The auditing profession plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the Indian capital markets, but recent audit failures are renewing doubts about whether the country’s largest accounting firms are truly serving the public interest. Critically examine and suggest measures to overcome the challenges.

6. The auditing profession plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the Indian capital markets, but recent audit failures are renewing doubts about whether the country’s largest accounting firms are truly serving the public interest. Critically examine and suggest measures to overcome the challenges.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express

The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has updated its list of developing and least-developed countries, removing India from the list of countries that are designated as developing, what does this indicate for India? Discuss and elaborate on the pros and cons.

4. The United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has updated its list of developing and least-developed countries, removing India from the list of countries that are designated as developing, what does this indicate for India? Discuss and elaborate on the pros and cons.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express (USTR) has updated its list of developing and least-developed …

How WHO names a new disease?

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. How WHO names a new disease? What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Naming procedure, need for and significance. Context: On February 11, the World Health Organization officially announced COVID-19 as the name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This comes more than …

USTR takes India off developing country list

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. USTR takes India off developing country list What to study? For Prelims: What are CVDs? What USTR list means? For Mains: Implications, significance of the list. Context: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published …

All medical devices to be treated as ‘drugs’ from April 1

Topics covered :Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. All medical devices to be treated as ‘drugs’ from April 1 What to study? For Prelims: The announcement. For Mains: Why treat medical devices as drugs- need, concenrs and …

School Health Ambassador Initiative

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. School Health Ambassador Initiative What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of the initiative. Context: The central Government launched the School Health Ambassador Initiative.  Overview: Aim: To spread awareness about the preventive health aspects. Under the initiative, two teachers will be identified in every government school …

Slapping Section 144 during CAA protests ‘illegal’: Karnataka HC

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability. Slapping Section 144 during CAA protests ‘illegal’: Karnataka HC What to study? For Prelims: What is Section 144? Who and why it is imposed? Implications? For Mains: Concerns, challenges and ways to address them. Context: The Karnataka High Court has declared as “illegal” the order passed …

Criminalization of Politics

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Criminalization of Politics What to study? For Prelims: Salient features of RPA. For Mains: Criminalisation of politics- concerns, challenges and solutions. Context: Expressing concern about the “alarming increase” in number of persons with criminal backgrounds being elected Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of states, …

Private member’s Bill calls for two-child norm

Topics Covered: Population related issues. Private member’s Bill calls for two-child norm What to study? For prelims and mains: Concerns and issues associated with the proposed two- child policy. Context: Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Anil Desai has introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Rajya Sabha that proposes incentives in taxation, education and employment for people …

Konark Sun Temple

Topics Covered:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Konark Sun Temple What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key facts. Context: A plan to restore and preserve the nearly 800-year-old Konark Sun Temple in Odisha would be drawn up soon, after a two-day …

Why should impartiality and nonpartisanship be considered as foundational values? Analyse and Give reasons.

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. Why should impartiality and nonpartisanship be considered as foundational values? Analyse and Give reasons. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is based on …

What is the difference between probity, honesty and integrity? Discuss their relevance to civil services.

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. What is the difference between probity, honesty and integrity? Discuss their relevance to civil services. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is from the …

Discuss the prospects of transforming Indian Agriculture through farm Mechanization. Highlight the steps taken so far by the government of India in recent times in this direction.

Topic:  E- technology in the aid of farmers, Technology Missions 4.Discuss the prospects of transforming Indian Agriculture through farm Mechanization. Highlight the steps taken so far by the government of India in recent times in this direction. (250 words) Reference: PIB Why this question: The article highlights the significance of transforming agriculture through farm mechanization. …

What is a privilege motion? Discuss the rules related to it and the authority of the Speaker/ Chairperson vis-a-vis privilege motion.

Topic:  Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. 3. What is a privilege motion? Discuss the rules related to it and the authority of the Speaker/ Chairperson vis-a-vis privilege motion. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: Recently, Privilege motion was submitted …