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2110, 2015

Picking the relevant from the sea of irrelevant

By |October 21st, 2015|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|Tags: |

Dear Aspirant, In your quest for preparing for UPSC civil services, like many of us, you would have come across a point when you would have thought  "It is just too much" .A little look around any aspirants life tells us that , he/she is riddled with a sea of information on a daily basis.Any UPSC preparation site ,coaching site or any other such site has , indeed ,sea of [...]

2108, 2018

Essay Strategy gone Live !!!

By |August 21st, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Essay strategy has been updated for the below mentioned topics:- Topics:- “Potholes” of Indian Mobility and Way Forward. Adversity is the touchstone of character. https://www.iastree.com/essay-strategy-topic-wise-approach-examples-and-reference-material/  Thank You   UPSCTREE 9873937990

908, 2018

E08- ESSAY Test Live Now !!!

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The E08 essay test has gone live. Here are the topics. Do login in to your student portal - IASTREE and start writing the essays. Topics:- “Potholes” of Indian Mobility and Way Forward. Adversity is the touchstone of character. Globalization - Its virtues and vices. Indian Economy – It’s triumph and tribulation.     Thank You UPSCTREE 9873937990

708, 2018

E07- ESSAY Test Live Now !!!

By |August 7th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The E07 essay test has gone live. Here are the topics. Do login in to your student portal - IASTREE and start writing the essays. Topics:- 1. Indian agriculture is a gamble and the Indian farmer is the biggest gambler. 2. E-Commerce – Colonization of retail stores or Globalization of local commodity? 3. Artificial Intelligence and its utility. 4. “There will be more plastic than fish by 2050”. [...]

2907, 2018

Join-Essay Test Series For Mains 20118 !!!

By |July 29th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Here are the details and links to understand and join our Essay Test Series 2018. We have received many queries with regards to this and hope the below mentioned links will clarify all your doubts. Our Essay Test series is one of our flagship programs and if you want to score 150+ in this paper, then look no further. Essay test Registration – Click Here Essay Test Series – [...]

2907, 2018

Student Communique !!!

By |July 29th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The submitted essays are being reviewed and you will get the reviews in next 2 days time. We are trying to fasten the review process and our reviewers are breaking their backbones in the meanwhile to provide a good review to your submitted essays. Thank You UPSCTREE 9873937990

2907, 2018

Essay Topics Thus far !!!

By |July 29th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have conducted 6 essay tests till date and here are the topics list, even if you are not part of our essay program, try to write these essays. Topics:- E01 1. “There is good in all of us” 2. God always forgives, Man often forgives, Nature never forgives 3. When you find hope, you find a middle class 4. Isolation, Protection and Secession – the rising tide [...]

2807, 2018

Geonomics-Island Development !!!

By |July 28th, 2018|Categories: economy, Geography|

The 1382 offshore-identified islands of India hold immense unexploited potential for fostering growth and achieving cohesive socio-economic development of the region in particular and also, the nation as a whole. They can significantly contribute to the GDP by leveraging the gains from promoting infrastructure and tourism on a large scale. […]

2707, 2018

E06- ESSAY Test Live Now !!!

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The E06 essay test has gone live. Here are the topics. Do login in to your student portal - IASTREE and start writing the essays. Topics:- 1. Space Technology in the aid of Mankind. 2. Water, Water everywhere, not a drop to drink. 3. Education is a shared responsibility. 4. Humans - “an ungrateful species” Thank You UPSCTREE 9873937990

2707, 2018

Join-Essay Test Series 2018 !!!

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Here are the details and links to understand and join our Essay Test Series 2018. We have received many queries with regards to this and hope the below mentioned links will clarify all your doubts. Our Essay Test series is one of our flagship programs and if you want to score 150+ in this paper, then look no further. Essay Test Series – FAQS – Click Here Essay Test [...]

2707, 2018

Polity – 100th year of the Montagu-Chelmsford Reform!!!

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: polity|

This month marks the 100th year of the publication of the ‘Report on Indian constitutional reforms’, commonly known as the Montagu-Chelmsford Report (MCR). Edwin Montagu, then Secretary of State for India, had advocated for increased participation of Indians in the British Indian administration and had begun consultations nearly a year earlier. After many meetings with Indian representatives, Montagu and the then Governor-General, Lord Chelmsford, published the MCR on July [...]

2707, 2018

E05- ESSAY Test Live Now !!!

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The E05 essay test has gone live. Here are the topics. Do login in to your student portal - IASTREE and start writing the essays. Topics:- 1.Embracing Fourth Industrial Revolution. 2. Judiciary – “Reformer of Highest Order” 3. Urbanisation is here to stay and Sustainable Urbanisation is the only way forward. 4. E-Governance - “Easy, Efficient and Effective Governance Thank You UPSCTREE 9873937990

2607, 2018

Join-ESSAY Test Series 2018!!!

By |July 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, Here are the details and links to understand and join our Essay Test Series 2018. We have received many queries with regards to this and hope the below mentioned links will clarify all your doubts. Most importantly, those who are appearing for Mains 2018, we suggest you go for SILVER PLUS program given the limited time available now. Essay test Registration – Click Here Essay Test Series – FAQS [...]

2507, 2018

Join-Essay Test Series 2018!!!

By |July 25th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Here are the details and links to understand and join our Essay Test Series 2018. We have received many queries with regards to this and hope the below mentioned links will clarify all your doubts. Most importantly, those who are appearing for Mains 2018, we suggest you go for SILVER PLUS program given the limited time available now. Essay test Registration – Click Here Essay Test Series – FAQS [...]

2306, 2018

Update-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, If you have submitted your essay for ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST, the review process is on. The volume of essay that we received is higher than our expectations and hence it is taking a while to provide you the review. Expect review of your copy by upcoming Sunday. Thank you for your understanding. Thank You UPSCTREE

1706, 2018

New Joiners Communique !!!

By |June 17th, 2018|Categories: announcements|

Welcome to all who have recently joined our essay and mains program. This is to announce that, if you have joined us before today, then your credentials has already been set up and access is already aligned and course is assigned in the student portal. Also note that , four essay tests are already live and if you have joined us recently, then adhere to the new schedule and write [...]

1706, 2018

Join-Essay Test Series 2018!!!

By |June 17th, 2018|Categories: announcements|

Dear All, Here are the details and links to understand and join our Essay Test Series 2018. We have received many queries with regards to this and hope the below mentioned links will clarify all your doubts. Essay Test Series – FAQS – Click Here Essay Test Series – Schedule – Click Here Sample Essay Copies and Reviews – Click Here Sample Strategy and Reference Material – Click Here and Click Here Essay test Registration – Click [...]

1706, 2018

Join-Mains Test Series 2018 !!!

By |June 17th, 2018|Categories: announcements|

Dear All, Prelims is over and the sky is cloudy but you got to take the umbrella with you, just in case it rains. The essence being no one can beat you if you are prepared/studied  in your darkest hours. To get you ready we are launching Main Test Series 2018. Mains and Essay Test Series has been hallmark of UPSCTREE. So rest assured you won't be disappointed. And the [...]

1706, 2018

Last Day For Essay Submission-ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST !!!

By |June 17th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Please note that today is the last day for All India Open Essay Test Submission. If You have registered, kindly send your essay by tonight. Please note that, due to huge volume, we won't be able to entertain any essay submitted after today. Also review process will start from tomorrow on wards. Thus request you to send it by tonight. https://upsctree.com/2018/06/16/all-india-open-essay-test-live-now/ Thank You UPSCTREE

1606, 2018

All India Open Essay Test-Live Now !!!

By |June 16th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Hi All, Please find the attached document for UPSCTREE-ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST. Click Here to download. Rules and Procedures for Submission:- You must take a print out of the question paper, write ONE essay and submit it before 17 June 2018 @ 6PM i.e your submission must reach us by Sunday Evening. The essay will be accepted only those who have registered before. Take the print out, write the [...]

1606, 2018

Live Now-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |June 16th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Hi All, Please find the attached document for UPSCTREE-ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST. Click Here to download. Rules and Procedures for Submission:- You must take a print out of the question paper, write ONE essay and submit it before 17 June 2018 @ 6PM i.e your submission must reach us by Sunday Evening. The essay will be accepted only those who have registered before. Take the print out, write the [...]

1506, 2018

Join-Essay Test Series 2018 !!!

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Here are the details and links to understand and join our Essay Test Series 2018. We have received many queries with regards to this and hope the below mentioned links will clarify all your doubts. Essay Test Series – FAQS – Click Here Essay Test Series – Schedule – Click Here Sample Essay Copies and Reviews – Click Here Sample Strategy and Reference Material – Click Here and Click Here Essay test Registration – Click [...]

1506, 2018

Launch – UPSCTREE Mains Test Series 2018 !!!

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: announcements|

Dear All, Prelims is over and the sky is cloudy but you got to take the umbrella with you, just in case it rains. The essence being no one can beat you if you are prepared/studied  in your darkest hours. To get you ready we are launching Main Test Series 2018. Mains and Essay Test Series has been hallmark of UPSCTREE. So rest assured you won't be disappointed. And the [...]

1506, 2018

Update-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have started receiving your submissions for All India OPEN Essay Test -2018. If you have registered but  not submitted yet, please do it as soon as you can. Get that Pen ready, Get your thoughts flowing, and Get that essay out of your system. Paint the paper with your thoughts, Make the ink speak your mind. https://upsctree.com/2018/06/15/live-now-all-india-open-essay-test-2/ Start writing. Thank You UPSCTREE

1506, 2018

Live Now-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Hi All, Please find the attached document for UPSCTREE-ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST. Click Here to download. Rules and Procedures for Submission:- You must take a print out of the question paper, write ONE essay and submit it before 17 June 2018 @ 6PM i.e your submission must reach us by Sunday Evening. The essay will be accepted only those who have registered before. Take the print out, write the [...]

1506, 2018

Live Now-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Hi All, Please find the attached document for UPSCTREE-ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST. Click Here to download. Rules and Procedures for Submission:- You must take a print out of the question paper, write ONE essay and submit it before 17 June 2018 @ 6PM i.e your submission must reach us by Sunday Evening. The essay will be accepted only those who have registered before. Take the print out, write the [...]

1506, 2018

All INDIA ESSAY OPEN TEST – Topics and Procedure !!!

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Hi All, Please find the attached document for UPSCTREE-ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST. Click Here to download. Rules and Procedures for Submission:- You must take a print out of the question paper, write ONE essay and submit it before 17 June 2018 @ 6PM i.e your submission must reach us by Sunday Evening. The essay will be accepted only those who have registered before. Take the print out, write the [...]

1206, 2018

All India Open Essay Test Registration !!!

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have got over-whelming response thus far for All India Open Essay Test Registration. The registration will be closed at 10AM on 14th June 2018. We may have to close it sooner  as there is a threshold limit for volume of essays that we can handle. You can simply register here :- Click Here You can also register by sending a SMS with below details directly. Subject :- TREEOPENESSAY Name- Your Name [...]

1006, 2018

Essay Test Series-2018 !!!

By |June 10th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Hi All, As many of you have reached us with regards to essay test series, here are the details with regards to it:- Essay Test Schedule : - Click Here(Updated) Essay Toppers Copies :- Click Here Essay Test FAQs:-  Click Here Essay Strategy and Reference Material :- Click Here Registration :-Click Here For any queries :- Write to us :- upsctree@upsctree.com or WhatsApp us @ 98 7393 7990 Thank You UPSCTREE

1006, 2018

All India Open Essay Test Registration !!!

By |June 10th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Prelims 2018 is over, and if you are securing anything above 90, you must start preparing for Mains. Essay is most dynamic and most crucial paper of the lot. For every other GS paper you have a syllabus with you but not as far as essay is concerned. It can put you in top of a list or out of the list. We have been conducting essay test series [...]

1006, 2018

Environment-Biodiversity-Conservation and Threats !!!

By |June 10th, 2018|Categories: environment|

Thomas Lovejoy in 1980 coined the term ‘Biological Diversity’ which was later modified by E. O. Wilson in 1986 who coined the term ‘Biodiversity’ in his report for the first American Forum on Biological Diversity. As a term intimately related to environmental and wildlife conservation, although the popularity of the term has increased dramatically since then in the West, especially in the scientific community in the West as well as globally, [...]

1006, 2018

All India Open Essay Test-Registration !!!

By |June 10th, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Prelims 2018 is over, and if you are securing anything above 90, you must start preparing for Mains. Essay is most dynamic and most crucial paper of the lot. For every other GS paper you have a syllabus with you but not as far as essay is concerned. It can put you in top of a list or out of the list. We have been conducting essay test [...]

2303, 2018

Update: Regarding Essay Test Series !!!

By |March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Please note the following with regards to Essay Test Series :- Till now, 5 tests are conducted and strategy of few essay are live and few are being worked out. Post-Prelims, we will conduct remaining 5 Essay Tests. In case of any queries, please contact us @ 9873937990 or write to us - upsctree@upsctree.com Thank You UPSCTREE

1602, 2018

Policy-NITI AAYOG and Nutrition !!!

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Society|

The NITI Aayog published nutrition charts on 17 January this year. As India recognises nutrition as a national issue and gears up for the National Nutrition Mission (NNM), publishing such data helps a wide variety of persons associated with the healthcare and nutrition ecosystem in our country to get into action mode and aid in the implementation of the mission. The Global Nutrition Report 2015 estimates that investment in nutrition has a [...]

2112, 2017

Geography-Prominent Mountain Passes in India !!!

By |December 21st, 2017|Categories: Geography|

The formation of mountain passes between mountain peaks might occur during the formation of the mountain range or they may be formed due to the action of glaciers, running water, or with the help of precipitation in the form of rain or snow. While a mountain pass through a ridge can be as narrow as 20 feet, in a large mountain range can occur in the form of a [...]

1912, 2017

Policy-Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) !!!

By |December 19th, 2017|Categories: Geography, Misc|

The Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) is an initiative of Department of Science and Technology of Government of India, conceived to help Policy makers and planners to formulate developmental strategy. In doing so, they have the advantage of the progress made in recent years in the methodologies designed to collect, archive and process the multidisciplinary ground data […]

1811, 2017

Society-Upgrading the public education system !!!

By |November 18th, 2017|Categories: Society|

The World Bank’s recent flagship World Development Report, 2018 addressed some immediate challenges of quality education. One of the ways that it broke new ground was on the issue of provision for private education. Growing private school enrolment is a global trend and the phenomenon must be taken seriously and discussed on evidence. […]

1811, 2017

Geography-Population Density in terms of Geography in India !!!

By |November 18th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

The most common sort among the calculations of population density is as defined by the number of persons per square kilometre. Calculations of population density depict the concentration of population over certain spatial units, and the Census of India uses number of persons per square kilometre as its principle method with which to measure population density. […]

811, 2017

Environment- India’s Solar Dilemma !!!

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: environment|

Parties to the historic Paris Accord on climate change signed in 2015 meet in Bonn next week, and their discussions will inevitably veer toward the Donald Trump-led US administration’s decision to exit the Accord. US is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, in per capita terms as well as in absolute volumes. The upcoming summit takes place amid growing concerns that the US move may encourage other [...]

811, 2017

Policy-Bharatmala revival and India’s capex cycle !!!

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: economy|

Last week, the government relaunched the Bharatmala Pariyojana (BMP)—an initiative to add 35,000km of new highways (subsuming existing plans to add 10,000km of national highways) with an outlay of Rs5.35 trillion over the next five years—to raise investments in infrastructure, and boost economic growth. An additional Rs1.57 trillion is set to be used in existing projects. Thus, overall the Union government is set to spend around Rs6.92 trillion on [...]

811, 2017

Geopolitics-India’s policy choices in Afghanistan- “My Enemy’s Enemy: India In Afghanistan From The Soviet Invasion To The US Withdrawal” 

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

In 1878, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, the viceroy of India, was convinced that the Afghan amir Sher Ali Khan was getting too close to the Russians. A team of British diplomats sent to meet Khan was turned away at the Khyber Pass. The result was the Second Anglo-Afghan War and the signing of the Treaty of Gandamak, which made Afghanistan surrender its foreign policy to the British government. This also marked [...]

811, 2017

Polity-Criminalization of Indian politics, Vertical Integration and Scarcity of State Capacity !!!

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: polity|

Last week, the Supreme Court asked the government about the status of criminal cases pending against elected ministers, underlining the importance of breaking from the history of law-breakers becoming law-makers. The court recommended setting up fast-track courts to deal with the cases, but that is unlikely to be an effective strategy, unless complemented with reforms to improve governance and bring transparency in campaign financing. […]

811, 2017

Environment-Climate Change and Antarctic Biodiversity !!!

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: environment|

Not being residentially inhabited by human populations and instead being a place where largely scientific research is the mainstay, one would expect Antarctic biodiversity to be more protected than biodiversity in other, more populated regions of the world. However, this may not be the case for Antarctic biodiversity. […]

511, 2017

UPSC MAINS ESSAY REVIEW – 2018- Section 1 – Topic 3- Review

By |November 5th, 2017|Categories: 2018 Civil Service Exam Notification, Essays|

Dear All, As you know, we run extensive and exhaustive program for ESSAY every year, it is only natural that we provide the review of this year’s paper too. Section – A 3)Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms. Review- This is an interesting essay and probably also the most attempted one. UPSC has asked question on education before and it asked this year too. We have [...]

511, 2017

Essays Copies written by some of the fine writers we know !!!

By |November 5th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We are uploading three more essay copies which we consider them as very well written by some of the fine writers we have ever had the opportunity to read and review. Of course, no essay is perfect but that is the nature of essay-nonetheless we are grateful for these great essay submissions. Writers:- Abhilash (Rank-272, CSE 2016) Manoj Anagha Click Here to read the essay copies P.S- The [...]

211, 2017

Essay Program-2018- Begins Today !!!

By |November 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2018 Civil Service Exam Notification|

Dear All, As we look ahead for a successful year, this day marks the beginning of our much-awaited essay test series. If you are already aware of our topics, then you know they are very intuitive and our strategy and reviews are un-paralled. We are poised to give the program a distinct push this year as well. Rest assured , the strategy and reviews are only going to be better. [...]

211, 2017

Student Communique-Essay Program Updates !!!

By |November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We sincerely Thank You all for those who have joined our ESSAY PROGRAM-2018 and appreciate the overwhelming response. Those who have joined us, we have enabled the login, aligned your access in the backend and assigned you the course. The program beings on 2 NOV 2017. And first test is live now. Please do the following to access the course. Please Login to IASTREE. Once logged in you [...]

111, 2017

ESSAY TEST SERIES – 2018 – Personalized Feedback, Elaborate Strategy and Tele-Counselling !!!

By |November 1st, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We are unveiling the details of our much-awaited test series. Although registration was open since few days, yet  we have received some question and here is our answer to them. The Essay Program Starts from 2 November 2017 and the first test is live now. Topics of first test are :- “There is good in all of us” God always forgives, Man often forgives, Nature never forgives When [...]

111, 2017

Economics-Ease Of Doing Business Rankings-India Jumps 30 Places !!!

By |November 1st, 2017|Categories: economy|

India has jumped up 30 spots in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report that was released today (31 October). India now finds itself ranked at the hundredth place as opposed to 130 in last year’s report. India stands out this year as one of the 10 economies that improved the most in the areas measured by Doing Business. Ease Of Doing Business Report, 2018 […]

111, 2017

Environment-Governmental initiatives on climate change !!!

By |November 1st, 2017|Categories: environment|

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) in its Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report published in 2015 states that increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions together with other anthropogenic drivers such as aerosols, land cover and solar radiation are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since mid-20th century. […]

3110, 2017

UPSC MAINS General Studies-2 Questions Paper vis-a-vis our test series !!!

By |October 31st, 2017|Categories: 2018 Civil Service Exam Notification, Mains Test Series|

“The local self government system in India has not proved to be effective instrument of governance”. Critically examine the statement and give your views to improve the situation.  (150 words) UPSCTREE Test Series Question- Even after a quarter of a century of their enactment, the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) are yet to achieve their full potential. Do you agree? Discuss in light of various issues associated with PRIs inIndia and [...]

3010, 2017

UPSC Mains 2017 – General Studies 1- Question Paper !!!

By |October 30th, 2017|Categories: 2018 Civil Service Exam Notification, Mains Test Series|

There is a change in pattern of marking. There are 10 questions carrying 10 marks each and has to be written in 150 words (First 10 questions) and the there are 10 questions carrying 15 marks each and has to be written in 250 words. 1)How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatics art is not at all noticeable in later times. [...]

2910, 2017

The Beginning-ESSAY TEST SERIES 2018 -Formally begins from 1 NOV 2017

By |October 29th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We sincerely Thank You for all those who have joined our Essay program. Log in have been enabled and access is set along with course assignments. The much awaited essay test series has begun and the first test has gone live this morning and here are the topics:- "There is good in all of us" God always forgives, Man often forgives, Nature never forgives When you find hope, [...]

2810, 2017

UPSC MAINS ESSAY REVIEW – 2018- Section 1 – Topic 1- Review

By |October 28th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, As you know, we run extensive and exhaustive program for ESSAY every year, it is only natural that we provide the review of this year’s paper too. Section – A 1)Farming has lost the ability to be a source of sustenance for majority of farmers in India. Review- It sounds like more of a general studies question rather than an essay. Nonetheless, it is probably one of [...]

2310, 2017

Essay Program Launch 2018- “Grab a Rank” !!!

By |October 23rd, 2017|Categories: 2018 Civil Service Exam Notification|

Dear All, The registration is open now for ESSAY PROGRAM - 2018. It is our FLAGSHIP program (Managed to predict 6 out of 8 essays in 2016 MAINS, This year many toppers from last year are writing the tests with us. In-depth strategy and Tele-Counselling is a real value add (As informed to us by many students). Many of our student have secured beyond 140 marks in MAINS 2016. Essay [...]

1610, 2017

Society/Geography-Population, Migration and Misery !!!

By |October 16th, 2017|Categories: Geography, Society|

Population is a more serious issue than generally construed. The managing of populations can become a serious inflection point as can be seen building up in the recent Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Frequently, discrimination against communities have been placed in religious and ethnic terms, which can be site-specific. […]

1610, 2017

Society/Geography-Population, Migration and Misery !!!

By |October 16th, 2017|Categories: Geography, Society|

Population is a more serious issue than generally construed. The managing of populations can become a serious inflection point as can be seen building up in the recent Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Frequently, discrimination against communities have been placed in religious and ethnic terms, which can be site-specific. However, Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University, US, places the context of the current turmoil on a more fundamental concept [...]

1510, 2017

“Grab A Rank”- UPSCTREE Program Launch-2018 !!!

By |October 15th, 2017|Categories: 2018 Civil Service Exam Notification|

Dear All, We have got many request to launch our 2018 programs. Kindly note that, the details of these programs will be launched on 22 October 2017. Registration is open now. We are planning to introduce a variety of changes which we have learned by running the programs for few years and after getting few good ranks (Saumya Pandey- Rank 4, Ashutos-Rank 370) It is only natural that it is going to [...]

510, 2017

INSPIRATION-“No matter what the UPSC creed; You are an unrelenting breed”

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

This poem is written in memory of those hard-working, ever-trying, never-giving up spirits. Whether it is for the preparation of UPSC or taking on life. This is written by the UPSCTREE. We believe in you, but you have to believe in yourself too. “No matter, what the UPSC creed; You are an unrelenting breed” This winter, the fury will unfold, In name of exam, life will fold. [...]

210, 2017

Project Limelight-UN-Oceans and the Law of the Sea

By |October 2nd, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Life itself arose from the oceans. The ocean is vast, covering 140 million square miles, some 72 per cent of the earth’s surface. Not only has the oceans always been a prime source of nourishment for the life it helped generate, but from earliest recorded history it has served for trade and commerce, adventure and discovery. It has kept people apart and brought them together. […]

210, 2017

Project Limelight-UN-Peace and Security !!!

By |October 2nd, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war was the main motivation for creating the United Nations, whose founders lived through the devastation of two world wars. Since its creation, the UN has often been called upon to prevent disputes from escalating into war, or to help restore peace when armed conflict does break out, and to promote lasting peace in societies emerging from wars. […]

210, 2017

Economy-Extreme Poverty Worldwide and Some Economic Approaches !!!

By |October 2nd, 2017|Categories: economy, Geography|

Measurements of poverty indicators are usually highly controversial, and many obstacles may arise over providing an exact and objective estimate of people living in extreme poverty. Many nations and organizations working in this regard such as the World Bank and the United Nations (UN) have different approaches in qualifying and quantifying extreme poverty, and this creates ambiguities in providing objective estimates of extreme poverty. […]

110, 2017

Essay Strategy Gone Live !!!

By |October 1st, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Please note that couple of essay strategies have gone live. Also an essay is being written by us for an important topic, which will be available in student portal soon. Please check the student portal. https://www.iastree.com/essay-strategy-topic-wise-approach-examples-and-reference-material/ Also, those who have submitted their essays, we are checking it on a mission mode and you will get the reviews in couple of days. Thank You UPSCTREE

2309, 2017

Important Quotes for Mains – 1

By |September 23rd, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

All the quotes are by:-Reinhold Niebuhr-He was an American theologian, ethicist, commentator on politics and public affairs. From JFK to Obama all were influenced by him to certain extent. […]

2009, 2017

Geopolitics-BRICS & Xiamen Declaration !!!

By |September 20th, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

Background- The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping (BRICS) has since long ceased to be of material significance as multilateral institutions go. The recent BRICS Summit in Xiamen (China) only seemed to confirm this. It suggests that BRICS may be going the way of quite a few other organisations. […]

1809, 2017

Geography-The Major Thinkers of Geographical Determinism !!!

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

There have been various schools of thought in the history of geographical thought, and geographical determinism is one such school of thought that deals with the interaction between man and nature. Geographical determinism began with the major initial source of geographical explanation that based its theoretical positions on the notion that human activity was dependent on the physical environment in which it was set. […]

1709, 2017

UTM12 – Ethics Mock Test Gone Live !!!

By |September 17th, 2017|Categories: ethics|

Dear All, The mock test for ethics has gone live. The questions requires deeper understanding of ethics to answer them. There is no case studies in this test (Case studies were given in UTM07 and UTM08 test), instead we tried to delve deeper with regards to theoretical aspect of this paper. The question ranges from Budhha, Gandhi, Adler, Weber and Kant to India's freedom struggle and what not. We can [...]

509, 2017

Ethics in Public Service – Part 4 !!!

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: ethics|

We should never be afraid of the truth, regardless of where it leads us. Thomas Jefferson Leadership and Ethics Destruction from within not without Deciding how to lead Establishing Trust through Leadership Ethical Behavior as an Organizational Theme Why Morale Is Important in Organizational Ethics Conclusion Click Here to Read Thank You UPSCTREE

509, 2017

Project Limelight-UN-Climate Change !!!

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time and adds considerable stress to our societies and to the environment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. […]

509, 2017

Society- Flooding in Indian Cities !!!

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: Society|

World’s greatest cities were founded on the banks of rivers (or other water sources such as lakes) to provide for not only drinking water but other basic amenities such as sanitation and transportation. What worked as a boon for our first urban dwellers has become a bane for our present cities. […]

409, 2017

Ethics-The PRIVACY Debate !!!

By |September 4th, 2017|Categories: ethics|

The question of privacy arises most notably with the Aristotelian distinction between the public sphere of governance and its separation from the private sphere of individuals concerning domestic life and family. Other than in philosophical discussions, the concept has a wide range of interpretation in many cultures. […]

409, 2017

E10 – Essay Test Live Now !!!

By |September 4th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, This bring to our last leg of essay test series for 2017. The focus will be shifted towards Mains test series. All the submitted essays are being reviewed now , if you have submitted - you will soon be getting the reviews. Not to mention, we have encountered so many good essays this year, it makes all our efforts seem painless. Thank you all to those we have [...]

3008, 2017

Polity-The Discourse on Reservations (Landmark Judgements-Part 6) !!!

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: polity|

Indra Sawhney v. Union of India (1992) Reservations: From the British Raj to the Constitution of India Post-constitutional Developments And Along Came the Mandal Commission The Mandal Challenge Off with the ‘Creamy Layer’ Extending Mandal to Education Caste in India: The Road Ahead Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

2908, 2017

Economy-Why The Digital Marketplace Is Here To Stay !!!

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: economy|

Chris Anderson was the editor of Wired magazineuntil 2012. Now he is the co-founder and chief executive officer of 3D Robotics, a company that produces drones. His book The Long Tail: How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand (Updated and Expanded Edition, 2009) was shortlisted for the 2006 Financial Timesand Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. […]

2908, 2017

E09 – Essay Test Live Now !!!

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Essay test -E09 is live now in the student portal. Here are the topics :- “India lives in its villages”- an idea whose time has gone? Democracy is no excuse for failure to act. If women ruled the world.  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. To join essay test series - Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

2908, 2017

Economy-Inequality vis-a-vis Innovation !!!

By |August 29th, 2017|Categories: economy|

A world where a few people have most of the wealth motivates others who are poor to strive to earn more. And when they do, they’ll invest in businesses and other areas of the economy. That’s the argument for inequality. But it’s wrong. […]

2808, 2017

Economy-What fueled CAPITALISM – the Potato ?

By |August 28th, 2017|Categories: economy|

Our Right to Eat What we eat matters to us – but we’re not sure whether it ought to matter to anyone else. We generally insist that our diets are our business and resent being told to eat more fruit, consume less alcohol and generally pull our socks up when it comes to dinner. […]

2808, 2017

Ethics-Ethics in Public Service – Part 3 !!!

By |August 28th, 2017|Categories: ethics|

Ethical Decision Making Making a Decision Guidelines for Ethical Decision Making Existentialism Determinism Intentionalism The Logic of Ethics Good versus Bad Arguments Deductive versus Inductive Arguments Truth versus Validity Sound versus Unsound Arguments Evaluating the Result of Decisions Conclusion Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

2708, 2017

Polity-Right to Privacy- Truly a momentous ruling !!!

By |August 27th, 2017|Categories: polity|

When delivering the 12th Justice K.T. Desai Memorial Lecture on dissenting judgments in Mumbai last year, Justice Rohinton F. Nariman described the great dissenters on the Supreme Court of the 1950s and 1960s as persons who had chiselled and added meaning to the Constitution’s fundamental rights. […]

2708, 2017

Essay Strategy Live Now !!!

By |August 27th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, 2 Essay strategies are live now in the portal. Challenges to India's internal security - The emerging and the Perpetual. Daughters of India - Their Struggles, Their Plights and Their achievements. Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

2308, 2017

Geography-Ten Most Saline Locations on Earth !!!

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Geography|

The most saline locations on Earth contain salt, or sodium chloride, and also other minerals and contain these in much greater quantities than the ocean. The following are the locations in the world with the greatest concentration of salt, with salinity levels that in many cases are inimical for life to survive in these places. […]

2308, 2017

Essay Strategy- Updated !!!

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Two more essay strategy have gone live today in the portal. World Peace – Fanciful Idea or Realizable Goal ? Is Globalization digging its own grave in the form De-globalization ? Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

2208, 2017

Ethics-Ethics is Public Service- Part 2 !!!

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: ethics|

“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied" - Bentham In this part we cover:- 1. Altruism. 2. Utilitarianism. 3. Types of and definition for sanctions. 4. Categorical imperative. 5. Ethical culture. “Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure” - Bentham Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

2008, 2017

Essay Strategy – Culture as driver of economic growth !!!

By |August 20th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The strategy and reference material is live in student portal for the essay - Culture as driver of economic growth, and the reference material is very "intellectual" in nature. If you need any further clarification in understanding, we would be happy to help. Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE  

1908, 2017

Ethics-Ethics in Public Service – Part 1 !!!

By |August 19th, 2017|Categories: ethics|

Ethics: A Look at the Basics What Are “Ethics”? Revisiting the Basics Morals, Values, and Ethics Ethical Subdivisions Normative Ethics Virtue Ethics Deontology Consequentialism Descriptive Ethics Meta-Ethics Differentiating Ethics and Morals from Law What Ethics Involves Accountability, Integrity, Responsibility Causal and Moral Responsibility Conclusion Click here to read Thank You UPSCTREE

1908, 2017

UTM04-Polity Test Live Now !!!

By |August 19th, 2017|Categories: Mains Test Series|

Dear Students, Please note that mains test UTM04 is already live in student portal. The questions are as follows-   Discuss the emergence of “Second generation rights” in India’s jurisprudence with a special reference to Olga Tellis case. Give some examples of “Second generation rights” and their importance in a democracy. […]

1708, 2017

E08 – Essay Test Live Now !!!

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Please note that essay test 08 is already live in student portal. The topics are as follows- 1. Good Governance in not an option, it is a necessity. 2. Only the dead have seen the end of war. 3. Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. 4. Healthcare of India - the problems and the solutions. You can join the essay test here- [...]

1608, 2017

UTM03-Polity Test Live Now !!!

By |August 16th, 2017|Categories: Mains Test Series|

Dear Students, Please note that mains test UTM03 is already live in student portal. The questions are as follows- “Constitution of India is the embodiment of human values and ethical principles”. Elucidate. […]

1608, 2017

Polity-The Emergence of ‘Second Generation Rights’ (Landmark Judgements-Part 4)

By |August 16th, 2017|Categories: polity|

Further expanding the meaning of the ‘right to life’ and including second generation rights. Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation (1985) Facts of the Case The Right to Life Includes the Right to Livelihood Policy-Oriented Approach of the Supreme Court The Aftermath of Olga Tellis The Largest Court-Sanctioned Eviction in the World Third Generation Rights Right to Housing in 21st-Century India Click here to read Thank you UPSCTREE

1608, 2017

E07 is live Now !!!

By |August 16th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Please note that essay test 07 is already live in student portal. The topics are as follows- 1. Talent is good, but Talent with Values is better. 2. Democracy is all about consent and dissent. 3. India as a “Manufacturing hub” – realizable goal or a distant dream? 4. Social Media- boon or bane? You can join the essay test here-  Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

1508, 2017

Project Limelight-UN-Global Issues-Water !!!

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Fresh water sustains human life and is vital for human health. There is enough fresh water for everyone on Earth. However, due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, millions of people (most of them children) die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. […]

1408, 2017

Environment-The age of Anthropocene !!!

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: environment, Geography|

Upcoming geological periods With climate change ruling the environment discourse, the sudden warming of the Earth in contemporary times prompted an official expert group to present a recommendation to the International Geological Congress to declare the geological period beginning since 1950 as the Anthropocene epoch. Since 2009, the Working Group on the Anthropocene (WHA) has been working to set up a working model for the Anthropocene Epoch. The epoch [...]

1408, 2017

Geography-Wind Types !!!

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

Background- On May 30 2017, a severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ crossed the Bangladesh coast in the forenoon, with a peak surface wind speed of 130 kmph (IMD, 2017). The cyclone claimed 9 lives in Bangladesh along with massive damage to property. […]

1408, 2017

Urban Landscape-Designing an Universal City !!!

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

A universal city is marked by its inclusivity, i.e. a city that manages to include the participation of all individuals that contribute towards the city. This inclusion involves incorporating features that ensure inclusivity for all through establishing the frameworks of universal design (NYU, 2017) that can include architectural features, facilitation services, etc that aim to streamline the usufructuary experience in a universal city by offering design principles for formulating [...]

1408, 2017

Geography-Patterns of World Trade in Natural Resources !!!

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: economy|

World trade is the exchange of goods and services and capital across international borders based on the principles of markets, where price acts as the primary regulatory mechanism. The patterns of world trade are shaped by the forces of demand and supply of goods and services and capital along with the pricing mechanism of markets whereby demand, supply and prices co-determine each other. […]

1208, 2017

Exclusive Analysis – UCC and Shah Bano Case & Right to Privacy !!!

By |August 12th, 2017|Categories: polity|

This is an UPSCTREE exclusive write up where we have tried to create and give you something that really can help you in your preparation. We have gone through various reports and books , tried to comprehend the best possible way and give you the NECTAR.   Polity-Uniform Civil Code, Shah Bano and Danial Latifi (Landmark Judgments-Part 3) !!! Right to Privacy – An UPSCTREE Analysis !!!   Thank You [...]

908, 2017

Economy-Needed: A New Generation Of Policy Economists !!!

By |August 9th, 2017|Categories: economy|

India needs a third generation of policy economists to provide the political leadership with a broad future agenda on the economy In an interview he gave to The Indian Express in July 2016 to mark 25 years of economic reforms, Manmohan Singh spoke about the importance of the policy economists who had worked on the reforms agenda in the years preceding the actual event. His statement needs fresh attention at a [...]

908, 2017

Polity-Securing the Food Security !!!

By |August 9th, 2017|Categories: polity|

The National Food Security Act, 2013, has met with prolonged political indifference, but there is some hope now since the Centre has been asked by the Supreme Court to ensure that States implement key aspects of the progressive law. […]

808, 2017

Planning-Rebooting National Capital Region !!!

By |August 8th, 2017|Categories: Society|

Popularly known as NCR, the National Capital Region is one of a kind in the world. It not only has the largest spatial extent but also brings together under one planning jurisdiction 13 districts of Haryana, seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and two districts of Rajasthan, which covers the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi. […]

708, 2017

Essay Test-06 Live Now !!!

By |August 7th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Please note that essay test 06 is already live in student portal. The topics are as follows- 1. India and China – The two Asian giants and their role in 21st century. 2. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” 3. Is right to privacy is sacrosanct? 4. Culture as driver of economic growth. You can join the [...]

508, 2017

Polity-On SC rules against illegal mining !!!

By |August 5th, 2017|Categories: polity|

In ordering that lease-holders should pay compensation to the extent of 100% of the price of the quantum of minerals they had illegally extracted, the Supreme Court has gone beyond a mere affirmation of the ‘polluter pays’ principle. […]

508, 2017

Society-Dismal state of Per-Student Expenditure !!!

By |August 5th, 2017|Categories: economy|

A recent report by the National Institute of Fiscal Policy and Research (NIFPR) released in July 2017 reveals that economically backward states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha spend less than half of the desired requirement for each student at the elementary level on an annual basis, when compared to more prosperous states like Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand. […]

308, 2017

Environment-Acid Mine Drainage and its Environmental Repercussions !!!

By |August 3rd, 2017|Categories: environment|

  Water is considered mining’s biggest casualty of all time given the huge scale at which mining of different types are advancing in today’s world. Acid mine drainage (AMD) is one of the largest repercussions of mining on water resources. It is a risk associated with all kinds of hardrock mines for extraction of useful metals and a significant number of coal mines suffer from acid mine drainage. [...]

308, 2017

Society-The sordid tale of teacher education in India !!!

By |August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Society|

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) was established in 1993 by an Act of Parliament. It is the all-powerful regulatory body for the teacher education system in the country, consisting of the Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) that run bachelor of education (BEd) and diploma in education (DEd) programmes to prepare teachers, and masters in education (MEd) programmes to prepare teacher educators. […]

108, 2017

Environment-India, Monsoon and the Floods !!!

By |August 1st, 2017|Categories: environment, Geography|

Background:- The tragedy of the monsoons is often floods and landslides — 2017 was no different. The Government of India claims that by July 28, 2017, a period by when the monsoons had made their onset over most of India, about 600 deaths have occurred across the country due to floods and landslides. […]

3107, 2017

Mains Test Series Registration 2017 !!!

By |July 31st, 2017|Categories: Mains Test Series|

Dear All, Registration process for Mains Test Series 2017:- Go to:- https://www.iastree.com/shop/ Click on Add Course Then Click on View Cart Input the discount code - FRMSTD20 (For former Students Only) ; For New Students (treedisintstdall3) Then Check Out In case of any queries/issues call on - 9873937990 Thank You UPSCTREE

3107, 2017

MAINS Test Series 2017 !!!

By |July 31st, 2017|Categories: Mains Test Series|

Dear All, Registration process for Mains Test Series 2017:- Go to:- https://www.iastree.com/shop/ Click on Add Course Then Click on View Cart Input the discount code - FRMSTD20 Then Check Out In case of any queries/issues call on - 9873937990 Thank You UPSCTREE

2807, 2017

Culture-Basava-The Career Bureaucrat and Lingayatism !!!

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: Society|

India has a long tradition of bright minds poking holes in some distinctly un-bright ideas. And one such mind lived over eight centuries ago in the south, blowing a hole so large through that disastrous institution called caste that a flood of people—about 6.5 million today—escaped the old order, arriving at an identity of their own. […]

2807, 2017

Economy-Gender as the new driver of growth !!!

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: economy|

Although our understanding of the linkages between gender and growth is still evolving, there is mounting evidence that economic crises affect women more than men. Women are often laid off first as men are traditionally considered to be the main breadwinners. […]

2807, 2017

Economy – No logic in extending length of patents !!!

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: economy|

A proposal to further extend the already 20-year-long patent term for pharmaceuticals is on the negotiation table of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). As India negotiates the RCEP, a free trade agreement that can change the intellectual property (IP) landscape of its member countries, this week, we need to look closely at the proposal in the broader context of how the term of protection for IP rights has [...]

2807, 2017

Environment-Land Degradation in India!!!

By |July 28th, 2017|Categories: environment|

Article 1 of the UN Convention to combat desertification defines land degradation as a “reduction or loss in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rain-fed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from land uses or from a process or combination of processes, including processes arising from human activities and habitation patterns, such as: (i) soil erosion [...]

2407, 2017

Polity-Land Mark Judgements-Part 2 !!!

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: polity|

Content:- Maneka Gandhi v. Union of India (1978)-Beginning of a golden era of human rights jurisprudence in India. Article 21 and the Due Process of Law. Gopalan Vs State of Madras ; Satwant Singh and his Passport. Maneka Gandhi's Passport, Surya and a Scandal. Breathing Life into Article 21 Small Case, Large Judgement. Satwant Singh vis-a-vis Maneka Gandhi and the Due Process of Law. The importance of going Abroad. The [...]

2407, 2017

Project Limelight-Max Weber -Part 3 !!!

By |July 24th, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Why bureaucracy is incapable of emotion and providing care, in short bureaucracy is incapable of empathy..but Why? (Weber has the ANSWER) Gandhi is a  Führer and so is Mandela.  Really ? Weber informs us that- Nine out of ten politicians are nothing but vain windbags...but Why ? In this part, Weber helps us understand the Bureaucracy, Politics, their nature, Gewalt, Coercion and Intoxication. CLICK HERE to read and find out [...]

2307, 2017

Society-“Make India great again” !!!

By |July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Society|

Note – Notwithstanding the cliched nature of the title of this post, this article does not have the objective to be lost in our “glorious past” but  gives more than 50 ways to make India a better country. You may ask why this title then, well, there is a simple answer – some would say it wins “Elections” ( Does “Make America great again sound familiar?). Anyway, lets get into the [...]

2207, 2017

Project Limelight-Max Weber -Part 2

By |July 22nd, 2017|Categories: limelight|

We often hear people say that they are very disciplined and we give them credit for it. But Weber tells us that the one who is disciplined is a- "narrow specialists without mind, pleasure-seekers without heart. And why does he says so ? Weber gives us answer to why does a factory worker goes to work everyday doing the same thing again and again, how did the humans managed to [...]

2207, 2017

Project Limelight – Max Weber – Part 1

By |July 22nd, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Part -1: Max Weber’s in the Twenty-first Century Note:- The civil service examination will be incomplete without understanding certain individuals - be it Gandhi or Max Weber. Understanding Gandhi is central to understand India, its values,  its ethos, its ethics and its contradiction. Same can be said for Max Weber, without him our understanding of bureaucracy will be incomplete. This is our attempt not only to help you understand Weber [...]

2107, 2017

Economy-Diminishing tempo of Globalisation & India !!!

By |July 21st, 2017|Categories: economy|

Hyperglobalisation has been used to describe the dramatic increase in international trade witnessed for about a decade and a half from the early 1990s up to the global financial crisis of 2008. The imagery intended is one of an increasing connectedness among nations leading to a virtuous cycle of economic expansion. […]

1807, 2017

Environment-Total Healing of the Ozone Layer Expected Soon !!!

By |July 18th, 2017|Categories: environment|

The ozone layer is a belt of naturally occurring ozone gas in the stratosphere. It absorbs the harmful ultraviolet radiations emitted from the sun before it reaches the Earth’s atmosphere. Ozone depleting substances (ODS) like CFCs and other organic substances that are used in appliances are responsible for the depletion and thinning of ozone layer. […]

1707, 2017

Are you Aware ?

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: announcements|

Are you aware of Agroforesty and the various types of it? What is Alleopathy ?-UPSC MAINS question 2016 What is Allelospoly ? What is a protein bank and what are woody hedgerows ? What is Taungya system ? If not, do read the comprehensive yet to-the-point coverage of Agroforestry along with policy direction and loopholes. Click here to read  Do you know :- Coelho Case ? -UPSC MAINS 2016 What is [...]

1707, 2017

Society – The need for Police Reform !!!

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Society|

In a recent article in an American newspaper, the doyen among police scholars, Prof. David Bayley, expressed his anguish over what he considered to be a crisis in U.S. law enforcement. In his view this was caused mainly by three factors: race, police training and guns. There was an undeniable need for reform, but the prospects for this happening were bleak because of a multitude of factors, including the [...]

1707, 2017

Science – China’s Quantum breakthrough, India and a Paradox !!!

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Science|

Note- Few parts of the article are little scientific in nature and may be little hard to understand, nevertheless for the purpose of simplicity, we have highlighted the important parts and that is what matters from civil service exam standpoint. China has achieved the first successful teleportation of a photon into space, emerging a leader in science and technology. India needs an indomitable focus and execution to achieve a feat [...]

1507, 2017

Strategy to Secure a Rank-“Atto Deepo Bhava !!!”

By |July 15th, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

Dear All, We have received few mails from aspirants on strategy, preparation and general doubts and through this article, we are trying to answer them and hope to clear your doubts. Question-Sir, I have been reading almost all strategies but at the end could not figure out what to do exactly or how to tune them and adopt them for my preparation ? […]

1507, 2017

Agriculture-Agroforestry-Comprehensive Coverage !!!

By |July 15th, 2017|Categories: Agriculture|

Agro & social forestry have been traditionally practiced in India. Policy inclusion of agro & social forestry have not however brought in desired results. The article examines how agro & social forestry can be revisited and norms revised to make it more sustainable and meaningful. […]

1507, 2017

Environment-Clive Wilkinson Report on Coral Bleaching !!!

By |July 15th, 2017|Categories: environment, Geography|

The coral bleaching phenomenon:- The beautiful coral reefs surrounded by blue tropical seas are not just coloured rocks but are thriving ecosystems with live corals that attach their skeletons to rocks and live there. The colours indicate the presence of single-celled algae-like zooxanthellae within their tissues that provide them with the essential nutrients through photosynthesis and in turn, the corals provide them with the required carbon dioxide and ammonium (NOAA, 2017) Even [...]

1407, 2017

Polity – Rethinking regulators and regulatory Acts !!!

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: polity|

Background :-  The digital era is marked by its potentials and disruptions. The new children on the block such as Artificial Intelligence , nano-technology, 3d printing are still beyond the reach of our imagination. In this ever changing and ever evolving era, it is only natural that the rule books had to be taken a deeper revisit and restructuring. And it is more so true for regulators and regulations. [...]

1307, 2017

Registration OPEN for Mains 2017 !!!

By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: announcements|

Dear All, The Mains test series will start from 15 July 2017 on wards. Former students can avail 20% discount on the test series. Exclusive material and portal access will be set up post-registration. Also, as requested by many , one can now register for the whole test series or can go for any individual tests. All the registration link can be found here- http://upsctree.com/ Mains Test series Registration- Click Here Individual [...]

1107, 2017

Discount For Former Students for Mains Test Series !!!

By |July 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, For all past students there is a discount of 20% for Mains test series. If you have at any point of time been one of our students, kindly send a mail to upsctree@upsctree.com and we will send you the discount coupon code for Mains program. The Mains Program starts in 4 days. Thank You UPSCTREE

1107, 2017

Polity-Landmark Judgements-Part 1 !!!

By |July 11th, 2017|Categories: polity|

Note-Given that polity has again taken center stage of the exam (Prelims 2017) and to help the students with respect to tackle off-beat questions like Coelho case etc, we have diversified and creating materials which will help take your polity score to the next level. Here is what is being worked out, this material will be exclusive to MAINS students although few articles will be open for everyone. We are [...]

1107, 2017

Economy-Air India’s forgotten founding father !!!

By |July 11th, 2017|Categories: economy|

Background- There is a saying in the business circles that:- If you want to become a millionaire, then start with a billion and invest in airline. And another one related to Air India is :- If Jaitley wants to sell Air India, he may have to give money to someone to buy it. Nevertheless as AIR INDIA is on its sleeping pills, lets look at some interesting facts about [...]

1007, 2017

Communique-Related to New Joiners !!!

By |July 10th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Those of you who have joined our test series in the past few days, the course is already assigned to you in the student portal and access has been aligned according to your course in the back-end. Start writing the tests ad submit them for review. Mains may seem far away, but 15 weeks will pass with the blink of an eye.So don't waste your valuable time. What [...]

1007, 2017

Motivation Soup For aspiring Souls !!!

By |July 10th, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  “...you must always be yourself, and do things at your own pace. Someday, you'll catch up.”  “If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on [...]

907, 2017

Geopolitics-Indo-China Stand Off-The Chinese Muscle Flexing is not Muscular enough !!!

By |July 9th, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

Have you ever heard the adage – “Empty vessels make the loudest noise”. You probably have and that is exactly what China is doing through its state sponsored media outlets. And the PLA in Chumbi Valley is sitting ducks for Indian artillery now. Read on to understand everything behind this stand-off. Oh yes, Doklam is not Doka La/Dhoka La as many have reported. […]

907, 2017

Student Communique !!!

By |July 9th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Whenever you upload your answer script against an assignment and it shows successfully uploaded, in the first instance you won't be able see your file as it goes to admin to approve it. The reason behind this is to avoid SPAMMING. Once approved, you can see your file. See the picture below. Thank You UPSCTREE  

807, 2017

Update-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |July 8th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We are reviewing the essays as we speak and doing so since the day we launched the Open Test. At the end of the test , we will upload some GOOD COPIES that we received and we know that many of you have written to us with regards to review- we can assure you that your review is on your way. We are working day and night [...]

807, 2017

Project Limelight – Future Earth !!!

By |July 8th, 2017|Categories: limelight|

About- Future Earth is built on many decades of international research on global environmental change carried out by projects sponsored by DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). […]

707, 2017

Science-Air Pollution and Smog-Free Diamond !!!

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Science|

Does turning smogs into diamonds, sounds crazy enough ? Well, not anymore. Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has come up with an innovative plan to tackle Beijing’s air pollution problem – and in doing so, turn a health hazard into a thing of beauty. […]

707, 2017

UPSCTREE Mains Program Launch – Target 2017 !!!

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Mains Test Series|

Dear All, We are formally launching the much awaited MAINS 2017 Program. Student have said that, we are not promoting our MAINS program the way we promote our ESSAY program. We agree. But, instead of writing a long and explanatory note on this, let us assure on a very simple way. We managed to predict 6 out of 8 essays in MAINS last year. And that is the most [...]

707, 2017

Essay Program Registration !!!

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Here is a simpler way to register for our Essay Test Series. Total 10 tests, 40 topics Completely Flexible Topic wise strategy Personalized Feedback Tele-Counselling. Registration Link :- Click Here Details of the program can be found here- Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

707, 2017

Agriculture-Urban Agriculture- Can Local Food Feed Urban World ?

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Agriculture|

Once upon a time everybody ate local food. No one called it that back then, of course. People just hunted, gathered, tilled the soil, and grazed livestock—all, for the most part, relatively close to home. But then small agricultural settlements grew into towns, towns grew into cities, and eventually the city became a place where you moved to get away from farming. […]

707, 2017

Essay Strategy-Energy Security and India !!!

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, An elaborate strategy and 2 must read reference article along with a report is given for this essay topic. Check student portal to learn more on this topic. Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

607, 2017

Environment/Geography – Anthropogenic biomes/ “anthromes” or “human biomes”!!!

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: environment, Geography|

Note:- UPSC usually asks questions on current trends (eg- Clive Wilkinson’s report on Coral, Current Research Programs etc,  and the content of this article is an attempt in this regard. This particular article caters to Environmental Geography, although can be used in GS paper or any other paper as one sees fit. One hundred years ago at a meeting of the Ecological Society of America, the botanist Frederic Clements floated [...]

607, 2017

Geopolitics-The Six Day War that created Israel as we know it and the Lessons within !!!

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

Fifty years ago, on the morning of 5 June, the Middle East was about to witness a tectonic shift. It all started at 8.10 am Egyptian time. Israeli jets fitted with rockets started taking off from their bases. Within a few minutes, more than 200 jets, 95 per cent of total air power of the Israel Air Force (IAF), were in the air flying low enough to avoid getting [...]

607, 2017

Essay Strategy- Disability is not Inability !!!

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have conducted ALL INDIA OPEN TEST and one topic that was given in the test was - DISABILITY IS NOT INABILITY. You can read about the strategy and reference material here:- Click Here Thank You UPSCTREE

507, 2017

Regarding PDFs and Download !!!

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, We have received many requests to provide PDFS  of our ARC summary, Editorials etc. To help you all prepare better, we will soon be creating a Download tab in the Menu where we will upload all the PDFS for your perusal. Currently 2 more ARC are yet to be summarized and the work is on with respect to Ethics in Governance. Once the ARCs are complete , the [...]

507, 2017

Project Limelight – WCRP (World Climate Research Program) !!!

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: limelight|

WCRP History  WCRP was established in 1980 under the joint sponsorship of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In 1993 the of UNESCO also Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) became a sponsor. It helps IPCC in data analytics and modelling. […]

407, 2017

Geopolitics-China-The Asian “Bully” !!!

By |July 4th, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

Background:- You might have heard it before, how do you tackle a bully… STAND UP to it !!! Unfortunately, “bullying” has been China’s geopolitical policy. The bully is backed by a trillion dollar economic muscle which it got by being the “Sweat Shop” of the world and of course no country wants prosperity at that cost of human rights violation and what not. Now, it just can not keep [...]

407, 2017

Telephonic Counselling – All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |July 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, You may book the telephonic counselling dates if you have any queries regarding your essay review. If you have registered for open essay test but could not write the test , you can also have your doubts clarified. If you have written the test but yet to get your review, we suggest you may book the counselling only after you get the review. The date can be booked [...]

307, 2017

Clarification Regarding Student id and Password !!!

By |July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, Students of you who have joined our programs recently, Kindly note the following:- You will not be receiving a new id or password if you are already registered at our student portal- IASTREE. You can simply join our student portal through your google id or facebook id and the system automatically creates your profile in the student portal. When someone joins us, what we do is check if [...]

307, 2017

Geopolitics-The Indo-China Doklam Stand Off !!!

By |July 3rd, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

By standing firm with Bhutan and helping it militarily, India has displayed its resolve. Now it’s time to get down to some deft diplomacy. As the military standoff over Doka La (or Doklam plateau) between India and China spills over into its second month, it is important to understand both the military and geo-strategic reasons behind the incident. […]

307, 2017

Motivation Soup for aspiring souls !!!

By |July 3rd, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

"A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence" “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”– Eleanor Roosevelt “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” “Don’t look at your pen to see if you are doing it right. Just write.” “Many receive advice, [...]

307, 2017

“Project Limelight”- UPSCTREE’s New Initiative !!!

By |July 3rd, 2017|Categories: limelight|

Dear All, UPSC has been shifting its focus towards global organization and this trend is visible for couple of years now. For example, in last year geography optional UPSC has asked on WCRP prorgam(World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)) and in 2013/14 it asked on MAB prorgam (Man & Biosphere Program) and IGBP(International Geo-sphere and Bio-sphere Program). Not only in mains but the question on organization has been one of the [...]

207, 2017

ARC – LOCAL GOVERNANCE !!!

By |July 2nd, 2017|Categories: ARC|

Dear All , To summarize a huge report (143 page) in to a single article is a very challenging task. We know that everybody says they like ARC, but we know for a fact that not many of us do read it or if we read it we do so partially. The reason is the size of these reports which are huge and unlike others , each page of [...]

207, 2017

The UPSCTREE Nector !!!

By |July 2nd, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

Dear All, We know that our editorials have been very helpful in your preparation and have played an important part in helping you get a better perspective and at times secure a rank (Saumy-4, Ashutosh-370, Bambam-949). Hundred of mails and comments are testimony to it. Here are few must reads if you have not read them yet. Please note that this editorials are researched and written by us (so exclusive [...]

207, 2017

Reminder-All India Essay Open Test !!!

By |July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have received a huge volume of essay submission. And nothing else makes us more happy than to see the efforts put in by aspirants. We know the job ahead of us is huge (giving 2-3 page review for each submission ) but it will be worth our effort and we can assure you that once you get the reviews you will be glad that you submitted. Just [...]

107, 2017

Update-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |July 1st, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We received number of mails since this morning from many aspirants who have registered today for ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST and were not aware of the initiative earlier. As many of you have written to us to extend the timeline, we are extending the timeline of submission till tomorrow noon(12 PM, 2nd July 2017). Submit your copies with in the time frame as it is difficult on [...]

107, 2017

Science-3D printers will change manufacturing !!!

By |July 1st, 2017|Categories: Science|

  MANUFACTURING advances often take time to catch on. Only later does their real significance become apparent. The flying shuttle, invented in 1733 by John Kay, a British weaver, allowed the production of wider pieces of cloth. Because its movement could be mechanised, the shuttle later became one of the innovations which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. […]

107, 2017

Economy-All you need to know about GST !!!

By |July 1st, 2017|Categories: economy|

What is GST? Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a value-added tax at each stage of the supply of goods and services precisely on the amount of value addition achieved. It seeks to eliminate inefficiencies in the tax system that result in ‘tax on tax’, known as cascading of taxes. GST is a destination-based tax on consumption, as per which the state’s share of taxes on inter-state commerce goes [...]

107, 2017

Reminder-All India Open Essay Test !!!

By |July 1st, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Kindly note that today is the last day of submission for ALL INDIA OPEN MOCK TEST. We have started review for received essays, those who have submitted will receive their reviews soon. Thank You UPSCTREE

3006, 2017

Geography-Exclusive Economic Zone of India !!!

By |June 30th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international agreement in force since 1994 regarding international activity in the world’s oceans, Article 55 of the document defines the legal regime of the Exclusive Economic Zone. […]

2906, 2017

Science -The earth like planets !!!

By |June 29th, 2017|Categories: Science|

Launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2009, the Kepler telescope, named after the astronomer Johannes Kepler, is a telescope aboard a space observatory in a heliocentric orbit trailing Earth. With a much higher field of vision than the Hubble telescope, the telescope is designed to survey a portion of the Milky Way with the specific objective of determining the properties of planets beyond the Solar [...]

2806, 2017

Update-All India Open Essay Test !!! (It is inspiring)

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Thank you for registering and participating in the Open Essay Test. If you have not submitted yet, you can submit your essays as soon as you finish them. Needless to say, we are very much delighted by seeing such a huge volume of essay submission. As we go through the essays, many essays are remarkable and well-written, many essays have excellent aesthetic appeal and many are great in [...]

2806, 2017

Geography-The Sargasso Sea – a unique ecosystem !!!

By |June 28th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

Located in the area marked under the fabled ‘Bermuda Triangle’, the Sargasso Sea located within the North Atlantic Ocean is the only sea in the world that does not have a land boundary. Unlike other seas, its location is defined using ocean currents. It lies within a large system of rotating ocean currents called the Northern Atlantic Subtropical Gyre. […]

2706, 2017

Geography-Saline Water Ingression in India !!!

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Geography|

For people living in coastal areas rivers and lakes are not ubiquitously available. They thus depend on groundwater for their needs, which leads to probabilities of saline water ingression. Groundwater close to the coast can be easily laden with salt, especially when the equilibrium between coastal aquifers and sea water is disturbed. […]

2606, 2017

Clarification For Students!!!

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

*This communication is only for students who are already part of our test series. After receiving review of your essay paper or mains paper, if you need personal counsel over phone- - that can be arranged and no need to worry on that. Just drop a mail with the request and we will arrange it for you. You can ask any doubts or queries that you may have over phone. [...]

2606, 2017

Update- All India Open Essay Test Series !!!

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have started receiving the essay copies. If you have registered for the open test and yet to send your answer copy, please do send at the earliest. Last date for submission is 28th June 2017. We will be starting the review process from tomorrow on-wards, so students can expect to get their reviewed copies from day-after-tomorrow. The idea of this initiative is to break the "initial hesitation" [...]

2606, 2017

Geography-Water Retention in Soil !!!

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Geography|

Water retention in soil can be understood as the water retained by the soil after it runs through the soil pores to join water bodies such as groundwater or surface streams. Pores in the soil can be defined as the air-spaces that exist in between soil particles. […]

2506, 2017

Quotes For ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST !!!

By |June 25th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, As you embark on writing the essays, here are links to few quotes that can come in handy in case you want to use them in your essays. Quotes - Part 1 Quotes - Part 2 Quotes-Part 3 Use them as you see fit. Thank You UPSCTREE

2506, 2017

All India Open Essay Test – Live Already !!!

By |June 25th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, The All India Open test is already live now. Click here for the essay paper. Thank You for the overwhelming response. Please do share this initiative in other forums so that the maximum number of aspirants can get the benefit from PERSONALIZED REVIEW. Thank You UPSCTREE Team  

2506, 2017

All India Open Essay Test-Live Now !!!

By |June 25th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Kindly find the essay topics for the the ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST. Each of these topics are very carefully chosen and chances are that it will be of immense help in Mains exam. (Last year we managed to predict 6 out of 8 essays in Mains 2016, so we urge you to attempt these topics) Download the file below- UPSCTREE All India Open Essay Test - 2017 [...]

2506, 2017

Environment-Waste Water From Homes & Industries !!!

By |June 25th, 2017|Categories: environment|

Waste water is produced in almost every home and industry, which somehow has been finding its way into our fresh water bodies, thus adding another concern to our long list of things that ail the planet. Our constant development has come at the cost of generation of large quantities of wastewater. […]

2406, 2017

Get Ready for All India Open Essay Test-25th June 2017 !!!

By |June 24th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Hope you have done the registration for open essay test (Details can be found here).   Tomorrow at 10 AM, we will make the topics live Here is what you need to do. You can write the tests in A4 paper. Just write your name and mail id on top of the paper and the essay topic and leave 1/5th of the page at the bottom empty.(So that [...]

2406, 2017

Get Ready for All India Open Essay Test-25th June 2017 !!!

By |June 24th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Hope you have done the registration for open essay test (Details can be found here).   Tomorrow at 10 AM, we will make the topics live Here is what you need to do. You can write the tests in A4 paper. Just write your name and mail id on top of the paper and the essay topic and leave 1/5th of the page at the bottom empty.(So that [...]

2406, 2017

All India Open Essay Test-Registration Open now !!!

By |June 24th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Prelims is over and Mains is away. Meanwhile, as always we are conducting a MASSIVE ALL INDIA OPEN ESSAY TEST and the feature of this test are listed below:- Details of test:- Test will commence from 25th June 2017 and the last date to submit your essay copy is 28th June 2017 All India Rank and Marks will be provided. Topic wise essay strategy will be provided post [...]

2406, 2017

Society-Health Policy and the Improving Health Indices of India !!!

By |June 24th, 2017|Categories: Society|

The health policy of India aims at an integrated approach, which is to provide accessible, affordable and equitable quality health care to the marginalised and vulnerable sections. For a heavily populated country such as India, this is an uphill task. However, the aim of good health and well-being for all is envisaged in the sustainable development goal (SDG) 3. To quote, it envisages to “ensure healthy lives and promote [...]

2206, 2017

Geopolitics-India and the International Refugees !!!

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: FP & IR|

In view of the present quandary in the world due to the ongoing crises in South Sudan and Syria, the humanitarian importance of the World Refugee Day, June 20, stands validated more than ever before. The observance of the World Refugee Day was started at the behest of the United Nations from 2001 to commemorate the abject distress faced by the forcefully displaced persons and raise awareness about their [...]

2106, 2017

Resume of Essay Test Series !!!

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, The essay test is resumed now and you can submit your essays to us for review. Those who want to join the essay test series can do so here:- Click Here If you have any queries, drop a mail to us - upsctree@upsctree.com Topic wise essay strategy for all essay topic is being worked out and will be available in student portal soon. Submitted essays will get their [...]

406, 2017

Communication- Toppers, Strategy, Upcoming Test Series !!!

By |June 4th, 2017|Categories: toppers|

Dear All, The last couple of days has brought us some relief and happiness. Else, most of our days are filled with struggle and the constant strive to excel and help you all in your preparation. As we celebrate the success of SAUMYA PANDEY (RANK 4), ASHOUTOSH SAHU (RANK 370) and BAMBAM YADAV (RANK -949) and congratulate the candidates on their success, few queries have reached us and here [...]

406, 2017

UPSCTREE Successful Candidate – Saumya Pandey – Rank 4 (Includes Unchecked Answer Script)

By |June 4th, 2017|Categories: toppers|

Dear All, We heartily congratulate SAUMYA PANDEY (RANK 4 , CSE 2016) for her success in this arduous exam. This is a very demanding exam and to come out winning requires perseverance, hard-work, determination and right guidance. She is from Allahabad but is visiting Delhi and busy with the celebration. Thus it took sometime for us to acquire her consent in order to make her answer scripts public. Consent [...]

3105, 2017

UPSC 2016 Result and Communication on Successful candidates !!!

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, Those who have succeeded in this arduous exam , UPSCTREE congratulates you all. We have some success this year and have received transcripts of few of the successful candidates. However we also saw some names who were associated with us and got a rank, we request you to send us your interview transcript to upsctree@upsctree.com , so that we can share it with all to benefit and have [...]

2205, 2017

Environment-Coastal and Marine Ecosystems of India !!!

By |May 22nd, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

Coastal and marine ecosystems are found in 123 countries around the world. The marine habitats include a wide range of ecosystems such as the shallow coral reef ecosystem, mesophotic reef ecosystem, soft sediment ocean floor ecosystem to coastal estuarine ecosystem, saline wetland ecosystem, mangrove ecosystem, gulf waters, creeks, tidal flats, deltaic plains etc. […]

2205, 2017

Geopolitics- Red vs Blue ( China’s “Mongolian” OBOR and “Colonialism 3.0) !!!

By |May 22nd, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

Background – How to beat the “red ocean” (China) with “blue ocean diplomacy” has been a hotly debated topic across policy corridors in India , in Japan and in other Indian ocean littoral states, but a profound and sound strategy is yet to emerge. One of India’s responses to China’s One Belt One Road project is to develop the “Freedom Corridor” in partnership with Japan. […]

2105, 2017

Economy-Realising energy sector targets !!!

By |May 21st, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style is to set ambitious targets with impossible-looking deadlines. Perhaps he is inspired by a Gujarati poet who said, “ Nishaan chuk maaf, nahi neechu nishaan ” (missing the target can be forgiven, setting a low target cannot). This challenges his colleagues and staff to accomplish much more than what they would otherwise. […]

2105, 2017

Science- Why Earth is a Level Zero Civilization ?

By |May 21st, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

To measure the level of a civilization’s advancement, the Kardashev scale focuses on the amount of energy that a civilization is able to utilize. Notably, the amount of power available to a civilization is fundamentally linked to how widespread the civilization is (you obviously can’t harness the power of a star if you are confined to your home planet). […]

1905, 2017

Current Affair For PRELIMS – PART 1

By |May 19th, 2017|Categories: Daily Current Events|

Note- Important parts are highlighted or Italicized. We have tried to keep it extremely “To the Point” for Prelims, although there are certain aberration like the NGT issue or CBI where it is little elaborate but it is elaborate because it is important. […]

1805, 2017

Science-The debate of Science vs Anti-Science !!!

By |May 18th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

The history of science is replete with thousands of examples of the way modern or empirical science was opposed by well-entrenched forces in society at any given time. Some of the oldest cultures have also resisted scientific ideas based on their own interpretation of the physical world. […]

1505, 2017

Society-Meet India’s ‘water doctor’, who has turned 84 acres of barren land into a water bowl !!!

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Ayyappa Masagi has a simple message: “You want water? Call me!” Thousands have. And his phone rings dozens of times a day. There appears to be an endless supply of patients for the man nicknamed India’s “Water Doctor”. “I faced a lot of water problems in my childhood,” he said. “I used to go at 3am to fetch water from the stream. So I made an oath that when [...]

1505, 2017

Science- Indian Muon trackers and solar storms !!!

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The GRAPES-3 experiment is a special telescope-array established in Ooty to detect muons from cosmic ray showers. The experiment has detected a surge in muon intensity correlated with a weakening of the earth’s magnetic field due to a solar storm that hit the earth on June 22, 2015. The results have been published in the journal Physical Review Letters. An Indo-Japanese collaboration, this experiment is unique in that it [...]

1505, 2017

Agriculture-The Indian Agriculture dilemma-Scientists vs Activists !!!

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, editorials, Society|

Agriculture is now about 10,000 years old, but has been constantly improved to make it more productive and easier through human intervention. So agriculture is a hundred per cent human-created enterprise and there is nothing natural about it. If agriculture had not developed the way it has, the human race would probably have been wiped out from the surface of this planet a long time ago. […]

1305, 2017

Environment For Prelims-TOI Exclusive !!!

By |May 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

An image that has gone viral- A fish has been pictured swimming inside a jellyfish off Australia’s east coast in a remarkable and rare image, apparently the fish controls the direction of movement. Back to Prelims- This is a compilation of all environmental news published by Times of India newspaper for the past year. It has been compiled keeping in view of  2 important aspects of PRELIMS- No other [...]

1105, 2017

#Must Read-Economics of Culture and the Need for National Cultural Policy !!!

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials, Society|

This is one of a kind and a must read for every one. Culture is not always about doling out grants, holding mega-festivals, or just about sob stories around lack of preservation. If the economics of culture is understood, it can bring in prosperity and boost soft power. But, how exactly should India go about it? […]

905, 2017

Few Changes and Upcoming events that you should know about !!!

By |May 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Prelims:- For Students - Watch out for today's communication and check your portal after few hours This also applies to non-students as well,  after few hours, OPEN tests will be available for all. Watch out for communication around 9AM today. Essay:- Questions asked to us:- Q- Can I postpone the tests given that PRELIMS is 40 days away ? A- Yes, you should and you must, you can resume essay [...]

405, 2017

#Swachh Society-Indore India’s cleanest city, Gonda dirtiest !!!

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment, Society|

Indore in Madhya Pradesh has been ranked India’s cleanest city in the Swachh Survekshan survey released by the government recently. The urban development minister calls the states of  Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as the movers and shakers of the cleanliness drive. […]

405, 2017

Economy-Why India should tax agricultural income !!!

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, economy, editorials|

Note- In our last years Mains test series, we gave a question related to taxing agricultural income, although the question was not asked by UPSC last year, still it is one of the most debated topic in policy circles. The below article gives reasons on why it should be taxed. In 1925, the Indian taxation enquiry committee noted, “There is no historical or theoretical justification for the continued exemption [...]

105, 2017

Communique-Essay Test Reviews !!!

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear Students, If you have submitted essay papers for Essay test - 3 and 4, you will be receiving the checked essay copies by today and tomorrow. All of the essays are checked and being reviewed now (Final) before sending it to you. We have received few questions related to essay test series- we will address them after grouping them together. So you will not be receiving answer to your [...]

105, 2017

Environment-Plant and Animal Adaptations in Hot Deserts !!!

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

Intense solar radiation, lashing winds, and little moisture i.e. less than 10 inches (25 cm) of rainfall create some of the harshest living condition in the biosphere called hot desert. In hot desert ecosystem generally with cloudless skies, the sun quickly heats the desert by day, producing the highest air temperatures (recorded as 57.8º C in Death Valley, California) in the biosphere. […]

2804, 2017

Issued in Public Interest – Baahubali – Decoding The Language Of The Kalakeya Tribe !!!

By |April 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Note:- This might not be beneficial for UPSC preparation, but they may ask a question or two in UPSC interview (Which is very unlikely though). Before publishing this article – we had a debate, deliberation and discussion between UPSCTREE core members whether to publish it or not and whether it is at all be beneficial. The effect of cinema on Indian society has been a topic repeatedly asked by [...]

2504, 2017

Society-Caesaropapism and Judiciopapism !!!

By |April 25th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

A while back, the Supreme Court declared that it would hear a public interest litigation (PIL) on whether women of menstrual age can be denied the right to enter the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. The bench, in its observation to the Kerala government and the temple authorities, remarked that “unless >you have a constitutional right, you cannot prohibit entry [to women].” […]

2404, 2017

Communique- Deglobalization !!!

By |April 24th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

A while back, before the Economic Survey was published , we gave a topic in our Essay Test Series - "Is globalization is digging it's own grave in the form of de-globalization?". When we gave this topic, we had a strong instinct that, this theme is important for this year and to our surprise our instinct  is resonated well in economic survey. The survey writes- Political Carrying Capacity of the West [...]

2304, 2017

Society-Mental Healthcare !!!

By |April 23rd, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

The passage of the Mental Healthcare Bill in the Lok Sabha, putting it on course to become law and repealing the Mental Health Act of 1987, will potentially help India catch up with the advances made in the field by other countries. […]

2304, 2017

Polity-Beacons curb: Red, blue, ordinary

By |April 23rd, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

In a most welcome move, the Union Cabinet has decided to disallow the use of the red beacon on vehicles on India’s roads. Starting May 1, only vehicles on emergency services, such as ambulances, fire trucks and police cars, will be permitted the use of a beacon — from now, a blue-coloured one. […]

2204, 2017

Polity-Internet Bill of Rights !!!

By |April 22nd, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

Recently, Brazilian society celebrated three years of the enactment of the Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet). It is the first ever national law to “establish principles, guarantees, rights and obligations for the use of the Internet” and has been praised internationally for its progressive nature. Among many reasons to commemorate, two aspects of the Marco Civil deserve to be highlighted. […]

1904, 2017

Essay Strategy-Ability can take you to the top, Character will keep you there !!!

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, The Essay strategy is now available in student portal (http://www.iastree.com) Ethics essays are tricky. The reason being, everyone knows what to write but due to lack of examples or a proper framework,most of the time it leads to certain common errors in this type of essay. The generic errors being- Didactic/Prescriptive details dominate the essay- in simpler words, students write "what should be done" and "what is good" [...]

1604, 2017

Geography-Oceans and the Law of the Sea !!!

By |April 16th, 2017|Categories: Geography, Uncategorized|

Life itself arose from the oceans. The ocean is vast, covering 140 million square miles, some 72 per cent of the earth’s surface. Not only has the oceans always been a prime source of nourishment for the life it helped generate, but from earliest recorded history it has served for trade and commerce, adventure and discovery. It has kept people apart and brought them together. […]

1104, 2017

Geography Watch-Beneath the Ocean Floor: Discovery of Ocean Ridge !!!

By |April 11th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Geography|

Exciting discoveries have come from an international drilling project, the Deep Sea Drilling Project. Since 1968, a drill ship, the Glomar Challenger, has drilled nearly a thousand holes into the deep ocean basins, taking samples of deep-sea sediment and crust. One early discovery suggests that the Mediterranean dried up completely between 5 and 12 million years ago, leaving thick beds of sun-baked salts as evidence buried in today’s ocean [...]

1004, 2017

#Yojana Nector-Water(July 2016) !!!

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Yojana|

Water has been a key planning and policy issue and recently the issue only got exacerbated. UPSC, often times have asked about water related questions and essay. In this regard, it is an important topic. Through this edition of Yojana Nector we are trying to give it a holistic understanding so that you can write better answers for this issue. This edition is little exhaustive as there exists a gigantic [...]

704, 2017

E05 – Essay Test Live Now !!!

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, E05 Essay test is live now in the student portal (IASTREE). The Essay Topics are :- 1. Energy Security and India. 2. ‘Ethical Dilemma is not about choosing the “right” from the “wrong”; it is about choosing the “right” from the other “right”.’ 3. Honour Killing in India. 4. World Peace – A fanciful idea or a Realizable goal? The Essay Topics of E04 Test were:- 1. Disability [...]

704, 2017

Important Communication-Regarding Essay Submission and Evaluation !!!

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear Students, Many of you have submitted your essay copies but did not receive the review even after more than 10 days of submission. For that, we sincerely apologize you. We have been stuck with an unfortunate event, as follows :- In the wake of number of rise of admission, we have hired few teachers for our essay review upon recommendations. However, when I personally checked their reviews, I was [...]

604, 2017

Society Watch-Energy Security !!!( Expert Committee report on Integrated Energy Policy by Govt of India)

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials, Society|

Look no further- This single and comprehensive editorial is all that you need to write a best answer as far as Energy Security is concerned. Obtaining a secure and adequate supply of a traded commodity, be it food or fuel, is generally a problem prevalent amongst poor people, poor regions or poor nations. With the power to pay the price the rich often find willing suppliers for what they [...]

2203, 2017

Communication regarding Essay Submission and review !!!

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Recently many students have joined our program. Those who have joined and submitted their papers, we already have assigned them to respective teachers for review. There is a little spike in the volume as far as paper submission is concerned, however you will receive your review at the earliest. Sometimes program flexibility takes a toll on us too, however we are committed to serve, all we require from you [...]

1703, 2017

Polity Watch – Can You Really Hack EVMs?

By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

A lot has been said about the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in India, most recently by those who lost in the recent Assemble elections. While it is the finally the duty of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to dispel these rumours relating to EVMs being manipulated or ‘hacked’, let us take a look at whether they can be taken seriously or not. […]

1203, 2017

E04-Essay Test Live in the Student Portal !!!

By |March 12th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Please note that E04 essay test is live in the student portal. Here are the essay topics of this particular essay test:- 1. Disability is Not Inability. 2. Pollution anywhere is a threat to life everywhere. 3. Is 21st century is India’s century? 4. Disaster Vulnerabilities and Preparedness of India and the World. Please note that every topic we give is well-thought out and relevant(We don't give topics [...]

903, 2017

Polity Watch – Hurting Brand India With Distortions !!!

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

*Disclaimer – This is an editorial written by Mohandas Pai, he was the CFO and then the head of HR at Infosys. He is now Chairman, Aarin Capital Partners. He usually writes for many newspapers including thehindu, Indian express etc. Please also note that, we are publishing this as-is without any editorial oversight and have NO SAY or bias as far as this editorial is concerned. The editorial shows how [...]

803, 2017

Society Watch – Women’s day special – 8 passionate women environmentalists !!!

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment, Geography, Society|

Ranked alphabetically, here is a list of eight notable women from India and the world who have consistently worked for the betterment of our planet. Celebrating this women’s day we thank these strong women for their spirit and perseverance, and hope that many young readers find these accounts aspirational and inspiring. […]

703, 2017

Geopolitics Watch – North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs !!!

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

Post the 2003 Iraq war, the debate regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) was confined mostly to the realm of nuclear weapons for more than a decade. The perception that WMDs are not for actual use but for deterrence broadly continues to hold in the post Cold War period too. However, it is also a fact that certain categories of WMD like chemical weapons (CW) have been used during [...]

503, 2017

Environment Watch – Ten largest National Parks in India and its endangered species !!!

By |March 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

The theme of World Wildlife Day, March 3, 2017, is ‘Listen to the young voices.’ It aims to empower and engage the youth in conservation issues. The involvement of youth in wildlife conservation is high on the agenda of the United Nations. At present India has a network of 700 Protected Areas (103 National Parks, 528 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 65 Conservation Reserves and 4 Community Reserves). […]

503, 2017

Science Watch – The 17 Indian Earth Observation Satellites !!!

By |March 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

India has one of the largest constellations of remote sensing satellites with 17 satellites in operation. These satellites provide huge data at various spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions at national and global levels and have been utilized in various diverse application areas – agriculture and soils; bio resource and environment; cartographic mapping; geology and mineral resources; ocean and meteorology; urban and rural development; water resources; natural resource census; disaster [...]

403, 2017

Society Watch – Is India winning the war against open defecation?

By |March 4th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Barely noticed and mostly ignored by the chatterati, a silent sanitation revolution appears to be underway in rural West Bengal, Rajasthan and to some extent in Madhya Pradesh. It appears that we may finally be turning a corner in our war against open defecation. Roughly half of India’s population- about 600 million-relieve themselves outdoors, a serious risk to health, resulting in illness and deaths of thousands of infants every [...]

103, 2017

Science Watch-National Science Day !!!

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

National Science Day is celebrated every year on February 28. The theme for National  Science Day 2017 is ‘Science and Technology for Specially-Abled Persons’ to improve the lives of the differently-abled better with the use of science and technology. […]

103, 2017

#Addendum – Yojana Nector- Education (Jan 2016) !!!

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Yojana|

Dear All, We have added the budget highlights in the "#Yojana Nector- Education (Jan 2016)". All the Yojana Nector can be found here:-  http://www.iastree.com/reports-content/ Feel free to let us know if you have any ideas with regards to this initiative. Thank You UPSCTREE    

103, 2017

Environment Watch – Devouring flora and fauna of forests in India !!!

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

Lantana Camara is one such invasive species that since its introduction has become widespread from Southern India forests to Himalaya foothills.Lantana not only spreads fast but does not allow grass, shrubs or any other plant in its vicinity to grow leading to the migration or decline in the number of herbivores ultimately affecting the carnivores at the top of the food chain. […]

2802, 2017

Essay Test – E02 – Top Score and Top Scorers – An overview and Topics of Essay Test E03 !!!

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Essay Test - E02 - Statistics & Analysis  Top 3 Scores - 114, 105, 99 out of 250  Top 3 Scorers - Chinmoy, Gaurav, Shruti Average Score - 57 Total  number of submissions - 373  Most attempted topic- Digital Economy and India  The 2nd Most attempted topic- Will we be leaving the Earth as a better place than we found it?  The 3rd Most attempted topic- Daughters of India –their struggles, their plights and their achievements. [...]

2802, 2017

#Yojana Nector – Divyanga !!!(May 2016)

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Yojana|

Yojana Nector is an initiative where we are trying to filter out Yojana magazine and give you the “cream” or “nector” of the whole magazine.The idea is to give you something, that you can retain, internalize and put in the exam papers. What we essentially pick is – the critical aspects and most important datasets along with statements that can add value to your answer. It has varied range [...]

2802, 2017

Science Watch – NASA Researchers Discover 7 Earth-sized Exoplanets Nearby !!!

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

With the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a dwarf star, we are on the right track to find another habitable system! What makes this discovery by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope special is that this is the first time that a series of Earth-sized planets have been found around a single star, hence setting a new record for seemingly habitable planets around a single star outside our solar system. [...]

2802, 2017

Environment Watch – Marine and Coastal Pollution in India- An Overview !!!

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment, Geography|

Coastal and estuarine ecosystems are heavily influenced by the human species through pollution and habitat loss. Coastal pollution and its impacts have resulted in a number of environmental issues including the enrichment of enclosed waters with organic matter, pollution by chemicals such as oil, and sedimentation due to land-based activities. […]

2702, 2017

Economy Watch – Free trade is good, for the poor too !!!

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

In a global trading landscape that is being increasingly influenced by protectionist narratives, the approval of the landmark European Union-Canada trade deal Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) by the European Parliament comes as a breath of fresh air. Trade between the two economies amounts to about $63 billion presently, and reports say Ceta could increase this by 20% to as much as $76 billion. […]

2702, 2017

Society Watch – A lawyer took on India’s profiteering hospitals to end the obscene overpricing of cardiac stents !!!

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: editorials, ethics, Society|

Birender Sangwan’s parents wanted him to be a doctor. For two years, Sangwan even prepared for the medical entrance examinations in India before finally giving up. “I was always scared of hospitals,” he said in an interview at his modest two-room office at New Delhi’s Rohini court complex. “I still get dizzy and feel like vomiting when I go to hospitals.” […]

2702, 2017

Science Watch – Technology in aid of Crop insurance !!!

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

In its budget 2017-18, the government has taken up several measures to revive the country’s agriculture economy. The emphasis on agricultural insurance through higher allocation for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), and other major allocations for the sector, are expected to boost credit flow to farmers apart from expanding crop insurance and irrigation coverage. […]

2502, 2017

Essays and Economic Survey !!!

By |February 25th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

In our third essay test we gave a topic :- "Is globalization is digging its own grave in the form of de-globalization ?' This is a trend we have been observing for past couple of months however to our surprise, Economic Survey of 2017 (while preparing summary for it we noticed) has devoted a good number of pages for it. That makes this essay a must write for our students as [...]

2502, 2017

Society Watch – Peri-Urban Regions and the Vulnerability of Urbanization and Climate Change!!!

By |February 25th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment, Society|

Over the last century, India’s landscape has urbanized considerably: the urban population has grown 14 times since 1901, and by 2050 up to 54 percent of India’s population will be urban. Much of this urban growth is occurring in large villages or small to medium sized cities , resulting in vast ‘peri-urban’ landscapes. […]

2402, 2017

Essay Test Series – FAQs and Clarification to your questions !!!

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

  Dear All, We have been receiving queries related to out Test Series - Essay and Mains. Here are the clarifications to your questions:- ESSAY Test series :- Total 10 essay tests. Each essay test has 4 topics, that is we provide 40 topics in total. We ask students to write at least 2 out of 4, however if anyone wishes to write all the 40 topics, we review it [...]

2402, 2017

Economy Watch – E-Commerce : The battle for survival !!!

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

Last year we gave a debate on the topic -Unleashing the Indian ingenuity through entrepreneurship – A realizable goal or a bubble waiting to burst ?. Although there were no signs of burst, yet the very nature of start-up is that, in every 100, at least 90 will go burst, simply because, if everyone is offering the same things, then competition gets tougher and then it becomes cut-throat. This [...]

2402, 2017

Economy Watch – Push For Electric Vehicles Can Transform Public Transport In India !!!

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

It looks like the Government of India is all set to push for electric vehicles (EV) nationally. As part of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India), it has decided to hold talks to enhance the adoption of EVs. Power minister Piyush Goyal has spoken to various stakeholders, along with NITI Aayog, to explain how the economies of scale can make it more viable [...]

2402, 2017

Economy Watch – The Rise Of The Services Sector Is Redefining India’s Growth Narrative !!!

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

India’s services sector has remained resolute and on a steady rise. According to a recent report published by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and KPMG, India has moved up to become the fastest growing service economy in the world. The services sector is a dominant sector in India’s GDP, with attractive foreign investment flows and contributing significantly to exports. The Indian services sector has attracted the highest amount [...]

2402, 2017

Geopolitics Watch – Egypt by the Ganga !!!

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

Egypt has always valued its friendship and strong bonds with India. For centuries, the peoples of these two ancient civilisations have engaged in cultural and economic exchanges. In the modern era, our leaders Saad Zaghloul and Mahatma Gandhi struggled against colonialism in the quest for freedom and national independence. […]

2402, 2017

Society Watch – NRI: Non Reliable Indian Grooms !!!

By |February 24th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Gurmit Kaur from Punjab got the shock of her life when she discovered the truth about her husband. She married Manjit Singh in 2000 thinking he was an NRI settled in the US. He took Rs.4.5 lakh in dowry and another Rs.1.5 lakh from Gurmit’s relative while going abroad promising to send her immigration papers. The papers never came. Instead she learnt that he was already married and had [...]

2202, 2017

Motivation – That Scary & Enervating – “Vampire PDF File” of UPSC!!!

By |February 22nd, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

Dear All, As you know by now, the MAINS 2016 result is out. Last night was a sleepless night for us. We have been receiving many calls from our students and have been constantly in conversation with them. Although, we are yet to consolidate the results, nonetheless here are few findings which we managed to infer . […]

1902, 2017

Clarification on how to approach the Essay – Is globalization is digging its own grave in the form of de-globalization ?

By |February 19th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

In Essay test -E03 , we gave a topic- Is globalization is digging its own grave in the form of de-globalization ? We believe this is a potential question for upcoming Mains exam (Essay or GS paper) and the developments around the world suggest the same. UPSC, does not ask you the issue as is, it goes little deeper and asks you the undercurrent of the issue in the [...]

1802, 2017

Geopolitics Watch – Massacre in Sehwan !!!

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

The horrific suicide attack at a Sufi shrine in Sehwan in Pakistan’s Sindh province that killed at least 80 people, underscores fears about the Islamic State gaining strength in the country. A suicide bomber blew himself up at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, among the most venerated of Sufi saints. […]

1802, 2017

#Yojana Nector – North-East India- Challenges & Solution !!!(Apr 2016)

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: Yojana|

Yojana Nector is an initiative where we are trying to filter out Yojana magazine and give you the “cream” or “nector” of the whole magazine.The idea is to give you something, that you can retain, internalize and put in the exam papers. What we essentially pick is – the critical aspects and most important datasets along with statements that can add value to your answer. It has varied range [...]

1802, 2017

Science Watch – A Crazy New Concept – Vertical Forest

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment, Science|

Deforestation and pollution have become a serious trouble and are even more of a concern in big cities with the air quality being constantly deteriorated by the fumes from vehicles and industries. And while the pollution is increasing, the green cover required to combat is decreasing, mainly to clear space for human settlement. Hence, our cities are turning into concrete jungles with the quality of air decreasing, thus increasing [...]

1702, 2017

#Yojana Nector – Healthcare in India (Feb 2016) – 68 Page of content squeezed to ~68 points only.

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: Yojana|

Yojana Nector is an initiative where we are trying to filter out 68 page or more contents of Yojana magazine and give you the “cream” or “nector” of the whole magazine.The idea is to give you something, that you can retain, internalize and put in the exam papers. What we essentially pick is – the critical aspects and most important datasets along with statements that can add value to [...]

1602, 2017

Essay Test – E01 – Top Score/Scorers and a brief analysis !!!(Also topics of Essay test – E02)

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

  Essay Test - E01 - Statistics & Analysis  Top 3 Scores - 105 , 101, 97 out of 250  Top 3 Scorers - Pankaj,Saumya,Shasank Average Score - 63 Total  number of submissions - 302  Most attempted topic- Demography of India – Visible dividend or Invisible disaster.  The 2nd Most attempted topic- Technology makes democracy more democratic  The 3rd Most attempted topic- Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  The least  attempted topic- There is no meaning [...]

1602, 2017

E01 – Essay Test Top Score and Scorers and a brief analysis !!!(Also topics of Essay test – E02)

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

  Essay Test - E01 - Statistics & Analaysis  Top 3 Scores - 105 , 101, 97 out of 250  Top 3 Scorers - Pankaj,Saumya,Shasank Average Score - 63 Total  number of submissions - 302  Most attempted topic- Demography of India – Visible dividend or Invisible disaster.  The 2nd Most attempted topic- Technology makes democracy more democratic  The 3rd Most attempted topic- Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  The least  attempted topic- There is no [...]

1602, 2017

Communique – New Joiners !!!

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, If you have recently joined any of our test series recently and sent the PDF receipt to us, then you would have received the credentials details by now. We urge you to change the password once you log in to the student portal. The particular course is already assigned to you , so from your dashboard, start the course and follow the instructions carefully. Student Portal -  http://www.iastree.com [...]

1602, 2017

Environment Watch – Thar – Case Study

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

In the present, the top three environmental issues facing the Thar are water availability, land quality and dust emission. While dwindling water reserves call for urgent attention to water management, threats of global warming and population pressure are not only deteriorating the land condition, but also increasing the sand mobility and atmospheric dust load. […]

1502, 2017

#Yojana Nector – Education (Jan 2016) – 80 Page of content squeezed to 31 point only.

By |February 15th, 2017|Categories: Yojana|

Yojana Nector is an initiative where we are trying to filter out 80 page or more contents of Yojana magazine and give you the “cream” or “nector” of the whole magazine.The idea is to give you something, that you can retain, internalize and put in the exam papers. What we essentially pick is – the critical aspects and most important datasets along with statements that can add value to [...]

1502, 2017

Polity Watch – Corruption in high Places – The churning of Tamilnadu Politics!!!

By |February 15th, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

Corruption in high places is a malaise that is easy to diagnose but difficult to cure. Even in the rare cases they are arraigned before a court, top politicians often pay their way through legal battles, and spend little or no time in incarceration. And as with the churning, it is evident (as in case of the mystical ‘Samudra Manthan – ‘Churning of the sea’)’ that there will be [...]

1402, 2017

Food for thought – The power struggle in Tamilnadu ends, albeit abruptly !!!

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: food for thought|

In a rather cold days of winter, the Tamilnadu power struggle kept us warm. We were observant of the situation and have been following it very closely, but the recent SC order came as bolt from the blue and all speculation thus comes to an end. “Sasikala has been ordered to surrender to the law enforcement authorities immediately to serve the remainder of her four-year jail term. She also [...]

1402, 2017

On a “Love” day – Give us some Love !!!

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, The site reorganization and redesigning is complete. New materials and posts are in the the making. On a side note , we wish you a Happy Valentines Evening. Given that this is a day to celebrate "Love and Life", do give us some Love (Like our FB page) We like your 'likes' Enjoy the evening. Thank You UPSCTREE Team  

1402, 2017

Important Communication !!!

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dear All, We have published around 25 high-value and enriching editorial today and have been working on the site reorganization for quite some time now. The good news is, site reorganization and redesign is almost complete (only 5% work is pending which nonetheless does not affect your preparation- it is some background tech work only). Do let us now on the new outlook and reorganization of the site. Also, if [...]

1402, 2017

#Must Read – Society Watch-Globalization and its impact – A Comprehensive Analysis !!!

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials, Society|

Globalization is the buzzword in the contemporary world. Broadly speaking, the term ‘globalization’ means integration of economies and societies through cross country flows of information, ideas, technologies, goods, services, capital, finance and people.   Cross border integration can have several dimensions – cultural, social, political and economic.  In fact, cultural and social integration even more than economic integration. Globalization has made countries to realize that nations can no longer be [...]

1402, 2017

Society Watch – Taxing sugary drinks can tackle obesity, diabetes: WHO

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

A latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. The report titled Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) proposes fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20 per cent increase in the retail price of sugary drinks. […]

1402, 2017

Economy Watch – India: Issues and Priorities for Agriculture

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Nearly three-quarters of India’s families depend on rural incomes. The majority of India’s poor (some 770 million people or about 70 percent) are found in rural areas. India’s food security depends on producing cereal crops, as well as increasing its production of fruits, vegetables and milk to meet the demands of a growing population with rising incomes. Overview While agriculture’s share in India’s economy has progressively declined [...]

1302, 2017

Environment Watch- Anthropocene: Here I Come !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

About a fortnight ago, a group of geoscientists gathered at Cape Town, South Africa, and have recommended that mankind’s impact on Mother Earth has been so profound in recent years, that it is time to describe a new geological epoch in the history of earth, calling it Anthropocene (Anthropo, from the Greek for humankind, and cene from the Greek kainos, Latinised as caenus or cene, meaning new). […]

1302, 2017

Polity Watch – Grammar of Anarchy and Ambedkar !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|

Five Excerpts From Ambedkar’s Historic ‘Grammar of Anarchy’ Speech On 25 November 1949, a day before the Constitution was formally adopted by the Constituent Assembly, BR Ambedkar rose in the central hall of the Parliament and almost in a prophetic tone delivered a speech which is described as amongst the greatest speeches made in the Indian Parliament. This oration, where Ambedkar reflects on the Indian Constitution, it’s context, nature [...]

1302, 2017

History Watch – Universities of Ancient India !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, History|

Unfortunately, the quality of education in most of our institutes is below par. If we delve into our past, we could find renowned seats of higher learning – Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri – that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC. Scholars from round the globe flocked to these ‘poles of knowledge’. A different scenario is noticeable today. Many [...]

1302, 2017

Economy Watch – Geographical Indication and India !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

What is GI :- “Darjeeling”, “Ceylon”, “Assam”, “Kolhapuri”, “Banarasi”, “Champagne”, “Roquefort”, “Chianti”, “Sheffield”, “Camember”, “Havana” are some well-known examples for names which are associated throughout the world with products of a certain nature and quality. One common feature of all these names is their geographical connotation, that is to say, their function of designating existing places ,towns, regions or countries. However,  when we hear these names we think of [...]

1302, 2017

Science Watch – 3D Printing !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

What is 3D printing? 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the [...]

1302, 2017

Society Watch – Poor or Destitute ??

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Poverty and Destitution:- There is a difference between poverty and destitution, or what I call pauperism. In poverty, it is difficult to make ends meet. You somehow cope, do your level best to add to your income. In destitution, you are simply unable to cope. Excerpts from the interview of Jan Breman :- […]

1302, 2017

Economy Watch-Inclusive Development :-The quintile income and the poverty line !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials, Society|

Inclusive Development :-The quintile income and the poverty line Background:- The rhetoric of “inclusive development” tends often to be lost in vague generalities, when it is not altogether absent in various processes on the ground or in state policy that claims to be inspired by its demands. This note suggests that in at least one specific and restricted area of application – the intersection of poverty, inequality and growth [...]

1302, 2017

Ethics Watch-Sports and Ethics – “Citius, altius, fortius”

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, ethics|

Sport and Ethics Background :- Corruption, Illegal betting,vested interest have drawn not only Indian sports but sports across worlds over to revisit the spirit of sports in our recent times. Lodha panel latest report vindicates the fact that – overtime sports has lost ground to “Winning” and thus sports ethics has been sidelined . In light of these events it is necessary to understand what has gone wrong with [...]

1302, 2017

Environment Watch – Understanding Drought !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

Drought:- Drought is one of the most frequently occurring national disasters in India. With its increased frequency and expanded coverage in the recent years, about one third of the country is either drought prone or under desert areas. These areas are lagging behind in agriculture and also in overall economic growth. They experience wide year-to-year fluctuations in agricultural production and incomes and  have a relatively high incidence of poverty. [...]

1302, 2017

Quotes – By Dr. Kalam and his Legacy

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

Dr Kalam and his Legacy :- *Note:- The life of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is an embodiment of ethical values , inspiration and positivism. Hence we are providing a short article on his sayings that can be used while writing Ethics (GS IV) paper answers or Essay .It is always good to write  answers linking it to the current context, if one can , as it makes the examiner [...]

1302, 2017

Geopolitics Watch – South China Sea – Complete Coverage !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

  1)South China Sea – The geopolitics and it’s impact on India :- Background :-  South China Sea (hereafter referred as SCS) , has been in  news for past few years, but the confrontation has never grown out of context or become large enough to be a major flash point in international geopolitics until now. The SCS confrontation has now taken a global dimension which led to rather self [...]

1302, 2017

Geopolitcs Watch- Syrian Civil War- All that needs to be understood !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

Prelude :- The Middle east is in ruins, Civil war and  games of geopolitics derailed the development, peace and prosperity  pursuits of this region.In this context we at UPSCTREE observed that :- “Spring has long left the Arab,The Arab world is now at cross roads with  “destination Anarchy” on every path of its choosing.The world was waiting for a spring, but to its discomfort , it received an uprising [...]

1302, 2017

Society Watch – Bowing down to patriarchy !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity, Society|

Background – Nehru once said, “Let the people develop according to their own intellect”, as a reference to allow the tribes of North-East region and especially the “Naga tribe” the autonomy to chart their own course of life and have their own customary laws. This reflected in the constitutional provisions as well. However, the below case is a classic example of how “too much autonomy without any caveats can be bad”. [...]

1302, 2017

Economy Watch – Idea-Vodafone Merger – Explained !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

When Mukesh Ambali’s Jio entered the telecom market last year with free voice calls for life and free data for a limited period, it was clear that a shake-up was imminent in the market. At one point, India’s telecom market had close to a dozen players but competitive intensity had already whittled this number down to three large ones – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – and [...]

1302, 2017

History Watch – Kautilya’s Budget vs Jaitley’s Budget !!!

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, History, Misc|

Note:- Last year UPSC has asked questions on Kautiya, and before exam we published an article on Kautilya’s view on national security – (National Security- Kautilya to Kofi Annan). Given that UPSC is now digging deeper and asking question Like Coelho case or Max Weber’s view in General Studies paper, we felt the necessity to publish this one (If it comes in the exam – well and good if not, [...]

1102, 2017

#Must Read – Society Watch – Inequality is the number one risk !!!

By |February 11th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Note – Excerpts from the speech of Vice-President.Contains good statements and statistics that can be used to accentuate your writing. To enjoy the ‘freedom of,’ there is a requirement first for certain ‘freedom from’. To survive with dignity, humans require both ‘freedom from want’ and ‘freedom from fear’ […]

1002, 2017

#Must Read – Economy Watch – Infrastcure Megaprojects: The good, the bad, and the better

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

Note:-Use this article wisely in your answers. It can help you in emphasizing the importance of infrastructural mega projects and what they mean for an economy. For instance – Dubai’s international airport is the world’s busiest, accounting for 21 percent of Dubai’s employment and 27 percent of its GDP (A Single mega project of such caliber, until you look at the the numbers it seems unbelievable and is evident of the [...]

902, 2017

Society Watch – India’s False Rape Claims – A Story, The Report and A Reporter !!!

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Background:- After the infamous 2012 gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi, the number of rape cases reported to police in India rose sharply. But one survey concluded that in Delhi, in 2013-14, more than half of these reports were “false” – fuelling claims by male activists that women are alleging rape in order to extort money from men. […]

802, 2017

Essay Test E03 Live now !!!

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, Essay test E03 is live now in your student portal (IASTREE) Topics of the Essay :- Is Globalization digging its own grave in the form of de-Globalization? Blue Economy and India “Rights without duties” is bad but “Politics without principle” is worse. Challenges to India’s internal security – the emerging and the perpetual. Thank You UPSCTREE Team  

602, 2017

Geopolitics Watch – H1B Visa – the bread and butter !!

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

Legislation has now been introduced in the US House of Representatives which, among other things, calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $1,30,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India. The question is, how should India react? […]

602, 2017

Economy Watch – Budget 2017 and its place in history !!!

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

On 1 July, if all goes to plan, the country would have formally transitioned to the goods and services tax (GST) regime. By the sheer path-breaking nature of the tax reform initiative, which for the first time economically unifies the country, GST will have a special place in India’s modern economic history. What about Budget 2017? For several reasons it, too, is a watershed moment. […]

602, 2017

Environment Watch – World Wetland Day – 02 Feb and RAMSAR sites in India !!!

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. India currently has 26 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 689,131 hectares including including Wular Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. Ramsar sites are wetlands considered to be of international importance. The Ramsar convention, an international body, forms the basis for identification of such wetlands. The international treaty came into effect in [...]

602, 2017

Food for thought – Around the world and India !!! Questions that require your critical understanding.

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Misc|

For the past couple of months few  interesting developments took place around the world and India. Here are few questions with regards to them which warrants your understanding- do answer them, in the comment section. Out of the blue, when everybody thought America will have its first women president, the predictions turned out to be entirely wrong.So the question is Why Trump and what are the reasons behind it ? “Jallikattu” [...]

502, 2017

A comprehensive note on Nano Technology – Application and Ethical dimension !!!

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Misc|Tags: |

The material in the student portal covers various aspects of nano technology . Hope it helps. We have been working on few more materials that have great relevance as far as UPSC Civil Service exams are concerned.  Any suggestion/request for topics are welcome. Link to the Material on Nano Technology Thank You UPSCTREE

502, 2017

Geopolitics Watch – India And China: Does The Elephant Read The Dragon Right?

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, FP & IR|

At the heart of India’s China problem is an Indian inability to size up the Middle Kingdom and the meaning of its spectacular rise and to devise realistic responses to meet the attendant challenges. To be fair, this is not an affliction of New Delhi alone. Successive American administrations have also remained equally puzzled about China’s long-term strategic intent. There are three views on China that dominate much of [...]

502, 2017

Environment Watch – The Oilspills in Chennai !!!

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, environment|

The destruction caused to a significant part of the Chennai coastline from the oil spill that followed a collision between two ships is both tragic and ironic. A large quantity of oil was released into the sea, affecting marine life and livelihoods of coastal communities. What makes the collision ironic is that it comes at a time when there is steadily declining pollution due to such incidents. Ship collisions [...]

502, 2017

Science Watch – The Man vs The Machine !!!

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Science|

The most fundamental progress that technology has made over the past few decades is a dramatic increase in computing power coupled with a reduction in the cost of storage. Such progress has enabled us to run algorithms and code over swathes of data and at a fraction of the cost, thus yielding what some may consider more insights. Consequently, we are able to find patterns in large amounts of [...]

502, 2017

Society Watch – “Un-Middle classing” the Indian “Middle-class” !!!

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

Born in socialist times, a generation of Indians lived the ideas and values of middle class for a lifetime. Middle class was an aspirational place to be for this generation, at a time when a large majority of people were still struggling to get a permanent roof over their heads and jobs that could assure them of some level of security. Many Indians took pride in belonging to this [...]

502, 2017

A comprehensive note on Gandhi and his teachings !!!

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Misc|

Gandhi has and always will have importance as far as preparation of civil service is concerned. In this 4 part series, we are trying to cover Gandhi and his philosophies as lucidly as possible. It has great importance for almost all papers of UPSC exam. *There was a question asked in UPSC Mains Exam 2016 and many of the students wrongly interpreted it and wrote it.Many have written the biblical version of [...]

302, 2017

Agriculture Watch – Sustainable organic farms for all

By |February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, editorials|

The concept of rooftop farming is not new, existing from perhaps as far back as 500 BC —the hanging gardens of Babylon. In the present context there have been many experimental rooftop farms too, a very successful one being the Brooklyn Grange in midst of the bustling New York City. India too is not far behind, with organic farms on rooftops been experimentally successful in many Indian homes panning [...]

302, 2017

Economy Watch – Why Digital India has a real chance of translating its lofty goals into tangible results

By |February 3rd, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

“Probability is not a mere computation of odds on the dice or more complicated variants; it is the acceptance of the lack of certainty in our knowledge and the development of methods for dealing with our ignorance.” – Nicholas Nassim Taleb. The whole significance of this quote is profound. On close observation, one can glean three aspects: one, that life is uncertain; two, that circumstances are best described by [...]

202, 2017

Economy Watch – Non-conventional Energy Sources in India

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

Population explosion has resulted in manifold increase in demand for energy. The conventional, non-renewable sources of energy, such as coal, petroleum, natural gas, etc. are experiencing extensive pressure, resulting in an urgent need to switch to non-conventional sources of energy which are renewable and ecologically safe. […]

202, 2017

Society watch – What matters – Religion or Geography !!!

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|

There is much discussion about religious communities and their population growth in India. However, if we look at the details, what we see is that the communities that inhabit a given region behave at par with each other – despite their religious status. In this sense, geography – both physical and human(cultural and social)  determines population growth than religion. […]

102, 2017

Economy Watch – Vagaries of the job market

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: economy, editorials|

The mismatch between the number of people who annually reach working age and the availability of jobs has been a matter of constant concern globally during the better part of the period since the global financial crisis of the last decade. The International Labour Organisation’s latest forecast that a few more millions are set to join the pool of the jobless during this year and the next, is in line [...]

102, 2017

Agriculture watch – GM or biosafety: The story of GM Mustard

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, editorials|

As of now, the introduction of GM Mustard has been put on hold. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) which was supposed to take a decision on whether or not to commercialize genetically modified (GM) mustard has failed to decide, in the face of opposition from many quarters, including former health minister Dr Ambumani Ramadoss. […]

102, 2017

Agriculture Watch – Bio-fertilizers in Indian Agriculture !!!

By |February 1st, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, editorials|Tags: |

Biofertiliser is a preparation of agriculturally useful microorganisms like nitrogen fixers, phosphorus solubilisers etc; and is one of the components of integrated nutrient management. The commercial production of biofertiliser was introduced in 1956 in India. With a production of 38000 t and with more than 150 commercial units engaged in it, biofertiliser usage is definitely looking up. As per the Fertiliser Control Order (FCO), 1985, ‘biofertiliser’ is any product [...]

3101, 2017

Agriculture Watch – Diversifying India’s Food Basket: NBA outlines the critical role of biodiversity

By |January 31st, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, editorials|Tags: |

Our food basket is increasingly being confined to a few select crops and cereals. Yet, our nation is endowed with a huge variety – a rich biodiversity, which provides of a complex stock of animals, plant and micro-organisms at genetic, species and eco-system levels. India needs to look beyond performance and diversify with biodiversity as the as a key functionary of the agro-ecosystem. Policies are thus urgently needed to [...]

3001, 2017

Society Watch – Changing perspectives of child sex ratio in Haryana

By |January 30th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

It took Haryana twenty long years to bring up the child sex ratio (in the age group of 0 to 6 years) to 900 as per the Civil Registration System, January 2016 though it still remains lower than the generally accepted national norm of 950 girls to 1000 boys. Nevertheless, it is a significant improvement from the 2011 Census, where the child sex ratio was 834 girls to 1000 [...]

3001, 2017

History Watch – Jayasi’s Padmavat – Rani Padmini And Alauddin Khilji: Separating Fact From Fiction

By |January 30th, 2017|Categories: editorials, History|Tags: |

Background – Activists of the Rajput Karni Sena wrecked havoc on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’ recently by attacking the filmmaker and vandalising the crew’s equipment. The group claims that the director is showcasing wrong facts about Rajput queen Padmavati in the film and is keen to protect the lineage of their ancestors from any misrepresentation. […]

2601, 2017

Society Watch – Jallikattu !!!

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

A lot of dust has been raised, not by the bulls participating in Jallikattu, but by people who speak for and against this ancient sport. Those who speak in favour of the sport are more vociferous than those who support a ban. Rightly or wrongly, the many people in Tamil Nadu feel that their tradition, their culture, are being destroyed. […]

2601, 2017

History Watch – Republics Of The Past – Part 2

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: editorials, History|Tags: |

Republics of Ancient India This concluding part will examine the political characteristics of ancient republics to see how far it is actually justified to apply the terms ‘republic’/ ‘proto-republic’ to them and what their impact on modern India has been. The word republic today signifies the use of democratic means to form a government, with this government, rather than a monarch, being the ruler of the populace – as [...]

2601, 2017

History Watch – Republics Of The Past – Part 1

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: editorials, History|Tags: |

India became a modern republic, a sovereign, democratic republic, in 1950 amidst widespread skepticism about the durability of both democracy and the republican form of government in the country. It is now 2017 and the Indian Republic not only survives but thrives. What explains the durability of the form of government embraced by the country 67 years ago? Many explanations have been offered as to why these two political [...]

2601, 2017

Editorial – Society Watch – Commercialization of Education and the Regulation there in !!!

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

The Supreme Court ruling reiterating that private unaided schools in Delhi built on land provided by the government must take permission for fee hike has been met with sharply polarised reactions. On one side are the Delhi government, the community of parents and those who are not in favour of free markets, who see the order as a victory. On the other side is the community of private schools, [...]

2601, 2017

2 quotes and a Poem For this Republic Day !!!

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

"Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by [...]

2601, 2017

Happy Republic Day !!!

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: MOTIVATIONAL|

Yunan-o-Misr-o-Roma Sab Mit Gaye Jahan Se, Ab Tak Magar Hai Baki Naam-o-Nishan Hamara, Kuchh Baat Hai Ke Hasti Mit’ti Nahin Hamari, Sadiyon Raha Hai Dushman Daur-e-Zaman Hamara. Translation- The Egyptian , the Greek & the mighty Roman Civilization;  all have vanquished from this world (in true sense). Yet, We have stood the test of time There is something about this land which refuses to give-in and perish Although, for centuries, [...]

2301, 2017

Editorial – Policy Watch – Parliamentary Committee recommends for a National Policy on Forest Fires !!!

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|Tags: , |

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment & Forests, under the Chairpersonship of Renuka Chowdhury, Member of Parliament presented its Two Hundred and Ninety-third Report on ‘Forest Fires and its Effect on Environment, Forests, Bio-diversity and Wildlife and remedial/preventive measures’ to both the Houses of Parliament on December 16, 2016. […]

2101, 2017

Editorial – Agriculture watch -Organic Agriculture Prospects and Potential – Most Comprehensive Editorial on Organic farming !!!

By |January 21st, 2017|Categories: Agriculture, editorials|Tags: |

Ardent promoters of organic farming consider that present day organic agriculture, which is a mix of traditional wisdom and modern science, can herald the complete development of rural areas, especially in developing countries like India where the large chunk of farmers are small, with minimal resources and limited access to water. As per the International Federation for Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) “Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains [...]

2101, 2017

Editorial – Policy Watch – Natural Gas For Fertiliser: Development Imperatives !!!

By |January 21st, 2017|Categories: editorials, polity|Tags: |

India’s massive demand for natural gas is a result of its easy substitution of liquid fuels such as naphtha, fuel oil, diesel etc. India at present is producing less than 100 million standard cubic meter per day (MMSCMD) and another 50 MMSCMD is imported as liquefied natural gas (LNG) (Fertiliser Statistics, 2011-12, Fertiliser Association of India). As natural gas has competing demands from different sectors of the economy for [...]

1601, 2017

Editorial – Policy Watch – The State of our Cities achieving environmental, social and economic goals

By |January 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Increasing number of experts are now highlighting the impact of our cities as a key concern globally. As we pass the 50 per cent mark for urban population worldwide, it is becoming evident that with this have come a wide range of social, environmental, economic, cultural and governance problems. Most of the solutions are not ‘rocket science’ – technologies and tools are increasingly available but good policies and community [...]

1501, 2017

Clarification regarding Essay Test Series !!!

By |January 15th, 2017|Categories: Essays|

Dear All, We have got few queries with regards to our essay program. Here is our answer. Q- Is the Essay Program Flexible ? A- Yes, the program is completely flexible, however we urge candidate to adhere to the timeline, so that by the time they are through the program their writing will be refined. Q-How many tests ? A- We give 10 essay tests. Each test has 4 topics [...]

1401, 2017

Editorial – History Watch – Gandhi vs Bose !!!

By |January 14th, 2017|Categories: editorials, History|Tags: |

Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose  were two legendary personalities, gigantic in  their political moral and ethical stature. Both  of them were two worthy sons of Mother India.  In 1915, soon after his return from South Africa  Gandhiji became the unquestioned leader of  India’s freedom movement and Indian National  Congress. He transformed  ‘an unarmed, politicallysubjugated,  dumb and  illiterate mass of humanity  into a fearless, non-violent,  politically awakened,  resurgent militia. [...]

1301, 2017

Editorial – Society Watch – Women Empowerment: An Overused Term ??

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

Since the late 1970s, the term ‘empowerment’ has been liberally applied by academics and aid workers in the English-speaking world, including in social services, social psychology, public health, adult literacy and community development. The field of international development has also embraced the term enthusiastically and the idea of empowerment features prominently in the current discourse of international development organisations. Today the word is even more in vogue and has [...]

1201, 2017

Editorial – Society Watch – Punjab and drugs – the deep connect

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

‘Udta Punjab’ by Anurag Kashyap has brought the crisis of drug abuse that has gripped the State into mainstream discourse. The movie provides rare glimpses of the extent of the menace that affects all, without the bias of gender or class. The following section provides succinct previews about the worsening condition of Punjab. […]

1201, 2017

Editorial – Health Watch – Policies to mitigate malnutrition in India !!!

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

As per the ‘State of the World‘s Children 2015’ report published by United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the level of children who are underweight, stunted and wasted are 44, 48 and 20 per cent respectively. However, this Report is based on 2005-06 data of National Family Health Survey-III conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Further, in the Rapid Survey of Children (RSoC) conducted by [...]

1201, 2017

Editorial – Society Watch – Bastar beyond Maoists: tale of a rich region and its poor people !!!

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: editorials, Society|Tags: |

For all of us in the 21st century, Bastar is a landscape of forests, tribals and a bloody battleground for security forces and the armed insurgents known as Maoists. One way, it is a landscape of perceptions. Unless one ventures into this area in Chhattisgarh. From Jagdalpur to Dantewada, the road meanders through dense sal forests. Often wild fruit-bearing trees and medicinal plants appear. Posts of the Central Reserve Police Force