RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- IMPACT OF LOCKDOWN ON WOMEN & CHILDREN

 Introduction: The COVID-19 crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on women and children around the world. The impact is likely to be devastating especially for children, even though they appear to have less severe symptoms and lower mortality rates than other age groups. More than 1.5 billion students are out of school. …

DAY – 45 (InstaTest-45): Insta 75 Days Revision Plan-2020: Topic – Economy, Subject-wise test 20 & 21, Textbook based test 5 & 6, October 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 Difficult …

QUIZ – 2020: INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ, 28 April 2020 – Environment

INSIGHTS STATIC QUIZ 2019 Time limit: 0 Quiz-summary 0 of 5 questions completed Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 Information   Welcome to Insights IAS Static Quiz. We have already outlined details of this New Initiative HERE.     You have already completed the quiz before. Hence you can not start it again. Quiz is loading... …

[VIDEO] InstaDaily Current Affairs and News Analysis and Answer Writing Guidance (I-CAN) April 28, 2020

NOTE: In the following I-CAN series every day a Mains question is given and its answer is discussed on the following day. You will learn how to write effective answer through this initiative. You will feel the ‘I CAN also write answers’ – once you start following this series. Subscribe our YouTube Channel to not miss these extremely …

First merger of two black holes with unequal masses detected

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. First merger of two black holes with unequal masses detected What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About blackholes, LIGO and theory of general relativity, and gravitational waves.  Context: The gravitational wave observatories at LIGO scientific collaboration have detected a merger of two unequal-mass black holes. The event has been named …

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

Topics covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests. Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) What to study? For Prelims: CTBT- key facts. For Mains: Significance of the treaty and why India is not willing to sign the treaty, what needs to be done? Context: A recent report issued by the …

The report on Trends in World Military Expenditure

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. The report on Trends in World Military Expenditure What to study? For Prelims: Key findings of the report. For Mains: Need for military spending, concerns associated. Context: The report on Trends in World Military Expenditure was recently released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute …

Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies. Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) What to study? For Prelims: CVC- eligibility, appointment and removal. For Mains: Corruption- issues, challenges and ways to prevent.  Context: Sanjay Kothari appointed as Central Vigilance Commissioner by President. About CVC: It is the apex vigilance institution created via executive resolution (based on the …

Ozone Hole

Topics Covered: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. Ozone Hole What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Ozone layer and hole- factors responsible, effects and …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 28 April 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:  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. 1. Who were the Khudai Khidmatgars? analyse …

Aparna recently landed a well-paying software job in a reputed company in Bangalore. She has an ambition to become a civil servant. She is working hard towards it. Recently she wrote the entrance for Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) and got selected as its Fellow. Though she received better salary in the present job, she wanted to accept the PMRD Fellowship and work for it. She will be posted in a faraway state from her present location. The district where she will be posted is a sensitive region severely affected by Naxal problem. Few days ago, few civil servants and policemen were killed by Naxals in an ambush. Aparna’s parents do not want her to leave the present job. She thinks that this fellowship would equip her with skills needed to work as an IAS officer in case she gets selected in future.  If you are in Aparna’s place, what decision will you take? Give reasons.

Topic:  Case Study 7.  Aparna recently landed a well-paying software job in a reputed company in Bangalore. She has an ambition to become a civil servant. She is working hard towards it. Recently she wrote the entrance for Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) and got selected as its Fellow. Though she received better salary …

What is direct monetization of deficit? Do you think it could be a comprehensive solution for the government to prevent the looming financial crisis? Critically examine.

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment. 6. What is direct monetization of deficit? Do you think it could be a comprehensive solution for the government to prevent the looming financial crisis? Critically examine.(250 words) Reference:  Indian Express  Why this question: The article highlights that with the …

An efficient and equitable intellectual property system can help India to realize intellectual property’s potential as a catalyst for economic development and social & cultural well-being. Discuss.

Topic:  issues relating to intellectual property rights. 5. An efficient and equitable intellectual property system can help India to realize intellectual property’s potential as a catalyst for economic development and social & cultural well-being. Discuss. (250 words) Reference:    Business Standard  Why this question: The question is premised on the importance and relevance of efficient and …

Examine India’s stand with respect to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Topic:  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. 4. Examine India’s stand with respect to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).(250 words) Reference:   The Hindu  Why this question: …

Discuss the contributions of Sevottam model in improving the quality of public service delivery in the country.

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.Discuss the contributions of Sevottam model in improving the quality of public service delivery in the country. (250 words) Reference:  darpg.gov.in  Why this question: The question is straightforward from the …