The Big Picture: Is Holding Simultaneous Elections A Good Idea?

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     The Big Picture: Is Holding Simultaneous Elections A Good Idea?   President Pranab Mukherjee recently batted strongly for simultaneous elections to Parliament and Assemblies; an issue on which the Government has focused its attention of late. With five state elections around the corner, …

The Hindu News Analysis (VIDEO): 28 January 2017

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Insights Daily Current Affairs, 28 January 2017

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Insights Daily Current Affairs, 28 January 2017   Paper 2 Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   CWC Signs MoU with IIT Madras and IIS Bengaluru   Central Water Commission …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 28 January 2017

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     SECURE SYNOPSIS: 28 January 2017 NOTE: Please remember that following ‘answers’ are NOT ‘model answers’. They are NOT synopsis too if we go by definition of the term. What we are providing is content that both meets demand of the question and at …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 January 2017

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) [Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 28 January 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Poverty and developmental issues 1) Oxfam’s latest report tells us that the bottom 50% of the world’s population has “just 0.2%” of …

8) With suitable examples, examine the distinction between “empathy” and “sympathy” in the context of ethics

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  Empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weakersections 8) With suitable examples, examine the distinction between “empathy” and “sympathy” in the context of ethics. (150 Words) Reference

7) It is argued that the changing cropping pattern is of key significance for the present state and future prospects of Punjab economy. Examine how has cropping pattern changed in Punjab over the decades.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, 7) It is argued that the changing cropping pattern is of key significance for the present state and future prospects of Punjab economy. Examine how has cropping pattern changed in Punjab over the decades. (200 …

6) Although the construction of farm ponds is portrayed as a miracle strategy by the state and central government as well as popular media. Critically examine if their construction has resulted in achieving their objectives

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Different types of irrigation and irrigation systems 6) Although the construction of farm ponds is portrayed as a miracle strategy by the state and central government as well as popular media. Critically examine if their construction has resulted in achieving their objectives. (200 Words) …

5) “Systemic reform of the institutional and legal framework for non-profit organisations in India is long overdue, but its absence does not imply that their societal, developmental and professional contributions should be ignored, decried, or devalued.” Critically comment.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders 5) “Systemic reform of the institutional and legal framework for non-profit organisations in India is long overdue, but its absence does not imply …

4) Punjab, situated in close proximity to Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran), is considerably affected by the illicit drug menace. Critically discuss scale of this problem and measures needed to eradicate it.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 4) Punjab, situated in close proximity to Golden Crescent (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran), is considerably affected by the illicit drug menace. Critically discuss scale of this problem and measures …

3) Compare and contrast the differing approaches taken by the high courts on the issue of maternity benefits to women employees who have children through surrogacy.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections 3) Compare and contrast the differing approaches taken by the high courts on the issue of maternity benefits to women employees who have children through surrogacy. (200 Words) EPW

2) Dance in India has had a long and chequered history: from being seen as sacred and spiritual to getting proscribed for being perceived as profane, debauched and carnal. Critically examine how women and their role was depicted in various dance forms during the colonial India. Also examine how Rabindranath Tagore depicted women in various art forms, especially in dance and drama.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times; Role of women 2) Dance in India has had a long and chequered history: from being seen as sacred and spiritual to getting proscribed for being perceived …

1) Oxfam’s latest report tells us that the bottom 50% of the world’s population has “just 0.2%” of the world’s “wealth.” What are the causes of this huge inequality? Explain.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Poverty and developmental issues 1) Oxfam’s latest report tells us that the bottom 50% of the world’s population has “just 0.2%” of the world’s “wealth.” What are the causes of this huge inequality? Explain. (200 Words) EPW The Indian Express

Insights MINDMAPS: “Vagaries of the job market” and “Autonomy of RBI”.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Insights MINDMAPS: “Vagaries of the job market” and “Autonomy of RBI”. PDFs Vagaries of the job market Autonomy of RBI   Vagaries of the job market Autonomy of RBI