[Result] October Writing Competition + Revision notes for everyone: Border Security, bilateral relation, Constitution comparision, culture, and more

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[Result] October Writing Competition + Revision notes for everyone: Border Security, bilateral relation, Constitution comparision, culture, and more

@Mains 2013 Contenders: UPSC uploaded hallticket, http://upscadmitcard.nic.in/main.aspx

  1. Prologue
  2. Platinum Category
  3. The Three winners
  4. Gold category
  5. Silver category
  6. Bronze category
  7. Optional Subject
  8. Download the Zip file
  9. Epilogue

Prologue

Here comes the result for the Writing competition of October 2013. Zip file containing all entries, given at bottom of this page.

If we combine the good entries from September+October competition, you’ve really decent collection of articles/material/fodder material/revision ready notes for the following topics of UPSC Mains 2013:

  1. General studies Paper 1
    • Art/Culture
    • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization
    • Effects of Globalization on Indian Society.
    • Social empowerment
  2. General studies Paper 2
    • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
    • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
    • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
    • e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;
    • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population
    • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
    • India and its neighborhood- relations.
    • + Many current affair topics about Polity
  3. General studies Paper 3
    • Inclusive growth
    • PDS, Food security
    • Infrastructure, investment models+ Many current affair topics about Economy
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • robotics, nanotechnology
    • Disaster Management
    • Intellectual Property Rights
    • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
    • Role of media and social networking sites in internal security
    • basics of cyber security;
    • money-laundering and its prevention
    • Security challenges and their management in border areas;
    • linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  4. General studies Paper 4
    • Contribution of Thinkers from India and World
    • Corporate governance

The collective savings of manhours, electricity and internet bandwidth, as a result of these notes =it’d run into lakhs of rupees. Therefore, I consider this competition a great success.

By the way, some readers suggested I should release them into non-copiable PDF files to prevent others (=Delhi’s Xerox centers/coaching/magazine wallas/spam-bloggers) from using these entries but I’m releasing them as editable MS word files so you can further trim, update, consolidate, merge these articles as per your requirements- to make the best revision notes for your personal use.

Platinum Category

Names in alphabetical order. My only regret is that I don’t have 16 books otherwise I’d have definitely given it to them.

Aditya Ravichandran India Bangladesh. Comprehensive, just like his previous article submission on India-Afghanistan during September competition. Should help for GS2: India and its neighborhood- relations.
Ankush Pratap Singh Border Management. Pretty thorough and updated, full of maps, provided direct points for India’s border issues with each of its neighbors. Should help for GS3 Security challenges and their management in border areas, as well as GS2: India and its neighborhood relations + interview.
Devaraj Subramanian PIB October compilation. He has covered the news related to IR, Sci-tech, economy etc. from Pib.nic.in and supplemented it with newspaper reports. Excellent to the point coverage. Should serve as ‘lighthouse’ on how to use Pib.nic.in efficiently.
Kavi Deependra Diesel Pricing policy. His article should settle all the doubts regarding Subsidy, Under-Recovery, the recent issue about EPP/TPP. So next time you see a debate/column about diesel pricing, you can grasp it even better.
Manasa Srinivasan Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission. Has covered all the All the suggestions in brief for quick revision.
Manikandan A Manual Scavenging and Government initiatives. Nice coverage for rights issues related topics under GS2.
Marudavanan.S Illegal Immigration and Ethnic Conflicts of NE India. Has started coverage from pre-independence history till now. Should help for GS1 Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country as well as GS3 internal security.
Rahul Singh WTO vs Food security. Agreement on Agriculture, India’s stand on Agro subsidies etc. Should help for GS2: global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
R.Dharmendra Cropping Patterns. He has covered variety of food crops, cash crops, oilseeds, spices and fruits. Will help in GS3 + also for UPSC’s newfound love for agriculture in CSAT and CAPF MCQs.
Rajith Comparing Constitution. Made a nifty tabulated note out of M.Laxmikanth’s public administration book, this should help to non-public administration candidates for GS2 topic: Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
Rimpa Dutta Resolving Issues in the India-Bangladesh relationships. Has discussed about water, border, security issues affecting the cordial relationship and the solutions for them. Should help for GS3+ interview.
Sandip Yadav Compilation of Culture-Dance-Painting-Drama. Very nice collection, full of pictures and revision friendly bullets and headings. if you keep updating this with other books- becomes a killer revision note for 2 markers under GS1, as well as for UPSC’s newfound love of ‘culture’ in CSAT MCQs.
Santosh Kumar Behera India After independence. Has covered major events from NCERT etc. total 92 pages but still quick revision for the way he has assembled it. (PS: Not considered for prize, because he said giving out of goodwill, don’t want the books.)
Shrey Khanna Comparing Constitution. Has covered the polity-administration of US, UK , France, German, Swiz and China for GS2. At the end of each country, he has given quick revision table comparing them with India.
Sunny Raj Terrorism. Yes terrorism is a very clichéd topic, but he has given neat fodder points- useful for any Essay/Group discussion/interview. that’s why in platinum category.
Swati Tiwari Role of NGO and SHG. Supplemented with lot of diagrams, ready revision and fodder points + gave historical overview. Useful for GS2.

The Three winners

This ranking is only for the sake of giving three book prize. Otherwise all 16 are winners in their own capacity. Tough to choose, even individual Jury members had quite different views. But ultimately I’ve gone by majority view.

First Prize

Goes to Border Management article by Ankush Pratap Singh. He has provided direct points for India’s border issues with each of its neighbors. Article is through with past and present issues. Should help for GS3 Security challenges and their management in border areas, as well as GS2: India and its neighborhood relations + interview.

Second prize

Goes to Culture compilation by Sandip Yadav. He has made a neat compilation of painting, dance, drama, architecture, music from ccrtiindia and other resources. IF you keep updating this word file with whatever new points you come across from other books, websites etc. it’ll become a killer revision note for MCQs and 2Markers.

Third prize

Goes to Diesel Pricing policy by Kavi Deependra. His article should settle the doubts regarding Subsidy, Under-Recovery and the recent controversy about EPP/TPP. So next time you see a debate/column about diesel pricing, you can grasp it even better.

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