QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 18 December 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz,18 December 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 exam …

10 monuments adopted under the ‘Adopt A Heritage’ project

Topics Covered: Indian Culture – salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.   10 monuments adopted under the ‘Adopt A Heritage’ project   The ‘Adopt A Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’, scheme launched on 27th September, 2017. It is a collaborative effort by Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture …

IMPRESS scheme has been launched to promote Social Science Research in the country

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   IMPRESS scheme has been launched to promote Social Science Research in the country   The Government has approved “Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education by 2022”, accordingly the scope of institutions to be funded through Higher Education …

Eklavya Model Residential Schools

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   Eklavya Model Residential …

Outcomes of COP24 in Poland

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Outcomes of COP24 in Poland   What to study? For Prelims: About Paris Climate Deal, COP24 and its outcomes. For Mains: Outcomes and significance of the recent COP24 and the need for framework to achieve …

Asbestos in Baby Powder

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.   Asbestos in Baby Powder   What to study? For Prelims: About Asbestos and its use. For Mains: Concerns over its use and need for a blanket ban.   Context: over 12,000 women in the US have sued …

Concurrent List of the Indian Constitution

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Parliament …

Mount Soputan, Pacific ring of fire

Topics covered: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location. Disaster and disaster management.   Mount Soputan, Pacific ring of fire   What to study? For Prelims: About Mount Soputan, pacific ring of fire and key geographical locations. For Mains: Volcanic eruptions- causes, effects and management.   …

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Disaster and Disaster management.   Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019   What to study? For Prelims: About Kumbh Mela- places where it is held, mythological significance and Astrological significance. For Mains: Crowd Management during such huge …

Insights into Editorial: The fear of executive courts

Insights into Editorial: The fear of executive courts Context: Justice S.R. Sen of the Meghalaya High Court observed in a judgment that “anybody opposing Indian laws and the Constitution cannot be considered citizens of the country.” The case involved the denial of a domicile certificate. Justice Sen, however, thought it fit to further note that …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 18 DECEMBER 2018

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 18 DECEMBER 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2019: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   Tomorrow’s Static Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.  General Studies – 2 Topic– Mechanisms, laws, …

7) “Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty- Plato”. Comment.(250 words)

Topic– Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 7) “Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty- Plato”. Comment.(250 words) Reference Reference Reference Directive word Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.   Key demand of the question. …

6) The coercive top down approach of managing protected areas has led to socio cultural disruptions without much benefit for conservation efforts. Discuss. (250 words)

Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “Conservation” 6) The coercive top down approach of managing protected areas has led to socio cultural disruptions without much benefit for conservation efforts. Discuss. (250 words)   Key demand of the question The question expects us to bring out the issues associated with top down approach …

5) Discuss the potential of agroforestry in India and also discuss the factors impeding the growth of agroforestry.(250 words)

Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 5) Discuss the potential of agroforestry in India and also discuss the factors impeding the growth of agroforestry.(250 words) Reference Why this question India has less than the desired forest cover and agroforestry provides scope for not only complementing the forest cover but also supplement the …

4) As per a medium term proposal of Niti Ayog, the only viable solution to dealing with the massive waste problem in India is to incinerate the waste of go from waste to energy. Do you agree with such a view. Discuss (250 words)

Topic-Environmental pollution and degradation 4) As per a medium term proposal of Niti Ayog, the only viable solution to dealing with the massive waste problem in India is to incinerate the waste of go from waste to energy. Do you agree with such a view. Discuss (250 words) Livemint Why this question The article discusses …

3) There is a need to foster the process of climate adaptation in agriculture, which involves reshaping responses across both the micro- and macro-level decision-making. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 3) There is a need to foster the process of climate adaptation in agriculture, which involves reshaping responses across both the micro- and macro-level decision-making. Discuss.(250 words) The hindu   Why this question Agriculture is increasingly becoming susceptible to climate change and dependence of around half …

2) Examine the issues faced by workers of gig economy? Evaluate how they stand in comparison to workers of formal economy?(250 words)

Topic – Indian Economy and issues relating to employment. 2) Examine the issues faced by workers of gig economy? Evaluate how they stand in comparison to workers of formal economy?(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question The article analyses the issues or the advantages faced by workers of gig economy versus how they compare to workers …