Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Topics covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016   What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the Bill, Citizenship Act 1955, Citizenship- acquisition and types …

Banks may set repo rate as benchmark for lending

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Banks may set repo rate as benchmark for lending   What to study? For Prelims: What is repo rate? For Mains: Why set repo rate as benchmark for lending? Challenges associated, significance and implications.   Context: Most commercial …

UN Women

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   UN Women   What to study? For Prelims: About UN Women- composition, objectives, programmes and significance. For Mains: 33% reservation for women- need, significance, challenges in implementation and role in overall women empowerment.   Context: The government of Odisha has been applauded by …

Warming imperils clouds that deter ‘hothouse’ conditions

Topics Covered: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. Disaster and disaster management. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Warming imperils clouds that …

Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM)

Topics Covered: Indigenization of technology.   Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: QRSAM- key features, significance and potential.   Context: India has successfully test-fired two indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from a test range off the Odisha coast.   About QRSAM: It has been developed to …

Heat Wave

Topics Covered: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features. Disaster and disaster management.   Heat Wave   What to study? For Prelims: What are heat waves and how are they classified? For Mains: Why is India vulnerable, effects of heatwaves on …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 27 February 2019

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz,27 February 2019 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 into Editorial: India’s policy shift in sharing Indus waters with Pakistan

Insights into Editorial: India’s policy shift in sharing Indus waters with Pakistan              Context: Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari recently tweeted that the government had decided to stop India’s share of waters in the Indus river system from flowing into Pakistan. Coming amidst noisy calls for a strong retaliation against the Pulwama terror attack, Water …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 February 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 February 2019 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: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- …

7) Discuss about the Schweitzer’s ethical concept of reverence for life. (250 words)

Topic – Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 7) Discuss about the Schweitzer’s ethical concept of reverence for life. (250 words) Reference Directive word Key demand of the question. The question wants us to write in detail about the Schweitzer’s ethical concept of reverence for life. We have to explain the …

6) The air pollution problem is not merely a technological issue, but also a social concern. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, 6) The air pollution problem is not merely a technological issue, but also a social concern. Discuss.(250 words) Indianexpress   Directive word Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the …

5) India is a paradox in itself as being the world’s largest electoral wonder, but a flawed democracy. Comment in the light of the “State of Democracy in the World in 2018- report”(250 words)

Topic– Important aspects of governance, 5) India is a paradox in itself as being the world’s largest electoral wonder, but a flawed democracy. Comment in the light of the “State of Democracy in the World in 2018- report”(250 words) Indianexpress Why this question The article provides insights into the Indian socio-political landscape and analyzes India’s …

4) Claims for tenure under the Forest Rights Act must satisfy the needs of the forest dwellers as well as the environment. Critically analyze.(250 words)

Topic– 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. 4) Claims for tenure under the Forest Rights Act must satisfy the needs of the forest dwellers as well as …

3) The formation of the government under the Congress was a unique experiment in India’s freedom struggle. Discuss.(250 words)

  Topic-Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 3) The formation of the government under the Congress was a unique experiment in India’s freedom struggle. Discuss.(250 words) India’s Struggle for independence by Bipin Chandra Pal (TWENTY-EIGHT MONTHS OF CONGRESS RULE) Directive word Discuss- this …

2)The Legislative Councils Act of 1861 although a landmark act, brought no real reforms and only disappointed the Indians. Examine. (250 words)

Topic– Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 2)The Legislative Councils Act of 1861 although a landmark act, brought no real reforms and only disappointed the Indians. Examine. (250 words) Reference Directive word Examine- here we have to probe deeper into the topic,  get …

1) Bal Gangadhar Tilak played a vital and major role in India’s freedom struggle. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 1) Bal Gangadhar Tilak played a vital and major role in India’s freedom struggle. Discuss.(250 words) Reference Directive word Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 26 February 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 26 February 2019 Relevant articles from PIB: Paper 2: Topics covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance, applications, models, success, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.   National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 awards   What to study? For Prelims: About …

NASA New Horizons

Topics Covered: Awareness in space.   NASA New Horizons   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Ultima Thule and New Horizons- Key facts.   Context: NASA has captured the sharpest-ever image of Ultima Thule. The new image shows circular pieces of terrain, deep pits and other details that were previously elusive.   Key facts- …