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UPSC Essentials | Mains answer practice — GS 2

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Are you preparing for the UPSC CSE 2024? Here are this week’s questions from GS paper 2, along with key points to consider for your answers. Make sure to address the points provided below each question in the comment box. Give them a try!

UPSC Essentials is introducing an initiative for practicing Mains answer writing, focusing on essential topics from both the static and dynamic parts of the UPSC Civil Services syllabus covered in various GS papers. This practice is designed to enhance your preparation for the UPSC CSE Mains exam. Attempt today’s answer writing on GS-2 topics to gauge your progress.

Question 1:
The ferry service between India and Sri Lanka has resumed after a 40-year hiatus. Discuss the potential and challenges.

General structure of the answers:

– Briefly mention the historical relationship between India and Sri Lanka, emphasizing cultural, religious, and linguistic ties.
– Highlight the recent reopening of the ferry service between Nagapattinam and Kankesanthurai.

– Discuss the potential benefits of the ferry service, such as strengthening bilateral ties, boosting tourism, and facilitating trade.
– Mention the significance of religious tourism and the expected impact on local traders.
– Provide details about the earlier route and previous attempts to revive the ferry service.
– Analyze the impact of the new service on transportation, tourism, commerce, and infrastructure development.
– Identify challenges, such as the frequency of service and ticket pricing issues.
– Discuss government initiatives and partnerships to address these challenges.

– Emphasize the importance of the India-Sri Lanka relationship and the potential benefits of the ferry service for both countries.
– Highlight the need for continued efforts to overcome challenges and ensure the success of the service.

Question 2:
How did the post of deputy Chief Minister emerge, and what powers does it carry? Discuss.

General structure of the answers:

– Define the role of the Council of Ministers as per the Constitution.
– Mention the absence of specific provisions for the post of Deputy Chief Minister in the Constitution.

– Provide a brief history of the emergence of the post of Deputy Chief Minister in various states, citing examples from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
– Explain the role and powers of a Deputy Chief Minister, including portfolio allocation and financial authority.
– Discuss the factors influencing the appointment of a Deputy Chief Minister, such as coalition governments and party dynamics.
– Highlight the importance of the portfolio assigned to the Deputy Chief Minister in determining their influence and responsibilities.

– Summarize the evolution of the post of Deputy Chief Minister in Indian politics.
– Emphasize the significance of this role in coalition governments and its impact on state governance.
– Encourage further research and analysis to understand the dynamics of deputy chief ministership in different states.

– Reflect on the completeness and coherence of your answers.
– Consider the depth of analysis, use of relevant examples, and clarity of expression.
– Identify areas for improvement in terms of content, structure, and presentation.

UPSC Essentials | Mains answer practice — GS 2

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