Critically examine the double trouble Indian economy is facing – the problem of decreasing economic growth rate and increasing.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 1. Critically examine the double trouble Indian economy is facing – the problem of decreasing economic growth rate and increasing. (250 words) The Hindu Why this question: The article brings out a detailed discussion of the double whammy Indian economy …

How is the National Population Register compiled? How is it related to citizenship and the decennial census? Elucidate on the pros and cons of such an interaction between the three.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. How is the National Population Register compiled? How is it related to citizenship and the decennial census? Elucidate on the pros and cons of such an interaction between the three.(250 words) The Hindu Why this …

Antiquities and Art Treasuries Act must be revised so as to make trading in Indian art more institutionalized. Do you agree? Comment.

Topic: Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 2. Antiquities and Art Treasuries Act must be revised so as to make trading in Indian art more institutionalized. Do you agree? Comment.(250 words) Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania Why this question: The question is …

The empowerment of religion via ‘Indian secularism’ and a caste-laden political discourse has served to keep out a public discussion of the ‘women’s question’ in India”, Do you agree? Critically analyse.

Topic:  Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 1. The empowerment of religion via ‘Indian secularism’ and a caste-laden political discourse has served to keep out a public discussion of the ‘women’s question’ in India”, Do you agree? Critically analyse.(250 words) The …

Jal Jeevan Mission

Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Jal Jeevan Mission What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the mission. For Mains: challenges and concerns in water conservation, ways to address them. Context: Operational guidelines for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission have been released. About Jal Jeevan Mission: The Mission was announced …

‘Good Governance Index’

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential. ‘Good Governance Index’ What to study? For Prelims: Particulars of GGI. For Mains: Performances of various states ans ways to improve them. Context: Latest edition of the ‘Good Governance Index’ has been launched on the occasion of ‘Good Governance Day’. …

Recycling of Ships Act

Topics Covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests Recycling of Ships Act What to study? For Prelims: Overview of Recycling of Ships Bill and HKC- features and significance. Context: The Recycling of Ships Act has come into force with President Ram Nath Kovind giving assent to the law …

Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya

Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Contributions and significance.  Context: The Prime Minister of India paid tribute to Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya on his 158th birth anniversary (25th December, 2019). Key facts: Madan Mohan Malaviya …

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 26 December 2019

QUIZ – 2019: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 26 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 into Editorial: Making capital out of political rivalry

Insights into Editorial: Making capital out of political rivalry Context: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy hinted that the South African model of three capitals was best suited in his State and that his government would work towards this. In South Africa, the administrative capital is in Pretoria, its national legislature in Cape …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26 December 2019

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26 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: Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture …

What is ethical climate? Why is ethical climate important? Discuss with relevant examples.

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. 1. What is …

The present economic slowdown is a consequence of both cyclical and structural factors. Comment.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 2. The present economic slowdown is a consequence of both cyclical and structural factors. Comment. (250 words) The Hindu Why this question: India is now in the midst of a significant economic slowdown, the International Monetary Fund has said, urging …

Discuss the concept of monetary transmission mechanism. Explain in what way it can facilitate RBI in ensuring the pass-through of its policy decisions.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 1. Discuss the concept of monetary transmission mechanism. Explain in what way it can facilitate RBI in ensuring the pass-through of its policy decisions. (250 words) Economic Times Why this question: The question is based on the concept of Monetary …

Despite implementation of various programmes for better management of ground water, dropping ground water level still persists as an alarming issue’. Explain by giving reasons and suggest way forward.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 2. Despite implementation of various programmes for better management of ground water, dropping ground water level still persists as an alarming issue’. Explain by giving reasons and suggest way forward. (250 words) Economic Times Why this …

What is the office of Chief of Defence staff (CDS)? Discuss the significance of such a post to the Indian setup.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 1. What is the office of Chief of Defence staff (CDS)? Discuss the significance of such a post to the Indian setup. (250 words) The Hindu Why this question: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved …