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Q.)“Lateral entry will bring in much-needed outside experience, buffer the talent within the administration and challenge the IAS into continuous self-improvement”. Critically evaluate.

Why this question 

UPSC has advertised for lateral entry in Central administration.

Key demand of the question 

An extensive analysis on the positive and negative impacts of lateral entry in administration.

Directive:

Critically evaluate - Give your verdict as to what extent a statement or findings within a piece of research are true, or to what extent you agree with them. Provide evidence taken from a wide range of sources which both agree with and contradict an argument. Come to a final conclusion, basing your decision on what you judge to be the most important factors and justify how you have made your choice.

Introduction 

Define what lateral entry is and the purpose that the government intends to achieve with it.

Body:

In the first part, highlight the positive impact that the lateral entry in administration would have.

In the next part, highlight the issues that can emerge as a consequence of such a move. Suggest some other ways to reform administration processes.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced approach.

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Q.)Terming the Digital Services Tax (DST) imposed in India as discriminatory in nature by the US can be detrimental to India’s interests. Critically analyze.

Why this question:

Recently  a United States Trade Representative (USTR) investigation report found India’s Digital Services Tax (DST) to be discriminatory.

Key demand of the question:

Rationale behind the imposition of DST in India and the impact that this report can have on Indian economy. Suggest an approach to be adopted by India.

Directive:

Critically analyze- The key to tackling this question is providing ample evidence to support the claims. Ensure that the analysis is balanced by shedding light on, and presenting a critique of, and alternative perspectives. Present extensive evidence taken from a varying range of sources.

Introduction:

Briefly introduce DST and its purpose.

Body:

In the first part, highlight the impact that the report by USTR will have on India.

In the next part, explain why DST is imposed in India and is essential.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.

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Q.)There is a detailed need for RBI to formulate a detailed policy framework for regulation of cryptocurrencies. Discuss.

Why this Question:

Cryptocurrencies have been in the news for a long time.

Key demand of the question:

Benefits and challenges of use of cryptocurrencies and need for regulating its usage. 

Directive:

Discuss- back up the answer by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of the given context and finally arrive at a conclusion.

Introduction:

Introduce by defining cryptocurrencies and giving the SC judgement that lifted the ban on them by the RBI.

Body:

In the first part, highlight the benefits that the cryptocurrencies can have in different sectors. 

In the next part, highlight the need for regulating it due to the various challenges that it poses as it is a virtual mode of currency.

Conclusion:

Concluding by mentioning various solutions as a complete ban on anything that is slowly being used worldwide is not the appropriate solution.

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