Is the concept of marriage less exclusionary in our country? In the context of same-sex marriage, discuss the need for a multi-pronged approach to deal with issue of prejudice and discrimination prevalent in society against them.

Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 2. Is the concept of marriage less exclusionary in our country? In the context of same-sex marriage, discuss the need for a multi-pronged approach to deal with issue of prejudice and discrimination prevalent in society against them. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: A …

Do you think denying a path to citizenship to immigrants of a particular religion is an unconcealed expression of the two-nation theory which formed the basis for the partition of India in 1947? Compare and analyse.

Topic:  Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. Do you think denying a path to citizenship to immigrants of a particular religion is an unconcealed expression of the two-nation theory which formed the basis for the partition …

Jal Jeevan Mission

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Jal Jeevan Mission What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the mission. For Mains: challenges and concerns in water conservation, ways to address them.  Context: Rajasthan government has sought changes in the norms for Central assistance for the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in order …

Pesticides Management Bill 2020

Topics Covered: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing. Pesticides Management Bill 2020 What to study? For Prelims: Key provisions. For Mains: Need for and significance of the bill. Context: Union …

Don’t detain children in jails, lockups, Supreme Court tells police

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. Don’t detain children in jails, lockups, Supreme Court tells police What to study? For Prelims: About JJB and JJ …

Tribes of Tripura

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Tribes of Tripura What to study? For Prelims: Autonomous Councils- composition, objectives and functions. For Mains: Their significance, challenges being faced and scope for reforms. Context: The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District …

Debts Recovery Tribunals

Topics Covered: Statutory organisations. Debts Recovery Tribunals What to study? For Prelims and Mains: All about DRTs. Context: The Direct Tax Vivaad se Vishwas Bill, 2020 will now cover pending litigation in debt recovery tribunals (DRTs) as well besides those in various courts and tribunals, the Union cabinet said while approving the change to the bill. What are DRTs? Debt …

Vivad Se Vishwas scheme

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Vivad Se Vishwas scheme What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the scheme. For Mains: Need for and significance. Context: The vivad se vishwas scheme was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during …

Voting Rights of Prisoners

Topics Covered: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Voting Rights of Prisoners What to study? For Prelims: Who can and who cannot cast their votes? For Mains: Should undertrials and convicts be allowed to vote- arguments ‘For’ and ‘Against’. Context: The Delhi High Court has rejected a petition seeking voting rights for prisoners. …

Discuss some of the key theories of Attitude formation.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 7. Discuss some of the key theories of Attitude formation. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: The question is again straightforward and from the static portions of GS paper IV. …

Discuss the role of Social influence, peer-pressure in shaping behavior of a person.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 6. Discuss the role of Social influence, peer-pressure in shaping behavior of a person. (250 words) Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: The question is from the static portions of GS paper …

India needs more podiums like the National Bio-Entrepreneurship Competition, to democratize innovation for ideas with great prospective societal impact. Comment.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 5. India needs more podiums like the National Bio-Entrepreneurship Competition, to democratize innovation for ideas with great prospective societal impact. Comment.(250 words) Reference: …

Discuss the indispensability of a strong relation between India and Sri Lanka.

Topic:  India and its neighbourhood- relations.Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 4.Discuss the indispensability of a strong relation between India and Sri Lanka. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this question: The question is in the backdrop of Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s official visit to India. Key demand of …

Discuss the provisions available to resolve the problem of criminalization of politics in India and also suggest steps that need to be taken to address it more effectively.

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 3. Discuss the provisions available to resolve the problem of criminalization of politics in India and also suggest steps that need to be taken to address it more effectively. (250 words) Reference: Hindustan Times Why this question: The Supreme Court on Thursday will pronounce its verdict …

Without the requisite rules, regulations, and machinery in place, it is not surprising that the Lokpal has failed to meet expectations. Critically analyse the statement with respect to the functioning of Lokpal in India.

Topic:  Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies 2. Without the requisite rules, regulations, and machinery in place, it is not surprising that the Lokpal has failed to meet expectations. Critically analyse the statement with respect to the functioning of Lokpal in India. (250 words) Reference: The Hindu Why this …

The gender gap in the STEM sector has been snowballing in the past few decades. Critically examine the reasons behind such trend spatially and temporally.

Topic:  Social empowerment . 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. 1. The gender gap in the STEM sector has been snowballing in the past few decades. Critically examine the …

Private member’s Bill

Topics Covered: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. Private member’s Bill What to study? For prelims: Private Member’s Bill- introduction and procedure followed. For mains: Issues associated and why are they not …

Uniform Civil Code

Topics covered: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Uniform Civil Code What to study? For Prelims: Constitutional provisions related to Uniform Civil Code. For Mains: UCC- need, concerns, challenges and is it suitable for India? Context: Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as …