General Studies-2014: Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 5

ARCHIVES 08 November 2014 1) Critically comment on the Geo-strategic Implications of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (200 Words) Reference 2) Critically examine the problems and prospects of involving the North East region in Bangladesh, India, China and Myanmar-Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) (200 Words) Reference

Secularism – Its Meaning, Models and Issues

  Introduction The discrimination of one community or its members by another community or its members on account of their religious identity are the instances of religious persecution and they reflect inter- religious domination. Secularism is the first and foremost doctrine that opposes all such forms of inter- religious domination. Separation, loss and sufferings are …

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 49

ARCHIVES 08 November 2014 Topic: Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government: BUREAUCRACY and DEVELOPMENT 1. Analyze the following two statements, “The more developmental an administrative system becomes, the greater the likelihood that it would have more developmental effects” “The thrust of development administration failed to energise the Indian bureaucracy.” In the light of above statements analyze …

Sociology – 2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 54

ARCHIVES 08 November 2014 1) Write notes on ALL of the following in not more than 200 words each: (a) Education for development: the sociological implications of the new education policy. (b) Communal tensions: their economic and social background. (c) Urban emerging pattern of rural leadership. (d) Urban decay: the culture of overcrowded neighbourhoods and slums …

Anthropology-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 22

ARCHIVES 08 November 2014 Distinguish between Religion, Magic and Science. 350 words Critically examine the historical particularistic approach of Franz Boas to study of culture. 350 words Define “culture area”. How did it help the American diffusionists to understand diffusion of culture. 250 words Write a note in 200 words on following witchcraft and sorcery. …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on current events, 08 November 2014

ARCHIVES 08 November 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) Critically examine how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected the Germany. The New York Times 2) Examine why  Flanders Fields,  the area straddling the Belgian provinces of West Flanders and East Flanders is significant to India. Business Standard 3) “One of …

Secure Q&A Compilation – October 2014

The following document (compilation of Q&A – October 2014)  has been prepared by “The Undercover Group”. The document has around 200 Questions and carefully written answers to each of them. It is organized GS paper wise too. For this year’s Mains, this is extremely useful. You can also download September month’s documents from here. They have …

[UPSC Mains-2014] Insights Secure Questions on Current Events, 07 November 2014

ARCHIVES 07 November 2014 Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words: 1) “The economic reforms need to be properly linked with social benefits.” Has India succeeded in this establishing this linkage? Critically examine. Business Standard 2) Critically comment on the impact of outcome of recent midterm polls  in USA on India. Business Standard 3) Recently the …

General Studies-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 53

ARCHIVES 07 November 2014 1) “A characteristic contribution of India to musical rhythm is the tala.” Write a note on it. (150 Words) Reference 2) Write a short note on Dhrupad (100 Words) Reference 3) Write a note on Sunga art vis a vis Buddhist sculpture. (150 Words) Reference

Public Administration-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 48

ARCHIVES 07 November 2014  Topic: Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government: Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism 1. Analyze the following statements from D D Basu, “The preamble to our Constitution serves, two purposes: (a) it indicates the source from which the constitution derives its authority; (b) it also states the objects which constitution seeks to establish …

Commerce-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 21

ARCHIVES 07 November 2014 1) Explain the effect of absorption costing and marginal costing on net profit of a business firm. 2) Illustrate Operating Leverage and Financial Leverage. What insights you get from these two leverages? What are their limitations? 3) “Higher capital requirements might induce banks to seek higher returns in areas that are high risk or …

Geography-2014: Answer Writing Challenge – 31

ARCHIVES 07 November 2014 1) Examine critically the concepts of ‘determinism; and possibilism. Bring out the significance of regional concept. 2) ”The emergence of Behavioural Geography was due to the disillusionment with axioms on which models were based and the axioms were far removed from reality”. Comment. 3) Discuss the concept and application of systems analysis in …

Understanding Issues Related to Black Money

Table of Contents Introduction     Tax Heavens     Offshore Financial Centers     Money Laundering     Hawala System     Round Tripping     1.    Participatory Notes     2.    Raising Capital by Global Depository Receipts     3.    Money coming in NGOs and Charitable Institutions     4.    Transfer Pricing     Effects of Black …

The Big Picture – Wagah Blasts: What’s the message in it for Pakistan and India?

Summary: The suicide blasts at the Pakistan side of the Wagah border on Sunday has raised several questions on the growth of terror networks and their intentions. This is causing a serious concern. Three terrorist organizations are supposed to have claimed the responsibility for the attack. But the picture is yet to become clear. Wagah …