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23rd November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 24th November

GS-1 Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 

GS-4 Case Studies

Question 1)

Italy was united by the heart of Mazzini, the sword of Garibaldi and brain of Cavour. Elucidate. 10 marks

Question 2)

Democracies across the world are facing threat in the various forms. Examine these threats in the various forms. 10 marks

Question 3)

The interplay between the agriculture subsidies and increasing agri-pollution explains in part rising pollution levels in north India. This calls for the relook at the agri-subsidies to curb the agri-pollution. Comment. 10 marks

Question 4)  

“The hungry ‘should not be punished’ for stealing small amounts of food, if they are stealing to feed their family”. Is the statement morally justifiable? Discuss by giving your opinion on the moral conundrum. 10 marks

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20th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 23rd November

GS-1 History of the world include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization. 

GS-4 Dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and
compassion towards the weaker sections

Question 1)

Examine the vulnerability of India to the earthquakes and propose short, medium and long-term actions to alleviate the risks associated. 10 marks

Question 2)

India’s engagement with ASEAN as a block has been a partnership in making. Indo-Pacific construct has added had accelerated the process of engagement. In light of this, examine the common interests and challenges India shares with the region. 10 marks

Question 3)

Export is the answer to the question of India’s high and sustained growth. Critically examine. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Some people are of the opinion that values keep changing with time and situation, while others strongly believe that there are certain universal and eternal human values. What is your viewpoint? Discuss. 10 marks

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19th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 20th November

GS-1 Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc. 

GS-4 Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators.

Question 1)

Should live-in relationships be regulated by the state? And, if so, to what extent? Examine and give your opinion in the light of recent demands made by the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission in this regard. 10 marks

Question 2)

Should live-in relationships be regulated by the state? And, if so, to what extent? Examine and give your opinion in the light of recent demands made by the Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission in this regard. 10 marks

Question 3)

Development and growth in India are still at an early stage which makes the challenge of balancing the commitment to climate action with economic development more difficult. In light of this, suggest the strategy that India should follow. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Is there more unethical behaviour in government than in business? Analyse by giving your opinion with suitable examples. 10 marks

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18th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 19th November

GS-1 Indian Society and Diversity.

GS-4 Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions.

Question 1)

There are no existing concrete estimates of the number of poor and depth of poverty in India. Reason for it and explain the measures which can be taken to measure the poor. 10 marks

Question 2)

Inordinate delay by the constitutional functionary in deciding certain matters has led to the judicial intervention and threatens to widen the constitutional faultiness. Critically examine. 10 marks

Question 3)

India faces an uphill task in maintaining its viability against highly competitive countries in Asia. In light of this, examine the challenges India faces in attracting the relocating supply chains in the wake of Covid pandemic. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Socrates is regarded as the founder of moral philosophy, Discuss the contributions of his moral heroism. 10 marks

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17th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 18th November

GS-1 Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues. 

GS-4 Moral thinkers

Question 1)

“It was a strong belief of Mahatma Gandhi that in the non-violent struggle of Swaraj, the women of India can leave behind men by a mile.” Comment. 10 marks

Question 2)

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership was signed recently without India being part of it. What are the implications of it for India? What are the alternatives India could explore the deal with the implications? 10 marks

Question 3)

In order to integrate India as a pivotal part of this modern economy, there is a strong need to step up our manufacturing capabilities. In light of this, examine the role Production Linked Incentive Scheme could play in boosting manufacturing in India. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Examine the causative factors and circumstances that lead to conflict of interest for a public servant and suggest ways to resolve them. 10 marks

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16th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 17th November

GS-1 Role of women and women’s organization.

GS-4 Attitude

Question 1)

Modern sensibilities cannot take root in a nation that allows regressive beliefs to thrive. Comment. 10 marks

Question 2)

Divided by geographical distance but united through clear common interests and shared values, India-Canada relation holds the promise for prosperity and achievement of the common goals. Comment. 10 marks

Question 3)

Air pollution is very much a solvable problem. But it just cannot be solved on an emergency basis. In light of this, suggest the measures to deal with the issue of air pollution in India. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Integrity compels individuals to be socially conscious and to welcome both personal and professional responsibility. Analyse the reasons for a decline in civil service integrity and suggest solutions. 10 marks

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13th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 16th November

GS-1 Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

GS-4 Aptitude

Question 1)

Discuss the contributions of Ashfaqullah Khan in the Indian freedom struggle with special focus on his contributions to Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. 10 marks

Question 2)

Unrestricted digital media could pose threat to peace and harmony in society. However, its regulation by the government could give rise to several other issues. In light of this, examine the need for regulation of digital media and how implications of its regulation by the government. 10 marks

Question 3)

Indian economy suffers from the problem of reduced aggregate demand and dealing with it requires improving the income and productivity. In this context, suggest the ways to improve the income and productivity in the economy. 10 marks

Question 4)  

A state has been struck with floods and there is immense anger and frustration among people regarding delay in flood relief measures. A reason for the anger is that immediate relief is directed towards localities where the local MLA and MP (belonging to the ruling party) reside. There have been incidents where people have physically attacked the relief personnel. It is winter and there is threat of adverse weather in the coming week. You have been brought in as the new District collector as the previous one was transferred due to public pressure on the political leadership. Your senior has directed you to give special attention towards the same locality where the loyal voters of the MLA and MP live. In this background – 1. Bring out and discuss the ethical issues involved in the above case. 2. Also suggest the right course of action in the given situation. 10 marks

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12th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 13th November

GS-1 Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. 

GS-4 Case Studies.

Question 1)

Discuss the major provisions of Poona Pact. Was it a Precursor to affirmative actions post-independence? Examine. 10 marks

Question 2)

The legal language in India suffers from several flaws which have several implications for the governance of the country. In light of this, examine the issues with the legal language in India and suggest the measures to deal with the issue. 10 marks

Question 3)

India has been facing the challenge of credit over the last 10 years. The challenge is indicative of issues India’s financial sector faces. In light of this, examine the issues faced by the financial institution in India and suggest the changes to make them strong to cater to the demands of Indian economy. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Due to the contemporary developments in the information technology and convergence, the accesses of adults and children to media including variety of entertainment have increased. The children have impressionable minds and the quality of entertainment would have a bearing on them even when they grow adults. One moderately rich family has two children who have given mobile phones to their children with internet connection so that they can complement their studies with huge amount of information and aids available on the internet. Father encourage children to ‘grow with the technology of their times’ and rather than ‘forcing discipline’ on them. However, there is also misuse of information technology. The students are engaging in many undesirable activities outside the school, especially their exposure to many computer games (Blue Whale Challenge, Dead Space 2, Mortal Kombat, Medal of Honour, Call of Duty Black OPS, New Vegas etc.), which are known to be fatal and addictive, impinging on their education and value systems. In this context, what steps parents can take to stop such new and pervasive kind of menace due to the unrestricted use of the computers and mobile phones? Also discuss importance of “forced discipline” in this case. 10 marks

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11th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 12th November

GS-1 Indian National Movement.

GS-4 Case Studies.

Question 1)

With the double whammy of Monsoon and the pandemic, the conditions of the urban poor are more deplorable than that of their rural counterparts. Comment. 10 marks

Question 2)

Strong public sector capacities in healthcare are imperative to achieve medical preparedness for disasters. In light of this, examine the disaster preparedness of the public healthcare system in India and suggest ways to achieve it. 10 marks

Question 3)

There have been increasing instance of the judicial review of the decision of the central bank. What are the challenges in judicial review the central bank’s actions? 10 marks

Question 4)  

In Beed district of Maharashtra, 50 per cent of the women have been reported for hysterectomies. These women are as young as 25. The majorities of these women are cane cutters and migrate to the sugar belt of western Maharashtra during the cane cutting season; with the drought intensifying, the number of migrants multiplies. The contractor is keen to have women without wombs in his group of cane cutters, as they incur financial loses when any of the labourer goes for maternity leave. Moreover, menstruating women demand rest and toilets facilities. However, it is an unofficial dictum and contractors say that women are doing it voluntarily. It has also been observed that the child sex ratio in this district is an abysmal 807. For hysterectomies and abortion, the numbers of illegal clinics continue to proliferate in the district. Identify the ethical issues in above situation. As a DM magistrate of the concerned district, identify the course of action. What innovative steps you will take to solve this problem? 10 marks

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10th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 11th November

GS-1 Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. 

GS-4 Case Studies.

Question 1)

“Buddhism was more of a social movement under the backing of a religion”. Elucidate. 10 marks

Question 2)

The Election Commission of India has a much wider mandate than its counterpart in the U.S. and this has ensured the smoother power transfer in the U.S. In light of this compare the powers of two commissions and explain how it helped in consolidating democracy. 10 marks

Question 3)

India needs an organic economic growth based on innovation and competitiveness instead of focusing specific sector in export-driven growth. Comment. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Due to the contemporary developments in the information technology and convergence, the accesses of adults and children to media including variety of entertainment have increased. The children have impressionable minds and the quality of entertainment would have a bearing on them even when they grow adults. One moderately rich family has two children who have given mobile phones to their children with internet connection so that they can complement their studies with huge amount of information and aids available on the internet. Father encourage children to ‘grow with the technology of their times’ and rather than ‘forcing discipline’ on them. However, there is also misuse of information technology. The students are engaging in many undesirable activities outside the school, especially their exposure to many computer games (Blue Whale Challenge, Dead Space 2, Mortal Kombat, Medal of Honour, Call of Duty Black OPS, New Vegas etc.), which are known to be fatal and addictive, impinging on their education and value systems. In this context, what steps parents can take to stop such new and pervasive kind of menace due to the unrestricted use of the computers and mobile phones? Also discuss importance of “forced discipline” in this case. 10 marks

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9th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 10th November

GS-1 Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. 

GS-4 Case Studies.

Question 1)

In the context of new social movements of Independent India , Discuss the key features of the New Farmer’s movements. 10 marks

Question 2)

What constitutes India Indo-Pacific vision? Why is the region important for the world? What are the challenges India faces in fulfilling its vision in the region? 10 marks

Question 3)

As India pursues Atmanirbhar Bharat, there is a challenge of avoiding protectionist approach. In light of this, elaborate on the challenge of avoiding protectionist approach as India pursues Atmanirbhar Bharat. 10 marks

Question 4)  

You are a doctor in a government hospital. One of your lady friends got married in very rich and influential family. However, with passage of time you came to know that the family is very conservative as she visited you to seek your help in determining sex of the child at fetus stage. As her in-laws want a boy child to act as inheritor of the family. They have also ordered to abort the child if it is girl. Later her in-laws insisted hard and connected the doctor with the health minister on mobile phone. The minister said the doctor to help them in all possible manners without saying anything about the issue at hand. Thus reporting about the issue to police is waste. Answer the following questions: (a) What are the ethical dilemmas in the above case? (b) Do you think that your moral obligation also demands to help your friend? 10 marks

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6th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 9th November

GS-1 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. 

GS-4 Case Studies.

Question 1)

Sea-level rise (SLR) is a “well accepted” consequence of climate change. Analyse. 10 marks

Question 2)

Fairness and inclusion are the two dimensions of equity in education. However, the shift towards digital education throws new challenges to the New National Education Policy in achieving these two dimensions. Comment. 10 marks

Question 3)

India needs to explore the option of hydrogen-based vehicular fuel. But the adoption of it faces several challenges. In light of this, examine benefits and the challenges in adoption of hydrogen as a vehicular fuel. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Emotional intelligence in recent times has become the buzzword for determining the success of a person. Do you agree? If yes, mention the steps you have taken in your life to develop emotional intelligence. 10 marks

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5th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 6th November

GS-1  Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc. 

GS-4 Emotional Intelligence.

Question 1)

What do understand by Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current? Explain in detail its relations with warming up of Indian Ocean. 10 marks

Question 2)

States are at the forefront of development and generation of opportunities and growth. Yet, States are facing the weakened financial capacity in the recent past. Examine the reasons for the weakened financial powers of the State and suggest the measures to improve it. 10 marks

Question 3)

How the economic progress of a country is shaped by the productivity of its labour force? What are the ways to enhance productivity? Also elaborate on the role played by the technology. 10 marks

Question 4)  

“Mob not only threatens democracy but also is one of the greatest impediments for the civil servants to provide good governance.” Discuss. In such a context do you think the ‘citizen’ in citizen charter is a misnomer? Critically analyse. 10 marks

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4th November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 5th November

GS-1 Salient features of world’s physical geography.  

GS-4 Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work
culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

Question 1)

Discuss the accomplishments and failures of Non-cooperation movement of 1920. Also elaborate upon its impact on the subsequent freedom movements in pre-independence India. 10 marks

Question 2)

Free speech is a basic right that preconditions the realisation of other rights. In light of this, examine Indian Constitutions approach toward free speech and how it differs from other democracies. 10 marks

Question 3)

Analyse the role played by the RBI in containing inflations? What are the legal provisions made to ensure the accountability of the RBI in this regard? 10 marks

Question 4)  

What do you understand by impartiality? Why is it regarded as cardinal value of civil services? 10 marks

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3rd November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 4th November

GS-1 The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country. 

GS-4 Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; 

Question 1)

To what extent the British policies in colonial India transformed the agrarian structure of the time? Elucidate. 10 marks

Question 2)

What are the implications of India’s signing of foundational military agreements with the U.S. for India’s foreign policy. 10 marks

Question 3)

What are the platform workers? what are the issues faced by them? Suggest the measures to deal with the issues. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Explain the concept of ‘Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed’.also discuss to what extent is it relevant today in determining ethical conduct of an individual? 10 marks

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2nd November 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 3rd November

GS-1 Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

GS-2 Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 

Question 1)

Women instinctively fear for their safety every time they step out of their homes in many parts of India, Critically examine whether they enjoy the most basic of rights of free movement, enshrined in the Constitution? What should be the way forward? 10 marks

Question 2)

Despite turbulence in the region, India’s engagement with West Asia has always been characterised by non-alignment and ethos of equitable engagement. In light of this, elaborate on India’s approach to the region and contrast it with that of China’s. 10 marks

Question 3)

Discoms continues to be the weakest link in the electricity chain although they enjoy the regulated rate of return. What are the reasons for stress in the Discoms and suggest the measures to make them self-sustaining. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Some feel that values keep changing with time and situation, while others firmly believe that there are certain universal and eternal human values. Give your perception in this regard with due justification. 10 marks

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27th October 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 2nd November

GS-1 Role of women in national movement.

GS-2 Aptitude

Question 1)

Though in theory, the Ryotwari settlement was supposed to prove better than the permanent settlement, in practice its impact was far worse. Critically analyse. 10 marks

Question 2)

As the regional and global order faces multiple transitions, the incentives for Delhi and Washington to sustain and advance India-US partnership are stronger than ever before. In light of this, examine the factors that are contributing to the deepening of the bilateral ties between the U.S. and India. 10 marks

Question 3)

Land degradation threatens India’s future if not dealt with in time. In light of this, examine the reasons for soil degradation and suggest the ways to deal with it. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Corporate Firms with a better balanced gender ratio are better governed and deliver superior results. Do you agree? Discuss in the context of relevance of gender diversity in corporate governance. 10 marks

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26th October 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 27th October-

GS-1 The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

GS-2 Corporate Governance.

Question 1)

As an issue, land degradation of land is much more complex than it appears. Explain in context of its relationship with climate change. 10 marks

Question 2)

Elaborate on the transformation in India’s role at the UN from an outlier to the high table. What are the challenges India may face as a non-permanent member of the UNSC? 10 marks

Question 3)

What are the reasons for the decline in the millet production in India? What are the steps taken by the government to encourage its production? 10 marks

Question 4)  

Is there a connection between a person’s moral life and their quality of life? Discuss with suitable examples. 10 marks

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Didn’t clear UPSC prelims 2020? This is for you.

The result is out and it has not turned out to be a favorable one! Is this the end? What should be your next move? Just wait, take a pause. We’ve something to talk. Please read below and then we’ll talk.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

The quote above is apt for who couldn’t clear the UPSC Prelims 2020 exam. A failing result is devastating. No one expects to fail anything they attempt. Especially after you go in with supreme confidence having studied for months and yet fail somehow in the Prelims. What you do next tells more about yourself than flying through the exam and passing with ease. 

But you do not have to worry. Failure is natural; especially in the journey for UPSC success stories. So what do you need to do to cope to bounce back in just 9 months (remember, next Prelims is in 9 months)?

Keys to Getting Back on the Horse:

#1. Failure is feedback. This approach is an agile lifestyle principle. Apply it to your exam results as you do for anything else in your life. Now you know what you need to improve upon. Moderate proficiency requires more mock questions and some further reading. Below proficiency requires a second look as to how you are studying the materials and reviewing your notes. You need to change and find what works for you.

#2. Review Prelims Questions. You must go back and review the answers, especially those you answered incorrectly. Civilsdaily Detailed Answer Key explains as to why the answer is correct or incorrect. Use that explanation to apply to your review. They should give you a result as to which domains you remain strong in and which need improvement.

#3. Don’t Panic! Panicking isn’t going to take you anywhere. Accept that failing an exam is something perfectly normal to happen during your academic life. There are two things you need to know: you’re not alone and you can get a better result. This is just one more obstacle to overcome, one more story to tell, and an experience that will help you do better on the next exam.

#4. Take the time to grieve. First official right of one who has failed UPSC CSE Prelims: the right to grieve! You have a great excuse to take a break and do something like a marathon of your favourite TV series, going out with your friends, drinking a wee bit more than usual, or forgetting about your diet and eating all the chocolate you deserve. But don’t overdo it! One shall not grieve more than 24 hours: life goes on and you have to get back on the bandwagon.

#5. Get things in perspective. After the grief period is over, it’s a good time to get everything in perspective. Just stop for a moment and reflect on what went wrong. Think about what you did and didn’t do during your study period, and ask yourself: “what could I have done differently?” Maybe you should try out different ways to approach your study sessions so that they become more enjoyable and less heavy and boring. 

Maybe you did not give enough prelims mock tests. Maybe you’ve procrastinated so much that you didn’t cover every topic you should have; maybe you were afraid of asking for help to understand a particularly difficult issue. What’s important here is to get to the core of the problem and figure out what you’re going to do differently when you retake the exam.

#6. Get help if you need it. Don’t feel embarrassed about asking for help. It’s a way of showing you want to understand something and don’t take pride in staying ignorant.

Talk to your guru, ask your friends to organise a study group, or simply fill our Samanvaya form and we will talk with you. We all need help sometimes!

#7. Plan for success. If you are going for it again and doing resits and retaking classes, then identify your weak spots and have a plan in place to focus on upping your game. Identify the mistakes you made in the last attempt. It can be because you did not do enough revisions; it might be because you did not attempt enough prelims mock tests; it might be because you gave a certain subject less priority; it may be because of the pandemic effects; it might be plain simple luck of 1-2 marks in the end. But whatever it is, you have to make sure that you do not commit them again and face UPSC Prelims 2021 with better planning and approach.

#8. Do it for yourself and not for other people. Given that UPSC Prelims can be such a public thing I often have to remind my mentees that they should first and foremost take the exams and tests for themselves. Too much worrying about what other people might think or say, or trying to do it to prove your worth is a highway to massive amounts of unnecessary and unhelpful stress. If you thrive under such pressure, great, keep doing it, but if you are someone that crumbles under the weight of such responsibility, a shift in mindset and focus might be required.

#9. It can be fun once you get into the flow of it. I have a senior who took my various doubts sessions. When asked how he likes to relax his reply was that was epic: “No matter how good things are in other parts of your life such as family, social life, and relationships, UPSC CSE Preparation is a major part of your life, and not to be neglected. Since for now, you have chosen to be in the preparation that you are in, it is up to you for the time being to make the most of what you do. Of course in the long term, you can either change your plan and embark on a new career. But for now, you can get to love more of what you do right now.” So do not let the failure of last Sunday affect your overall outlook towards UPSC preparation. 

#10. (For So-Called Veterans) Do not postpone your preparation as you do not have 12 months. And this is the most important message for people who have faced failures in prelims multiple times. Next Prelims is in 9 months. You do not have your traditional 364 days wait for the next prelims. Therefore it does not makes sense to wait for WINTERS TO COME (like Whitewalkers) to think about strategy every month!!! I have seen people postponing their preparation each month and eventually it is after Diwali festivities when they get back on the table!!! Or they keep changing resources, timetable etc. By then your half a year is already gone and you are in the same mode as that of last year: “Should I focus on Prelims (as it has been your sore point) or should I go for Mains cum Prelims approach”.

They are neither here nor there and committing the same mistakes every year. Just never postpone your preparations. Keep it simple. 

Here’s the sad truth. A lot of people sort of let UPSC Preparation “happen” to them. They let their past failures and wrong decisions dictate the course of their futures. Don’t be one of those people. There are very few failures that can completely prevent you from adapting and retrying. As long as you don’t give up, the vast majority of failures will simply make you smarter and more resilient in the future.

“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.”

J.K. Rowling on Failure, during a speech at Harvard University in 2008

Prelims failure is not the end. Rather, it’s a source of insight. If you don’t like where your failures have gotten you, then learn from them and retry smartly. If UPSC Prelims 2020 was Apollo Creed then you have to become Rocky Balboa in 2021! 


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23rd October 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 26th October-

GS-1 Important Geophysical phenomena such as Earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone, etc.

GS-2 Role of Family Society and Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values.

Question 1)

Was the Vesara Style of architecture simple a confluence of Nagara style and Dravida style or did it have its own unique features? Analyse. 10 marks

Question 2)

“Although much has changed in the international system since 1945, the world body continues to see a tussle between ‘principle’ and ‘power’”. In light of this, elaborate on the issues with the structure of the UN and why it is in the need of the reforms. 10 marks

Question 3)

Elaborate on the success of NPCI in transforming the retail digital payments in India. Do you think that making it the for-profit company would help it make more competitive? 10 marks

Question 4)  

Imagine that you have been recently appointed as the head of the accounts department in a municipal corporation. Soon after you assumed your duties, you discovered that a clerk in your department was falsifying the payroll account by continuing to carry the names of some employees who have already been terminated. When the clerk picked up the payroll, he would pull out those cheques, endorse and cash them and keep the money. You have no difficulty in recognizing that this clerk is not only involved in unethical conduct but is also clearly violating the law. In this situation, the following two options are available to you. Which amongst these two would you choose as your response? Give logical arguments in the support of your answer. • Your responsibility for the image of the corporation may suggest firing the clerk quietly, involving as few other people as possible. • Your responsibility for maintaining the public trust may demand you to consider formal charges and prosecution. 10 marks

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