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Government Plan Programme Policies for UPSC Exam: Make in India

Government Plan Programme Policies for UPSC Exam

:: Make in India ::

The Government has launched the "Make in India" Programme to promote manufacturing in the country. The "Make in India" initiative is based on four pillars, which have been identified to give boost to entrepreneurship in India,not only in manufacturing but also other sectors. The four pillars are:

  • Make in India' recognizes 'ease of doing business' as the single most important factor to promote entrepreneurship.
  • Government intends to develop industrial corridors and smart cities, create world class infrastructure with state-of-the-art technology and high-speed communication.
  • FDI has been opened up for new sectors like Defence Production, Insurance, Medical Devices, and Construction and Railway infrastructure in a big way.
  • In order to partner with industry in economic development of the country Government shall act as a facilitator and not a regulator.

(Download) Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission Mains Exam Paper - 2009 (English Essa)

(Download) Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission Mains Exam Paper - 2009 (English Essa)

Exam Name ;- JK PSC Mains

Subject : - English Essa

Mega Food Park Scheme: Important Topics for UPSC Exams​

Mega Food Park Scheme: Important Topics for UPSC Exams​

What is the scheme all about?

  • It is a scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MOFPI) of the Government of India and is an inclusive concept.
  • It proposes a demand driven/pre-marketed model with strong backward/forward linkages and sustainable supply chain.
  • Its objective is to establish a "direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets" through a network of collection centres (CCs) and primary processing centres (PPCs) so as to ensure optimization of value addition, minimization of wastage, increasing farmer’s income and creating employment opportunities particularly in rural sector.
  • The scheme is based on a “Cluster” approach and envisages a well-defined agriculture or horticultural-processing zone containing state-of-the art processing facilities with support infrastructure and a well-established supply chain.

Government Plan Programme Policies for UPSC Exam: UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik)

Government Plan Programme Policies for UPSC Exam

:: Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik ::

The scheme UDAN envisages providing connectivity to un-served and under-served airports of the country through revival of existing air-strips and airports. The scheme would be in operation for a period of 10 years.

UDAN has a unique market-based model to develop regional connectivity. Interested airline and helicopter operators can start operations on hitherto un-connected routes by submitting proposals to the Implementing Agency. The operators could seek a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) apart from getting various concessions. All such route proposals would then be offered for competitive bidding through a reverse bidding mechanism and the route would be awarded to the participant quoting the lowest VGF per Seat. The operator submitting the original proposal would have the Right of First Refusal on matching the lowest bid in case his original bid is within 10% of the lowest bid. The successful bidder would then have exclusive rights to operate the route for a period of three years. Such support would be withdrawn after a three year period, as by that time, the route is expected to become self-sustainable.

The selected airline operator would have to provide a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 40 UDAN Seats ( subsidized rates )on the UDAN Flights for operations through fixed wing aircraft and a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 13 Seats on the Flights for operations through helicopters. On each such route, the minimum frequency would be three and maximum of seven departures per week. Route networks would also be encouraged under the scheme to achieve economies of scale and optimal usage of aircraft.

The fare for a one hour journey of appx. 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30 minute journey on a helicopter would now be capped at Rs. 2,500, with proportionate pricing for routes of different stage lengths / flight duration.

(Written Result) UPSC CISF AC (EXE) LDCE - 2017

(Written Result) UPSC CISF AC (EXE) LDCE - 2017

On the basis of the results of the written part of CISF(ACs) Ltd. Departmental Competitive Exam, 2017 held by UPSC on 05.03.2017, the candidates with the under mentioned roll numbers have qualified provisionally for Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will intimate to the candidates about the date, time and venue of the Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests to be conducted by them. In case any candidate, whose roll number figures in this list, does not receive any intimation regarding the same, he/she may contact the CISF Authorities, immediately.

The marks and other details related to examination shall be available on the Commission’s web site within 30 days from the date of publication of the final result i.e. after conduct of interview etc. and would be available on the web site for a period of 60 days.

Candidates are also advised to intimate the change in their address, if any, to the CISF authorities at HQ: - DG, CISF, Block No. 13, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.

(Notification) Recruitment of Range Forest Officer, Class-II (Gazetted) (on Contract basis) at Himachal Pradesh PSC - 2017 "Advertisement No. 4/ 2017 "

(Notification) HPPSC Recruitment of Range Forest Officer, Class-II (Gazetted) (on Contract basis) at Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission -  2017 "Advertisement No. 4/ 2017 "

Online Recruitment Applications (ORA*) are invited from desirous and eligible candidates for recruitment to the posts of Range Forest Officer, Class-II (Gazetted) (on Contract basis) in the Department of Forests, Himachal Pradesh through ORA,

Post Details:

Post Name: Range Forest Officer, Class-II (Gazetted) (on Contract basis)

Total No of Posts: 50

Pay band: Rs. 10300-34800/- + Rs. 4800 (G.P.) (Contractual emoluments: Rs. 15100/- per month)

Essential Qualification:

Candidates must possess Bachelor’s Degree ( or equivalent in Science or Engineering from any recognized University with at least one of the following subjects:

(i) Agriculture
(ii) Botany
(iii) Chemistry
(iv) Computer Application/ Science.
(v) Engineering (Agriculture/ Chemical/ Civil/ Computer/Electrical/ Electronics/ Mechanical)
(vi) Environmental Sciences
(vii) Forestry
(viii) Geology
(ix) Horticulture
(x) Mathematics
(xi) Physics
(xii) Statistics
(xiii) Veterinary Sciences
(xiv) Zoology

Age Limit:

21 to 31 years

The upper age limit for direct recruitment shall be 42 years to the candidates already in service of the Government including those who have been appointed on adhoc or on contract basis.

Physical Standard:

The following minimum height standard may be allowed in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes and races such as Assamese, Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Ladakhis, Mizo, Naga, Sikkimese and those from Arunachal Pradesh, Lahaul & Spiti and Meghalaya:-

  • Male candidate: 152 cm
  • Female candidate: 145 cm

The Gist of Kurukshetra: January - 2017

The Gist of Kurukshetra: January 2017

Strategies for Achieving Self-Sufficiency in Pulses and Oilseeds

India is a proud nation enjoying self-sufficiency in foodgrain production and sustainable food security despite burgeoning population and various climatic stresses. But there is no room for complacency, because country is still facing severe challenges in pulse and oilseeds sectors. Poor productivity and low gross production compel country to resort to frequent imports for meeting the domestic demand of pulses and oilseeds. The widening gap between demand and supply often leads to skyrocketing of prices in domestic market, especially in pulses, which is a cause of major concern for general public and the Government alike. More than two years ago, the new Government took a decisive step and developed strategies for achieving self-sufficiency in pulses and oilseeds. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, while launching DD Kisan Channel on 26th May 2015, urged and motivated farmers to work hard in a mission mode for achieving self-sufficiency in pulses by 2022, when India will be celebrating its platinum jubilee of Independence. Prime Minister expressed his concern over widespread protein malnutrition in the country which can be eradicated by regular and adequate supply of pulses to poor families.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is supporting the endeavours through its R&D programmes, extension mechanism and expert inputs for devising future vision for these important commodities. Government of India is also supporting 'International Year of Pulses - 2016' a call given by United Nations, by organizing various activities and events among stakeholders with the objective to promote farming of pulses across the country. Similarly, an International Conference is being organized this month (12-14 November 2016) on 'Pulses for Nutritional Security and Sustainable Agriculture' in which researchers, policy planners, extension personnel, industrialists, entrepreneurs will deliberate to develop a roadmap for increasing productivity and more importantly profitability of pulses.

Pulses: Production, Demand and Supply

The Gist of Yojana: January 2017

The Gist of Yojana: January 2017

Tax Reforms: Past, Present and Future

Tax reforms are an integral part of the development process of any country. Eve n developed countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, which are often the role models for developing countries such as India, too undertook reforms in the last few years.

Take the United Kingdom. The Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition government undertook reforms between 2010 and 2015. In the reforms initiated in 2013, two million people were virtually removed from paying income tax altogether when the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented the budget. The raft of reforms brought about a rise in the personal allowance, which meant that no one paid any tax until he or she earned more than £9,440. The threshold for the higher rate of tax - above which people pay tax at 40 per cent - dropped from £34,370 to £32,010, excluding the personal allowance.

At the same time the top rate of income tax fell in 2013-14 from 50 per cent to 45 per cent for those whose taxable income exceeded £150,000.

Take a country like the United States. A symbol of free trade and an advanced economy, it is a country that needs tax reforms very badly.

Realising this, two legislators are trying to deliver a broad tax reform. Max Baucus, the Democrat who heads the Senate's tax-writing committee, and D.ave Camp, his Republican counterpart in the House of Representatives, have been at the exercise for the last three years; they have been talking to people and floating ideas. Though any full plan is yet to fructify, their principles are sound: lower tax rates for both corporations and individuals, paid for by limiting or scrapping tax breaks.

(Free E-book) Weekly Current Affairs Update for IAS Exam VOL. - 154 (13th November 2016 TO 19th November 2016)

Weekly Current Affairs Update for IAS Exam

VOL. - 154 (13th November 2016 TO 19th November 2016)

Issue : VOL. - 154 (13th November 2016 TO 19th November 2016)


Covered Topics:

  • Ministry of External affairs
  • Planning Commission of India
  • National
  • International
  • Economy
  • Sports
  • In The News
  • Science and Technology
  • Selected Editorials of Importance

(Notification) UPSC: CISF (AC) Assistant Commandants Examination, 2016

(Notification) UPSC: CISF (AC) Assistant Commandants Examination, 2016

Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.


(I) Nationality : No person who is not a citizen of India shall, except with the consent of the Central Government signified in writing be appointed or employed under these Rules.
Provided that nothing contained in these rules shall debar the appointment, enrolment or employment of a subject of Nepal or Bhutan under these Rules.

(II) Sex : Both Male and Female candidates are eligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Commandants.

(III) Age Limits :
(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on 1st August, 2016, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1991 and not later than 1st August, 1996.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
(iii) upto a maximum of five years for Civilian Central Government Servants in accordance with the existing instructions of the Central Government. Ex-Servicemen will also be eligible for this relaxation. However the total relaxation claimed on account of Government Service will be limited to five years.
(iv) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989


Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Selection Procedure:

The Selection Procedure/Scheme of the Examination will be as follows:

(i) Written Examination: The written examination to be conducted by Union Public Service Commission will be held on 26TH June, 2016 and will comprise two papers. Paper I will be held from 10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and Paper II will be held from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Paper I : General Ability and Intelligence - 250 Marks
The questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answers) Type in which the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.
Paper II : General Studies, Essay and Comprehension - 200 Marks
In this paper candidates will be allowed the option of writing the Essay Component in English or Hindi, but the medium of Precis Writing, Comprehension Components and other communications/ language skills will be English only

(ii) Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests : Candidates who are declared qualified in the written examination will be summoned for Physical Standards/ Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests. Those candidates who meet the prescribed Physical Standards, specified in Appendix-VI, will be put through the Physical Efficiency Tests as indicated below :

Physical Efficiency Tests (PET)

  Males Females
(a) 100 Meters race  In 16 seconds  In 18 seconds
(b) 800 Meters race  In 3 minutes 45 seconds  In 4 minutes 45 seconds
(c) Long Jump  3.5 Meters (3 chances)  3.0 meters (3 chances)
(d) Shot Put (7.26 Kgs.)  4.5 Meters  —


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