Athena and LISA missions

Topic covered: Awareness in space.   Athena and LISA missions   What to study? For prelims and mains: Athena and LISA- objectives, features and significance.   Context: Researchers have proposed to combine the observing power of two future ESA missions, Athena and LISA, to study the effects when two supermassive black holes collide. Currently in …

Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

Topic covered: Awareness in space.   Square Kilometre Array (SKA)   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: SKA – objectives and key features.   Context: Scientists at Cambridge have finished designing the ‘brain’ of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope.   Key facts: It consists of a supercomputer that will …

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

Topic covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)   What to study? For prelims and mains: SCO- objectives, members, functions, significance, various organs and issues associated.   Context: The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum is being held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Forum aims to …

Measles outbreaks in USA

Topic covered: Issues related to health.   Measles outbreaks in USA   What to study? For prelims: Measles- causes, symptoms, spread and vaccines. For mains: can India be blamed for the Measles outbreak in the US, what needs to be done?   Context: United States (US) is in the middle of its worst measles outbreaks …

Insights into Editorial: What is India’s stand on data storage?

Insights into Editorial: What is India’s stand on data storage?   Context: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently expressed apprehension about nations wanting to store data locally. According to him, it gave rise to possibilities where authoritarian governments would have access to data for possible misuse. In recent, the U.S. criticised India’s proposed norms on data localisation …

Download: InsightsIAS Revision Tests for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam – 2019: Tests 65 to 68

  Download InsightsIAS Revision Tests for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam – 2019: Tests 65 to 68   Following are the compilations of Revision Tests 65 to 68 which we are posting under our 75 Days Revision Plan -2019. One document has ONLY Questions and another one has both questions and solutions. We hope these documents will help …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 25 May 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 25 May 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: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating …

7) Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified. Justify the statement with help of examples.(250 words)

Topic:  case study based on ethics. 7) Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified. Justify the statement with help of examples.(250 words) Ethics by Lexicon Publications Why this question: The question is to reflect upon the military actions that are taken at times to justify certain situations though they defy the common internationally …

6) “I would always support my country, whether it was right or wrong”. Do you support this statement and give reasons for your stand?(250 words)

Topic: Ethical dilemma based case. 6) “I would always support my country, whether it was right or wrong”. Do you support this statement and give reasons for your stand?(250 words) Ethics by Lexicon publications   Why this question: The question is to address the ethical dilemma an individual face with respect to the personal duty …

5) “There have been numerous fire accidents this year causing significant loss of life and property. While the government and other regulatory bodies have prescribed norms and fire safety measures, implementation and vigilance continue to be grave concern.” Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic: Disaster and Disaster Management. 5) “There have been numerous fire accidents this year causing significant loss of life and property. While the government and other regulatory bodies have prescribed norms and fire safety measures, implementation and vigilance continue to be grave concern.” Critically analyse.(250 words) The hindu Why this question: At least 20 students …

4) What is cyber-crime? what types of cyber security threats are being witnessed by the world today? Explain India’s attempts to tackle these issues. (250 words)

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 4) What is cyber-crime? what types of cyber security threats are being witnessed by the world today? Explain India’s attempts to tackle these issues. (250 words) Reference   Why this question: The paper covers in …

3) What do you understand by blockchain technology? Evaluate its prospects and challenges.(250 words)

Topic : Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights. 3) What do you understand by blockchain technology? Evaluate its prospects and challenges.(250 words) The hindubuisnessline Why this question: Blockchain technology has been in news for quite a time now. The technology is not only …

2) “India’s climate adaptation needs are high but also diverse given the bio-geographic and climate variations.” Discuss.(250 words)

Topic:   Environment, climate change 2) “India’s climate adaptation needs are high but also diverse given the bio-geographic and climate variations.” Discuss.(250 words) Reference   Why this question: The article discusses in detail the case of Climate change knowledge management in India. Key demand of the question: The answer must evaluate how India’s climate adaptation needs are …

1)“The conditions of urban poor women are more appalling than their rural counterparts.” Analyse with suitable justifications.(250 words)

Topic: . Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 1)“The conditions of urban poor women are more appalling than their rural counterparts.” Analyse with suitable justifications.(250 words) Reference Vikaspedia Why this question: The question is about discussing and differentiating the conditions of Urban poor women with those of rural counterparts. Key demands of the …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 24 May 2019

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 24 May 2019 Relevant articles from various News Sources:   Paper 2: Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.   The dispute between Britain and Mauritius over Chagos islands   What to study? For prelims: location of chagos islands, …

Artemis Mission

Topic covered: Awareness in space.    Artemis Mission   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Ke features, objectives and significance of the mission.   Context: NASA has unveiled the calendar for the “Artemis” program that will return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in half a century, including eight scheduled launches and …

Currency chest

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Currency chest   What to study? For Prelims: Currency chest- features. For Mains: Need and significance.   Context: The Reserve Bank of India is planning to allow large modern currency chests to increase the service charges on cash …

Coral bleaching

Topic covered: Pollution related issues.   Coral bleaching   What to study? For prelims and mains: coral bleaching- causes, effects, concerns and measures to prevent.   Context: Researchers have found an alarming pattern of bleaching in the reefs in Mandapam, Keezhakkarai and Palk Bay in Gulf of Mannar regions.   Key findings: Sea surface temperature …

WHO strategy on antivenoms

Topic covered: Issues related to health.   WHO strategy on antivenoms   What to study? For prelims and mains: snakebites- concerns, spread, WHO strategy-need and significance.   Context: The World Health Organization has unveiled a new strategy to dramatically cut deaths and injuries from snakebites, warning a dearth of antivenoms could soon spark a “public …