Mizoram Revokes Forest Rights Act

On November 19th, 2019, the Mizoram government passed a resolution revoking the implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA).


Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh

On 18th November, 2019, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) along with Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh (BPKK), to address the menace of growing malnutrition in the country.


USA Exiting The Paris Agreement

In first week of November, 2019, the Trump administration gave formal notice to the United Nations regarding United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.


11th BRICS Summit

The 11th BRICS Summit took place from 13th -14th November 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil, held under the - Economic Growth for an Innovative Future.


CJI Comes Under The Ambit Of RTI Act: Supreme Court

On 13th November, 2019, in a historic judgment, the Supreme Court(SC) held that the office of Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.


Maharashtra Placed Under President’s Rule

On 12th November, 2019, the President approved a proclamation imposing President’s Rule in Maharashtra, following a recommendation from Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.


The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2019

Recently, the Standing Committee on Labour has invited suggestions on the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH) Code, 2019.


Steel Scrap Recycling Policy

The Ministry of Steel on 8th November, 2019, came out with a Steel Scrap Recycling Policy in a bid to ensure quality scrap for the steel industry in India.


Wastelands Atlas – 2019

Recently, Ministry for Rural Development released the fifth edition of Wastelands Atlas – 2019, eight years after the last edition was published in 2011.


Working Group On Core Investment Companies

On 6th November, 2019, Working Group (WG) on Core Investment Companies (CICs) submitted its final report to the Reserve bank of India (RBI).


ASEAN Defence Ministers’s Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus)

The 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’s Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) was held in Bangkok on 20th November 2019.Consider the following statements about the ADMM-Plus:

  1. The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and it’s six Dialogue Partners to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.
  2. The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 12 October 2010.

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Ain-i-Akbari

Consider the following statements:

  1. Ain-i-Akbari is a 16th-century detailed document written by Abul Fazl.
  2. Ain-i-Akbari is the concluding part of another document, the Akbarnama.

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Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival

Consider the given statements about the Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival:

  1. Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival is the biggest river festival being celebrated in the state of Assam.
  2. It is a festival of rivers and it pertains to the 12 important rivers in India, namely Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Chambal, Kaveri, Beas, Tapti, Godavari, Chenab, Krishna and Saraswati.

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Kimberley Process

The plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is being hosted by India from 18-22 November, 2019 in India.Consider the following given statements about the Kimberley Process:

  1. The Kimberley Process is a multilateral trade regime established in 2003 with the goal of preventing the flow of conflict diamonds.
  2. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirement son its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free' and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade.
  3. India is one of the founder members of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is the Chair of Kimberley Process for the year 2019.

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Social Awareness And Action To Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully

In which of the following given states, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, recently launched a campaign named Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS)?


Rajya Sabha

Recently, the Rajya Sabha secretariat released the first-ever analysis of its legislative work,“Rajya Sabha: The Journey since 1952” on the occasion of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha. Consider the following statements about the Rajya Sabha:

  1. Article 79 of the Constitution lays down the maximum strength of Rajya Sabha as 250, out of which 12 members are nominated by the President and 238 are representatives of the States and of the two Union Territories.
  2. The Fifth Schedule to the Constitution provides for allocation of seats to the States and Union Territories in Rajya Sabha.

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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Recently, the Odisha government declared to compensate fishermen families who would bear losses due to the fishing ban imposed for the protection of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Consider the following given statements about the turtle:

  1. The Olive Ridley turtles inhabit tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
  2. The species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List.
  3. Olive Ridley turtles use three different strategies to nest: arribadas, solitary nests and mixed strategy.

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Geochemical Baseline Atlas Of India

Recently, the CSIR- National Geophysical Research Institute has brought out the Geochemical Baseline Atlas of India for environment management purpose.Consider the following given statements about the Atlas:

  1. The atlas consist 45 maps of metals, oxides and elements present in top and bottom soils across India.
  2. The map trace elements from top soil i.e. top 25 cm depth and bottom soil at 100 cm depth from the year 2006 to 2011.

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Asia Pacific Rural And Agricultural Credit Association

Recently, the 6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance was organised by NABARD in association with the Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA). Consider the following given statements about the APRACA:

  1. It was launched during the first General Assembly Meeting held in New Delhi, India in 1977.
  2. The General Secretariat of APRACA was established at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Anti-Defection Law

Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 dissident Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators by then Karnataka Assembly Speaker under anti-Defection Law.Consider the following statements regarding the Anti-Defection Law:

  1. Provision regarding anti-defection law is contained in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution.
  2. It lays down the process by which legislators may be disqualified on grounds of defection by the Presiding Officer of a legislature based on a petition by any other member of the House.
  3. The law applies only to the Parliament and not the state assemblies.

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Poverty Anywhere is a Threat to Prosperity Everywhere

Winner Of CSC November 2019 Essay Competition : Tiya Singh

In a post-globalised world order, humanity rests on imbricated systems of trade, economy, the environment and a massive, ever- expanding flow of ideas. In such a scenario, poverty threatens the very foundations of this fragile world order. Various economic research studies point toward a recent trend in increasing income inequalities within nations, as marked by the standardised measure of inequality known as the ‘Gini Coefficient’, especially over the past few decades. However, it is important to remember that the consequences of living in grossly unequal societies with millions living in poverty, goes beyond the perspective that mere economic denominator


Role of India in Changing the Global World Order

Winner Of CSC October 2019 Essay Competition : Animesh Kumar

Strolling through the dusty, musty, dirt ridden, cobbled, vine covered, brick laden, concrete layered, and often tarmacked streets of India,one can see development sprawling and sprouting on the horizon. The Indian economy and communal space much like these assorted avenues is a complex mixture of crude and comprehensive. The multidimensional exposure that India receives because of its ethnic diversity and a gargantuan population has over time catapulted India onto the world stage. India is now in the race to reclaim its former glory and prestige. As it tries to purge itself form the sizable stains of poverty and precarious social order,the International forum


Deepfakes – Menace on AI based Creations

Winner Of CSC October 2019 Essay Competition : Alefiya Lokhandwala

“Deep dark monsters loom in the dark,Along the pathways and Recesses that perhaps a few might embark.Evil hidden in plain sight,Hideous masks shunning the right.” The world we live in today has witnessed drastic technological advancements, more so in the last few decades than, in perhaps, the last century. Yet the blade that still hangs on our necks is: Is our species ready for the scientific innovations that have swung by us through the millennia? In recent years AI based applications have received a tidal wave of new upgrades and developments. Acknowledging Artificial int


Data is the New Currency of the World

Winner Of CSC September 2019 Essay Competition : Mah Tilat Tayyab

Data seems to have become the holy grail of everything “DIGITAL”. Many experts extoll the significance of data in today’s world by calling it the most important currency of the times we live in. Every business, every organization, every government scheme seems to hinge its decisions, marketing and operations on the data involved. As per the TCS global trend study of 2015, the IoT (Internet of Things) owed its growth to the customer data that was available. The study extolled how customer data was key to delivering custom made products, better customer service, razor sharp targeted marketing and so on, which begs the question, “What is data that give


Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Winner Of CSC July 2019 Essay Competition : Amrita Brahmo

If we were to take a leap back to the early 20th century when Robert Frost penned this ubiquitous truth, we would find ourselves in a world where walls were both towering and crumbling. On the brink of the first World War, every major power was jealously guarding the last square inch of their existing territory even as it sought to outpace its contemporaries in acquiring newer domains. As the world map faced imminent rearrangement, the sentiment of neighbourly niceties embodied in the Bible was subsumed by shrewd alliances for strategic gain and national interest.Cut to the present day, and despite mankind’s great leaps in


The Highest Result of Education is Tolerance

Winner Of CSC June 2019 Essay Competition : Akhilesh S H

“The end of education is character The end of knowledge is love” Education in its very essence means bringing out what is best in a person and providing him/her an opportunity to realize his /her complete potentiality and giving rational touch to his feelings and thoughts. Education is meant neither exclusively for employment nor entertainment and not even for mere living but it is for life. So education cannot be an end in itself but it is only a means to an end since end of education is character and tolerance. Wit


Article 370: To Be Or Not To Be?

Article 370 is a contentious provision in the Constitution which incites many sentiments of the general public and political parties alike. This article has been in the news numerous times due to its combative nature


5G In India

Recently on 5th April 2019, South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks, giving access to super-fast wireless technology to its users. However, the buzzword around 5G technology is doing the rounds since long and has pitted major superpowers against one another to gain an edge over their rivals.


India's Engagement With The World-Part 2

India's Parliament plays a lesser role in formulation and execution of foreign policy than in other parliamentary democracies. This is not what the founders of modern India envidaged. The record of discussions in the Constituent Assembly soon after Independence shows that India's founding elite wanted Parliament to be supreme in the conduct of international affairs.


G-20 Summit 2018

It is an international forum that brings together the world's 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies which accounts for 85 per cent of world GDP, 80% of total global trade volume and two-thirds of its population. It serves as a convention for deliberate economic communication between industrialized and developing countries.


Is India Winning The Space Race?

China recently became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on January 2, 2019 but its operation is a more significant issue since the probe landed on the dark side of the moon- a historic feat which no other country has achieved.


Toppers Interview

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Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

Rank-5, CSE-2018
“Manage time during Mains and attempt all questions”

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Vaishali Singh

Rank-8, CSE-2018
“Learn from your mistakes and improve on your weaknesses”

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K. Lalith

Rank- 626, CSE-2018
“Aspirants must develop an overall perspective”

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Jaijeet Kaur Hora

Rank 1, UPPCS 2016

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