GS-1, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Beyond Gender Binaries

Context: A judgment made by the Madras High Court and an order issued by the government of Tamil Nadu aims to protect the freedom of intersex infants and children to choose their gender identity. The Court Verdict: A trans-woman and her husband had approached the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court with a plea to instruct authorities to register their marriage. In April,… Continue reading Beyond Gender Binaries

GS-1, Uncategorized

Hunter Commission Report of 1882 vs Hunter Commission of 1920

Hunter Commission Report of 1882 The Hunter Commission of 1882 was appointed by the then Governor-General of India on 3 February 1882. Presided by Sir William Hunter, an Indian Civil Service officer and a member of the Executive Council of the Viceroy. The following were the main objectives: Consider different aspects of education in India,… Continue reading Hunter Commission Report of 1882 vs Hunter Commission of 1920

Art & culture, GS-1, Uncategorized

Budhha’s various Mudras

In Indian sculptural art, images are the symbolic representations of divinity whose origin and end is expressed through the religious and spiritual beliefs. 1. Dharmachakra Mudra It is also called as the gesture of 'Teaching of the Wheel of Dharma' that describes one of the most important moments in the Buddha's life as he performed the Dharmachakra mudra in his… Continue reading Budhha’s various Mudras

Geography, GS-1, Uncategorized

Difference Between a Comet, Asteroid and Meteor?

Asteroids are generally larger chunks of rock that come from the asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Sometimes their orbits get perturbed or altered and some asteroids end up coming closer to the Sun, and therefore closer to Earth. Comets are much like asteroids, but might have a more ice, methane, ammonia, and… Continue reading Difference Between a Comet, Asteroid and Meteor?

GS-1, Uncategorized

Socio-religious reform movements of 19th century Part 1

Raja Ram Mohan Roy: Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1772 – 1833) Facts Born in Radhanagar, Hooghly District, Bengal Presidency in May 1772 into a Bengali Hindu family. He is known as the ‘Father of Modern India’ or ‘Father of the Bengal Renaissance’. He was a religious and social reformer. Widely known for his role in… Continue reading Socio-religious reform movements of 19th century Part 1

GS-1

Anglo-Mysore Wars

Q. Which one of the following pairs is incorrectly matched. [OPSC2011]  (a) First Anglo Mysore war--Defeat of Madras Government by Hyder Ali. (b) Second Anglo Mysore war--Treaty of Mangalore. (c) Third Anglo Mysore War--Defeat of Tipu Sultan. (d) Fourth Anglo Mysore war--Susidairy Allaince Treaty imposed on Mysore Answer:- (a) Explanation:- During First Anglo Mysore war (1766-69) Hyder… Continue reading Anglo-Mysore Wars

GS-1, Prelims Paper analysis, Uncategorized

UPSC Prelims Modern Indian History Analysis

Modern Indian History has a very vast syllabus and now a days not more than 7 – 8  <average 7 questions in last 5 years> questions are asked from that portion. Weightage given since 2009 2017 – 7 2016 – 6 2015 – 8 2014 – 5 2013 – 6 2012 – 8 2011 – 9… Continue reading UPSC Prelims Modern Indian History Analysis

Geography, GS-1, Uncategorized

Explained: Koppen Method of Climate Classification

The three methods of classification of climate by Koppen, Trewartha and Thornthwaite are very frequently asked in the UPSC Geography Optional Paper 1. I had made notes for such high frequency topics. This topic should be studied comparatively to remember the three methods. I will list out Koppen’s method of classification and compare Trewartha and… Continue reading Explained: Koppen Method of Climate Classification

Geography, GS-1, Uncategorized

Oceanic Deposits Calssification

The classification of oceanic deposits can be done on the basis of Source, Sediments and Location A. Source based Classification of Oceanic Deposits Terrigenous/Lithogenous (material eroded from land) Hydrogenous (e.g. Carbonite) Biogenous (Siliceous, Calcareous) Cosmogenous (e.g. meteorite) Vulcanous Inorganic precipitate (from Air) B. Sediment based Classification of Oceanic Deposits Pelagic (open sea, not close to the shore) Littoral… Continue reading Oceanic Deposits Calssification