Andhra Pradesh Launches Caste Census

Syllabus: GS 1/Society /GS 2/Governance  



Caste census: A historical context

Arguments for a Caste Census

Arguments against a Caste Census

Related Supreme court rulings:
– Indra Sawhney v Union of India, 1992: While upholding reservation for specific backward classes not covered under Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), it also emphasized the need for a “reasonable and adequate” data-driven approach to identify backward classes, raising the need for a caste enumeration.
– Janhit Manch vs. Union of India, 2020: In October 2020, the court ruled that the government is not obligated to conduct a caste census at present
A. The decision on One Hundred and Third Amendment Act, 2019, was based on arguments that the existing Socio-Economic Caste Reservation (SECR) data and other surveys can provide sufficient information for affirmative action programs.
– Bihar Caste Census Case 2023: The court is currently hearing challenges to the validity of Bihar’s 2023 caste census, which the state conducted independently. 
A. Notably, the court refused to pass any order of stay or status quo to restrain the State from acting on the caste survey data.
B. The petitioners argue that the state has no authority to conduct such a census, while the Bihar government defends its action as necessary for effective social welfare policies.
C. The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing pleas challenging the constitutionality of the caste-based survey conducted by the Bihar government till January 2024.

Way Ahead

Source: TH

AI Governance Alliance Report on Generative AI Governance

In Context


AI Governance Alliance (AIGA)

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Generative AI

Need for the Regulation

Way Ahead

Source: ET

Coevolutionary Balance between Plants and Ungulates

Syllabus: GS3/Environment and Ecology

In Context

What are Ungulates?

What is the coevolutionary balance between Plants and Ungulates?

How does Introduction of Alien Species Affect it?



Source: DTE

Sport Sector in India

Syllabus: GS2/Government Policies and Interventions



Reforms taken by the Government in the sports sector:

Talent Development and Athlete Support:

Infrastructure Development:

Governance and Policy Reforms:

Promoting Sports as a Career:

Sports Sector in India

Drivers of Growth

Challenges and Concerns

Opportunities and Measures

Way Ahead

Source: TH

Mapping of Deep Sea Coral Reef 

Syllabus: GS3/Environment, Conservation


More about the News

Species for Deep Sea Corals

In Comparison to Shallow-water Corals

Coral Reefs

Conditions favourable to Corals



Way Forward

Source: TH

News in Short

Nagara Style of Temple Architecture

Syllabus: GS1/Art and Culture

In Context


Source: IE

Guidelines for Regulation of Coaching Centres

Syllabus: GS2/Policy and Intervention



Key provisions of the guidelines

Source: News On AIR

Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD)

Syllabus :GS2/Governance/GS 3/Defense

In News

About Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD)


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