United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

Topics covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) What to study? For Prelims: Key features of NAFTA and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For Mains: Controversies surrounding NAFTA.  Context: The House of Representatives has passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement — the replacement for NAFTA, or the …

Chabahar Port

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. Chabahar Port What to study? For Prelims: Location of Chabahar port. For Mains: Significance of the port for India, Challenges to its …

National Population Register (NPR)

Topics covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. National Population Register (NPR) What to study? For prelims and mains: NPR- features, composition and uses. Context: Following the footsteps of West Bengal, the Kerala Government has decided to put on hold all proceedings for updating the National Population Register (NPR). …

Future Skills

Topics covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Future Skills What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of the programme. Context: Wipro has partnered with NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) to launch a skilling platform called ‘Future Skills’ for 10,000 students …

INSIGHTSIAS INTENSIVE PRELIMS BOOSTER (IPB) TEST SERIES 2020

INSIGHTSIAS INTENSIVE PRELIMS BOOSTER (IPB) TEST SERIES 2020   Click Here to Subscribe   Preliminary Exam, the very initial round of UPSC CSE Examination, poses a myriad of challenges to the aspirants. Even the experienced candidates fail to make their mark in this round of examination. The panacea to this very problem lies in taking …

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 21 December 2019

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 21 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 …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 December 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 21 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: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India 1. India is unique in …

“We are never truly free till we master and understand our own selves”. In light of this statement, discuss Gandhiji’s views on self-development.

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 1. “We are never truly free till we master and understand our own selves”. In light of this statement, discuss Gandhiji’s views on self-development. (250 words). The Hindu Key demand of the question: The question wants us to write in detail about the importance …

‘Government has no business being in business’. Examine in light of the India’s approach to disinvestment since liberalisation. Analyse whether there is a need to relook at the policy of disinvestment?

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 2. ‘Government has no business being in business’. Examine in light of the India’s approach to disinvestment since liberalisation. Analyse whether there is a need to relook at the policy of disinvestment? (250 words) The Hindu The Hindu Business Line …

As the years rolled by the “Twin Balance Sheet problem” morphed into a “four balance sheet challenge” — comprising banks, infrastructure, plus NBFCs and real estate companies — for the economy. Discuss.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 1. As the years rolled by the “Twin Balance Sheet problem” morphed into a “four balance sheet challenge” — comprising banks, infrastructure, plus NBFCs and real estate companies — for the economy. Discuss.  (250 words) Indian Express Economic Time Hindustan …

Asia-Africa Growth Corridor is considered as a game-changer for India, Japan and Africa. Examine.  How is it different from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)?

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. 3. Asia-Africa Growth Corridor is considered as a game-changer for India, Japan and Africa. Examine.  How is it different from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? (250 words) You tube VIP India Why this question: The AAGC is a roadmap for opportunities and aspirations in …

India-Israel ties has moved from hate to clandestine relations to strategic partnership. Elaborate.

Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations. 2. India-Israel ties has moved from hate to clandestine relations to strategic partnership. Elaborate. (250 words) Times Of India https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/india-israel-explore-new-areas-of-cooperation-to-boost-financial-ties/articleshow/70549085.cms Why this question: Israel and India are exploring to open new vistas of partnership in the world of finance, including collaboration between market regulators and allowing Israeli investment in …

“India- EU relations are like a loveless arranged marriage “. Critically discuss.

Topic: India and its neighbourhood- relations. 1. “India- EU relations are like a loveless arranged marriage “. Critically discuss. (250 words) ISPI online Why this question: For long, the EU and India partnership had been slow-moving and fragmented, struggling to maintain momentum. Unfairly large emphasis was laid on foreign policy cooperation, but on many issues …

India is unique in its religious, ethnic, linguistic and caste diversity; models of governance, applicable to homogenous societies, simply do not work here. Analyse.

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India 1. India is unique in its religious, ethnic, linguistic and caste diversity; models of governance, applicable to homogenous societies, simply do not work here. Analyse. (250 words). Indian Express Why this question: The nation’s socio-political fabric comes under tremendous strain in the aftermath of the passage …

Kaleswaram project

Topics covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Kaleswaram project What to study? For prelims and mains: key features and significance of the project. Context: Telangana State government has requested the Centre to treat Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) as a National Project. Why? National Projects are provided Central grant of 90% of the estimated cost for their completion …