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1st October 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 2nd October-

GS-1 Indian National Movement

GS-4 Emotional Intelligence

Question 1)

Pluralism and Secularism are essential for Indian Democracy. Do you agree. Comment. 10 marks

Question 2)

How law and order is different from public order. Also, elaborate on the issues with assigning the dual role of maintaining law and order and public order to one official. 10 marks

Question 3)

What were the issues involved in the Vodafone tax case? What are the implications of Investor-State Dispute Settlement ruling for India? 10 marks

Question 4)  

“Public service is the basic objective of the welfare state”, in the backdrop of the statement discuss the basic public service values that a civil servant must aim to, to ensure effective and efficient public service delivery. 10 marks

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25th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 1st October-

GS-1 Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

GS-4 Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity.

Question 1)

India’s fiasco to convert its victory of the 1971 war into a long-lasting peace in the region via the Shimla Agreement of 1972 is a case of missed opportunity. Examine. 10 marks

Question 2)

What is Social Stock Exchange and how it will benefit the social sector in the country? Why is the civil society concerned with it? 10 marks

Question 3)

What are the concerns with the new FCRA Bill? How it will help in bringing about transparency in the working of non-profit organisations? 10 marks

Question 4)  

You, an anthropologist, have developed cordial relations with a tribal community which was hitherto isolated from rest of the humanity. Notwithstanding increased interest of researchers and media for the newly discovered tribe, you are the only person from outside whom they trust. They are ardent believers in their goddess and, trusting you, take you to her abode on a holy mountain. To your surprise, you find that the mountain is a reservoir of Uranium that can be used in your power-starved country’s nuclear power plants. Besides, you are aware that Uranium being radioactive, it is highly risky to go near the mountain. You try to convince the people about harmful effects it can have and the utilitarian value that it possess for the country. However, they are in no mood to argue and politely ask you to leave. You fear that very soon the outside world will find about this and the vulnerable tribe would be displaced from their land. (a) Evaluate the following courses of action which you can take for their ethical merits and demerits: i. You would continue to convince the people yourself about the possible consequences and urge them to relocate. ii. You would call in local and national NGOs for protecting the rights of the people against the State and file a PIL in Supreme Court if the State proceeds with dispossession. iii. You would yourself tell the government and the scientific community about the reserves and let them proceed in their own way. (b) Without restricting yourself to the above options, state the course of action that you would take and why? 10 marks

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24th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 25th September-

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

GS-4 Case studies

Question 1)

“Indian national Congress was just an outcome of the political developments of second half of 19th century.” Do you agree to the statement? Examine. 10 marks

Question 2)

The functioning of Parliament in India in recent past shows a declining trend from the standards. In light of this, examine the issue and its implications for the functioning of democracy. 10 marks

Question 3)

What are the changes introduced by the two recent bills passed by the government related to agri markets and contract farming how will these changes be helpful to the farmers?

Question 4)  

You are the head of a government office. One day you find out that your subordinate is infected with HIV. Before you could stop the news from spreading, it had already become a topic of discussion among other members of the office. Now, they are pressuring you to suspend, sack or transfer him as they fear that his presence in the office might lead to other members getting contaminated with the virus. You try to make them understand that HIV does not spread from touching, but they are so skeptic and scared that they refuse to even listen to your reasoning. They all decide to not work until a decision is met. Your office is already under a lot of work pressure and in the next week you are to finish an urgent work within a deadline. How will you tackle this problem? Elaborate the steps that you will take to handle it. 10 marks

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23rd September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 24th September-

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

GS-4 Case studies

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)

Despite facing difficulties in following converging policies due to changing global order, India-Russia relations continues to have relevance. Discuss. 10 marks

Question 3)

India will have to swim against the tide to capture the shrinking pie of the global trade. This requires fast tracking reforms to improve the investment climate and attract investment. Comment. 10 marks

Question 4)  

You reside in a village notorious for instances of honor killing. You have known some of you schoolmates being the victims. In this scenario, one of your friends comes to you seeking help. This time the case is reverse. The father of the boy had threatened to commit suicide if he marries a girl from a supposedly lower caste. His mother too is bedridden after knowing this. Their disagreement to for the marriage is solely based on the girl being from a Lower caste. The parents are also under tremendous pressure from society. The boy is now under tremendous pressure from the other people from the society, as he will be considered the reason of his parents’ death if he chooses to stick with his decision of marrying that girl. He also has two school-going younger siblings. You personally have always believed that the caste discrimination must go and have always fought against it. You otherwise share a cordial relationship with the boy and also with his parents. Analyse the situation with ethical angles involved in it. 10 marks

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22nd September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 23rd September-

GS-1 Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present.

GS-4 Case studies

Question 1)

Why India being a country which prides itself on enjoying unity in diversity planning for a common script? Will a common script like Bharati bring down communication barriers in the country? Analyze. 10 marks

Question 2)

What are the implications of the outcomes of the ongoing Afghan peace process for India? Also elaborate on the issues with India’s Afghanistan policy as Taliban gains the legitimacy. 10 marks

Question 3)

To ensure the success of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, India needs action plan. Discuss. 10 marks

Question 4)  

‘Honour killing’ has been in news in recent times. It involves the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonour upon the family. Analyse this problem in detail and indicate not only the social but also the emotional and attitudinal factors responsible for this problem? Also, distinctly bring out why: (a) The youth in such areas do not speak up against these practices. (b) The conviction rate in ‘honour killing’ cases is extremely low. (c) Women, who have to face the brunt of this crime the most, do not speak against it collectively. Discuss some feasible steps, which could be effective in controlling this serious problem. 10 marks

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21st September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 22nd September-

GS-1 Indian culture covering the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, and Architecture.

GS-4 Case studies.

Question 1)

What do you understand by the term ‘Invasive Alien Species’? Discuss the threats posed by them to the native ecosystems, habitats and native species. 10 marks

Question 2)

Regulations of free speech is fundamentally social and political problem, therefore, over reliance on legal instruments often fails to solve the issue associated with it. Comment. 10 marks

Question 3)

Assess India’s progress in climate action. What would be the implications of giving up use of coal for India’s economic progress. 10 marks

Question 4)  

You are the officer in charge of overseeing refugees’ related issues in a multilateral humanitarian organisation. There is an ethnicity based civil war going on in a region and as a result, many people are being displaced. Hitherto, the economically better-off neighbouring countries have accommodated the streams of migrants with financial support from your organisation. The violence in the region has increased recently and the flux of people seeking refuge has grown substantially. With countries sealing their borders, the refugees are left in a vulnerable situation. You are sent to negotiate for humanitarian settlement of refugees with the neighbouring countries, who also happen to be a powerful economic bloc. However, they refuse any more accommodation on the following grounds: (a) Drainage of resources in face of subdued economic conditions. (b) Domestic political repercussions. (c) Rehabilitation will encourage more influx and indirectly fuel the persecutors. (d) Permanency of settlement in face of better prospects than at home. What are the counter-arguments that can be cited to convince the countries for an immediate solution? Suggest some long term measures as well that should be followed to address the problem. 10 marks

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18th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 21st September-

GS-1 Changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

GS-4 Case studies.

Question 1)

What are the environmental issues in Antarctica? Discuss and present the global importance of it. 10 marks

Question 2)

Examine the role played by linguistic identities in the evolution of the idea of federalism in India. 10 marks

Question 3)

Discuss the utility of income support schemes in averting the financial crisis in the wake of the pandemic. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Why should impartiality and nonpartisanship be considered as foundational values? Analyse and Give reasons. 10 marks

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17th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 18th September-

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

GS-4 Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service.

Question 1)

Even after local coal-iron resources are depleted, the steel and heavy engineering industries do not frequently shift their location, why? Analyse. 10 marks

Question 2)

Discuss the important role played by the various parliamentary committees in the functioning of the parliamentary system. Also discuss the issue of fixed tenure of the departmental committees.

Question 3)

Telecom sector has been at the forefront of the digital revolution unfolding in the country. However, the telecom sector is also facing several issues in India. Discuss the various challenges facing the telecom sector in India. Suggest the role government could play in solving these problems. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Examine how an organization’s work culture influences or communicates ethics towards society at large. 10 marks

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16th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 17th September-

GS-1 Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries.

GS-4 Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

Question 1)

Discuss in detail the key landforms formed due to groundwater. 10 marks

Question 2)

The basic structure and essential feature govern now the political and juristic destiny of Indian constitutional development. Comment. 10 marks

Question 3)

Vulnerability is the predominant feature of employment in India. In light of this discuss the reasons for the persistence of the problem in rural employment and suggest the ways to deal with the issue. 10 marks

Question 4)  

“With rising intolerance and polarization in today’s world, forgiveness and compassion are much needed values.” Examine. 10 marks

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15th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 16th September-

GS-1 Distribution of key natural resources across the world.

GS-4 Human Values.

Question 1)

Introduction: In short, explain the concept of El-Nino. Body: El Nino means ‘little boy’ or ‘Christ child’ in Spanish. The phenomenon was thus named because it was first recognised by South American fishermen in the early part of the 17th century. The events, i.e., warm waters in the Pacific Ocean, tended to occur in December, hence, the name was chosen. Then move on to define the likages of El-nino with climatic events. 10 marks

Question 2)

The new realignments taking place in the Middle East has several implications for India. Analyse the geopolitical alignments taking place in the region and how it could have implications for India. 10 Marks

Question 3)

India’s IT industry, despite playing a prominent role in the countries economic development fails to dominate the international IT domain with its products. What are the factors responsible for the lack of innovative products from the Indian IT industry? Also, examine the opportunity provided to the Indian IT industry after the exit of Chinese companies after the ban imposed on them. 10 marks

Question 4)  

”Gandhi’s ecological intelligence warned us of making a cult of materialism that will recoil on itself and have what we consume, consume us.” Elaborate. 10 marks

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14th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 15th September-

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

GS-4 Environmental ethics.

Question 1)

Pluralism and secularism are essential for Indian democracy. Do you agree. Comment. 10 marks

Question 2)

Elaborate the importance of the Constitutional mandate of the oversight over the executive by the Parliament. Also explain the utility of question hour and implications of its suspension due to pandemic. 10 marks

Question 3)

Despite various efforts, a solution to India’s malnutrition problem in children remains elusive. In light of this, elaborate on the issue of malnutrition in India among children and suggest ways to find the solution to the problem. Mentor’s comment- https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/poshan-maah-india-malnutrition-index-global-hunger-index-6594794/ In the intro, mention the malnutrition problem in India. In the body, mention the various figures from various report to cite the seriousness of the problem. Next, mention its impact on the country. In the next part, suggest the ways like-promoting women’s education, access to sanitation and drinking water, leveraging agriculture policies etc. Conclude by mentioning the need to implement the strategies to deal with the problem. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Good governance index has been scientifically designed to reflect various parameters of governance. Discuss in detail the key features of GGI and the role it plays in measuring governance. 10 marks

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11th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 14th September-

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

GS-4 Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government.

Question 1)

Throw light on the impact of Jainism and its teachings on the composite culture of Indian society. 10 marks

Question 2)

The Election Commission of India has been exploring the possibility of remote voting through blockchain technology. Analyse the opportunities and challenges in the adoption of such technology for voting in India. 10 marks

Question 3)

There are multiple definitions for a ‘farmer’ in official data published by the Government of India and most of them makes land ownership a mandatory criterion for being a farmer. In light of this discuss the need to formulate official definitions that go beyond the land ownership criterion. 10 marks

Question 4)  

You are a jurist deciding an ethical case involving allegations that, Mrs. Sandy Tyson had helped her husband obtain a University fellowship to which he was not entitled. She is a former employee of the University. Mrs. Tyson is an African-American black lady married to Mike Tyson and both have denied the allegations and termed them as racist and baseless. What are the ethical issues involved here. What will be your decision. 10 marks

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10th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 11th September-

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)

“Urbanization spurs a unique set of issues to both humans and animals. “Elucidate. 10 marks

Question 2)

India has not been able to find an alternative to NAM which has been described as the basic tenet of India’s foreign policy. Discuss. 10 marks

Question 3)

Bt cotton has been credited for the increased cotton yield in India. In light of this examine the impact of Bt cotton on the cotton production in India. 10 marks

Question 4)  

You are the leader of a 5 member team that has been assigned to carry out social impact assessment of a project proposed in a Naxal area. Members have been allotted a remote village each to conduct surveys and ascertain views of local people. You are under strict instructions not to disclose the identity of respondents outside the project. While compiling data, you are puzzled by the responses from one of the villages. You accompany the point-person for that village next day for verification. You randomly pick a person from the list of respondents and ask her for clarification of the response she had given earlier. She seems confused and denies any knowledge of the survey being conducted, let alone she being questioned. You try to verify this from other respondents and get similar replies. This raises serious doubts about the integrity and credibility of the survey process. What are the ethical issues involved in the situation? As a team leader accountable for credibility of the survey and working on a hard timeline, what are the possible options before you? List their merits and demerits. Giving reasons, state the course of action you would follow. 10 marks

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9th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 10th September-

GS-1 Urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.

GS-4 Case studies

Question 1)

“Moved and dogged out of their original habitats, Bru community are now largely internally-displaced refugees”, Critically examine the internal displacement crisis of the community and comment on the efforts made by government of India so far to protect them. 10 marks

Question 2)

Strong local governance remains the unfinished agenda to make India’s democracy strong and deep. Discuss. 10 marks

Question 3)

Discuss the importance of coordination between the RBI and government to fight the disruption caused by the pandemic. 10 marks

Question 4)  

Mr. X is the engineering manager for the County Road Commission (CRC), with the primary responsibility for county road safety. Along a given stretch of the road, many people have died over the course of last 5 years by crashing into roadside trees. Many other accidents have also occurred. Two lawsuits had been filed regarding the unsafe segment of the road, but were dismissed because the drivers were exceeding the 45 mph speed limit. Mr. X recommends that the road be widened, cutting down a large number of trees in the process. This leads to a protest by environmental groups and they file a petition to save the trees; and instead educate people about following the road safety rules like speed limit etc. The public sentiment is divided on the issue with no sight of a wide consensus. Discuss how Mr. X should proceed at this point. 10 marks

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8th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 9th September-

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

GS-4 Case studies

Question 1)

The reproductive rights of women have major repercussions not only on women health but also on aspects of education, income and safety in India. Critically analyse. 10 marks

 

Question 2)

What are the factors making lasting Naga peace elusive despite various efforts by the government? Suggest the ways to find the lasting solution to the problem. 10 marks

 

Question 3)

Despite the talks of population dividends, there is a lot to do for youth of the country to reap the population dividend. Discuss. 10 marks

 

Question 4)  

A common sight in India at traffic signals, railway stations and urban markets, is that of a destitute woman, begging, with a child in her arms. At times, out of pity or out of fear, from being cursed by God, or out of irritation, we tend to give them some coins or money and drive them away. In this context, bring out the ethical issues associated with beggary. Indicate the socio-economic reasons behind it. Also, discuss the attitudinal aspects of people towards beggars. What feasible steps can be taken to effectively control this serious problem of our country? 10 marks

 

 

 

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7th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 8th September-

GS-1 Role of women and women’s organization

GS-4 Case studies

Question 1)

The Global Inequality Crisis between the rich and the poor, men and women mainly owes to a flawed and sexist economic system, Do you agree? Critically examine. 10 marks

 

Question 2)

What are the challenges faced by the judiciary in India in dealing with the executive? Also discuss the other issues facing judiciary in recent times. 10 marks

 

Question 3)

What are the various reasons for tax collection in India? Suggest the measures to improve it. 10 marks

 

Question 4)  

You are a young civil servant posted in a tribal dominated district, which is notorious for illegal mining done by mafia. They exercise their power over poor tribal of the region by bribing the local tribal musclemen who have political aspirations. The consequent easy money and luxury have ensured that these musclemen work in the interest of these mafia. They use these ‘tribal’ musclemen as a ‘front’ to plant ‘constructed’ news in the media to create confusion or to gain sympathy of the civil society activists and the public at large. It is a strategy to thwart any concrete action of the government for eliminating the menace of illegal activities in that area. You quickly understood these designs after assuming the office. You came to know that some employees in your own office are in nexus with the mafia. When you initiated stringent action against the mafia they turned hostile. They prompted few tribal musclemen to file a fake FIR against you under the stringent provisions of the ‘Prevention of Atrocities Against SC and ST Act’. They also convinced the unsuspecting poor tribal that the state was ‘again’ launching atrocities against them. These poor tribal were eventually tutored to write a complaint to the National and State Commission for ST, a copy of which was leaked to the media. This could easily become a very hot issue for the opposition parties in the state as the Assembly Elections were due only six months later. Unfortunately all this can have grave consequences for your career. Bring out and discuss the ethical issues involved in the above case. What steps will you take in pursuance of the most appropriate closure of this case? 10 marks

 

 

 

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Eye-Opener Coming Up! Catch the Second Basic Economic Prelims Test (5th September) to Re-imagine How You Look At UPSC Prelims

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What was it that initially made Great Britain bleed but subsequently helped it to secure a smashing victory in the second world war? Enigma it was. Alan Turing built the “Turing Machine” that helped decrypt the seemingly unbreakable German Code. Then something very astonishing followed. Great Britain exploited the loopholes of the Enigma itself and the Germans lost without having the slightest hint of Enigma being compromised.

For a UPSC Aspirant, isn’t the “unpredictable” paper setting pattern of UPSC a modern-day Enigma? But what if there was a “Turing Machine” that could break into this “Unbreakable” code of UPSC? For your amusement, there is one.

Talking about UPSC Civil Services Prelims, mock test series has become a Categorical Imperative. But which one truly breaks the “UPSC Enigma”? How about one made by Frontline Warriors themselves (Veteran Aspirants) who have successfully cleared prelims five or six times consecutively? Isn’t the collective wisdom of these “Alan Turings” the closest version of a “UPSC Turing Machine”?

Now, let us speak about the test in question. It’s the eighth test of the newly launched Prelims Test Series for 2021 by CivilsDaily. It’s a Basic Economics Test covering dynamic topics like Agriculture, Industries, Infrastructure, International Trade and related International Bodies.. Let’s see how it is the first step towards breaking the “UPSC Enigma”:

  1. CD Special Questions:

These questions are special due to their;

  • Mind-Twisting Nature (Deceptive questions that fool you exactly as UPSC does in the real exam)
  • Exclusiveness (These Perspectives / Themes are only available in CD tests). 

Have a look –

Q. Consider the following regarding Logistic Performance Index (LPI):

1. It is released by Word bank bi-annually.

2. LPI ranking of India has increased over the last few years.

3. The logistic sector has been given infrastructure status.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 1 and 3 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. All of them

Try guessing the right answer to this seemingly simple yet tricky question.

2. Tikdams:

These are Logical Solving Techniques that help you attempt questions despite having little or no idea about the question. It’s almost like getting a master key to the prelims paper. Have a look –

Q. With reference to the Zero based budgeting, consider the following statements:

1. It is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period.

2. It is a faster process than traditional cost-based budgeting.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Noth of them

d. Neither of them

The test explains this basic question by using a Technique we call “Extreme Exaggeration” (assuming you don’t know the correct answer).

3. Evidence-Based Question Framing:

To keep close to the real demand of the exam. Have a look –

Q. With reference to the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), consider the following statements:

1. It is aimed at generating self-employment opportunities in the farm sector.

2. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is the nodal agency at the national level.

3. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

Now, UPSC has asked multiple questions on the basic economic functioning and schemes of the economy. You can’t afford to err on a probable question that may be asked on similar lines.

4. Is the test really BASIC?

Framing random questions irrespective of the difficulty level of the tests is like serving the same wine in different bottles. Have a look –

Q. Which of the following are included under Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs)

1. Hedge Fund

2. Angel Fund

3. Debt Fund

4. Mutual Fund

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a. 1, 2 and 3 only

b. 2, 3 and 4 only

c. 1, 3 and 4 only

d. 1, 2 and 4 only

The motive to incorporate such questions in the basic test is to garner a general idea of the topics before you as an aspirant are mentally ready to face the advanced tests.

5. Conceptual vs Factual Categorisation:

It lets you realise your comparative strength in different types of questions. Have a look –

Q. “Partial Credit Enhancement”, sometimes mentioned in the news, refers to:

a. Increasing the Credit uptake from Banks for Infrastructure companies.

b. Enhancing the credit rating of the bonds and enabling the issuer to access funds on better terms.

c. Restructuring the non-performing assets accounts to make them financially viable.

d. None of the above

This is a basic Conceptual question. If you get this wrong, you need to rework the concepts of Monetary Dynamics and Bond Market which are an important aspects of Economy Syllabus.

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4th September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 7th September-

GS-1 Indian Society and Diversity of India.

GS-4 Case studies

Question 1)

Is communalism the biggest threat to the National unity? Explain with examples. 10 marks

 

Question 2)

India lacks the governance framework around the government data sets. In light of this, highlight the importance of having non-personal government data open to citizens of the country. Also, delineate the government policies promoting the openness of the non-personal data. 10 marks

 

Question 3)

The disruption caused by the pandemic offers a window for India to create enduring changes through economic reforms to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the pandemic. Discuss. 10 marks

 

Question 4)  

“Public service is the basic objective of the welfare state”, in the backdrop of the statement discuss the basic public service values that a civil servant must aim to, to ensure effective and efficient public service delivery. 10 marks

 

 

 

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3rd September 2020| Daily Answer Writing Enhancement

Important Announcement:  Topics to be covered on 4th September-

GS-1 Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

GS-4 Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity.

Question 1)

“Auschwitz was and is, still the center of Holocaust history”, Discuss. 10 marks

 

Question 2)

Transition to digital education from teacher-class based teaching needs multi-pronged efforts. In light of this, discuss the various challenges such transition faces and suggest the strategies to achieve the smooth transition. 10 marks

 

Question 3)

What are the objectives sought to be achieved through The Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 to regulate commercial transactions? What are the issues with the rules? 10 marks

 

Question 4)  

“Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live”, analyse the quote from the ethical perspectives relevant to today’s contemporary world. 10 marks

 

 

 

Reviews will be provided in a week. (In the order of submission- First come first serve basis). In case the answer is submitted late the review period may get extended to two weeks.

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AWE – Reminder – Enrollments Open for the Month of September & October and Important Announcement regarding the plan for the Month of September

Dear students,

AWE Program is gaining popularity and seeing a lot of participation.    

We request all students to renew their subscription for the upcoming months. Let’s keep the momentum going. 

The accuracy and fairness of exams can be impacted by some candidate’s fear or anxiety around the exam process. Taking a test in Civilsdaily’s Daily Answer Writing Enhancement (AWE) Program doesn’t just measure how much you know, it helps reinforce the learning and make it more likely that you can retrieve the same information later.

It’s a fact that taking an AWE test can actually be more beneficial to learning than spending the same amount of time studying. Answer writing practises through Civilsdaily’s Daily AWE program can reduce test anxiety and helps you ace the GS Mains answer writing. And what is a better way to practice for UPSC Mains Examinations than attempting Questions which are the closest to demands of UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination? The more you are accustomed to sitting for a period of time, answering questions, and pacing yourself, the more comfortable you will feel when you actually sit down to take the real UPSC Mains examinations yourself.

We are working hard to make the program more featureful, highlight the best answers, show the competency levels of students.

Here is the schedule for the Month of September for topics being covered in GS Paper 1 and Paper 4

September 2020

Date

GS 1

GS 4

1st September, Tuesday Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Attitude
2nd September, Wednesday Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.  Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world. 
3rd September, Thursday History of the world including events from the 18th century.  Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters. 
4th September, Friday Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.- their forms and effect on the society. Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity.
7th September, Monday Indian Society and Diversity of India. Case Studies
8th September, Tuesday Role of women and women’s organization. Case Studies
9th September, Wednesday Population and associated issues, poverty, and developmental issues. Case Studies
10th September, Thursday Urbanization, their problems, and their remedies. Case Studies
11th September, Friday Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Case Studies
14th September, Monday Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism. Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government
15th September, Tuesday Salient features of the world’s physical geography. Environmental ethics
16th September, Wednesday Distribution of key natural resources across the world. Human Values
17th September, Thursday Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries. Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption. 
18th September, Friday Important Geophysical phenomena such as Earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, Cyclone, etc. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
21st September, Monday Changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. Case Studies
22nd September, Tuesday Indian culture covering the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, and Architecture. Case Studies
23rd September, Wednesday Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present. Case Studies
24th September, Thursday The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. Case Studies
25th September, Friday Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Case Studies

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