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WSDP Bulletin (16-12-2021)

(Newspapers, PIB and other important sources)

Prelim and Main

  1. Implementation of PESA Act READ MORE
  2. Union Cabinet approves ₹76,000-crore push for semiconductor makers READ MORE
  3. What is the Sixth Schedule, and can Ladakh be included under it? READ MORE
  4. Moving African rhinos: What it takes to translocate an endangered species READ MORE
  5. RBI introduces tough PCA framework for large NBFCs, effective October 2022 READ MORE
  6. India Loses WTO Dispute Over Sugar-Export Subsidies READ MORE
  7. Not all black holes are black – and we have found thousands of the brightest ones READ MORE

Main Exam    

GS Paper- 1

  1. Raising the legal age of marriage for women: the law, the reasons and the criticism READ MORE
  2. The foundations of a robust society READ MORE

GS Paper- 2


  1. A false conflation between duties and rights READ MORE
  2. The Speaker who stifled debate: The Speaker has ample power to quell disorderly behaviour, but thereafter, the House is the master READ MORE
  3. To Solve Violence Against Women, We Need More Than Just Criminal Law Reforms READ MORE


  1. Poor and unequal: Economic disparity in India a stumbling block in pursuing high growth READ MORE


  1. India’s Afghan policy, a tricky affair READ MORE

GS Paper- 3


  1. Protecting gig workers: Social security law must balance equity with profitability READ MORE
  2. More clarity on shadow banking: New regulations for stressed NBFCs harmonise with those for banks READ MORE


  1. Vehicular pollution: The road to redemption is in shared mobility, cleaner fuels READ MORE   
  2.  How Uttarakhand Leaders Hurt the Fragile Ecology of their State READ MORE  
  3.  The loss of Indian glaciers is pushing Himachal Pradesh towards water insecurity READ MORE

GS Paper- 4


  1. The Categorical Imperative: Understanding a key tenet of the Kantian philosophy READ MORE
  2. Human rights: The changing dimensions READ MORE
  3. The Depths of Our Humanity READ MORE
  4. Finding idealism in humanities education in India READ MORE

Questions for the MAIN exam

  1. Explain the concept of the Categorical Imperative as proposed by Immanuel Kant.
  2. ‘Human rights constitute the matrix of all fundamental rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution of India’. Examine.


  • A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little.
  • The moral duties that issue from a categorical imperative are distinct from conduct that persons normally pursue to satisfy their human desires and inclinations.
  • Human rights, like divinity, are a fundamental truth that dwells universally.
  • Human rights constitute the matrix of all fundamental rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution of India. These rights are basic rights that are integral to human life.
  • Dignity for all humans is the goal of human rights.
  • In order to tide over the numerous challenges to human rights realization, it is imperative for the State to design its programs and formulate its policies to educate and provide health services to all while providing opportunities for skill enhancement, employment and self-development.
  • We must inspire our students to look beyond the physical classroom to the lessons all around, including the lessons ‘within’.
  • With the Taliban not changing their stripes, India is working closely with Afghanistan’s western neighbours in devising policy.
  • Unless India’s public expenditure on health, education and skill development increases drastically, along with efficient use of the money, the quality of the workforce will not improve, and without that GDP growth cannot be expected to take off in the manner in which it has done in China.
  • To create a meaningful and worthwhile society the ‘pre-ten’ age of learning needs to be a part of competent parenting.
  • Responses to violence against women set in the domain of criminal law often prove inadequate or introduce new problems. We must step away from criminal law and towards gender sensitisation and sexuality education to tackle the problem at its roots.


  • It is only that rights and duties go together. But the government’s position proposes something rather more ominous. It puts forward an idea that our rights ought to be made conditional on the performance of a set of extraneous obligations. This suggestion is plainly in the teeth of the Constitution’s text, language, and history.

Things to Remember:

  • For prelims-related news try to understand the context of the news and relate with its concepts so that it will be easier for you to answer (or eliminate) from given options.
  • Whenever any international place will be in news, you should do map work (marking those areas in maps and also exploring other geographical locations nearby including mountains, rivers, etc. same applies to the national places.)
  • For economy-related news (banking, agriculture, etc.) you should focus on terms and how these are related to various economic aspects, for example, if inflation has been mentioned, try to relate with prevailing price rises, shortage of essential supplies, banking rates, etc.
  • For main exam-related topics, you should focus on the various dimensions of the given topic, the most important topics which occur frequently and are important from the main point of view will be covered in ED.
  • Try to use the given content in your answer. Regular use of this content will bring more enrichment to your writing.
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