UPSC CSE MAINS SYLLABUS: GS – 2- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

QUESTION: What are the Indo-US defence deals all about? Discuss its implications on India defence capabilities and relationship with the US.(250 words, 15 marks)

Approach:  Introduce – explain the defence deals – discuss briefly its implications on India – conclude.

Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement:

Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement:

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement:


Some concerns:

However, Chinese belligerence being the clear and present danger, India’s strategic embrace of Washington is the obvious outcome.

Source:” Financial Express”.

SYLLABUS: GENERAL STUDIES-3– Disaster and disaster management.

QUESTION: How has India been handling the locust situation in India? Considering harmfulness of toxic chemicals as solution, suggest alternative ways to fight locusts.(150 words, 10 marks)

Approach: Introduce – locust attack in India – explain the alternative ways available in India – conclude

Locust in India:

How India is handling the situation:

Health risk:

Bio-control methods:

What is needed:

Source: ”Down to Earth”.