Compilation: General Studies Paper – 1 Q & A from October 2013 to August 2014

The Secure initiative contained questions from all the papers of General Studies papers. Insights team has segregated all the questions and answers into Four General Studies Papers and that too topic wise. In this post we are sharing general Studies paper – 1 Document with you. Those who are preparing for Mains will find it immensely …

Insights Daily Current Events, 20 November 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 20 November 2014 Annual Tribal Art and Crafts Mela The annual National Tribal Crafts Mela popularly known as ‘Aadishilp’ will begin here tomorrow. Organized by:Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED). Objective: to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional Art and Craft works directly …

Agriculture Marketing: APMC Act and Related Issues

  Table of Content APMC act Purpose Shortcomings in old APMC acts Model APMC act Economic Survey on APMC act Alternate Marketing Channels Direct Marketing Contract Farming Futures Contracts and Negotiable Warehouse Receipt System Importance of International Trade Essential Commodities Act   Topics from Syllabus Covered GS paper 2 – Government policies and interventions for …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 20 November 2014

ARCHIVES 20 November 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Critically examine why the relaunch of Kisan Vikas Patras scheme has been criticised by some analysts. Business Standard Business Standard 2) In the light of recent deal between USA and China on climate change mitigations and the synthesis report released by IPCC, critically …

Insights Daily Current Events, 19 November 2014

  Insights Daily Current Events, 19 November 2014 India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank Rajiv Mehrishi, Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank. …

No Reduction in Number of Attempts or Age Limit for Civil Service Aspirants – Government Clarifies

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has clarified that the present structure of exam would continue even in 2015. The present maximum age limit and number of attempts for different categories will be the same for next year too. At present Unreserved (General/Open) category aspirants have 6 attempts and the maximum age limit of …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 19 November 2014

ARCHIVES 19 November 2014 Answer the following questions in about 200 words: 1) Critically examine how the defence ties between India and Australia have evolved during last four decades. Business Standard The Hindu 2) Though India is regarded as a software giant, the big void has been its absence from the space of software products – …

Insights Daily Current Events, 18 November 2014

…. Insights Daily Current Events, 18 November 2014 Hand-in-Hand It is a joint training exercise between Indian and Chinese army. Aim: Getting acquainted with each other’s procedures in Counter terrorism. Why is it Important? It enhances the confidence and trust between the two armies, which may be called upon to grapple with anti-terrorism operations even …

Regarding the News about Age and Attempts Reduction for Civil Services Aspirants

On April 28th, 2014 a document related to decisions taken by the Government on Second Administrative Reforms Commission’s recommendations, was uploaded on the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) website (It’s a department under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions which is  headed by the Prime Minister of India) The particular document which …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 18 November 2014

ARCHIVES 18 November 2014 Answer the following questions in about 200 words: 1) It is argued that India needs to either increase or convert existing diesel-based power plants into LNG-based ones. Examine why. Business Standard 2) An experts’ panel, headed by Vijay C Kelkar recently made recommendations on petroleum reforms. Write a note on important recommendations of the …

Agriculture: Procurement, Buffer Stock, FCI Reforms and PDS

….. Food Corporation of India Procurement Storage Operational Stock Strategic and Buffer stock Open Market Sale Scheme FCI reforms Entrepreneur Guarantee Scheme Public Distribution System Identification of Beneficiaries Food Security Act Other Welfare Schemes Central Issue Price and Economic Cost Topics from Syllabus Covered GS paper 2 – Government policies and interventions for development in …

Insights Daily Current Events, 17 November 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 17 November 2014 India’s first nesting site of white-bellied heron found A nesting site of the extremely rare white-bellied heron has been discovered in a remote part of the Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. It is estimated that there are only 250 white-bellied herons left in the world and only …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 17 November 2014

ARCHIVES 17 November 2014 Answer the following questions in about 200 words: 1) What do you understand by Share round-tripping? An issue related to share round-tripping was recently in news. Examine what was it about. Business Standard 2) Write a note on the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) Business Standard 3) Critically examine the role that …

Insights Daily Current Events: 15 November 2014

Insights Daily Current Events: 15 November 2015 June 21 will be made the ‘International Day of Yoga’ In an overwhelming response to call by the Prime Minister of India for commemorating an International Day of Yoga, about 130 countries have joined as co-sponsors to an India-led U.N. General Assembly resolution recognising yoga’s benefits. The draft …

[UPSC Mains 2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 15 November 2014

ARCHIVES 15 November 2014 Answer the following questions in about 200 words: 1) Write a critical note on future missions of ISRO and the challenges it’s facing to accomplish them successfully. Business Standard 2) Write a short note on ‘brain to brain communication’. The Hindu Reference 3) Examine the recommendations made by the Kiran Aggarwal Committee …

Agriculture: Issues Related to Minimum Support Prices (MSP), WTO and Subsidies

Pricing policy and WTO Minimum Support Price Additional bonus announced by Center and States Commission for Agriculture Cost and Prices (CACP) Criticism of MSP MSP on Minor forest produce (MFP) Levy procurement System WTO and Subsidies India is faced with a complicated situation as on one hand there is record production of cereals and on …

India’s World – China’s interests in Afghanistan

Summary: As the US withdraws its combat troops from Afghanistan, most regional players will have to recalibrate their policies to protect their national interests in that country. China recently hosted the meeting of foreign ministers from Russia and Central Asian countries as a part of what is called as Istanbul process. This was to discuss …

Insights Daily Current Events, 14 November 2014

Insights Daily Current Events, 14 November 2014 Minister urges use of M-sand for construction Minister for Public Works, Karnataka, recently, appealed to the people to use manufactured sand (M-sand) for construction works instead of riverbed sand to prevent the environment from degradation. The river sand is becoming scarce now. The most preferred alternative to river …