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General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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24 April 2014

Topic: World History – World Wars

Question:

  1. It has been said that the Soviet Union became the first totalitarian state in the twentieth
    century. Do you agree with this statement? If so, when and how did it develop its totalitarian
    institutions? (200 Words)

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Topic: Science and Technology

Question

  1. What are Quarks? Explain its importance in Particle Physics. (200 Words)

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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24 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Write a short note on EU Blue Card.

Business Standard

2. Immigration issue, especially in the case of highly skilled professionals, is a thorny issue between India and the European Union. What steps has EU taken to address India’s concerns in this regard? Examine.

Business Standard

3. Critically comment on US’ pivot to Asia strategy.

Business Standard

4. How does El Nino affect monsoon rains? Explain the mechanism.

Business Standard

5. Explain why Coastal Regulation Zone Notifications were issued in India. Critically comment on the proposals of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2011.

The Hindu

Business Standard – Reference

6. What is the Kuznets Curve? Write a note on Environmental Kuznets Curve. 

The Indian Express

7. What is BASE jump? How is it different from Skydiving? Explain.

The Hindu

8. Researchers say that jackfruit could help provide the solution to the climate change problem which would affect food crop production in future. Why? Explain.

The Hindu

9. How does immunisation work? Is it completely safe? Examine.

The Hindu

10. Why was the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in news recently? Explain with reference to India.

The Hindu

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23 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. It’s said that India needs a friendly labour policy to improve its economic growth. Examine the issues involved and explain what reforms are needed in its labour policy.

Business Standard

The Economic Times 

2. What is corruption? Do you agree with the view that corruption is a non -issue for voters while casting their votes in elections? Substantiate.

Business Standard

3. What is minimum support price? How is it determined? Examine the problems associated with food grains procurement and their storage by the government in India.

Business Standard

4. What is ‘black money’? What measures has government taken to bring back black money that is deposited illegally in foreign countries? Also examine if government has taken any measures to check its proliferation within the country.

Business Standard

5. What are ‘drones’? Write a note on their non-military applications.

The Hindu

6. Explain the motivations and nature of the 1960s civil rights movement in United States of America. What was its outcome? Comment.

The Hindu

7.What is  the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) type of election system? Explain the merits and demerits of this system, especially in the Indian context.

The Hindu

8. What is the Proportional Representation (PR) system of elections? Does it suit India? Why has not India adopted this system? Explain its merits and demerits.

The Hindu

 

 

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22 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Should CAG be allowed to audit accounts of private companies? Comment on the concerns expressed on Supreme Court’s recent  judgement allowing CAG to audit accounts of private telecommunications companies.

Business Standard

The Hindu

2. With examples examine various factors that affect institutional procedures and conventions while appointing a person to top posts in India. Also comment what effect these factors can have on these institutions and on democracy as a whole.

Business Standard

3. Examine and comment on various contentious issues concerning clinical trials in India.

Business Standard

4. Discuss the evolution of India’s patent laws since independence. Are they compliant with international agreements? Examine.

Business Standard

5. What judicial reforms are needed in India? Towards this what measures have been taken by the governments at the centre? Examine.

The Hindu

6. Write a note on the significance of the Constitution (One Hundred And Twentieth Amendment) Bill 2013.

The Hindu

 

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21 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Do you think establishing a separate fund such as National Investment Fund would help the infrastructure sector grow? If yes, examine how it should be governed and from where funds can be mobilized.

Business Standard

2. What were ‘s recommendations related to fuel prices? Are they too radical to implement? Comment.

Business Standard (passing mention)

Reference – ET

3. What is a floodplain? How floods are caused? Examine the sociological impacts of floods.

The Hindu

4. Do you support the idea of making voting in elections compulsory? Substantiate.

The Hindu

5. What do you understand by state and non-state actors with reference to terrorism? Give examples and critically comment on who poses greater threat to India – state or non-state actors?

The Hindu

6. Discuss the importance of opposition party in a parliamentary democracy.

The Hindu

7. Why is  the Supreme Court’s judgement in S.R. Bommai vs. Union of India case significant? Comment with suitable examples.

The Hindu

8. What are the important sources of biofuels? Examine why biofuel production in India is still lagging behind.

The Hindu

 

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19 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Recent IIP data show that in recent years there has been  zero industrial growth. In your opinion, despite many policies, why is this trend observed? Examine.

Business Standard

2. “The most common form of democracy to be found particularly in the Third World is ‘illiberal democracy’, which fulfils the representational aspect of democracy through periodic elections but encroaches on personal liberties and the rule of law.” Do you agree with this view? Comment.

Business Standard

3. Critically comment on the significance of the recent judgement by the Supreme Court on transgenders.

The Hindu

4. Comment on the most important factors that helped the British to firmly establish their control over India in 18th century.

The Hindu

5. Critically comment on the recent political developments in Egypt.  In your opinion, what these developments indicate about the nature of governance and institutions in Egypt?

The Indian Express

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18 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Examine the structure, mandate and importance of International Finance Corporation (IFC). What is the criteria being followed by IFC when it lends money? Critically examine.

Business Standard

2. Explain how technology can be harnessed to bring sanitation to Indian villages and cities.

Business Standard

3. Do you think the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) can audit accounts of private firms? Critically comment oh his duties and responsibilities.

Business Standard

The Hindu

4. Critically examine the problems being faced by the state and central governments in properly implementing welfare schemes.

The Hindu

5. “To improve overall health, the public health sector will have to coordinate and collaborate with other sectors, nationally and regionally, and with several stakeholders.” In the light of the statement, critically comment on the role of the governments, political parties in reforming this sector.

The Indian Express

6. Discuss the problems associated with the present structure of internet governance.

The Indian Express

7. “Currently, high levels of consumption with respect to energy-related commodities are paralysing operations in the country because of non-performing policy initiatives. The demand-supply imbalance is evident across all commodities, requiring serious efforts by the new government to augment energy supplies to avoid a severe energy supply crunch.” With reference the given statement, critically analyse the problems in the energy sector and measures needed to be taken by the government to address the issues.

The Hindu

 

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17 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Explain the recommendations of the P. Vijay Bhaskar committee on financial benchmarks.

Business Standard

2. Comment on the nature and magnitude of drinking water problem in India. What measures would you suggest to overcome these problems?

Business Standard

3. Write a note on Ayurgenomics and its benefits.

Business Standard

4. Write a critical note the problems and prospects of India’s major ports.

Business Standard

5. Comment on the changing contours of relationship between India and USA in last ten years.

The Indian Express

6. Critically compare and contrast ideologies of Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Gandhiji.

The Hindu

7. In the light of recent decision by the government to not to sign aircraft deal with France, critically comment on what should be India’s strategy when it comes to acquiring advanced defence capabilities, especially superior and affordable air power.

The Hindu

8. Analyse employment and unemployment trends post 2004-05 as revealed by various reports in recent days.

The Hindu

9. Write a note on Yogyakarta Principles and their importance especially to India.

The Hindu

 

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15, April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What is India’s nuclear doctrine? Does it need a revision? Substantiate.

Business Standard

2. Examine the emerging threats to food crops in India. What should be done to ensure their productivity and growth to meet growing demand for food? Comment.

Business Standard

3. Examine the contentious issues between India and ASEAN in finalising Free Trade Agreement between them in services.

Business Standard

4. What is aptitude? What are the foundational values for civil servants? Explain any three of them.

The Hindu

5. What is artificial blood? How is it produced? What are its applications?

The Hindu

6. Critically comment on the existing barriers to deepen Indian democracy further. In your opinion, what reforms are needed to deepen it further? Comment.

The Indian Express

7. What are the main challenges that Afghanistan would face in coming days in its quest to become democracy and a stable country? Analyze.

The Indian Express

8. Should there be reservation in private sector for the SC, ST and backward castes? Critically comment.

The Hindu

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General Studies – Daily Answer Writing Challenge

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April 14, 2014

Topic: World History (Industrial Revolution)

Question

  1. Discuss the effects of the industrial economy on Western European peasant women and working-class women from 1830-1914.

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Topic: Science and Technology

Question

  1. “Indigenous development of navigational system is essential for India’s security system”. In the light of the statement, discuss the recent developments and its importance and compare Indian system with global navigational system.

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14 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Discuss the growth of communist movement in India before and after the Independence.

Business Standard

2. Explain the contentious issues and claims of both India and China in their border disputes talks.

Business Standard

3. What is the composition of India’s foreign reserves basket? Is it good for the economy to have large foreign currency reserves? Examine.

Business Standard

4. What were the reasons behind 1973 Arab oil embargo? What were its consequences? Examine

The Indian Express

5. Explain the applications of robotics in ocean research and rescue missions.

The Hindu

 

 

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NOTE: From this week onward Secure questions won’t be posted on Sundays. It’s because there will be Essay Writing Challenge and one should get time on Sundays to revise all the stuff they would have read in that week. Any important articles that would have appeared on Sundays would be covered on next Monday so that you won’t miss anything. Thank you.

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12 April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Critically examine the nature of economic relationship between India and Russia.

The Hindu

2.  Write a note on the cropping pattern of tobacco in India.

The Hindu

3. It is found that certain cancers are affected by the socio-economic status of individuals in India. Elaborate with examples.

The Hindu

4. Critically discuss how the industrial and trade policies of developed countries have affected the livelihood of poor countries by causing a change in the climate.

The Hindu

5. In your opinion, why do you think India is witnessing increased number of atrocities against women, especially rapes? Critically comment.

The Hindu

 

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11 April 2014

Topic: India and Its Neighbours

Question

  1. Critically examine the nature of economic, political and defence relationship between India and Myanmar. (400 Words)

Reference

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11, April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Should India shift towards ‘first use’ policy of nuclear weapons? Substantiate your answer with examples.

Business Standard

2. What do you understand by the phrases ‘re-shoring’ and ‘next–shoring’ in the manufacturing sector? Explain.

Business Standard

3. Critically examine the present nature of manufacturing sector and policy focus on it in India.  What shift, if at all the sector needs one, should be brought into this sector in India in the light of recent global developments in this sector?

Business Standard

4. It is said that the success of the proposed Maritime Silk Route initiative  by China will be consequential to regional stability and global peace. Analyse the objectives of this initiative and critically evaluate the assessment made in the given statement.

The Hindu

5. What is a CT scanner? What is the principle behind its functioning? What are its uses?

The Hindu

6. What is fascism? Critically compare and contrast the versions of fascism practised before, during and after World War -2.

The Indian Express

 

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10 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. What is Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) under WTO? Should India sign it? What are the benefits? Explain.

Business Standard

2. Critically comment on the recent developments in the polity and economy of Turkey.

Business Standard

3. Examine the history of border disputes between India and China. What efforts were made prior to 1962 to resolve the border issue?

The Hindu

4. “Indian society is not yet fully secular, while the Indian state understands secularism as state neutrality towards religion combined with select interventions in the religious domain to safeguard some rights. ” In the light of the statement, comment on the nature of secularism practised by the society and the government in India.

The Hindu

5. Analyze the factors which have contributed towards high voter turnouts during recent  elections.

The Hindu

6. “When India organises its higher education structure effectively and provides the support needed, it will do well in the rankings.” What needs to be done by India? Comment.

The Indian Express

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