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  CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE   Paper 2 of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination commonly known as the CSAT exam is intended to measure candidates’ aptitude and reasoning ability. The recent trend of uncommon and tough papers has demonstrated that CSAT has the potential to be a game changer, eliminating applicants in the first stage …

Munich (Germany)

Mapping   Source: IE Context: At the Sixtieth Munich Security Conference, world leaders convened amid concerns over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and NATO cohesion. The conference (held annually in Munich, Germany, since 1963), often dubbed the ‘Davos of Defence,’ serves as a crucial forum for discussing international security policy and fostering dialogue among global …

Rhodamine-B

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The sale of cotton candy (panju mittai) has been banned in Tamil Nadu due to the presence of cancer-causing chemicals, specifically Rhodamine-B, found in samples collected from stalls in Chennai. This chemical is considered substandard and unsafe under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. The immediate …

Water on the surface of an asteroid

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: LiveScience  Context: For the first time ever, scientists have detected water molecules on the surface of two asteroids, Iris and Massalia, revealing new insights into the distribution of water in our solar system. This discovery was made using data collected by NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), specifically …

U Tirot Sing

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DD NEWS Context: A statue of U Tirot Sing, a Khasi freedom fighter who rebelled against British colonialism around 200 years ago, was unveiled at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Dhaka.   About Tirot Sing: Tirot Sing, also known as ‘the Hero of the Khasi Hills,’ led an …

Jnanpith Award

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ANI News  Context: Renowned poet and lyricist Gulzar, along with Sanskrit scholar Swami Rambhadracharya, has been honoured with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. The award recognizes their exceptional contributions to literature. Gulzar is celebrated for his impactful poetry and timeless lyrics in Bollywood, while Swami Rambhadracharya is acknowledged for his …

Paruveta Utsavam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Efforts are underway to secure UNESCO recognition for the annual ‘Paruveta’ (mock hunting festival) held at the Sri Narasimha Swamy temple in Ahobilam as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu, in his incarnation as Narasimha, married a tribal girl named Chenchulakshmi, and the …

AI’s Impact on Meritocracy

Content for Mains Enrichment(CME)   Source: TH   What is Meritocracy? Meritocracy is a system where individuals progress based on abilities and hard work, not social status. It values fairness, equal opportunity, and personal merit. However, critics argue it can perpetuate inequality and elitism.   Different Views on Meritocracy:   Artificial Intelligence (AI)’s Impact on …

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 14)

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environmental Preservation   Source: DTE  Context: The Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 14) concluded on February 17, 2024 (in Samarkand, Uzbekistan) with parties agreeing to adopt listing proposals for 14 migratory species and several …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 20 February 2024

  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 – 2   Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments …

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 7.  What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General …

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” ― Carl Gustav Jung

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; 6. What does this quote means to you? (150 words) “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” ― Carl Gustav Jung Difficulty level: Moderate Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of …