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 07 August 2014

ARCHIVES 07 August 2014 You are serving as Superintendent of Police (SP)  in a district notorious for kidnapping cases. In one such kidnapping case, ten school girls have been kidnapped and hidden in an unknown place. In previous cases, where one or two girls were kidnapped, they were sold to prostitution racquet in a foreign …

ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 06 August 2014

ARCHIVES 06 August 2014 You are working as Home Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. During your tenure, you have acted toughly against anti-national elements including many banned terrorist organisations. While on a private trip, you have been abducted by terrorists belonging to a banned terrorist group. They have demanded the release of all the terrorists …

ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 25 July 2014

ARCHIVES 25 July 2014 You are posted as Superintendent of Police (SP) to a district which has history of communal clashes. You are married to a lady belonging to a particular minority community which has a significant presence in the district. You are cordial with everyone irrespective of their religion and caste.  Unfairly you have …

[UPSC MAINS – 2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events, 20 July 2014

ARCHIVES 20 July 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 Words 1) Do you agree with the analysis that Israel is facing existential threat and it is using disproportionate force to thwart this threat? Critically comment. Business Standard 2) Why has RBI come out with ‘Payment Bank’ option? What are its objectives and allowed functions? Explain. …

[UPSC MAINS 2014} Insights Secure -2014: Questions on Current Events, 16 July 2014

ARCHIVES 16 July 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1)Critically comment on India’s policy on agricultural subsidies. Examine why is this an issue with some of WTO members. Business Standard 2) Why does India want to become member of APEC group? Analyse benefits of joining the group. Business Standard Reference 3) In …

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

ARCHIVES 15 July 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1) How did apartheid start in South Africa and how was it ended. Critically comment. The Hindu 2) Do you agree with the view that Israel is using extreme violence against Palestine in self-defence? Critically comment. The Hindu The Hindu 3) Examine why a civil …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, July 1, 2014

ARCHIVES 1 July 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1.Critically examine water related disputes between India and its Eastern Neighbours including China. The Hindu The Hindu 2.Do you think Israel’s violent actions against Palestine and the subsequent reactions of the West are justified? Critically comment. The Hindu 3.Critically evaluate the nature and …

Insights Secure-2014: UPSC Questions On Current Events and General Studies

ARCHIVES 12 June 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1.What changes have been proposed to Industrial Disputes Act and Factories Act to bring labour reforms in India? Critically examine. Business Standard 2.By giving examples from different parts of the world, discuss the benefits of high speed rail to India. Examine the impediments involved in expanding high …

Insights Secure-2014: UPSC Mains Questions from Current Events and General Studies

ARCHIVES 11 June 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1.What do you understand by the Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) mode of investment in infrastructure projects? Why is it being preferred over PPP model? Examine. Business Standard 2.In the light of some of the international developments in past fifteen years, critically comment on the use of “responsibility …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

ARCHIVES 03 June 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1.Critically evaluate the performance of aviation sector in the Indian economy. Business Standard 2.Examine the challenges that face the newly formed state of Telangana. Do you think formation of small states is panacea for development woes? Critically comment. Business Standard 3.Why did India …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

ARCHIVES 02 June 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1.Critically comment on the Constitutional provisions that enable the Parliament to create new states. The Hindu 2.Critically examine the obstacle to urban solid waste management in India. Explain the role of institutions and private sector in this regard. The Hindu 3.What do you understand …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

ARCHIVES 27 May 2014 Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words 1. What are the fundamental problems faced by the defence sector in India? Critically examine. Business Standard 2. Critically evaluate the role played by the Competition Commission of India in upholding its mandate. Business Standard 3. Examine the reasons behind increasing man – …