Print Friendly, PDF & Email

[MISSION 2023] SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 June 2022

 

Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers.

How to Follow Secure Initiative?

How to Self-evaluate your answer? 

MISSION – 2023: YEARLONG TIMETABLE

Join IPM 4.0 to get an assured review of 2 secure answers everyday

 


General Studies – 1


 

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Discuss the major characteristics of art in the period between 200 B.C.E- 300 C.E with a special emphasis on Stupa architecture. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about artistic characteristic between 200 BCE and 300 CE and about Stupa architecture.

Directive word:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of development of art between 200 BCE and 300 CE.

Body:

First, write about the major features of art between 200 BCE and 300 CE – mostly related to religions, Buddha images, construction of Stupas, Chaityas and Viharas, non-Indian art in the artistic creations etc.

Next, write in detail about the features of Stupa architecture and its evolution during this period.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2. The Nagara, Dravida and Vesara styles indicate a tendency to highlight typological features of temples and their geographical distribution. Elaborate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Difficult

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the comparative features of   Nagara, Dravida and Vesara styles.

Directive word:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving context about the three major style of temple architecture.

Body:

First, write in detail, the features of Nagara style and its various sub styles. Cite examples to substantiate.

Next, write in detail, the features of Dravida style and its various sub styles. Cite examples to substantiate.

Next, write in detail, the features of Vesara style and its various sub styles. Cite examples to substantiate.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

3. While the West is curtailing abortion rights, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, Surrogacy Regulation Act and Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, collectively give new meaning to women empowerment in India. Critically analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduIndian Express

Why the question:

The U.S. stands at that fraught juncture now, after its Supreme Court, in a 6-3 majority, overturned the 1973 ruling in Roe vs Wade, and took away the constitutional right to abortion.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about various laws which have given choice and empowered Indian women and its successes and limitations.

Directive word: 

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a balanced judgment on the topic.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of overturning of Roe v Wade in U.S.A and its implications.

Body:

First, write about the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act – it major features, its successes and limitations.

Next, write about the Surrogacy Regulation Act – it major features, its successes and limitations.

Next, write about the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021,– it major features, its successes and limitations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward to overcome the limitations.

 


General Studies – 2


 

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

4. Examine as to why the anti-defection law has been ineffective, even counterproductive in preventing defections. How can this situation be rectified? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

The political crisis in Maharashtra has brought focus back on the anti-defection law. By all accounts, the law has failed to shore up the stability of elected governments. Not only have many governments fallen due to defections in recent times, but the defectors have not suffered any cautionary consequences.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the shortcomings of the anti-defection law and measures needed to fix them.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Write about objectives of anti-defection.

Body:

First, write about various features of anti-defection pertaining to disqualification.

Next, write as to why the anti-defection has been ineffective in preventing defection and horse trading. Substantiate with examples.

Next, suggest measures needed to rectify this.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.

 

Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.

5. India’s emphasis on humanitarian crisis and silence on key strategic issues such as how to deal with Taliban and the prospect of India’s recognition of new regime or lack of it, indicate that India’s new Afghanistan policy is still in making. Analyse its implications. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

While a growing number of the Taliban’s western and regional lobbyists are distancing themselves from their pyrrhic victory, India pulled a rabbit out of its diplomatic hat by sending a senior diplomatic delegation to the Taliban-occupied Kabul.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about India’s response to regime change in Afghanistan and implications of lack of a coherent policy.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

First, in detail, write about the progress of Indo-Afghan relations since Taliban takeover and India’s various responses to it

Next, write about the lack of policy on new regime by India and its various implications. Write both positives and negatives.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward in which India can evolve a coherent policy.

 


General Studies – 3


 

Topic:  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment

6. Critically examine the performance of the present goods and services tax (GST) regime in the first five years since its inception and suggest possible reforms. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

India’s goods and services tax (GST) will be five years old on July 1. The GST Council, comprising minister representatives from all states and union territories, will be meeting over the next few days.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about various successes and limitations of GST and reforms that are needed in it.

Directive word: 

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by aims and objectives behind the launch of GST.

Body:

First, write about the achievements of GST in the past 5 years. Substantiate with examples, facts or statistics.

Next, write about the shortcomings of GST in the past 5 years. Substantiate with examples, facts or statistics.

Next, suggest reforms in GST.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.

 


General Studies – 4


 

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world to the concepts of morality;

7. The Categorical Imperative is supposed to provide a way for us to evaluate moral actions and to make moral judgments. Discuss. (150 Words)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Reference: plato.stanford.edu

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2023 Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the evaluative aspect of Kantian Categorical Imperative.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by defining Categorical Imperative of Emmanuel Kant.

Body:

Begin the body by explaining in detail about your understanding of Categorical Imperative with examples. You can use simple but effective examples to put forward your ideas regarding Universal Moral Law etc.

Next, mention how it provides a framework of judging moral right actions from the wrong ones.

Conclusion:

Give a concise summation of your views to conclude the answer.


Join our Official Telegram Channel HERE

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel HERE

Follow our Twitter Account HERE

Follow our Instagram ID HERE