“”The methods of Ethics are continuous with those of empirical science”, elaborate by emphasizing the essence of objectivity in Ethics.

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. 7. “”The methods of Ethics are continuous with those of empirical science”, elaborate by emphasizing the essence of objectivity in Ethics. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: …

State the defining characteristics of Empathy, sympathy and compassion.

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. State the defining characteristics of Empathy, sympathy and compassion. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is from the static portions of GS paper IV …

Discuss the effect of global price movements on food inflation in India.

Topic:   Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 5. Discuss the effect of global price movements on food inflation in India. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: The article brings out the fact that Retail and wholesale food inflation rates for December 2019 were the highest since …

Discuss the reasons leading to depletion of Native breeds of cattle in the country, recommend measures to preserve them.

Topic:  economics of animal-rearing. 4. Discuss the reasons leading to depletion of Native breeds of cattle in the country, recommend measures to preserve them. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The government has unveiled SUTRA PIC or Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows – a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ …

“Corruption deepens inequalities and increases poverty and obstructs the growth prospects of the nation. “Comment.

Topic:   Issues relating to poverty and hunger. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability. 3. “Corruption deepens inequalities and increases poverty and obstructs the growth prospects of the nation. “Comment. (250 words) Reference: PIB Why this question: In a speech, Sri M Venkaiah Naidu said that corruption is biggest hurdle to inclusive growth and called …

Do you agree with the view that “Collegium system requires reconsideration”. Give reasons in support of your arguments.

Topic:  Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity. 2. Do you agree with the view that “Collegium system requires reconsideration”. Give reasons in support of your arguments. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: …

With making laws on prostitution still a solicitous debate, Discuss the factors driving the sex workers to their industry and suggest measures to address it.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. . Social empowerment. 1. With making laws on prostitution still a solicitous debate, Discuss the factors driving the sex workers to their industry and suggest measures to address it. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: As much as 68 per cent of women sex …

State of India’s Birds 2020

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. State of India’s Birds 2020 What to study? For Prelims: Key findings. For Mains: Concerns expressed and ways to address them, conventions in this regard. Context: The research titled ‘State of India’s Birds 2020’ (SoIB), put together by over ten institutions and numerous citizen scientists, was released recently at the ongoing United …

Station WiFi Programme

Topics Covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. Station WiFi Programme What to study? For Prelims: Key features. For Mains: Significance of the programme, why has it been stopped now? Context: Five years after it …

SUTRA PIC

Topics Covered: Economics of animal rearing. SUTRA PIC What to study? For Prelims:Key features of the programme. For Mains: Need for and significance of indigenous cow breeds. Context: The government has unveiled a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ cows- SUTRA PIC. About SUTRA PIC- Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows: It is …

Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli

Topics Covered: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society. Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli What to study? For Prelims: Overview of the battle and outcomes. For Mains: Significance …

Compare and contrast the concept of ‘Empathy’ as practiced in the western societies with that our society.

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. 7.Compare and contrast the concept of ‘Empathy’ as practiced in the western societies with that our society. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question aims to …

“Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.” Illustrate with examples.

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. “Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.” Illustrate with examples. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications …

What is Darknet? Discuss the key challenges involved in fighting the Darknet. Also suggest strategy to deal with it.

Topic:   Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention. 5. What is Darknet? Discuss the key challenges involved in fighting the Darknet. Also suggest strategy to deal with it. (250 words) Reference:  The Hindu Why this question: The …

With electoral process in India is becoming increasingly advanced in terms of use of data, there is a need for a data protection framework to uphold a voter’s informational autonomy. Elucidate.

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 4.With electoral process in India is becoming increasingly advanced in terms of use of data, there is a need for a data protection framework to uphold a voter’s informational …

Do you think India’s desire to diversify its defence imports wedged India-Russia relations in recent past? Examine.

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 3. Do you think India’s desire to diversify its defence imports wedged India-Russia relations in recent past? Examine. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: In the 5th India Russia military industry conference held during …

Discuss the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions while bringing out the constitutional provisions associated with the same in our country.

Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 2. Discuss the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions while bringing out the constitutional provisions associated with the same in our country. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The question is in the background of …

“Supreme Court’s ruling granting permanent commission to women on a par with men has been hailed as a “great leap” towards equality in the army. “ Comment.

Topic:  Role of women and women’s organization, Social empowerment. 1. “Supreme Court’s ruling granting permanent commission to women on a par with men has been hailed as a “great leap” towards equality in the army. “ Comment. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The article highlights the implications of the Supreme Court’s order …