Insights Daily Debates, Day – 153: Is 2016 Union Budget pro-village, pro-poor, pro-farmer?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Insights Daily Debates: Day – 153 29 February 2016 Archives Today’s Topic “Is 2016 Union Budget pro-village, pro-poor, pro-farmer?”   NOTE: Unlike past we will not be giving you topic in question format. We observed that it turned out to be another Q & A session. …

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz- 57

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)  Insights Current Affairs Quiz (2016)  – 57 29 February 2016 Archives  The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs . The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu  and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC …

Insights MINDMAPS on Current Issues, 29 February 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Insights MINDMAPS on Current Issues, 29 February 2016 Archives Human-wildlife conflict (High Resolution) Softwares and patent (High Resolution)

Insights into Editorial: Get down to business

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Insights into Editorial: Get down to business 29 February 2016 Article Link Today, India has a more market-centric economy; there is a high degree of openness to foreign investment; business decisions are taken mainly on commercial considerations and the ability to compete in the marketplace; …

Insights Daily Current Events, 29 February 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Insights Daily Current Events, 29 February 2016 Archives   Paper 1 Topic: art and culture. Muziris project offers the best of heritage tourism: President The first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project was recently inaugurated by the President in Kerala. Key facts: What is it? …

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 February 2016

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) [Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 29 February  2016 Archives – Secure 2015 Archives – Secure 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Poverty and developmental issues; Social empowerment 1) Begging in India is currently a crime …

10) “War is fought over futile and feudal things. War is not about ideology, no matter how artfully framed, but it’s simply about power and money and control.” Critically comment.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:Moral and political attitudes; 10) “War is fought over futile and feudal things. War is not about ideology, no matter how artfully framed, but it’s simply about power and money and control.” Critically comment. (150 Words) General

9) The mobile phone industry is said to be a bright spot amidst economic gloom in India. Yet, it’s said that the increasing penetration of smartphones and mobile technology will be facing major challenges in coming days. Examine these challenges and measures needed to overcome them.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.  9) The mobile phone industry is said to be a bright spot amidst economic gloom in India. Yet, it’s said that the increasing penetration of smartphones and mobile technology …

8) It is said that the world will witness pandemics in coming decades that could be disastrous to human population. What are the likely reasons that could contribute to outbreak of pandemics? How can these outbreaks be prevented? Discuss.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Disaster and disaster management 8) It is said that the world will witness pandemics in coming decades that could be disastrous to human population. What are the likely reasons that could contribute to outbreak of pandemics? How can these outbreaks be prevented? Discuss. (200 Words) Business …

7) Recently, the union government proposed key civil aviation reforms. Discuss the significance of these reforms.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Infrastructure – airports; Indian economy – growth and development 7) Recently, the union government proposed key civil aviation reforms. Discuss the significance of these reforms. (200 Words) Business Standard

6) Discuss some of the key legal and Constitutional aspects that form the basis of the Budget-making process.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Government Budgeting. 6) Discuss some of the key legal and Constitutional aspects that form the basis of the Budget-making process. (250 Words) Business Standard

5) Do you think the poor, through their intensive use of natural resources, are responsible for environmental degradation? Comment

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger 5) Do you think the poor, through their intensive use of natural resources,  are responsible for environmental degradation? Comment. (200 Words) Business Standard

4) Critically comment on the selection process for the post of the UN secretary general (UNSG) and the significance of this post.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)  Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 4) Critically comment on the selection process for the post of the UN secretary general (UNSG) and the significance of this post. (200 Words) Livemint

3) India’s solar power programme has come under intense scrutiny by global political and business leaders, especially given its aggressive intent and extensive trade opportunities. In this regard, recently WTO ruled against India saying India’s solar ambition is against trade rules. Critically comment on this ruling and examine the issues the ruling has given rise to.

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 3) India’s solar power programme has come under intense scrutiny by global political and business leaders, especially given its aggressive intent and extensive trade opportunities. In this regard, recently WTO ruled against …

2) Analyse the significance of the proposal of setting up of a ‘National Court of Appeal’ to hear routine appeals in civil and criminal matters from the High Courts.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Functioning of the judiciary 2) Analyse the significance of the proposal of setting up of a ‘National Court of Appeal’ to hear routine appeals in civil and criminal matters from the High Courts. (200 Words) The Hindu

1) Begging in India is currently a crime under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959. Do you think it should be decriminalised? Substantiate.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Poverty and developmental issues; Social empowerment 1) Begging in India is currently a crime under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959. Do you think it should be decriminalised? Substantiate. (200 Words) The Hindu

Interview Preparation Strategy: By Saikanth Varma (Rank 18, CSE-2014)

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Interview Preparation Strategy Saikanth Verma, IAS The author is C M Saikanth Varma and he has secured an all India rank of 18 in Civil Services Examination, 2014, in his very first attempt. He has scored 208 in his interview and this article talks about …