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[MISSION 2023] Insights SECURE : Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 13 December 2022

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General Studies – 1


 

Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

1. Throw light on the Instrument of Accession through which Jammu and Kashmir became a part of India. What were the resultant issues that were the outcome of Kashmir’s accession to India? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

Jawaharlal Nehru has recently come under criticism for declining to accept the Kashmir Maharaja’s initial offer to accede to India in September 1947, several weeks before the tribal invasion.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about issues regarding accession of Kashmir, issues regarding and steps that are needed to resolve it.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by giving context regarding Kashmir Accession.

Body:

First, write about the Instrument of Accession and its nature post which Kashmir became a part of the Indian union.

Next, write about the Article 370 and trace the resultant issues till present day developments.

Next, write about the various issues in the above, leading to the illegal occupation of parts of Kashmir by Pakistan and India’s response to it. Trace the developments to the present day.

Next, write about the possible solutions to settle the Kashmir issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.

 


General Studies – 2


 

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

2 . India and the UK are two of the largest economies on the planet. India-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is a natural next step for both countries with prospects of new technologies, growing businesses and better jobs for citizens. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The sixth round of negotiations between senior officials of India and the UK for a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) will begin here on Monday.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the advantages of FTA for India-U.K while taking in to account potential bottlenecks.

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: 

Begin by writing about FTA in the context of India-U.K relations.

Body:

In first part, give the historical ties between the two nations in brief and current status of bilateral relations.

Next, write about potential benefits of FTA for both the countries especially in aftermath of the disruptions caused by Brexit and Covid-19 pandemic. Mention trade, diaspora, collaboration etc.

Mention, the potential bottlenecks such as non-tariff barriers, IP protection and Tariff’s etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward for the potential realisation of the FTA.

 


General Studies – 3


 

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

3. What is the Goods and Services Tax (GST)? What are the benefits of the GST? Analyse the shortcomings and issues within the GST regime. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

Five years ago, a new indirect tax system was launched by the Narendra Modi government. The Goods and Services Tax was introduced to replace the complex order of entry levies and sales tax in India. It also aimed to modify tax compliance and administration within the country. Half a decade later this move has become a lot more than just being about “one nation, one tax”.

Key Demand of the question:

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

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 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.

 

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

4. What is a non-fungible token (NFT)? Explain the technology behind the working of NFTs and its applications. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Live MintInsights on India

Why the question:

NFTs are gaining massive popularity now because they are becoming an increasingly popular way to showcase and sell your digital artwork.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about NFTs, technology they function on and its applications.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving 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: 

Begin by defining NFTs.

Body:

First, explain the technology behind the functioning of NFTs – it is recorded in the blockchain and can be transferred by the owner, allowing NFTs to be sold and traded. NFTs can be created by anybody, and require few or no coding skills to create.

Next, write about the applications of NFTs – Digital art, Games, Music, Film etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward to overcome limitations.

 

Topic: Disaster and disaster management.

5. Evaluate the role of government preparedness in mitigating the impact of devastating cyclones in the short-term and long-term. (250 words) 

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

That Cyclone Mandous, which had its landfall near Mamallapuram, near Chennai, in the early hours of Saturday, did not cause much damage has come as a huge relief to the people of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. At one stage, it was expected to develop into a “severe cyclonic storm”, but did not gain much strength. Called a “textbook cyclone”, the storm, as predicted by the India Meteorological Department, crossed the coast with all the attendant features, to the satisfaction of professional meteorologists.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role of government preparedness in cyclone mitigation.

Directive word:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by providing context and the increasing frequency of cyclones in India.

Body:

In first part, bring out the economic costs and human costs as a result of devastation caused by the severe cyclones.

Next, write about the role of government preparedness – installing a disaster warning system in the coastal districts, and construction of evacuation shelters in cyclone-prone districts etc.

Next, mention long term measures – Embankments that are resilient to storm surges, improved prevention of flooding from swollen rivers and coastal mangrove habitats regeneration etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward as the how the above will help mitigate the impact of devastating cyclones.

 


General Studies – 4


 

Topic: Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

6. Explain the concept and various components of emotional intelligence. How does emotional intelligence lead to persuasion? (150 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Why the question:

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

Key Demand of the question:

To write about emotional intelligence and its role in persuasion.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving 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:

Begin by defining emotional intelligence (EI).

Body:

First, write about the various components of EI.

Next, link the emotional aspect of EI with communication and persuasion – attempting to influence an outcome or followers using – authority, consistency and commitment, liking and reciprocity/reciprocation etc. Write about its link with the leadership.

Conclusion:

Complete the answer by summarising.

 

Topic: Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

7. Happiness is inextricably tied to your Emotional Intelligence. Examine. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

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

Key Demand of the question:

To develop a link between emotional intelligence and happiness.

Directive:

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:

Begin by giving the positive correlation between happiness and emotional intelligence.

Body:

First, write about as to how EI can lead to happiness – Emotionally intelligent people understand that happiness is worth short-term sacrifices, they don’t let what they cannot control affect what they can, they always abide by their values etc. Substantiate with examples.

Conclusion:

Complete the answer by summarising.


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