New Initiative – ‘Comprehension Challenge’

In the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper-II, around 35 questions out of 80 are from ‘Comprehension’ section. Many aspirants find it difficult to manage time in Paper-II because of long passages and tricky questions. The only solution to score well in this section is to practice hard.  One should familiarize with variety of passages …

Insights Daily Current Events, November 01, 2013

NATIONAL In major reform, SC orders fixed tenure for bureaucrats The Supreme Court has directed the Centre and the State Governments to set up a Civil Services Board (CSB) for the management of transfers, postings, inquiries, process of promotion, reward, punishment and disciplinary matters. Officials were also told not to act on oral orders from …

Geography- Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 11

QUESTIONS: 01/11/2013   Suggest appropriate energy policy for minimizing energy crisis in India. (200 words) Enumerate alternative strategies of planning for backward regions. (200 words)   Discuss the application of Geomorphology in the fields of mineral & oil exploration and hydrology. (250 words)  Map Entries (30 words) a.  Sagar Island b.  Gulf of Mannar c. …

Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

ARCHIVES DOWNLOAD PDF Questions From The Hindu, 01/11/2013 1. ” Fixed minimum tenure would not only enable the civil servants to achieve their professional targets, but also help them to function as effective instruments of public policy.” Critically evaluate.  (200 Words) Link Link 2. “In severe  international conflict scenarios, to resolve an issue, often the solution …

Book Review – Pathfinder – A Blueprint For UPSC Civil Services Main Exam

List of Reference Books For Prelims and Mains   Ever since UPSC announced new pattern and syllabus for civil services Main examination, there has been a deluge of books in the market on the subject. Instead of making lives of aspirants easier, they have only made life tougher for clueless aspirants. Fortunately, Pathfinder, a small …

Political Science – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 9

QUESTIONS: 30/10/2013 (Paper I Topic Western Political Thought; Paper-II – Politic of representation) ” Hobbes starts as an individualist but ends as an absolutist “. Comment (300 Words) ” The reason why men enter into civil society is the preservation of their property. ” ( Locke ) Comment (300 Words) Critically analyze the role or Pressure …

General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 92

QUESTIONS: 23/10/2013 (Topics – Freedom Struggle; World History; Diaspora) “Both freedom and partition were the work of Indian middle classes.” Comment. (200 Words) “The American War of Independence deprived Great Britain of one empire, but it strengthened the foundations of another” . Comment (200 Words) “In Russia, Lenin was the father of socialism, organizer of …

Insights Secure – 2014: Questions On Current Events

ARCHIVES DOWNLOAD PDF Questions From The Hindu 29/10/2013 1. Do you think linking of rivers is a feasible solution for bringing water security to the water deficient regions? Suggest alternative methods for water conservation and utilization in dry regions. (250 Words) Link 2. What are the socio-economic constraints faced in the preservation of the Sundarbans …

Insights Daily Current Events, October 29, 2013

ARCHIVES October 29, 2013 NATIONAL Centre clears Road project (under PMGSY) in Arunachal Pradesh The Centre has cleared the 157 km Miao-Vijaynagar road project that will connect the remote Vijaynagar circle in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh along the India-Myanmar border, 100 km of it passing through the Namdapha National Park. (from the prelims point …

Ethics Case Study – 22

Question category – Decision making, impartiality and non-partisanship, tolerance and compassion towards weaker section, emotional intelligence, dilemma You are the DM of a hill district of an Indian state which has poor civil infrastructure. The Home Minister of the state has same place his constituency. Unfortunately there is a clash continuing between two group of …

GS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day – 91

QUESTIONS: 29/10/2013 (Topics: Culture; World History) Do you agree with the view that the form and content of temple architecture in  south India between AD 750 and AD 1200 were products of specific economic and  political milieu. (200 Words) Critically examine the main features of the foreign policy off the Nazi Germany. (200 Words) “The …

S&T, Environment – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 8

QUESTIONS: 29/10/2013 (Topics – Biotechnology; Climate Change; IPR; R&D) “The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill, 2013, if passed, will adversely affect agriculture, health of humans and animals, and the environment, causing unparalleled harm”. Critically examine. (200 Words) “Too many international conventions and agreements on climate change  have perplexed and disappointed the world”. Comment. (200 World) “India …

Insights Secure – 2014: Questions On Current Events

ARCHIVES DOWNLOAD PDF Questions From The Hindu, October 28, 2013 1. Why developed countries are reluctant to cut their carbon emissions substantially as demanded by the Developing countries? Comment on the implications of stand taken by Developed countries’ on the poor  countries. (200 Words) Link 2. “I’ve never doubted that apartheid – because it was …

Insights Daily Current Events, October 28, 2013

ARCHIVES October 28, 2013 NATIONAL Kashmiris observe Black Day Even as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered to facilitate a dialogue between India and Pakistan, there were protests all over the city, as people observed Black Day, demanding that Kashmiris be allowed their “right of self-determination.” Kashmiris throughout the world observe October 27 as Black …

Geography – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 8

QUESTIONS: 28/10/2013 Assess the scope and development of agricultural machinery and equipment industry in India. (300 Words) Write a note on impact of land tenure on agricultural productivity in India. (200 Words) Identify the ravine affected areas in India and discuss the environmental and economic impact of their reclamation. (300 Words) ARCHIVES