QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz,28 July 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 28 July 2018 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz 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 IAS civil services preliminary …

SYNOPSIS: Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan – Day – 24

SYNOPSIS Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan  Day – 24   Define/Differentiate the following: a) Emotional intelligence vs Social intelligence Emotional Intelligence refers to the capacity for recognising one’s own feeling and those of others for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. Social intelligence is the ability to understand and deal with other …

Insights into Editorial: Iran can’t issue threats to seek India’s help

Insights into Editorial: Iran can’t issue threats to seek India’s help                                       Background The US has told India and other countries to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by November 4 or face sanctions. Iran will end the privileges being provided to India if it tries to source oil from countries like …

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 28 JULY 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 28 JULY 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  LIST of TOPICS (Static) General Studies – 1 Topic– Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 1)The narrative of slavery in India has changed …

7) A holistic approach for combating corruption would require an optimum mix of punitive and preventive measures, with more focus on the later. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic–Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption. 7) A holistic approach for combating corruption would require an optimum mix …

6)There appears to be an intergenerational effect of child labour over and above that which is transmitted through household income and parental education. Comment.(250 words)

Topic–Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger. 6)There appears to be an intergenerational effect of child labour over and above that which is transmitted through household income and parental education. Comment.(250 words) Reference Reference Why this question Child labour is abhorrent to …

5) Critically analyze the benefits and risks associated with GM foods. Also discuss the regulatory setup in India dealing with GM foods.(250 words)

Topic– Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life 5) Critically analyze the benefits and risks associated with GM foods. Also discuss the regulatory setup in India dealing with GM foods.(250 words) The hindu Reference The hindu Why this question In a recent investigation, it was found that a number of …

4) Discuss the need for amendment to Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008 and examine how beneficial the amended Bill would be in facilitating construction and management of new airports?(250 words) 

Topic: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. 4) Discuss the need for amendment to Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008 and examine how beneficial the amended Bill would be in facilitating construction and management of new airports?(250 words)  The hindu Why this question The article discusses amendments made to AERA Act which …

3) What are the important functions of Finance Commission? Do you think Finance Commission is functioning as an arbitrator between the Union and State governments? Critically examine.(250 words) 

Topic – Part of static series under the heading – “Finance commission and its functions” 3) What are the important functions of Finance Commission? Do you think Finance Commission is functioning as an arbitrator between the Union and State governments? Critically examine.(250 words)    Key demand of the question The first part is fairly straightforward …

2) While India has made some strides in its fight against AIDS, it still has to get several things right. Discuss(250 words)

Topic– Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes 2) While India has made some strides in its fight against AIDS, it still has to get several things right. Discuss(250 words) The hindu Why this question The article talks about the strides made by …

1)The narrative of slavery in India has changed to complement the changing needs of industries. Comment. (250 words)

Topic– Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 1)The narrative of slavery in India has changed to complement the changing needs of industries. Comment. (250 words) Reference Indiatimes Reference Why this question Recently WalkFree Foundation released its Global Slavery Index which highlights the problem of modern slavery in India. Although outlawed, slavery in its …

MOTIVATION: Rising like a Phoenix — “Failure” and CSE – Megha Arora, Rank 108, CSE 2017

MOTIVATION: Rising like a Phoenix — “Failure” and CSE – Megha Arora, Rank 108, CSE 2017 Baisaran Valley, Pahalgam, Kashmir, 2016 Hi everyone. On the evening of the 3rd of June, I received a flurry of texts from friends and acquaintances who had written this year’s Civil Services Preliminary. “What the hell does UPSC expect from us?” was the …