UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS EXAM 2016: General Studies Paper – 3 Question Paper

  UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS EXAM 2016: General Studies Paper – 3 Question Paper   How globalization has led to the reduction of employment in the formal sector of the Indian economy? Is increased informalization detrimental to the development of the country? Women empowerment in India needs gender budgeting. What are the requirements and status …

Insights into Editorial: CBI – Role of Director, Reforms in its Functions

  Insights into Editorial: CBI – Role of Director, Reforms in its Functions   Summary: NGO ‘Common Cause’ has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as interim director of the CBI, alleging that such ad hoc arrangement violated the apex court’s 1998 judgment.   Background: Recently, Rakesh Asthana was named as …

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 3 and 4 December 2016

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz – 3 & 4 December, 2016 QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz Archives Clarifications: Question 4, 26th November Quiz (Click HERE): Regarding Google XPRIZE – The statements should have been better-worded. Statement 1 is fine, statement 2 and 3 should have been – “the rover should travel …

AIR spotlight summary on “Nagrota Terror Attack”.

    AIR spotlight summary on “Nagrota Terror Attack”. Introduction The unfortunate terror strikes have taken place in the Jammu sector of the International Border and where the BSF with great amount of agility was able to corner the terrorists and neutralise them. There were instances of infiltration and Army’s 16 corps Headquarters in Nagrota …

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 06 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 06 December 2016 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism 1) It is said that some of the African countries are indebted to Cuba, especially during the leadership of Fidel Castro, for various reasons. Illustrate with examples. …

9) Despite severe hardships faced by the poor, there is an overwhelming support to demonettization by the public. Explain this phenomenon on the basis ethics and morality. Do you think such support would persist for long time? Explain.

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;  9) Despite severe hardships faced by the poor, there is an overwhelming support to demonettization by the public. Explain this phenomenon on the basis ethics and morality.  Do you think such support would persist for …

7) The principal agent of S&T development in independent India has been the central government. Do you think India could be at the top of the fourth industrial revolution by relying on initiatives of central government alone? What is the role of technology hubs like Bengaluru and Hyderabad in this direction? Discuss.

Topic: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology 7) The principal agent of S&T development in independent India has been the central government. Do you think India could be at the top of the fourth industrial revolution by relying on initiatives of central government alone? What is the …

6) It is argued that the current Indian Constitution gives the government near omnipotent powers that are not consistent with a free society. Do you think it’s for India to enact a new Constitution that is consistent with societies changing aspirations and realities? Critically comment

Topic: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure 6) It is argued that the current Indian Constitution gives the government near omnipotent powers that are not consistent with a free society. Do you think it’s for India to enact a new Constitution that is consistent with societies changing aspirations and …

5) “Terrorism emanating from Pakistan and the China-Pakistan axis working against India are two of the major geo-political challenges facing the country.” Discuss.

Topic:  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 5) “Terrorism emanating from Pakistan and the China-Pakistan axis working against India are two of the major geo-political challenges facing the country.” Discuss.  (200 Words) Livemint (This question can be part of GS-1 and GS-3 paper too!)

4) In the light of increasing number of environmental refugees, discuss the significance of the UN Refugee Convention (1951) and the role of recent climate change agreements in addressing the plight of these refugees.

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate 4) In the light of increasing number of environmental refugees, discuss the significance of the UN Refugee Convention (1951) and the role of recent climate change agreements in addressing the plight of these refugees.  (200 Words) The Hindu

3) Both India and Afghanistan are the victims of state sponsored terrorism by Pakistan. Do you think India and Afghanistan should close all windows for engagement with Pakistan and deal with terrorism and development problems on their own? Critically comment

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations 3) Both India and Afghanistan are the victims of state sponsored terrorism by Pakistan. Do you think India and Afghanistan should close all windows for engagement with Pakistan and deal with terrorism and development problems on their own? Critically comment. (200 Words) The Hindu

2) “While the enlightenment project symbolised the intellectual supremacy of the West, the colonial project that followed was the material manifestation of liberal arrogance.” Elucidate.

Topic: Colonization 2) “While the enlightenment project symbolised the intellectual supremacy of the West, the colonial project that followed was the material manifestation of liberal arrogance.” Elucidate. (200 Words) The Hindu  (Hint: You can find its answer in NCERT history books, not in the given article)

QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 1 and 2 December 2016

    QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz – 1 & 2 December, 2016 QUIZ – 2016: Insights Current Affairs Quiz Archives Clarifications: Quiz 29th November, 2016 (Click HERE): Regarding Hyperinflation – There should have been an option, “1, 2 and 3”. All examples are correct – Bolivia, Germany and recently Zimbabwe have witnessed episodes …