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UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2023: Solved Paper GS-01

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Sunday conducted the Civil Services Prelims exam 2023. The exam was conducted in two sessions — forenoon from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and afternoon from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. If we talk about difficulty level, Overall GS Paper 1 was difficult than last year’s paper. So we can expect this year’s cut off to go down a little. As published by UPSC, last year’s cut off was 88.22 for UR. This year ...
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Applications of AI in Defense: Revolutionizing Modern Warfare

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize modern warfare, making defense operations faster, more efficient, and more effective. In this article, we will explore the various applications of AI in defense, from autonomous drones to predictive maintenance, and discuss the ways in which these technologies are shaping the future of defense. Autonomous Systems AI-powered autonomous systems are one of the most promising applications of AI in defense. These systems can operate without human intervention, performing tasks such as reconnaissance, ...
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अरावली ग्रीन वॉल प्रोजेक्ट

केंद्रीय पर्यावरण, वन और जलवायु परिवर्तन मंत्री ने अरावली को पुनर्जीवित करने के लिए एक प्रमुख हरित पहल, अरावली हरित दीवार परियोजना का शुभारंभ किया। अरावली ग्रीन वॉल प्रोजेक्ट 4 राज्यों में अरावली हिल रेंज के आसपास के क्षेत्र को हरा-भरा करने के लिए एक प्रमुख पहल है। इस परियोजना में अरावली पर्वत श्रृंखला के आसपास लगभग 1,400 किलोमीटर लंबी और 5 किलोमीटर चौड़ी हरित पट्टी बफर के लिए हरियाणा, राजस्थान, गुजरात और दिल्ली राज्यों को शामिल किया गया है। ...
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Safety of Indian Banks

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in the US raises questions on the safety of depositors' wealth in India. What is the background of the issue? Safe haven –India remained a safe haven during the global financial crisis triggered by the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008. Sound domestic banks –This is because of the domestic banks, backed by sound regulatory practices, showing strength and resilience. Unaffected –Indian banks remained unaffected by the failure of ...
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Role of G20 in Promoting Blue Economy

India’s G20 presidency would play an important role in promoting individual and collective actions to facilitate the transition towards a sustainable blue economy Blue economy According to the World Bank, the blue economy is the "sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem The term ‘blue economy’ includes not only ocean-dependent economic development but also inclusive social development and environmental and ecological security. What is G20? The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier ...
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United Nations 2023 Water Conference

Over 700 commitments were made at the recently conducted United Nations 2023 Water Conference in New York City to make the world water-secure. What is UN 2023 Water Conference about? The UN 2023 Water Conference is formally known as the 2023 Conference for the Midterm Comprehensive Review of Implementation of the UN Decade for Action on Water and Sanitation (2018-2028). Aim - “Our watershed moment: uniting the world for water”, aims to support the achievement of internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, ...
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Credit Suisse Crisis

Recently UBS bank agreed to buy Credit Suisse bank that involved in fraud and forgery and collapsed eventually. Credit Suisse Credit Suisse is a famous investment bank headquartered in Switzerland. It’s been around since 1856. Swiss central bank has designated it one of the country’s global systemically important banks (G-Sib).  Credit Suisse is the 12th largest foreign bank in India and it owns assets worth Rs 20,000 crore. Global systemically important banks (G-Sib) is a bank whose systemic risk profile ...
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Landfill fire in Kochi’s Brahmapuram of Kerala

Recent incident of landfills fire in Kochi’s Brahmapuram of Kerala. What is a landfill A landfill also known as a tip, dump, rubbish dump, garbage dump, or dumping ground, is a site for the disposal of waste materials. Types of landfills Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLFs) – Specifically designed to receive household waste, as well as other types of nonhazardous wastes. Bioreactor Landfills – A type of MSWLF that operates to rapidly transform and degrade organic waste. Industrial Waste Landfill – Designed to ...
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Waste to Energy Projects in India

Kerala government recently announced the State’s first waste-to-energy project in Kozhikode. What is a waste to energy project? Waste-to-energy projects- Waste-to-energy projects use non-recyclable dry waste to generate electricity. The waste is combusted to generate heat, which is converted into electricity. The waste to energy projects is also called a trash-to-energy, municipal waste incineration, energy recovery, or resource recovery plant. Status of for waste to energy - The first waste-to-energy plant was set up in Timarpur in Delhi in 1987. A total of 14 ...
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IPCC meet in Switzerland

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN-backed scientific body whose periodic assessments of climate science form the basis of global climate action, is set to finalise what is known as the Synthesis Report. The IPCC, a UN-backed scientific body whose periodic assessments of climate science form the basis of global climate action, is set to finalise what is known as the Synthesis Report, incorporating the findings of the five reports that it has released in the sixth assessment cycle ...
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