Archive | December 19, 2014

[Optional Paper] IAS Mains 2014 Public Administration Question Paper

UPSC conducted the Civil services Mains 2014 Public Administration Paper 1 on December 19, 2014.

Here is the question paper. Other paper will be uploaded soon.

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[Part 2] IAS Mains 2014 GS 1 Answer key

Click here to see the first part of GS 1 2014 Answer key

Question 9: What were the events that led to the Suez Crisis in 1956? How did it deal a final blow to Britain’s self-image as a world power?

10 Marks

Answer: In 1956, Egypt decided to nationalize the Suez Canal. However, it posed a threat to the commercial interest of the British, French and Israel. They decided to use force to maintain their interest. Egypt was a non-aligned country and needed significant aid. But she was not able to secure it from any of the major powers. Thus, the plan to nationalize the Suez canal was proposed. Earlier, Suez Canal was under a French Company, which had a right to operate it for 99 years. However, Egyptian army took over the control of the canal.

Britain decided to use military action against Egypt. But it was opposed by the USA. Thus, Britain, France and Israel decided to conspire against Egypt. On October 29, 1956, Israel invaded Sinai in Egypt. In response, UK and France threatened the conflicting parties to intervene, if Egypt and Israel did not withdraw from the canal region. Britain-France arrived on November 5, 1956.

However, Britain and France were countered by the US and USSR. By November 6, 1956 the crisis was over, and UN peacekeeping forces were deployed in Suez Canal. Britain and France had to face a diplomatic and military setback. Suez canal crisis added to the Soviet popularity in the Arab region.


Question 10: The New Economic Policy – 1921 of Lenin had influenced  the policies adopted by India soon after independence. Evaluate.

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[Audio] India and the World

All India Radio

Prasar Bharati (All India Radio) came out with a series, entitled- India 360– of Audio lectures on India and the World. But this treasure of information was hidden from the knowledge of fellow aspirants.

Aspirant Forum presents the collection of the AIR India 360 series, in the MP3 format. Aspirants may freely download the same, and use it to gain an insight into the India’s foreign relations.

Note: To download, right click on the file you want, and click on ‘Save target as’

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News for December 19, 2014

Important News from The Hindu:

[Important for: Prelims/Mains: Environment]

[Important for: Prelims/Mains- IR, International Trade, Silk Trade]

Editorials You should read:

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