The Big Picture – Indian agricultural scenario: What has been the problem?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Summary: Indian agriculture has been a paradox for sometimes. While production is growing up and also exports are growing, there is also growing distrust among the farmers. Farmers are affected by varying weather conditions, droughts and floods. Soil fertility is another issue. Policies regarding agriculture …

Insights Daily Current Events, 29 December 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Insights Daily Current Events, 29 December 2014 ARCHIVES Nutritional intake grows in India The National Sample Survey Office’s data on nutritional intake shows that per capita calorie intake in India grew marginally for the first time in 30 years and protein intake grew for the …

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Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Update: This is experimental only! The new Secure format is making us to send lots of emails to your inbox. This is indeed annoying. Unfortunately we do not have a reliable plugin or facility to send only one email containing links to all posts. As …

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events, 29 December 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Archives – Secure 2014 Archives – Secure 2015 29 December 2014   Tomorrow’s Topic for GS – 1: NCERT Class XII, Themes in Indian History – II, Chapter – 5 and Chapter – 6 Click on the Questions to Post Your Answers. Thank You General Studies …

Ethics and Integrity – Insights Secure – 2015, 28 December 2014

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  ethics in private and public relationships General Studies – 4 11) You are preparing for the civil services exam. Your close friend and your room-mate who belongs to a minority religious community is in love with a girl belonging to majority community. The girl also …

10) “Leaving the current state of affairs to the outmoded colonial position of the CRPF Act makes it an unjust, arbitrary, unfair and discretionary process subject to bias and misuse.” In the light of accusations of mistreating CRPF forces, critically comment on the statement.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate  10) “Leaving the current state of affairs to the outmoded colonial position of the CRPF Act makes it an unjust, arbitrary, unfair and discretionary process subject to bias and misuse.” In the light of accusations of mistreating …

9) Advance warning is as important as disaster preparedness for calamities of huge magnitude such as tsunami and cyclones. In this regard, critically examine India’s preparedness and emerging challenges on this front.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  Disaster and disaster management 9) Advance warning is as important as disaster preparedness for calamities of huge magnitude such as tsunami and cyclones. In this regard, critically examine India’s preparedness and emerging challenges on this front. (150 Words) The Hindu

8) The dynamic pricing of fares and the premium-rate Tatkal tickets introduced by the Indian railways has been unpopular for several reasons. Why this was introduced and why is this move unpopular? Examine.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Infrastructure: Railways 8) The dynamic pricing of fares and the premium-rate Tatkal tickets introduced by the Indian railways has been unpopular for several reasons. Why this was introduced and why is this move unpopular? Examine. (150 Words) The Hindu

7) Indian nuclear reactors have been running below the capacity due to the mismatch of power and supply demand of uranium. Analyse why and explain what India has done to address this issue.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Infrastructure: Energy; Also – Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests 7) Indian nuclear reactors have been running below the capacity due to the mismatch of power and supply demand of uranium. Analyse why and explain what India has done …

6) Institutions play critical role in growth and development process. In India, pre-liberalisation structures have not adequately adapted to new realities and requirements. Important post-liberalisation structures, meanwhile, clearly struggle to develop the capabilities needed to perform effectively in a rapidly evolving environment. Critically discuss issues related to these two sets of institutions and suggest what needs to be done.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Issues relating to growth and development; Also interconnected to first few topics in Paper – 2 6) Institutions play critical role in growth and development process. In India, pre-liberalisation structures have not adequately adapted to new realities and requirements. Important post-liberalisation structures, meanwhile, clearly struggle to …

5) According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, 14,132 habitations in 19 States contain fluoride above the permissible levels. Critically examine the risks involved and steps taken by the government to address the issue.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 5) According to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, 14,132 habitations in 19 States contain fluoride …

4) India is planning to sign an inter-government agreement (IGA) with the US on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). But this has given raise to some concerns with regard to US policy on the issue at home. Examine why India wants to sign this agreement and its implications.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests 4) India is planning to sign  an inter-government agreement (IGA) with the US on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca). But this has given raise to some concerns with regard to …

3) It is being reported that many parts of North India are suffering from severe cold waves. Examine the causes and nature of these cold waves

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Important Geophysical phenomena  3) It is being reported that many parts of North India are suffering from severe cold waves. Examine the causes and nature of these cold waves. (150 Words) The Indian Express

2) Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Themes in Indian History – I, Class XII, Chapter Four 2) Gandhara sculpture owed as much to the Romans as to the Greeks. Explain. (150 Words, CSE-14) Theme Four

1) Discuss the development in sculpture and architecture associated with the rise of Vaishnavism and Shaivism.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Themes in Indian History – I, Class XII, Chapter Four 1) Discuss the development in sculpture and architecture associated with the rise of Vaishnavism and Shaivism. (200 Words) Theme Four