Insights into Editorial: Delhi air pollution: Why graded action is a good idea, but tough to implement

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Insights into Editorial: Delhi air pollution: Why graded action is a good idea, but tough to implement   Summary: The EPCA, empowered by the Centre to roll out the graded response action against air pollution in Delhi and NCR towns, may come out …

Insights MINDMAPS: “Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act” and “HIV self testing”.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)   Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act and  HIV self testing 11 January 2017 PDFs Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act HIV selftesting   Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act  HIV self testing

AIR Brief: Prime Minister’s address at Indian Science Congress

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     AIR Brief: Prime Minister’s address at Indian Science Congress Introduction The 104th edition of Indian Science Congress was held recently at Tirupati. This year the theme of the congress is “Science and Technology for National Development”. Prime Minister addressed the issue of infrastructure …

Insights MINDMAPS: “Reservation System in India” and “Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)”

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)   “Reservation System in India” and “Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)” PDFs Reservation System in India Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR) Reservation System in India Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)

AIR spotlight summary on “Election Commissions proposal against 200 nonexistent political parties”.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Election Commissions proposal against 200 nonexistent political parties Introduction The Election Commission of India (ECI) is proposing to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to delist 200 political parties. Election Commission has been saying from quite some time that it needs to be equipped and …

Insights MINDMAPS: “Ratan Watal panel on digital payments” and “One-China policy”.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Insights MINDMAPS: “Ratan Watal panel on digital payments” and “One-China policy” 02 January 2017 PDFs Ratan Watal panel on digital payments One-China policy Ratan Watal panel on digital payments One-China policy

The Big Picture: Two years of NITI Aayog

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     The Big Picture: Two years of NITI Aayog   Mr. Narendra Modi’s Government replaced the Planning Commission which was set up in 1950 with NITI Aayog on 1st January 2015. The new policy body which is serving as a think tank is tasked …

Lok Sabha TV- Public Forum: Promoting Scientific Excellence

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Lok Sabha TV- Public Forum: Promoting Scientific Excellence   Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress recently in Tirupati. Tirupati was hosting the Science Congress for the second time, the first being in 1983. While addressing the gathering, the …

Last Lap : Preparing for the Interview – By Artika Shukla IAS, Rank 4 CSE-2015

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)     Last Lap : Preparing for the Interview – By Artika Shukla IAS, Rank 4 CSE-2015   “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… …

SECURE SYNOPSIS: 18 January 2017

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE)   SECURE SYNOPSIS: 18 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 the …

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 January 2017

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) [Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 18 January 2017 Click on EACH question to post/read  answers. General Studies – 1; Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment 1) In India violence against women in various forms has continued unabated. What are the economic …

9) The US President Obama has decided to commute sentences of a person who had leaked sensitive national security information to Wikileaks. Critically examine what impact does pardon, clemency or commutation of sentences will have on convicted individuals? Also justify whether these actions are ethical or not.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Ethics in human actions 9) The US President Obama has decided to commute sentences of a person who had leaked sensitive national security information to Wikileaks. Critically examine what impact does pardon, clemency or commutation of sentences will have on convicted individuals? Also justify whether these actions …

8) The union Environment Ministry last week notified a ‘Graded Response Action Plan’ against air pollution for Delhi and the National Capital Region. Discuss the feasibility of this Plan.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:  Environmental pollution and degradation 8) The union Environment Ministry last week notified a ‘Graded Response Action Plan’ against air pollution for Delhi and the National Capital Region. Discuss the feasibility of this Plan. (200 Words) The Indian Express

7) A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. Analyse these issues. Also comment critically how these complaining jawans should be treated by the military and government.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate 7) A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. Analyse these …

6) The Goods and Services Tax Council has made some breakthroughs on outstanding negotiables that were holding up the introduction of the indirect tax regime. What are these breakthroughs? Discuss their significance.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Resource mobilization 6) The Goods and Services Tax Council has made some breakthroughs on outstanding negotiables that were holding up the introduction of the indirect tax regime. What are these breakthroughs? Discuss their significance. (200 Words) The Hindu

5) Critically examine various views of the Supreme Court on the precondition of “sanction” for prosecution of a public servant under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988. Also comment how these views have impacted fight against corruption among public servants.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, 5) Critically examine various views of the Supreme Court on the precondition of “sanction” for prosecution of a public servant under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988. Also comment how these views have impacted …

4) What is an orphan drug? It is said that there is a need for a nationwide policy on the treatment of rare diseases that incentivizes the development of orphan drugs. Elaborate.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 4) What is an orphan drug? It is said that there is a need for a nationwide policy on the treatment of rare diseases that incentivizes the development of orphan drugs. Elaborate. (200 …

3) In your opinion, how should Trump try to resolve Afghanistan problem? In the light of an assessment of Obama’s Afghanistan policy, discuss critically. Also discuss what role could India play in Afghanistan during Trump Presidency.

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, Indian diaspora. 3) In your opinion, how should Trump try to resolve Afghanistan problem? In the light of an assessment of Obama’s  Afghanistan policy, discuss critically. Also discuss what role could India …

2) In your opinion, what does autonomy for the RBI entail? In the light of doubts expressed on its autonomy in the wake of demonetization decision, critically comment.

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability,  2) In your opinion, what does autonomy for the RBI entail? In the light of doubts expressed on its autonomy in the wake of demonetization decision, critically comment. (200 Words) The Hindu

1) In India violence against women in various forms has continued unabated. What are the economic costs of violence against women? Critically examine

Countdown – Next STEP-UP All India Free Mock (Click HERE) Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment 1) In India violence against women in various forms has continued unabated. What are the economic costs of violence against women? Critically examine. (200 Words) Livemint