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 …

Railways’ corporate train model

Topics Covered: Investment models.  Railways’ corporate train model What to study? For Prelims: Features. For Mains: Need for and significance of the model. Context: The Kashi Mahakal Express is the country’s third ‘corporate’ train after the two Tejas Express trains between Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad started over the past few months. What is Corporate train model? This is …

Very Large Telescope

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. Very Large Telescope What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About VLT and it’s features, what is Betelgeuse? Significance of the findings, about Orion. Context: Using the European Space Organisation’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have noticed the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star (over 20 times …

Dara Shikoh

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Dara Shikoh What to study? For Prelims: Legacy and other related facts, about Humayun’s tomb. For Mains: His religious tolerance and it’s significance. Why in News? The Ministry of Culture recently set up a seven-member …

“With the advent of the new public administration and increasing diversity in the administrative field, an administrator needs to adorn both physical and mental aptitude. “Elaborate.

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. “With the advent of the new public administration and increasing diversity in the administrative field, an administrator needs to adorn both physical and mental aptitude. “Elaborate. (250 words) Reference: Ethics …

“The virtue of integrity does not exist in isolation rather it involves several other virtues to supplement and complement it”, In the light of the above statement discuss in detail what way Integrity is not just a single trait in itself.

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.“The virtue of integrity does not exist in isolation rather it involves several other virtues to supplement and complement it”, In the light of the above statement discuss in detail what way …

What are Green Buildings? Do you think innovation in green buildings can help address the carbon challenge and harness an opportunity for sustainable development? Explain.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5.What are Green Buildings? Do you think innovation in green buildings can help address the carbon challenge and harness an opportunity for sustainable development? Explain. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu  Why this question: The Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) has signed an MoU with CII’s Indian …

The Reservation debate in India with the recent Supreme court’s pronouncement has pitted individual mobility versus class entitlements and the need of the state to identity ‘legitimate claimants’. Do you agree with the view that reservation benefits in Job promotions are not a fundamental right? Give reasons in support of your arguments.

Topic:  Indian Constitution– historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary. 4. The Reservation debate in India with the recent Supreme court’s pronouncement has pitted individual mobility versus …

“Judicial impartiality is a significant element of justice”, Elucidate in the backdrop of recusal made recently by Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Supreme Court judge.

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. “Judicial impartiality is a significant element of justice”, Elucidate in the backdrop of recusal made recently by Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, Supreme Court judge. (250 words) …

Discuss the concept of geomagnetism and explain the impact of the recent shift in the Earth’s magnetic pole.

Topic:  Salient features of world’s physical geography. 1. Discuss the concept of geomagnetism and explain the impact of the recent shift in the Earth’s magnetic pole. (250 words) Reference: National Geographic  Why this question: The question is from the Geography subject of GS paper I and is based on the concept of Geomagnetism. Key demand …

Future of Earth 2020

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. Future of Earth 2020 What to study? For Prelims: The five risks and other key findings. For Mains: Concerns and challenges ahead, ways to address them. Context: The Future of Earth 2020 report has been released by the South Asia Future Earth Regional Office, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian …

BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation).

Topic covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. BIMSTEC What to study? For prelims and mains: BIMSTEC- members, objectives, significance and need for reforms. Context: The 2nd Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Disaster Management Exercise was recently conducted in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The focus of the 2nd edition of …

Apiary on Wheels

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections Apiary on Wheels What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key objectives and features, significance. Context: The Ministry of …