QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 13 December 2019

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 13 December 2019   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 2018. It is not …

India Skills Report 

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger. India Skills Report  What to study? For Prelims: Key findings, top performers. For Mains: Significance of the report. Context: India Skills Report 2019-20 has been released. For Prelims: What is India Skills …

PIB- Atal Bhujal yojana

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. PIB- Atal Bhujal yojana What to study? For Prelims: Atal Bhujal Yojana- Objectives, funding and implementation, CGWA. For Mains: Groundwater crisis- reasons, challenges, concerns and solutions, various efforts by the government. For Prelims: About Atal …

Rare Earth Elements

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. Rare Earth Elements What to study? For Prelims: What are Rare earth elements? Applications? For Mains: Significance.   Context: The US Army plans to fund the construction …

Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019 What to study? For Prelims: About CCPI- features, criteria and performance of various countries. For Mains: Concerns for India, areas for improvement and the need for government’s active involvement in controlling climate change. Context: The latest edition of Climate …

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Conservation related issues. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Categorization of IUCN red list, features and criteria, recent additions from India to the list.   Context: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has added …

Heavy metals contaminating rivers

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment Heavy metals contaminating rivers What to study? For Prelims: What are heavy metals? For Mains: Key findings, contamination and concerns. Context: Central Water Commission (CWC) has released a report on heavy metals contaminating Indian rivers. Background: The exercise was limited to surface water and did not cover groundwater contamination. Value …

Insights into Editorial: An Asian engine driven by India and China

Insights into Editorial: An Asian engine driven by India and China Introduction: The world today is undergoing a fundamental transformation and there are several facets to the emerging uncertainty. Today, the momentum in manufacturing activity has weakened to levels unseen since the global financial crises. Investor and business confidence even in emerging markets is at …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 December 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 December 2019 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE General Studies – 1   Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts …

What was the Nehru-Liaquat Agreement of 1950 that was recently referred to in the debates for Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019? Discuss its salient features

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 1. What was the Nehru-Liaquat Agreement of 1950 that was recently referred to in the debates for Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019? Discuss its salient features (250 Words) Indian Express Why this question: Amit Shah referred to the Nehru-Liaquat …

With 2.3 million children not vaccinated against measles last year, India has much to do to protect its young citizens, in the context of the above statement discuss the case of vaccine hesitancy and need for public awareness of vaccines.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 2. With 2.3 million children not vaccinated against measles last year, India has much to do to protect its young citizens, in the context of the above statement discuss the case of vaccine hesitancy and need for public awareness of vaccines. (250 …

A wrangle between Executive and Judiciary over judicial appointments hampers entry to justice. Discuss the issues involved in the appointment procedure and suggest what needs to be done.

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. 3. A wrangle between Executive and Judiciary over judicial appointments hampers entry to justice. Discuss the issues involved in the appointment procedure and suggest what needs to be done. (250 …

E-governance is not only about use of the clout of new technology, but also much about grave importance of the ‘use value’ of information. Explain.

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. 4. E-governance is not only about use of the clout of new technology, but also much about grave importance of the ‘use value’ of information. Explain. (250 Words) Governance in …

Topic:Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 5.Evaluate the factors leading to the high levels of pollution in Indian rivers. What can be done to protect and prevent our rivers from degradation and slow death? Discuss.  (250 words) The Hindu Why this question: A study conducted by Central Water Commission (CWC) from May 2014 …

“Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future challenge and is a key to providing important adaptation, mitigation synergies to climate change as well as socio-economic and environmental co-benefits.” In the context of the statement discuss the concept of Climate Smart Farming Systems and its relevance.

Topic:Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. “Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future challenge and is a key to providing important adaptation, mitigation synergies to climate change as well as socio-economic and environmental co-benefits.” In the context of the statement discuss the concept of Climate Smart Farming Systems …

7.What do you understand by the following terms? Point out their specific relevance in public service; Intellectual integrity Spirit of service Commitment

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.What do you understand by the following terms? Point out their specific relevance in public service; Intellectual integrity Spirit of service Commitment (250 Words) Ethics by Lexicon publications Why this question: The question …