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(Download) UPSC SOs/Steno's (Gr.B/Gr.I) Examination Paper - 2014 "Paper II (Categories II & V)"

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(Download) UPSC SOs/Steno's (Gr.B/Gr.I) Examination Paper - 2014 "Paper II (Categories I, IV .VIII & IX)"

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(Download) UPSC SOs/Steno's (Gr.B/Gr.I) Examination Paper - 2014 "Paper - I"

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(Download) UPSC SOs/Steno's (Gr.B/Gr.I) Examination Paper - 2014 "Noting and Drafting, Precis Writing"

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(Free E-Book) Current Affairs 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "Science & Technology"


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:: Science & Technology ::

  • First telecommunication Satellite of Bolivia launched
  • First human artificial heart implanted
  • Malaria vaccine developed by Oxford Scientists
  • 10 Science Breakthroughs of 2013
  • Phosphorus found in supernova Cassiopeia A
  • Gaia satellite launched by Europe
  • Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully placed
  • Novel evolution of Mexican tetra fish
  • Malarial drug resistance marker identified
  • Australia opened world’s first standing classroom
  • Oldest known human DNA decoded
  • Potential malaria vaccine discovered
  • Unique cancer called histiocytosis
  • First indigenous Thalassaemia testing kit
  • Indian Scientists developed Insulin Pill for diabetics
  • First Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre of Mangalyaan performed
  • Mars rover got Software Upgrade
  • Why are we advised not to breathe through our mouth?
  • China’s first lunar rover landed on Moon
  • Sperm-based ‘biobots’ created in Germany
  • KINECT Developed by Microsoft
  • In Mars Findings Mangalyaan & Maven will Complement Each Other
  • IICT Received Samples from OPCW
  • Biosimilar Trastuzumab got Approval of DCGI
  • New View of Saturn and Earth provided by Cassini Spacecraft
  • Orbit Raising Manoeuvre Performed by ISRO
  • Germany Tested World’s First Green Helicopter
  • Survival of small farms crucial for food security
  • ATV-4 accomplished its Mission
  • Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs)
  • Study says that Oceans acidifying at Unprecedented Rate
  • ISRO’s Mars orbiter sent first pictures of earth
  • RH 200 launch spotlights TERLS’ humble beginning
  • Gold in the Eucalyptus Trees Discovered
  • World’s First Bionic Man
  • Farthest-yet galaxy & others
  • Seven Planet System Discovered
  • New Blood Test to Detect Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Chemists show life on Earth was not a fluke
  • Brain Makes Use of Sleep to Drain Waste Toxins
  • Management of canker infestation in citrus
  • Chinese Scientists Developed Vaccine for H7N9 Bird Flu Virus
  • Jelly-making protein could help make cheap fuel cells
  • RV Samudra Ratnakar dedicated to the Nation
  • First Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Synchronised with Southern Power Grid
  • Internet through Lightbulbs

(Free E-Book) Current Affairs 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "Science & Technology MCQs"


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:: Science & Technology MCQs ::

1. Consider the following statements

1. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere touched 400 Parts Per Million (ppm)
2. Eight billion tonnes of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere equals 1 ppm

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. only 2
c. Neither 1 nor 2
d. only 1

2. Consider the following statements

1. Pokkali farming is a system in which Paddy & Shrimp are grown alternately in the same field
2. Black rot of Pineapple is a post harvest disease

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. Only 1
c. Only 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

3. Gale Crater is situated on planet

a. Jupiter
b. Mars
c. Saturn
d. Earth

4. World Environment day celebrated every year on

a. 11 July
b. 08 September
c. 05 June
d. 17 May

The Gist of Press Information Bureau (PIB): January 2015


The Gist of Press Information Bureau: January 2015


There is Urgent Need for Technological Up-Gradation in Handloom and Power Loom Sector

The Prime Minister Shri Modi said that artisans, weavers and craftsmen need to be provided training in a scientific manner at their working place itself. He said that new generation should be provided financial incentives to join and continue with this profession. The Prime Minister Shri Modi was addressing a large gathering in Varanasi today which included large number of weavers, craftsmen and artisans among others. Earlier, the Prime Minister Shri Modi laid the foundation of a Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) and a Crafts Museum as well as inaugurated a Power loom Service Centre at CPWD Complex, Bada Lalpur in Varanasi today. He also visited the Exhibition organized on this occasion and saw live demonstration by artisans, weavers and craftsmen and a model of proposed T FC and Crafts Museum displayed there. A film showing highlights of the textile sector as well as the proposed Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) and a Crafts Museum was also shown on this occasion.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that textile sector is the second largest employer in the country after agriculture sector. He said that weavers, craftsmen and artisans not only weave the variety of threads in a specific design but also helps in unifying the different sections of society as this sector employs people from all sections cutting across the boundaries of caste, creed and religion. The Prime Minister Shri Modi said that every profession has to keep pace with time and adept itself with changing requirements. Same is true with handloom and power loom sector as well, he added. They also need to change and develop according to the demands of the day. The Prime Minister Shri Modi said that this sector therefore has to focus to upgrade its technology, marketing tactics, create new designs and products at large in order to meet the requirements of consumers and buyers. Shri Modi said that in today’s era, e-commerce and e-business is up-coming in a big way and this sector has to make its best use to take its products to people at large. He said that there is already a big market for Banarasi handloom and handicrafts products but there is a challenge to make them reach at every household in every nook and corner of the country and the world at large. The Prime Minister said that indeed, there is need to provide finance to this sector. He said that the focus of his Government is on the development and growth of Eastern part of the country at par with Western part in order to achieve the goal of holistic growth. In this regard, he mentioned about the recent decision of the Central Government to allocate Rs. 2,375 crore as revival package for district cooperative banks. 16 of these banks are in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. This would ensure easy availability of credit to the lower and middle class, and help revive the handloom and powerloom sector, he added.

U.S. China Climate Deal: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - January - 2015


U.S. China Climate Deal


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a treaty for climate change it was agreed at the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The objective of the treaty is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. Parties of UNFCCC regularly meet after 1995 and finally a iternationally binding treaty known as “Kyoto protocol” was agreed in 1997. Recognizing that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of Green House Gases(GHG) emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity, the Kyoto Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.” Kyoto protocol came into force in 2005 and it sets a target for 37 developed nations, referred as Annex I cuntries, to reduce GHG emmissions by five percent from 1990 levels. Final year to complete this target was 2012 and negotiations are still ongoing on what should be the mechanism to take post kyoto. The targets apply to the four greenhouse gases namely-

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2),
  • Methane (CH4),
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O),
  • Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and two groups of gases,
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and
  • Perfluorocarbons (PFCs).

Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - January - 2015


Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana


All the governments, from the time of independence, have worked for the development of rural areas. Rural development implies both the economic betterment of people as well as greater social transformation. Increased participation of people in the rural development programs, decentralization of planning, better enforcement of land reforms and greater access to credit are envisaged for providing the rural people with better prospects. Immediately after the independence agriculture, education, health etc. were the main focus areas for government. But it was rightly realized that development efforts in rural areas are sustainable only if local community and population is involved in the development programs. So community development program was launched in order to develop the community as a whole. In order to ensure that the fruits of economic reform are shared by all sections of societies, efforts and schemes are progressively modified with time like Department of rural development was elevated to the status of ministry in 1974. Keeping in view the needs and aspirations of the local people, Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) have been given the constitutional status by 73rd constitutional amendment. PRIs are now involved at every step from programme formulation till implementation, which helps in fulfilling the aspirations of the local population.

In keeping with the tradition of giving importance towards the village development Pradhan mantri has launched a new scheme known as “Saansad Adarsh gram yojana”. Under this scheme each Member of Parliament will take the responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in three villages by 2019. The goal is to develop three Adarsh Grams or model villages by March 2019, of which one would be achieved by 2016. Thereafter, five such Adarsh Grams (one per year) will be selected and developed by 2024. The Project was launched on the occasion of birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan who was pioneer in working towards rural development. Some important features of the scheme are-

(Download) UPSC Mains 2014 Literature Subjects Exam Papers (English Paper - I + Paper - II)

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(Download) UPSC Mains 2014 Literature Subjects Exam Papers (Bengali Paper - I + Paper - II)

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(Download) UPSC Mains 2014 Literature Subjects Exam Papers (Assamese Paper - I + Paper - II)

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(Free E-Book) Concise India 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "National Symbols with MCQs"

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:: National Symbols with MCQs ::

  • National Flag
  • National Animal
  • State Emblem
  • National Bird
  • National Anthem
  • National Flower
  • National Song
  • National Tree
  • National Calendar
  • National Fruit
  • MCQs for Final Practice

(Free E-Book) Current Affairs 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "Economy MCQs"


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:: Economy MCQs ::

1. Consider the following statements:

1. Central Government deregulated Petrol prices in June 2010.
2. Diesel has the highest weightage in Inflation Base Index.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. only 1
c. only 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

2. Consider the following statements:

1. Air Asia is an Malaysian based Airline company.
2. Etihad is an Indonesian based Airline company.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. only 2
b. only 1
c. Both 1 & 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

3. Consider the following statements about SEBI:

1. SEBI chairman appointed by the RBI Governor.
2. SEBI is the part of Asia Pacific Region Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commission.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. only 1
c. only 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

4 Inventory and capacity utilisation survey published by

(a) finance Ministry
(b) SEBI
(c) RBI
(d) NSSO

5. Consider the following statements:

1. Shell is an Dutch giant.
2. Government of India introduced Goods & Services Tax in 2010.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. only 2
c. Neither 1 nor 2
d. only 1

(Free E-Book) Current Affairs 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "Economy"


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:: Economy ::

  • RBI in Mid-Quarter Monetary Policy Review
  • PPPAC appraised five Port Projects
  • PSB’s to Act as Insurance Brokers
  • Financial sector regulators asked to implement FSLRC proposals
  • India’s trade deficit with China surges to 29.5 billion dollar
  • Cabinet approved FTA with ASEAN
  • Business Confidence Index
  • Currency swap agreement between RBI and Bank of Japan
  • Fiscal deficit to touch 5.2%
  • CIL allowed to pump gas from CBM mines
  • Coal Bed Methane Policy in India
  • Inflation Indexed Saving Bonds
  • The Ragarajan Panel Recommendation for Highway sector
  • Sugar Industry got 6600 crore rupees free loan
  • FDI Policy for unlisted Companies modified
  • Justice Sodhi Committee submitted report
  • Merger and Acquisition Guidelines for Telecom Sector approved
  • 8TH Financial Stability Report
  • RIL allowed to sell gas at higher price with bank guarantee
  • Mauritius-India agreement on revised Tax Treaty
  • Direct transfer of Cash subsidy soon on kerosene
  • What is External Commercial Borrowing?
  • Union Cabinet approved Reserve price for Spectrum Auction
  • Deposit Requirements for members of the Debt Segment
  • CCEA noded to provide aid to sugar industry
  • Norms relaxed for participation of NBFCs in Insurance JVs
  • RMS for Trade Facilitation in Export Sector Introduced
  • Medium Manufacturing Enterprises to be included under Priority Sector
  • NIC got approval of 75 % Innovation Fund Corpus
  • Provision for Higher Sugar Export announced
  • Third-party payment for Export and Import Transactions allowed
  • Banks to Charge customers on actual usage of SMS alerts
  • Sale of 5 kg LPG cylinders extended to petrol pumps
  • Refinance window for the MSME extended to 5000 crore
  • Women SHGs to get Banks loans at 7 percent
  • Foreign banks subsidiaries permitted to acquire domestic PSBs
  • Definition of Infrastructure lending Sub Category widened
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank launched
  • Continuation of Agriculture Export Plan of APEDA approved
  • IPDS for Textiles Industry
  • Broadband Subscriber increased to 15.24 Million
  • Telecom Subscribers increased to 904.46 Million
  • India & Japan Signed MoU to study Mumbai-Ahmedabad Rail Route
  • Pact for Uttar Pradesh Water Sector Restructuring Project
  • Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Decisions
  • Integrated Textile Parks Scheme in 12th FYP
  • Trade Deficit Estimated at 80126.24 Million US Dollars
  • Jet-Etihad deal Approved by SEBI (Securities Exchange Board of India)

(Free E-Book) Concise India 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "Land & The People with MCQs"

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:: Land and the People with MCQs ::

  • Intoduction
  • Fauna
  • Physical Features
  • Demographic Background
  • Census
  • Quick Facts
  • River System
  • Flora
  • Floristic Regions 8 MCQs for Final Practice

(Free E-Book) Current Affairs 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "India & The World MCQs"


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:: India & The World MCQs::

1. Consider the following statements

(1) Kyat is the currency of myanmar
(2) NAY PYI TAW is the capital of myanmar

(a) both 1 & 2
(b) only 1
(c) only 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

2. Daulat Beg Oldi, which makes border between India & China is situated in:

a. Leh
b. Ladakh
c. Siachin
d. None of these

3. Consider the following statements about Amnesty International :

1. Its General Secretariat is situated in Paris.
2. Sallil Shetty is the secretary general of Amnesty International.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. only 1
c. only 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

4. Consider the following statements:

1. Human Rights Watch is a New York based orgaisation.
2. Rohingya is a minority Muslim community based in Myanmar.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. Both 1 & 2
b. only 1
c. only 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

(Free E-Book) Current Affairs 2014 for IAS, PCS, SSC, IBPS, & All Other Exams "India & The World"


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:: India & The World ::

  • India & USA
  • India & Sri Lanka
  • India & Pakistan
  • India & UAE
  • India & Nepal
  • India & South Sudan
  • India & the Arab League
  • India & Venezuela
  • India and Russia
  • India and Australia
  • India and Malaysia
  • India & Belgium
  • India & Bangladesh
  • India & Republic of Korea
  • India and Japan
  • India and Vietnam
  • India & Ukraine
  • India & Philippines
  • India & Slovenia
  • India and Kuwait

The Gist of Kurukshetra: January 2015


The Gist of Kurukshetra: January 2015


Jan Dhan Yojana – National Mission of Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion or inclusive financing is the delivery of financial services at affordable costs to sections of disadvantaged and low income segments of society. An estimated 2.5 billion working age adults globally have no access to the types of financial services delivered by regulated financial institutions. It is argued that as banking services are in the nature of public good; the availability of banking and payment services to the entire population without discrimination is the prime objective of financial inclusion public policy.

Indian economy is the second fastest growing economy in the world. Majority of the population in India resides in rural areas. Thus development of rural India is a key step towards economic development for a country like ours.

Even after 60 years of independence a large section of Indian population still remains unbanked. This malaise has led to generation of financial instability and pauperism among the lower income groups who do not have access to financial products and services. The issue of financial inclusion is emerging as the new paradigm of economic growth. Financial inclusion plays a major role in driving away poverty from the country. The main focus of financial inclusion in India is to promote sustainable development and generate employment in rural areas. In India 40% of people, lack access to even basic financial services like savings, credit and insurance facilities.

Why Financial Inclusion?

The policy makers have been focusing on financial inclusion of Indian rural and semi-rural areas primarily for three reasons:

  1. Providing formal credit avenues: So far the unbanked population has been vulnerably dependent on informal channels of credit like family, friends and moneylenders. Availability of adequate and transparent credit from formal banking channels shall allow the entrepreneurial spirit of the masses to increase outputs and prosperity in the countryside.

  2. Plug gaps and leaks in public subsidies and welfare programmes

A considerable sum of money that is meant for the poorest of the poor does not actually reach them while the money meanders through large system of government bureaucracy, much of it is widely believed to leak and is unable to reach the intended parties. This laudable effort is expected to reduce government’s subsidy bill and provide relief only to the real beneficiaries. All these efforts require an efficient and affordable banking system that can reach out to all. Therefore, there has been a push for financial inclusion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana or the Prime Minister ‘Scheme for People’s Wealth’ - an ambitious scheme for comprehensive financial inclusion on his first Independence Day speech on August, 15, 2014. With the slogan “Mera Khata - Bhagya Vidhata”, the scheme is a financial inclusion scheme covering all households in the country with banking facilities, ensuring a bank account for each household. The scheme was formally launched on August 28, 2014 with a target to provide universal access to banking facilities starting with Basic Banking Account with overdraft facility of Rs. 5000, after six months and RuPay Debit Card with inbuilt accident insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh and RuPay Kisan card.

Women Problems in India: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - January - 2015


Women Problems in India


There are only two types of women — goddesses and doormats says the famous artist Pablo Picasso. India is a land which worships women as goddesses yet burn them for dowry and kill girls in the womb. Multiple problems haunt them since the day they are born. The position of women has improved multifold compared to the position centuries ago. The practices like child marriage, sati, devadasi system, purdah system have almost disappeared. This could be attributed to the changes brought about by science and technology, education, social and political movements, modernization etc. Constitution of India grants equal status and where necessary provides extra safeguards from exploitation and injustice to women. It does not make any discrimination on the ground of sex. Though the position of women has improved considerably that what it used to be pre-independence era now they are beset with new stresses and strains. Some major problems are analyzed below.

Gender Discrimination

Female foeticide: Like many societies around the world India is also a patriarchal in nature. There is an obsession for a male child who is considered key to continue the family lineage. With the legalization of abortion in India lead to selective abortion killing female fetus has become an everyday reality. This lead to the skewed growth of population. The child sex ratio has dropped from 945 females per 1000 males in 1992 to 927 females per 1000 males in2001. According to 2011 census the ratio has slightly improved to 933 females per 1000 males but this can’t be attributed as a major improvement over a decade period. This skewed population growth has long term impact on the society like female trafficking, kidnapping and increase in assault and rape against women.

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