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Written by Priya Kumari Shukla | Hyderabad |
Updated: January 20, 2022 8:00:40 pm
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Preliminary Examination: General Science and Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies III: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What are Electromagnetic Spectrum and Radio Spectrum? Any correlations between these two terms?

• Radio Waves and Radio Bands

• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Radio Bands and their Names

• International Telecommunication Union (ITU)-About, Role and Member Countries

• Department of Telecommunications and Digital Communications Commission- About, Vision, Mission, Functions

• C-Band and 5G communications-what are the apprehensions and challenges associated with 5G Communication

• C-Band Spectrum-know the Basics

• Telecom Regulatory Authority of India -Role and Mandate

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:


📍 Explained: What is 5G in telecom, and how will this tech work in India?

📍 Explained: Do 5G telecoms pose a threat to airline safety?

📍 Explained: What is 5G, and how prepared is India to adapt to this tech?

Centre to rank states on faster green nods, fewer details sought


Preliminary Examination: General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change

Main Examination: General Studies III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What do you understand by the term ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’ (EIA) ?

• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Protection Act, 1986-How they are related with each other?

• Why Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is Important?

• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and India

• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Rules Amendment, 2006

• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020

• Environmental Impact Assessment-Achievements, Issues and Challenges

• Supreme court of India on Environment Impact Assessment (ex-post facto environmental clearance)

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Draft EIA notification 2020: Is it contra legem to international conventions, judicial verdicts

📍 Explained: Reading the draft Environment Impact Assessment norms, and finding the red flags


Boundary dispute: Assam, Meghalaya CMs to meet Shah


Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance and Indian Geography

Main Examination: General Studies II: Inter-States disputes and Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Assam and Meghalaya border Dispute- Historical Background and What is the present status?

• Map Work-Langpih, Kamrup and Garo Hills

• Assam Reorganisation Act, 1971 and Meghalaya State Day (on 21st January 1972 Meghalaya was declared as a State)

• Inter state border disputes in India

• Article 263 of the Constitution of India and Interstate Border Disputes

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: Assam-Mizoram border dispute, and its roots in two notifications dating to 1875 and 1933

📍 Assam-Mizoram border dispute: Fault line from history flares up in the present


Young and jobless


Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development

Main Examination: General Studies III: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it

Key Points to Ponder:

• Know the Basics-Demography, Demographic characteristics, Demographic potential, Demographic Transition,
Demographic Dividend and India’s Demographic Dividend

• What do you understand by the term “green jobs” given in the article?

• India’s unemployment rate in Urban and Rural Areas-Present Status

• Why unemployment is more in the urban areas as compared to the rural areas?

• What is Labour Force Participation (LPR)?

• What Is the Unemployment Rate? How it is Calculated by CMIE?

• Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE)-Role and Under which Ministry/Organisation?

• Reasons for rise in Unemployment Rate

• Types of Unemployment in India

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explain Speaking: High unemployment, a common factor in poll-bound states

📍 Explained: India’s falling jobless rate and risks to employment

📍 Demographics


The debate over marital rape


Main Examination: General Studies I: Salient features of Indian Society, Social empowerment, Role of women and women’s organization

Key Points to Ponder:

• Delhi High Court and Constitutional validity of the ‘marital rape immunity’-Background of the Case

• What is Marital rape immunity?

• Criminalisation And Non-Criminalisation Of Marital Rape-For and Against

• IPC Section 375 of Indian Penal Code and Exception 2 to Section 375 of Indian Penal Code

• Status of Marital Rape in India-Latest Data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)

• “Doctrine of Coverture”, Article 14 and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and Exception 2 to Section 375 of
Indian Penal Code

• Justice Verma Committee Report and Pam Rajput committee’s report ‘Status of Women in India’ on Marital Rape

• United Nations Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Violence against Women in India

• Government of India’s Stand on Marital Rape?

• Criminalisation of Marital Rape-Does the law exists in other Countries?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Marital rape-a non-criminalized crime in India

📍 High-level panel slams legislature for failing to criminalise marital rape

📍 The impunity of marital rape

Houthis and the war in Yemen, in which Indian lives have now been lost


Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies II: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

Key Points to Ponder:

• Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

• Why is there a war in Yemen?

• Houthis and involvement of Saudi Arabia

• How did the UAE get involved?

• Map Work-Middle Eastern Countries

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: Who are the Houthis and why did they attack UAE?


Microsoft throws hat in metaverse ring


Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination: General Studies III:Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What Is the Metaverse and Where Did the Concept Come From?

Facebook and Metaverse

• Video games as an entry for companies into metaverse?

• Why is Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard a major push for metaverse?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: Why Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard gives it a firmer footing in metaverse space

📍 Year when hybrid workforce can expect 5G and wait for metaverse

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