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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 24 July 2014

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24 July 2014

Recently you were appointed as Panchayat Secretary. Block Development Officer has called you and other Panchayat Secretaries for a meeting. The meeting is headed by local MLA. In the meeting while taking note of different development activities, he tells everyone to contribute Rs 20,000/- towards building a community hall in nearby town for the benefit of community to which he belongs to. He says that as everyone is taking bribe there is no harm in donating few thousand rupees towards welfare activities.

After the meeting you meet the Block Development Officer and tell him that as you are new to the job you do not have money and moreover it’s wrong to give money which will be unaccounted. BDO angrily shouts at you and asks you to not only give Rs 20,ooo/- by whatever means, you should also give him Rs 5000/- every month as part of ‘tradition’ that’s in practice in his office since past many years. He says that once you learn the skills in your new job, you will start earning more.

How will you react immediately? What course of action you will take later and why? Explain. (250 Words)

 

 

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ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 24 July 2014

ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 24 July 2014

1) Population is not just a denominator to deflate aggregates. It is determined by the level and pattern of economic development” Comment. (250 words) 

2) Why are trading blocks formed? Explain the welfare impact of such trading blocks for non-member countries? (200 words)

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014, July 24

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24 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Which two colonial era laws would you like to see repealed or replaced and why? Critically comment.

Business Standard

2) Examine the objectives of G-20 for which it was set-up. Do you think the group has met its objectives? Comment.

Business Standard

3) Apart from energy production, discuss the constructive applications of nuclear technology with special reference to their importance to India.

Business Standard

4) Critically examine the birth of collegium system in India and its merits and demerits.

The Hindu

5) Critically comment on the opposition from some think-tanks and nations in the West on India’s nuclear program.

The Hindu

6) “A legal minimum pay remains a vital tool for the workforce in mature democracies, even though these are already underpinned by vibrant trade unions and high levels of social protection measures.” Critically comment in the Indian context.

The Hindu

 

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ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 23 July 2014

ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 23 July 2014

1) Explain why in spite of economic planning income-distribution has turned more unequal through time? (200 Words) 

2) “Transaction demand for money is interest rate elastic”. Explain in reference to the post Keynesian theories of demand for money? (200 words)

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ETHICS and APTITUDE: Answer Writing Challenge, 23 July 2014

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23 July 2014

As a senior officer in the Ministry of Public Works Department you have access to important policy decisions and upcoming big announcements such as road construction projects before they are notified in the public.  Your son is a land dealer and realtor.The Ministry is about to announce a mega road project. Once its is announced, the land price in the vicinity would see a steep hike. You have access to maps and know the dimensions of land to be acquired. Your  son wants to know the complete details and he is insisting you about this. He wants to buy the land at present rates which is very cheap in and around the soon to be announced project. He is trying to convince you by saying that he would purchase land confidentially and there would be no problem in future for you. You are aware that the Minister has already shared this information with his children who are also into the land business. In fact, the minister has asked you to do the same so that your son also makes huge profits. He has tried to convince you by saying that his and your children are buying land legally and there is no harm in it.

In this situation, what will you do? Critically examine various conflicts of interests at play in this case study and explain what are your responsibilities as a public servant. (250 Words)

 

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[UPSC MAINS 2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, 23 July 2014

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23 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Critically examine the Permanent Court of Arbitration verdict on the India-Bangladesh maritime dispute and its implications for India in future.

Business Standard

2) Critically comment on the trend of adult and child ratio in India since 2000 and examine the causes and consequences of these sex ratios.

The Hindu

3) Write a note on the mechanism of AIDS virus infection in humans. Explain the latest breakthroughs in AIDS treatment.

The Hindu

4) Critically comment on India’s doctrine of ‘strategic autonomy’ and its efforts towards its pursuit.

The Hindu

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5) Write a note on the crowd-funding concept and the regulatory bodies’ views on it in India.

The Indian Express

6) Critically evaluate the nature of India’s economic and political engagement with Nepal since Independence.

The Hindu

 

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[UPSC PRELIMS-2014] Insights Secure Prelims-2014, July 11

Welcome to Insights Secure Prelims – 2014 initiative. The following questions are based on current events that appear in PIB (Public Information Bureau) and from some important newspapers.

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ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 22 July 2014

ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 22 July 2014

1) Trace the growth of real per capita income in India in the pre liberalisation period, keeping in view the interplay of increasing population and increasing real national income ( 300 words) 

2) What do you mean by money multiplier? What are the factors that determine the value of the multiplier? (200 words)

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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 22 July 2014

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22 July 2014

You are travelling in a government bus to attend a very important job interview. In one hour you should be present at the interview venue. The bus is very congested. Luckily you are seated. From your seat you observe that a middle aged man standing next to a girl is touching and trying to molest her. The girl is silently resisting and trying to move away from him. But the man is continuing his actions. As the bus is congested, nobody is noticing this except you.

1) In this situation, what will you do? Explain. (150 Words)

2) If you do not do anything, which values will you be compromising? Explain their importance. (200 Words)

 

 

 

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, July 22, 2014

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22 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Write a note on the applications of Nanotechnology in the agriculture field with special reference to India’s initiatives.

Business Standard

2) What is ‘bilateral advance-pricing agreement (APA) ‘? Why and between who this agreement is signed? Explain.

Business Standard

3) “The Indian government has made it clear that the Bali agreement  will not be ratified unless Indian demands are met. This is both a strategic and a tactical mistake.” Critically comment.

Business Standard

4) Critically comment on the important provisions of the Lokpal act which became operational in 2013.

The Hindu

5) Critically examine the contours of India’s relationship with Israel vis a vis Palestine issue.

The Hindu

6) Write a critical note on the issue surrounding One Rank One Pension (OROP) policy.

The Hindu

7) “Special provisions become self-defeating when they merely result in further segregation.” With reference to the debate on effectiveness of creating special provisions for disabled persons instead of universalising these provisions, critically comment on the statement.

The Hindu

8) Critically discuss India’s relationship with Nepal.

The Indian Express

 

 

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[UPSC PRELIMS-2014] Insights Secure Prelims-2014, July 10

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[UPSC PRELIMS 2014] Insights Secure Prelims-2014, 09 July 2014

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ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 21 July 2014

ECONOMICS – Daily Answer Writing Challenge, 21 July 2014

1) What do you mean by Hindu rate of growth? Why has it been argued that poverty cannot be eradicated under Hindu rate of Growth? (200 words) 

2) Examine Kalecki’s model of distribution. Do you consider it a correct explanation of distribution? (300 words)

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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 21 July 2014

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21 July 2014

Recently a peon was appointed in your office (DM office). He is illiterate and mentally not sound. Ever since his appointment he has been more of a ‘burden’ than any help in the office. He doesn’t know any work. Staff in your office feel that their work is disturbed by his behaviour. The peon is always found to be talking either alone or with anyone he encounters. He is not obeying your staff’s orders in the office.

He was appointed on sympathy grounds after his father’s untimely death. His mother is ill and always bedridden. His income is the only source for his family now. He got the job after lobbying by a group representing his caste. He was appointed by your predecessor after he was pressurized by local MP. Some moves to remove him by your predecessor were met with public protests by a group representing his caste.

You are very strict and disciplined  in your office. You are being respected in your district for your integrity and honesty. You come to know about the peon few days after you assume power. You have observed his behaviour and found him to be unfit to continue in his job. The peon has no other relatives except his mother.

Identify your moral and professional responsibilities in this case study and explain how will you deal with the peon. (200 Words)

 

 

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events, 21 July 2014

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21 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) In the light of recent events in some parts  of the world, critically analyse the role played by ‘non-state actors’ in deciding the outcome of conflicts between states and within states.

Business Standard

2) ” Land markets are arguably the most distorted factor markets in India. Its issues are at the heart of India’s most pressing challenges from governance to growth, education to manufacturing, taxation to urbanisation, and environment to energy.” Critically comment.

Business Standard

3) Comment on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and its objectives.

Business Standard

4) In the light of both domestic and foreign policy initiatives, critically examine India’s energy security scenario.

The Hindu

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5) Why, in your opinion various forms of discrimination persist in India in spite of constitutional safeguards? Critically comment.

The Hindu

6) ‘ Enacting a comprehensive law that covers all aspects of GM crops should be a priority.’ Examine the existing policy on GM crops and explain what needs to be done to make existing laws comprehensive.

The Hindu

7) Critically comment on the Social Progress Imperative and explain how is it different from other indices that strive to measure development.

The Hindu

 

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