[ANNOUNCEMENT] Insta 75 Days Revision Plan 2.0 for Prelims 2024

  Dear Students, Greetings from Insights IAS ! Most of you will be aware by now of the Insta 75 Days Revision Plan for UPSC CSE Prelims 2024, a FREE MCQ-based initiative to enhance your focus on the Prelims Exam 2024. This plan ensures multiple revisions, helps to enhance muscle memory, boosts confidence, and equips …

Avian Influenza

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: Australia’s first human case of bird flu has been confirmed in a child who contracted the H5N1 virus while in India. The child returned from India in March and fell ill with the flu virus.   Although avian influenza rarely infects humans, it can cause severe illness …

BIMSTEC

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context:  The BIMSTEC Charter, which came into force on May 20, 2024, grants the organization a ‘legal personality,’ enabling it to welcome new members and observers. This milestone allows BIMSTEC to engage in structured diplomatic dialogue with other countries and groupings. The charter reaffirms India’s dedication to fostering …

International Solar Alliance

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: Spain has become the 99th member of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Spain handed over the ISA Instrument of Ratification during a meeting between Spain’s Ambassador to India   Previous News about ISA:

Graphite

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PTI  Context: India is discussing with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines, aiming to meet the rising demand for graphite, crucial for battery anodes, especially lithium-ion batteries.   China is the world’s largest producer of natural graphite, accounting for two-thirds of global supply. While Mozambique, Madagascar, and Brazil are significant non-Chinese producers, …

Turbulence

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: BS  Context: A recent Singapore Airlines flight encountered severe mid-air turbulence, a type called Clear-air turbulence, caused by wind shear.   What is Wind shear?  It is the change in wind speed or direction over a distance, occurring horizontally or vertically at various altitudes. It’s commonly associated with weather …

2024 International Booker Prize

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context:  Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel “Kairos” wins the 2024 International Booker Prize, depicting a complex love story amidst East Germany’s final years. Set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall’s fall, it explores personal and national transformations.   About the International Booker Prize (formerly known as the Man Booker …

From Kautilya to Immanuel Kant: Lessons for a World at War

GS Paper 4  Syllabus: Philospher and lessons from them   Source: IE   Context:  Kant’s rationality and ethics remain relevant in today’s world, fraught with geopolitical interests and fake news.   Who was Immanuel Kant? Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was a German philosopher from Königsberg, Prussia. He is best known for his works in epistemology, ethics, …

Economic Capital Framework (ECF) of RBI and its implications

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Indian Economy   Source: TH   Context: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved a record transfer of ₹2,10,874 crore to the Union government for 2023-24, more than double the ₹87,416 crore transferred last year. The RBI also increased the Contingent Risk Buffer (CRB) to 6.50% from 6%. This surplus is …

UPSC Current Affairs Quiz : 24 May 2024

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UPSC Editorials Quiz : 24 May 2024

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Why You Should Consider Joining a Test Series: A Must-Read Guide

  Dear Students, Greetings from Insights IAS ! This article is for aspirants who are freshers planning to self-study, aspirants who have completed their foundation course and are aiming for CSE 2025, veterans with a few failed attempts looking to analyze and bounce back, and working professionals balancing their jobs and studies. In short, if …

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice – Insights SECURE : 24 May 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 – 1   Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the …

Civil servants should be evaluated not only based on their job performance but also on their ethical behaviour, integrity, and commitment to public service values. Discuss the ways of strengthening and improving the moral character of civil servants.

Topic: strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance 7. Civil servants should be evaluated not only based on their job performance but also on their ethical behaviour, integrity, and commitment to public service values. Discuss the ways of strengthening and improving the moral character of civil servants. (150 words) Difficulty level: Easy Why the …

India’s ability to manage cyclones depends on advancing forecasting expertise and robust early warning systems. Discuss.

Topic: Disaster and disaster management. 6. India’s ability to manage cyclones depends on advancing forecasting expertise and robust early warning systems. Discuss. (150 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Down to Earth Why the question: Forecasting cyclone tracks, speed & accompanying rainfall becomes challenging due to data gaps and rapidly warming oceans. Key Demand of the …

Mangroves are vital ecosystems characterized by unique flora and fauna and play several crucial roles. Despite their ecological and socio-economic significance, mangroves face numerous threats. Analyse.

Topic: impact assessment 5. Mangroves are vital ecosystems characterized by unique flora and fauna and play several crucial roles. Despite their ecological and socio-economic significance, mangroves face numerous threats. Analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Down to Earth , Insights on India Why the question: A recent global assessment by the International Union for Conservation …