Download General Studies Paper – 2: UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2019

Download General Studies Paper – 2: UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2019   UPSC Mains GS paper – 2 (2019) (PDF) Essay Paper – 2019 General Studies Paper – 1 General Studies Paper – 3 General Studies Paper – 4   Do you think that constitution of India does not accept principle of strict separation …

Aditya- L1 mission

Topics covered: Awareness in space.   Aditya- L1 mission   What to study? For prelims and mains: Key features, objectives and significance of the mission.   Context: The Indian Space Research Organization is planning to launch Aditya- L1 mission to study the sun early in 2020.   About Aditya- L1 mission: What is it? It is India’s first solar mission. …

Stubble burning

Topics Covered: Conservation and pollution related issues.   Stubble burning   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Crop burning- why, concerns, effects on environment and health, their regulation and the need for a comprehensive policy on this.   Context: As many as eight districts in Punjab and three in Haryana have been identified as …

Corporate income tax 

Topics Covered: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.   Corporate income tax    What to study? For Prelims: What is Corporation tax? Key changes announced. For Mains: Need for and significance of these decisions, challenges ahead and ways to address them.   Context: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman …

Office of Profit

Topics covered:  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.   Office of Profit   What to study? For Prelims: What is office of profit and how is it determined? For Mains: Criticisms and controversies surrounding, ways to address them.   Context: Punjab cabinet has decided to bring an ordinance to …

10th Schedule of the Constitution

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- Important amendments and parts. Salient features of RPA.   10th Schedule of the Constitution   What to study? For Prelims: Features of 10th schedule of the constitution, dismissal, exceptions and judicial review of the decision. For Mains: Significance of anti- defection law, concerns associated with its misuse and measures to improve …

Access to Internet is a basic right: Kerala HC

Topics Covered: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.   Access to Internet is a basic right: Kerala HC   What to study? For Prelims: Right to freedom and privacy, how are they protected? For Mains: Threats to these rights, how can they be guaranteed?   Context: The Kerala High …

UPSC MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – 1 : CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2019

UPSC MAINS GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – 1 : CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 2019   GENERAL STUDIES PAPER – 1 (UPSC MAINS 2019)     Highlight the Central Asian and Greco Bactrian elements in the Gandhara art. 10 (Answer in 150 words) The 1857 uprising was the culmination of the recurrent, big and small local rebellions that …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 21 September 2019

  QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 21  September 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 …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- TACKLING TERROR FINANCE

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- TACKLING TERROR FINANCE Introduction:             In the wake of the dastradly terror attack in Pulwama carried out by Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad , India had upped the ante against Pakistan on the issue of terror funding by pushing to blacklist the neighbouring country at the plenary meeting of the anti …

Insights into Editorial: Deadly spread: On ‘vaccine hesitancy’

Insights into Editorial: Deadly spread: On ‘vaccine hesitancy’ Introduction: The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises. The threat …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 September 2019

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21  September 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 General Studies – 1 Topic: population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their …

7) Some feel that values keep changing with time and situation, while others firmly believe that there are certain universal and eternal human values. Give your perception in this regard with due justification. (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. 7) Some feel that values keep changing with time and situation, while others firmly believe that there are certain universal and eternal human values. Give your perception in this …

6) Financing is of critical concern to the Indian agricultural sector. Discuss how providing interest subvention to small and marginal farmers through Direct Benefit Transfer allows them to get access to institutional credit more efficiently.(250 words)

Topic: Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices. 6) Financing is of critical concern to the Indian agricultural sector. Discuss how providing interest subvention to small and marginal farmers through Direct Benefit Transfer allows them to get access to institutional credit more efficiently.(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question: The recent …

5) “The Indian diaspora diplomacy is double-edged”. Critically examine the statement. (250 words)

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 5) “The Indian diaspora diplomacy is double-edged”. Critically examine the statement. (250 words) Indianexpress Why this question: Recently an UN report claimed India to have largest diaspora in the world in 2019. Key demand of the question: The answer …

4) Distinguish between judicial review and judicial activism in India. In your opinion do you think it is ever possible for the Indian judiciary to partake more of judicial activism?(250 words)

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.  4) Distinguish between judicial review and judicial activism in India. In your opinion do you think it is ever possible for the Indian judiciary to partake more …

3) Discuss the Salient features of recently launched National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) scheme by the ministry of human resources and development that aims to gain better results in higher education.(250 words)

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 3) Discuss the Salient features of recently launched National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) scheme by the ministry of human resources and development that aims to gain better results in higher education.(250 words) Indiatoday Why this question: The article …