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Prelims Answer Key 2016, IAS PT 2016 Answer Key with Explanation

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Open to All Answer Writing Session: Mains 2016 Answer Writing Session for general Studies, Ethics & Essay will be held on 13th, 17th & 19th August. Click Here to register for the session.

Prelims 2016 Answer Key Set A

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IAS Topper Interview S. Askar Ali Rank 167: Essay Writing strategy for IAS exam

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Name S ASKER ALI
Rank in CSE 2015 167
Total Attempts in CSE 3
Optional Subject Maipuri Literature
Medium English

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UPSC MAINS 2015 ESSAY NO. 6: Crisis faced in India – Moral or Economic

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India is at cross roads. We are living in an age of aspirational India, restless to perform, achieve, and acquire everything that is good. They are brimming with new confidence that “they can do it.” They want freedom, they want higher standard of living, and they want money, power, recognition and what not!

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Feminist Critique of Realist Theory

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Since the end of the Cold War and the increased interdependence resulting from the globalization process, the field of international relations has faced major challenges to its core theoretical structure. It no longer revolves solely around the realist issues of war and security, but rather, international relations has broadened to include traditionally liberal concerns, such as the international political economy, socioeconomic development, human rights, non-state actors, and civil society. Apart from the two main theories of realism and liberalism, the feminist theory brings new perspectives to the international relations table.

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PT 2016: The Right Time is Now !

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This year’s preliminary examination will be a different game altogether. A tough examination has became tougher as one has to attempt only the GS.  In this light there are two pertinent questions which demand immediate answer:

 1.    What should be the right strategy to minimize the risk and maximize the possibility of qualifying the first stage?

 2.    How to manage time as one can’t leave PT preparation for the last minute and also can’t  put all efforts for PT at the cost of GS Mains, optional and gradual improvement of writing ability?

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UPSC MAINS 2015 ESSAY NO. 5: Technology cannot Replace Manpower

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“Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.”

Jacques Ellul

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Functional Critiques of Realism

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While realism was not initially the dominant perspective in International Relations, historically, it has been the dominant tradition in the discipline and perhaps it is for this reason that it has been subjected to so much criticism. Liberalism and structuralism can both be used to develop a critique of realism. In more recent years realism has been subjected to complicated critiques from Critical Theorists, postmodernists, feminists, social constructivists and Green theorists amongst others. Some of the major points of Criticisms against Realism are:

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UPSC MAINS 2015 ESSAY No. 4: Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever devil.

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Education gives awareness and information. It gives knowledge and knowledge is power. It gives skills and enables us to seek good career opportunities, livelihood, and opportunities for earning wealth, name and fame. It gives moral values and emancipates us as a human being.

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UPSC MAINS 2015 ESSAY No. 3: Character of an Institution is Reflected in its Leader.

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Character is the most defining attribute for a leader as well as the institution that he leads. Character is our inherent wisdom and beliefs that guide us in our actions and practices and which make our world view. If we believe in goodness, the whole world appears a beautiful place and a place for mutual coexistence to us and if we believe in the evil, the whole world appears ugly and a place with only cut throat competition. The statement character of an institution is reflected in its leader, applies the other way also, i.e., character of the leader is reflected in the character of an institution.

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UPSC MAINS 2015 ESSAY # 2: Quick but Steady Wins the Race.

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Fast, fast, far too fast.

Life cannot be at such a pace, to last.

…….. …….. ………

Criticized for going too fast

and too slow,

a no win situation,

but for I, the pace of life,

shall choose,

that I do know.

For I see this as fundamental, save.

To live a life in the fast lane

and burn oneself out,

physically and mentally,

will surely lead to an early grave.

                         –Victor Gatenby

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