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UPSC CSE Key – January 21, 2022: What you need to read today

Exclusive for Subscribers from Monday to Friday: The Indian Express UPSC Key January 21, 2022 will help you prepare for the Civil Services and other competitive examinations with cues on how to read, how to connect the dots and understand content from the most authoritative news source in India.

Written by Priya Kumari Shukla | Hyderabad |
January 21, 2022 8:10:26 pm
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Important topics and their relevance in UPSC CSE exam for January 21, 2022. If you missed the January 20, 2022 UPSC CSE exam key from the Indian Express, read it here

Front Page

SC: Quota not at odds with merit, ensures substantive equality

Syllabus:

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Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.

Main Examination:

• General Studies I: Social Empowerment

• General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

Key Points to Ponder:

• Background of this case: Supreme Court upheld the Constitutional validity of reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the All India Quota for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

• Supreme Court’s observation on ‘Merit’ and on ‘Reservation/Quota’

• Understand the Statement- “Jurisprudence of reservation to recognise substantive equality and not just formal equality”

• What is Substantive Equality?

• Supreme Court of India on CULTURAL CAPITAL-What do you Understand by “Cultural Capital”?

• Understand Article 15, Article 15(1), Article 15(4), Article 15 (5) and Reservation in All India Quota (AIQ) seats (AIQ Schemes)

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 NEET-PG: SC allows admissions with 27% quota for OBCs, 10% for EWS

📍 Explained: Economically Weaker Sections, as defined by government panel

Penalty, not arrest; power to withdraw cases: Bihar plans reforms in liquor law

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

Key Points to Ponder:

• Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016-Key Highlights

• Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016- Why so much of criticism? (Recent Critical remarks came from Chief Justice of India)

• Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 – “lack of foresight”, How and Why?

• Issues and Challenges arising out of Prohibition of liquor

• Right to Privacy (Article 21 of the Constitution) and Article 47 of the Constitution

• Prohibition of liquor in other States or Union Territories

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 CJI: No foresight in drafting law clogs courts, Bihar prohibition is example

📍 Behind Nitish Kumar’s liquor ban zeal, a social problem and political math

The City

Burning for 5 decades, flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti will be put out at India Gate, merged with National War Memorial

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: History of India

Main Examination: General Studies I: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country and Modern Indian history

Key Points to Ponder:

• Amar Jawan Jyoti-Background and Significance

• Why Amar Jawan Jyoti was placed at India Gate?

• India Gate-History and Architectural Style

• What is the National War Memorial and when was it made?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Explained: Significance of Amar Jawan Jyoti and why it was merged with National War Memorial flame

📍 From Kingsway to Rajpath: How independent India made a British imperial city its own

EXPRESS NETWORK

‘Women are the original migrants; they have to migrate to a new family after marriage’

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Geography (Human Geography)

Main Examination:

• General Studies‐I: Poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

• General Studies III: Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What do you understand by the term ‘Migration’ and ‘Reverse Migration’?

• What is the Push and Pull factors for Migration?

• Know the Data’s and Statistics- 2011 Census on Migration (Marriage and Migration)

• Patterns of Migration in India-intra-state, inter-state, rural-rural, rural-urban, urban-rural and urban-urban.

• Migration in India and the impact of the lockdown on migrants especially on Women

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Migration in India and the impact of the lockdown on migrants

📍 The impact of COVID-19 on migrant women workers in India

THE EDITORIAL PAGE

The Missing Federal Spirit

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: General Studies II: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Key Points to Ponder:

• What is the Significance of January 26, 1950?

• What do you Know about these terms-Justice, Equality, Liberty, Fraternity, Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, and Democratic Republic?

• Know about Preamble to the Indian Constitution

• What is 7th Schedule of the Constitution? What do you Understand by the term ‘Separation of Powers’?

• Centre-State Relations-Legislative relations, Administrative relations and Financial relations

• Issues and Challenges in the Centre-State Relations? (Present Context)

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 The Preamble: What does it say, and what does it mean to India and its Constitution?

📍 Explained: Why India celebrates January 26 as Republic Day

THE IDEAS PAGE

At stake in Ukraine

Syllabus:

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

Key Points to Ponder:

• What Is Russia’s Demand? Why is Putin threatening war with Ukraine? Why Russia is Building up its military
presence along the Ukraine border?

• Why is the U.S.A so alarmed? USA-Russia and Ukraine Crisis?

• Ukraine’s Strategic Position-Locate on Map

• Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)-About, Member Countries, Mandate and Headquarters

• 2014 Crimean crisis

• Strategic Location of Crimea-why it matters to Russia?

• Ukraine, NATO, USA and Russia- where is this Heading?

• Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty (Collective Security)

• India’s stand in Current Ukraine Crisis

• India, Ukraine and Russia

• How India can help US and Russia to maintain ‘Peace’ in this Conflict?

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

📍 Ukraine crisis: Risks remain as Russia and West talk

📍 On the Brink

EXPLAINED

IAS officers & central posting

Syllabus:

Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance

Main Examination: General Studies II: Role of civil services in a democracy and Important aspects of governance

Key Points to Ponder:

• IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954-Proposed Changes by Union Government

• Know About All India Service and All India Service Act 1951

• Amendments to the IAS (Cadre) Rules 1954-Key Proposals

• What is current rule on deputation?

• Why Some States like West Bengal is Objecting?

• Centre-State Relations and All India Services

• Know the Basics-Federalism, Cooperative Federalism and Competitive federalism

Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:

📍 Centre vs States: How IAS officers are put on central deputation

The concern over 5G and flight safety

Syllabus:

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:

• Why had AI suspended its US flights?

• C-Band Spectrum-know the Basics

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

• What is Altimeter? How do flight radar altimeters help in safe flight operations?

• What is the situation in India?

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?

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