5) Examine how a neutral bureaucracy can take India forward on the path envisaged by our founding fathers?(250 words)

Topic– Part of static series under the heading -Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service 5) Examine how a neutral bureaucracy can take India forward on the path envisaged by our founding fathers?(250 words) Epw Key demand of the question The question expects us to explain what is meant by neutral bureaucracy as opposed to …

4) In view of some of the recent steps taken by the government, critically examine whether the government is micromanaging startups and e-commerce players?(250 words)

Topic– Indian economy : issues 4) In view of some of the recent steps taken by the government, critically examine whether the government is micromanaging startups and e-commerce players?(250 words) The hindu Why this question The article delves deep into some of the recent steps taken by the government and its agencies with respect to …

3) Explain the role of SFIO? Examine what role it can play in averting crises such as one at IL&FS?(250 words)

Topic – Statutory, regulatory and quasi-judicial bodies 3) Explain the role of SFIO? Examine what role it can play in averting crises such as one at IL&FS?(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question The article discusses about the issues with auditing practices at IL&FS and why it is necessary for the SFIO to look into the …

2) The government has recently rolled out a national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) and identified five sectors (health care, agriculture, education, infrastructure and transportation) for  GBits adoption. Examine the usefulness of AI for these sectors? (250 words)

Topic– Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 2) The government has recently rolled out a national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) and identified five sectors (health care, agriculture, education, infrastructure and transportation) for  GBits adoption. Examine the usefulness of AI for these sectors? (250 words) The …

1) Analyze the reasons behind the extra cold winters in parts of north India this year.(250 words)

Topic – changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes 1) Analyze the reasons behind the extra cold winters in parts of north India this year.(250 words) Reference Reference Why this question This year has witnessed some of the lowest temperatures recorded in …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 29 December 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz,29 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 …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 29 December 2018

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 29 December 2018 Paper 2 and 3: Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders. Effects …

Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance, applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens’ charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.   Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati …

Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar:

Topics covered: Disaster and disaster management.   Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar:   What is it? These are annual awards instituted recently by the Centre to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in the country in the field of disaster management.   Key facts: Three eligible institutions and individuals will be …

BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS)

Topics covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.   BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS)   What to study? For Prelims: About various Navigation satellite systems. For Mains: Significance of BDS and the need for regional …

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

Topics covered: India and its neighbourhood- relations. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.   China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of CPEC. For Mains: India’s concerns, ways …

India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to UNFCCC

Topics covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to UNFCCC   What to study? For Prelims: About UNFCCC, INDCs and Paris Agreement. For Mains: Significance of INDCs and efforts to contain climate change, need for collaborative efforts. …

Zika warning: India rebuts CDC Zika alert

Topics covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.   Zika warning: India rebuts CDC Zika alert   What to study? For Prelims: Zika virus related key facts. For Mains: Global concerns …

FDI in e-commerce

Topics covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 29 DECEMBER 2018

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 29 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:  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non- partisanship, objectivity, …

7) There is a need to be impartial and demonstrate impartiality in public service.Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 7) There is …

6) In the present milieu aptitude for civil services has more to do with the person’s relationship with his seniors and political masters. Do you agree. Comment.(250 words)

Topic– Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non- partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections. 6) In the present milieu aptitude for civil services has more to do with the person’s relationship with his seniors and political masters. Do you agree. Comment.(250 words) …

5) In India, authorities are often tasked with the task of controlling large scale protests, social unrest etc. Explain the NDMA guidelines on Crowd disaster management and bring out the issues faced by state government in implementing them?(250 words)

Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “Disaster and disaster management” 5) In India, authorities are often tasked with the task of controlling large scale protests, social unrest etc. Explain the NDMA guidelines on Crowd disaster management and bring out the issues faced by state government in implementing them?(250 words)   Key demand …