Insights into Editorial: Why govt has raised excise duty cap on fuel amid coronavirus scare

  Context: The government increased the caps on special additional excise duty by Rs 8 per litre on both petrol and diesel, taking the cap to Rs 18 per litre on petrol and Rs 12 per litre on diesel. The decision took place in the amendment to the Finance Bill, 2020, which passed in Lok …

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

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:  Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent) 1. What are the factors that determine the location …

You are the head of a govt. office. One day you find out that your subordinate is infected with HIV. Before you could stop the news from spreading, it had already become a topic of discussion among other members of the office. Now, they are pressuring you to suspend, sack or transfer him as they fear that his presence in the office might lead to other members getting contaminated with the virus. You try to make them understand that HIV does not spread from touching, but they are so skeptic and scared that they refuse to even listen to your reasoning. They all decide to not work until a decision is met. Your office is already under a lot of work pressure and in the next week you are to finish an urgent work within a deadline. How will you tackle this problem? Elaborate the steps that you will take to handle it.

Topic:  Case Study 7.  You are the head of a govt. office. One day you find out that your subordinate is infected with HIV. Before you could stop the news from spreading, it had already become a topic of discussion among other members of the office. Now, they are pressuring you to suspend, sack or …

What India is at present facing is not a “supply”, but a “supply chain” problem in its agriculture sector. Analyse the statement amidst hurdles for free movement and trade in agricultural produce owing to lockdown.

Topic:  , transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints 6. What India is at present facing is not a “supply”, but a “supply chain” problem in its agriculture sector. Analyse the statement amidst hurdles for free movement and trade in agricultural produce owing to lockdown.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this …

Economic policies can bridge the gap between the brutal downturn and eventual recovery due to COVID19. Deliberate.

Topic:  Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 5. Economic policies can bridge the gap between the brutal downturn and eventual recovery due to COVID19. Deliberate. (250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: …

Amidst the all-round disruption caused to the economy by the COVID-19 outbreak, a concern across the world is the possibility of a loss of jobs, discuss the idea of ‘Kurzarbeit’ under such circumstances.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 4. Amidst the all-round disruption caused to the economy by the COVID-19 outbreak, a concern across the world is the possibility of a loss of …

The tenth schedule has become a catalyst of political opportunism in the country, as new innovative measures have been brought up to bypass the law. Critically analyse perils of electoral politics in this context.

Topic:  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 3. The tenth schedule has become a catalyst of political opportunism in the country, as new innovative measures have been brought up to bypass the law. Critically analyse perils of electoral politics in this context.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express Why this question: …

Despite being mineral-rich, the Eastern states of India have failed to register expected growth and social indices. Examine the causes for this failure and suggest remedial measures.

Topic: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent) 2. Despite being mineral-rich, the Eastern states of India have failed to register expected growth and social indices. Examine the causes for this failure and suggest remedial measures.(250 words) Reference: Physical Geography by Savindra Singh Why this question: The question …

What are the factors that determine the location of Silk industries in India? Briefly explain the changes in the location of these industries from 19th century till the present times.

Topic:  Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent) 1. What are the factors that determine the location of Silk industries in India? Briefly explain the changes in the location of these industries from 19th century till the present times.(250 words) Reference: Physical Geography by Savindra Singh Why …

[PDF] Insights InstaTest 5 to 8: Insta 75 Days Revision Plan – 2020

Please find the PDF files of InstaTests 5 to 8 which are part of ongoing Insta 75 Days Revision Plan. We have created separate files for Questions and Solutions of General Studies Paper 1.  CSAT files will be provided later once questions reach either 50 or 100. These files are meant for easy revision of InstaTests. …

DAY – 11(InstaTest-11): Insta 75 Days Revision Plan-2020: Topic – Geography,Subject-wise Test 5, Textbook based Test 9 and September 2019 CA

  GIVE THESE INSTA TESTS NO MATTER WHAT’S GOING TO  BE YOUR SCORE OR HOW MUCH UNDER-PREPARED YOU ARE!. DON’T RUN AWAY FROM WHAT’S DIFFICULT! THERE IS NO SHORTCUT TO SUCCESS   STRATEGY – Towards smart preparation in Uncertain times – How to Clear UPSC IAS Prelims? Click Here MOTIVATION – I am finding InstaTests …

RSTV: INDIA’S WORLD- INDIA-BANGLADESH TIES

  Introduction: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will joined the birth centenary celebration of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through video conference. The PM had postponed his visit to Dhaka after coronavirus scare had caused Bangladesh to defer public events beginning March 17. The Foreign Secretary told a delegation of 20 Bangladeshi journalists that the …

Insights into Editorial: Picking up the quantum technology baton

  Context: In the Budget 2020 speech, Finance Minister made a welcome announcement for Indian science over the next five years, proposed spending Rs.8,000 crore (~ $1.2 billion) on a National Mission on Quantum Technologies and Applications. This promises to catapult India into the midst of the second quantum revolution, a major scientific effort that …

Kurzarbeit scheme

Topics Covered: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it. Kurzarbeit scheme What to study? For Prelims: Key features of the scheme. For Mains: Significance of the scheme and can it be replicated in India? Why in News? Amid the all-round disruption caused to the economy by the novel coronavirus outbreak, a concern across the world is …

States asked to use cess fund to help construction workers

Topics Covered: Government Budgeting. States asked to use cess fund to help construction workers What to study? For Prelims: What is Cess? Overview of BOCW Act. For Mains: Significance of the move. Context: The union government has asked all states to dip into the  ₹52,000 crore Construction Cess fund to give financial and allied benefits to …

Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) What to study? For Prelims: Key facts on MPLADS. For Mains: Significance, performance analysis and need for monitoring of the scheme, demand for a legal framework. Context: …

Parliamentary standing committees

Topics covered: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Parliamentary standing committees What to study? For prelims and mains: Parliamentary standing committees- roles, need, functions and significance. Context: All meetings of parliamentary standing committees have been deferred indefinitely because of the lockdown to …

[STRATEGY] – Towards smart preparation in Uncertain times – How to Clear UPSC IAS Prelims?

    We understand that all of us are going through hard times. We are concerned about the nation’s health, the economy, educational institutions and the larger global situation due to COVID-19. Some of you may have lost access to classes, libraries, reading rooms or even offline tests. Across the World, educational institutions are struggling …