10 June RAS Mains Answer Writing

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SUBJECT -Sports and Yoga

TOPIC – Sports Policies of India and Rajasthan State | Sports Authority of India and Rajasthan State Sports Council | Yoga – Positive way of life

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Q1 Name two academic institutions governed by Sports authority of India. 2M


Two “SAI Sports Academic” institutions are 

  1. Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports and 
  2. Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education

conducting research and running certificate to PhD level courses in physical education and sports medicine.

Q2 Elaborate the achievements of Divyakirti Singh Rathore in sports. 2M


Divyakirti Singh Rathore 

  • From Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Equestrian athlete 
  • 1st woman to get Arjun Award (2023)
  • Gold in asian games 2023 in equestrian dressage team event

Q3 Name four stadiums or sports complexes that the Sports Authority of India maintains. 2M


  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Stadium
  2. Indira Gandhi Sports Complex
  3. Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium
  4. Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Ranges

Additionally, the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookherjee Swimming Pool Complex is also managed by the Sports Authority of India.

Q4 What is Ashtanga Yoga. 5M


In Sanskrit, ashtanga means eight-limbed (asta- eight, anga- limb). Ashtanga Yoga is an eight-limbed path towards achieving the state of Yoga, also known as Samadhi. Mentioned in the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali,  it is the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self, consists of the following eight spiritual practices:

  1. Yama -moral codes 
  2. Niyama -self-purification and study 
  3. Asana -posture 
  4. Pranayama -breath control 
  5. Pratyahara -withdrawing of the mind from the senses 
  6. Dharana -concentration 
  7. Dhyana -deep meditation 
  8. Samadhi -union with the object of meditation

Q5 Elaborate any one of the following themes in approximately 150 words. [RAS Mains 2021]
Child is the father of man. 


Child is the father of man

Childhood is one of the most important aspects of our life. Right from learning our first words to learning languages and reading and writing, each and everything that is thought in our childhood will shape our career and our persona. As and when we grow older, some of the things might be forgotten but will always be stored in our subconscious. It is usually referred to as nostalgia. Kids would have dreamt of becoming an actor or a cricketer or a pilot when they were of small age but as they grow up and face the realities of life, most of them end up working for a company in a 9 to 5 monotonous job.

The kinds of people we surround ourselves with defines who we are. As our elders used to say, a thief will always surround himself with other thieves, a good student will always surround himself or herself with other good students. I think it’s the basic nature of human life that like-minded people synchronise easily with each other.

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