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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

The Indian Express - Reference

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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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

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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[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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Insights Weekend Discussions – 20 July 2014

Welcome to the new Edition of Insights Weekend Discussions. You can access details of previous discussions here.

The topic for today’s discussion is related to an issue which we have almost come to accept as a norm in India albeit depressing.

The Topic:

“Why Are We Witnessing Increasing Number of Rape Cases Against Women in India? And How to Stop These Rapes?”

 

Recently, NDTV reported that since 1971, there has been ten-fold increase in rape cases in India. So, no one can deny the truth. Is it part of our culture? Is it because of the modernity? Is there any ‘economic’ angle? Is our education system itself to blame?

Knowing reasons behind this unending ordeal is not enough. And no legislations can stop this crime. Is changing mindsets enough? How to change it?

As common men and women, and as future administrators, how will you solve this problem?

We invite unbiased opinions from you. The ‘site’ is yours. Thank you.

 

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[ESSAY] Insights Weekly Essay Challenge, Week Sixteen

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20 July 2014

Write an ESSAY on the following topics in not more than 1500 words

1) “The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit.” –  Ethiopia

2) Are Social Networking Sites Good For Society? Comment.

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ETHICS and INTEGRITY: Answer Writing Challenge, 19 July 2014

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19 July 2014

You are working as Junior Engineer in a Tehsil. You have been given responsibility to measure MGNREGA works undertaken by 3 Gram Panchayats. You have authority to give technical sanctions to all MGNREGA works. In one of these Panchayats you notice that your predecessor had wrongly measured many works, and in many cases he had approved works that never existed. One day  few elected members of that Panchayat with bundle of job cards come to you to seek ‘sanction’ for the works done by them. When enquired, they reveal that they were contractors who had completed works under MGNREGA. When you reject their demand, they threaten you and tell you that the previous Junior Engineer was made to quit his job because he didn’t listen to them. This is your first job and is very important to sustain your family. There have been precedents in the past that some junior officials were beaten to death in some parts of the Tehsil.

What will you do in this situation? Explain in detail citing rules from MGNREGA Act. (200 Words)

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Motivation: Don’t let your mind bully your body!

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handling exam stress, motivation ias, upsc motivationWith just about a month to go, the exams are nearing, the syllabus remains the same and there is so much to complete. It looks overwhelming and very tough at this point of time.

But don’t let that thought bully you! Remember the entire effort you have put in, the sleepless nights you have had. They are bound to lead you the right way. It is natural to be overwhelmed when there is so much to do, but keep telling yourself what is more important. The mind is a great servant and a terrible master sometimes. Don’t let that bully, don’t let those thoughts come near you. (10 things to do when someone bullies you!)The best way to handle stress is keeping yourself busy. Change subjects, change routines, hang on there.

Time is the biggest resource you have (How to use time effectively?) and the greatest limitation as well. Don’t let the stress affect you. This is what you have been training yourself for.

You got to give it all you got!

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[UPSC PRELIMS - 2014] Insights Secure Prelims-2014, 07 July 2014

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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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge 18 July 2014

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18 July 2014

 

As a DM of a home district of serving Chief Minister, you find out that a huge land scam has taken place in which close relatives of the Chief Minister are involved. The scam which you have unearthed has caused lots of financial loss to the state’s exchequer. You have been recently married to a daughter of an MLA who is known as staunch political enemy of the CM.

While you are investigating the matter for further proofs, before you make this issue public, the CM comes to know about this. He threatens you with dire consequences if you do not close the file and bury the matter silently. He threatens you with false criminal cases and CBI investigation in case you do not budge. Unfortunately, a case is pending against you regarding misuse of treasury funds, in which you haven’t done anything wrong. This case can be reopened and used against you.  However, if you stop investigation, he has assured you that you will be given a plum post in the capital.

Identify which course of action are available to you. Examine each action’s merits and demerits. Finally, explain which course of action would you follow and why. (250 Words)

 

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