UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus: GS-2- Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

In news:

Another round of Rajya Sabha elections has been completed. Polls to some seats were postponed in view of the situation caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak. All the 19 seats for which balloting was held had clear winners.

The election to the Rajya Sabha is quite different and has the following features.

Rajya sabha election:

When are the elections held?

Where an extra candidate enters the fray, voting becomes necessary.


Single Transferable Vote – explained:

For instance, if there are four seats and 180 MLAs voting, the qualifying number will be 180/5= 36 votes or a value of 3,600.

No secret ballot:

Does NOTA, apply:

Does cross-voting attract disqualification?

Can a legislator vote without taking oath as a member of the Assembly?

Source:” The Hindu“.


What do you know about single transferable voting system by means of proportional representation? Why secret ballot is not allowed in Rajya Sabha elections?