General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 14

ARCHIVES 12 September 2014 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country 1) The States Reorganisation Act, 1956 was a major reform of the boundaries of India’s states and territories, organising them along linguistic lines. Critically examine the highlight of this act and how the reorganisation was carried out. (250 Words) Reference-1 Reference -2 2) What were …

General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 13

ARCHIVES 11 September 2014 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country 1) Critically evaluate the main objectives, nature and outcome of the Bhoodan and Gramdan movements. (200 Words) Reference 2) Critically comment on the contribution of Jayaprakash Narayan to post-Independent India. Also critically examine the influence of Gandhian principles on his ideology. Reference

General Studies-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 12

ARCHIVES 10 September 2014 Terrorism and Strategic Issues: 1) What do you understand by Nuclear Terrorism? Critically discuss its possible origins and threats to India. (200 Words) Reference – IDSA (Introduction and Page 45) 2) It is said that USA is inching towards energy independence. Discuss it geopolitical implications, especially on India. (200 Words) Reference – IDSA …

[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions On Current Events, 10 September 2014

ARCHIVES 10 September 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words 1) Write a critical note on the research and development in the pharmaceuticals sector in India. Business Standard 2) “Animal husbandry experts feel that the indiscriminate cross-breeding of the kind that has been going on for the past several decades is not a …

General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 10

ARCHIVES 08 September 2014 World History (From History Optional) Critically examine the following statements in about 250 words each “The European Union is the new sick man of Europe.” Critically evaluate. “There must be an end to white monopoly on political power, and a fundamental restructuring of our political and economic systems to ensure that …

Ethics and Integrity – Answer Writing Challenge – 36

ARCHIVES 06 September 2014 1) “Even as the Ebola crisis rages onward in west Africa, a World Health Organization panel concluded on August 11 that offering patients promising experimental Ebola drugs with unknown side effects and efficacy would be ethical.” This is a recent news published in an American journal. Do you think it is ethical to …

General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 9

ARCHIVES 06 September 2014 World History (From History Optional) Critically examine the following statements in about 250 words each “New imperialism was a nationalistic, not an economic phenomena.” Critically examine. “By the 1980s, the Communist system of the Soviet Union was incapable of maintaining the country’s role as a Superpower.” Elucidate.

Ethics and Integrity – Answer Writing Challenge – 35

ARCHIVES 05 September 2014 1) Critically examine the key issues and constraints in the implementation of Right to Information Act. (250 Words) Reference 2) At all time, a public servant’s priority should be serving his nation and its citizens, not the family. Do you agree with this view? Substantiate (200 Words)

General Studies – 2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 8

ARCHIVES 05 September 2014 World History (From History Optional) Critically examine the following statements in about 250 words each “In spite of the careful framing of the Charter, the role of UNO as peacekeeper and international mediator has been somewhat lacklustre and muted and that continues to be so even after the end of Cold …

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 …

Ethics and Integrity – Answer Writing Challenge – 34

ARCHIVES 03 September 2014 1) Which values do you think should constitute moral norms and values of governance? Explain them. (200 Words) Reference (Page No. 7) 2) A multi-storey building which was illegally constructed collapses and kills fifty innocent workers – including women and children. These workers were poor migrants from far away villages. The …

General Studies Paper – 4 (Ethics) – Important Terms (Jargon) and Their Meaning

 By: User of Insightsonindia.com Illegal Gratification: It is defined as taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act.  Gratification is not limited to pecuniary gratifications or to gratifications estimable in money. It also includes favouring or disfavouring one person over the other. Ex: The 2G spectrum scam involved politicians and government officials in …

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 …

Ethics and Integrity – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 33

ARCHIVES 02 September 2014 1) Effective utilization of public funds is critical to meeting development goals. Critically examine the reasons behind under-utilisation and misutilisation of public funds and their implications. Also suggest with examples how public funds can be effectively utilised. (250 Words) Reference – 1 Reference – 2 Reference – 3 2) Write a note …

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 …