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Practice Solved Test 14

Q1. The Indian Monsoon is affected by which of these factors?

1. The shift of the position of Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) in summer

2. The presence of the high-pressure area east of Madagascar

3. Presence of the tropical easterly jet stream over the Indian peninsula during summer

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 3 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q2.Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)’

1. It was originally constituted as the Crown Representative Police in 1939.

2.The Parliament Duty Group is an elite CRPF unit tasked with providing armed protection to Parliament House.

Select the correct statements

 A 1 Only

 B 2 Only

 C Both

 D None

Q3. Consider the following statements.

1. Bare soil is susceptible to wind and water erosion.

2. Tillage is used to tighten the soil further.

3. Choosing crop rotations that include high residue plants increase the organic matter in the field.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 1 and 3 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q4. With respect to India’s foreign policy in Central Asia, which of the following statements stands true?

1) India is committed to building rail route, from Chabahar to Zahedan on the Iran-Afghan border, and Uzbekistan is keen to join the transit trade agreement signed by India, Afghanistan and Iran.

2)India also wants to connect Central Asia via INSTC and through Ashgabat agreement that excludes Oman.

3)The rail route to Herat, if extended to Kabul, would also link to India’s “air corridor”, allowing trade, especially dry fruits and agricultural produce to travel along the routes from India to Central Asia and back in much shorter time.

A 1 & 2 only

B 2 & 3 only

C 1 & 3 only

D All the above

Q5. If you keep walking on the Mediterranean coast, starting from the coast of Egypt towards middle-east, you are likely to touch the coast of which of these countries en route?

1. Iraq

2. Lebanon

3. Syria

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 3 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. 1 only

Q6. Match the following festivals with the region in which they are mainly celebrated:

1. Wangala:  Meghalaya

2. Zino:        Nagaland

3. Myoko:  Arunachal Pradesh

4. Bardo Chham:  Sikkim

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 3 only

B. 1, 2, 3 and 4

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 2 only

Q7. Which of the following nutrients are likely to be found in fortified rice, but are not found in most varieties of regular rice?

1. Vitamin B1

2. Magnesium

3. Phosphorous

4. Vitamin B12

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 4 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 4 only

D. 2, 3 and 4 only

Q8. Consider the following about Van Dhan Vikas Kendra initiative.

1. The initiative aims to promote Minor Forest Produce (MFPs)-centric livelihood development of tribal gatherers and artisans.

2. The scheme will be implemented through Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level.

3. Timber and Charcoal brought from the forest are categorized as MFP as per the Indian Forests Act, 1927.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q9. Consider the following statements.

1. Molds derive energy through photosynthesis.

2. Molds cause biodegradation of natural materials.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q10. Consider the following statements.

1. When the tropical eastern South Pacific Ocean experiences high pressure, the tropical eastern Indian Ocean experiences low pressure.

2. Generally, When the El-Nino appears the pressure difference between Pacific Ocean (Tahiti) and Indian Ocean (Northern Australia) undergoes a reversal from the normal conditions.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q11. Consider the following about Kalighat paintings.

1. These paintings originated in West Bengal.

2. Kalighat paintings were irreproducible by lithography.

3. These paintings depicted conventional images of gods and goddesses and scenes from epics.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 and 3 only

B. 2 only

C. 1, 2 and 3

D. 2 and 3 only

Q12. Consider the following statements.

1. The bacterium that causes tuberculosis is called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

2. As of 2019, India is home to the world’s largest number of patients suffering from tuberculosis.

3. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2017-2025 set up under the Revised National Tuberculosis

Control Program (RNTCP) aims to completely eliminate TB by 2025.

4. Chest X-ray cannot be used as a screening tool for Tuberculosis.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2, 3 and 4

B. 3 and 4 only

C. 1, 2 and 3 only

D. 1 and 2 only

Q13. Which of the following are often used as common preservatives?

1. Sugar

2. Common salt

3. Oil

4. Vinegar

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 2 and 3 only

B. 2, 3 and 4 only

C. 1 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q14. Conventional thermoset plastics or elastomers are not considered very good for recycling because

1. They cannot be melted and re-shaped after they are cured.

2. They are weaker than thermoplastic materials due to an absence of 3-D crosslink of polymers.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q15. Which of the following were annexed by the British citing the Doctrine of Lapse?

1. Satara

2. Jhansi

3. Udaipur

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 1 and 3 only

C. 2 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q16. With reference to Proton Therapy, consider the following statements.

1. It uses a beam of protons to irradiate diseased tissue, even in the treatment of cancer.

2. It does not employ ionizing radiation.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q17. President shall address both Houses of Parliament assembled together

1. At the commencement of every session of the Parliament

2. Before dissolution owing to forthcoming general elections

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q18. The reserve is composed primarily of forest habitats, and is an important transition zone between the forest species of western and eastern India. Chinkara, nilgai, wild dogs and flying squirrel are some of the endemic fauna found here. This reserve is

A. Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve

B. Similipal Biosphere Reserve

C. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

D. Agasthya Biosphere Reserve

Q19. Which of these are the fundamental properties of a superconductor?

1. Zero resistance to electrical current

2. Ferromagnetism

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q20. Consider the following statements.

1. Nitrogen is used more than any other fertiliser in agriculture since it is the most abundant nutrient in the soil and depletes easily.

2. Rhizobium bacteria colonize plant cells within root nodules, where they convert nitrous oxide from the soil into ammonia.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q21. Consider the following statements.

1. Birds are oviparous.

2. Ovoviviparity can be found in insects.

3. The birth of live offspring is a reproductive feature shared by mammals and some fishes, but no invertebrates.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 1, 2 and 3

C. 2 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q22. Which of these is/are the objectives of the draft Internet of Things (IoT) policy as released by the Government of India?

1. To create an IoT industry in India of USD 100 billion by 2022

2. To develop IoT products specific to Indian needs, such as in the domains of agriculture and natural disasters

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q23. Consider the following statements.

1. A democracy can exist without a written constitution.

2. Without freedom for citizens to express their opinions, organize and protest, a government can turn tyrannical and authoritarian.

3. Political equality of citizens refers to, inter alia, non-discriminatory and equal voting rights and equal eligibility for public offices.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 3 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 2 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q24. Article 124(4) and the Judges Inquiry Act 1968 determine the procedure of removal of the judges of higher judiciary, as per which

1. A judge is removable from his office, only on the grounds of proved misbehavior or incapacity.

2. A judge may be removed from his office only by an order of the president.

3. A motion of impeachment addressed to the President is to be signed by at least 200 members of the Lok Sabha before being delivered to the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

4. The motion of impeachment against the judge is to be investigated by a Committee of 5 judges of the Supreme Court and a distinguished jurist.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2 and 3 only

B. 1 and 2 only

C. 2, 3 and 4 only

D. 1, 3 and 4 only

Q25. Active Noise-cancelling headphones primarily work by

A. Sending a mirror sound wave inside the headphone speakers

B. Radiating sound waves externally (to the headphone) to block any incoming sound

C. Passively blocking all the noise coming inside the microphone

D. Both (a) and (b)

Q26. Kani tribes reside mainly in

A. Mizo Hills

B. Rajmahal Hills

C. Runn of Kutch

D. Western Ghats

Q27. With reference to Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), which is calculated from the visible and near-infrared light reflected by vegetation, consider the following statements.

1. Unhealthy or sparse vegetation (right) reflects more visible light and less near-infrared light.

2. If there is very little difference in the intensity of visible and near-infrared wavelengths reflected in

NDVI, then the vegetation is probably very dense.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q28. Among the following, which ones are ferrous minerals?

1. Mica

2. Chromite

3. Gypsum

4. Lead

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2 and 3 only

B. 4 only

C. 2 only

D. 1 and 4 only

Q29. Consider the following about primary co-operative credit societies (PACS).

1. Such co-operative societies can do banking business without a license from RBI.

2. These entities are not allowed to raise any deposits from their members or general public.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q30. The oldest rocks in the world can be found in which of these regions?

A. Western Australia

B. Southern Europe

C. North America

D. Eastern Asia

Q31. Consider the following statements with reference to the North-east Council (NEC).

1. NEC was established under the North Eastern Council Act, 1971as an apex level body for securing balanced and coordinated development and facilitating coordination with the States.

2. Union Home Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of North Eastern Council (NEC).

3. NEC and all the Governors and Chief Ministers of North Eastern States are the Members of the council.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q32. Consider the following statements.

1. Every two years, the United Nations General Assembly elects all the ten non-permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) at once.

2. The ten non-permanent member seats are distributed among different regions in a way that particular numbers of seats are assigned for each region.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q33. The country with the longest coastline on the Black Sea is

A. Turkey

B. Bulgaria

C. Georgia

D. Azerbaijan

Q34. Consider the following statements.

1. Maize requires moderate temperature, rainfall and lots of sunshine.

2. Millets are often considered a solution for food security in many developing economies since they can be grown on less fertile and sandy soils as compared to other grains.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q35. The Centre has created a new Ministry called ‘Jal Shakti’ by merging which of these ministries/departments?

1. Department of Urban Rejuvenation

2. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

3. Ministries of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q36. Consider the following regions and their predominant geographical features:

1. World’s largest salt water lake: Lake Superior

2. Alternating ridgelines and valleys: Appalachians

3. Intermontane basins and plateaus: Western Cordilleras

4. Limestone rocks: Canadian Shield

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 4 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 2 and 4 only

Q37. One can infer which of the following key demographic information pieces from a population pyramid?

1. Gender composition based on age groups

2. Distribution of population across various age groups

3. Density of population

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2 and 3

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q38. Light Sail 2, recently seen in news, is

A. a peerless payment gateway developed by VISA

B. a warship that is propelled solely by fission reactions

C. a fuel cell that finds commercial applications

D. an orbiting spacecraft which seeks to become the first to be propelled solely by sunlight

Q39. Which of these could be classified as a rabi crop?

1. Barley

2. Chickpea

3. Linseed

4. Mustard

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 4 only

B. 1, 2 and 4 only

C. 3 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q40. With reference to Plate tectonics, consider the following statements.

1. The driving force behind plate tectonics is convection in the mantle.

2. At transform boundaries, crust is neither produced nor destroyed as the plates slide horizontally past each other.

3. The Mid-Atlantic Ridges are a good example of convergent boundary.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 3 only

D. 1 and 2 only

Q41. Which of these, some of the highest peaks of Himalayas, are situated in India?

1. Dhaulagiri

2. Kanchenjunga

3. Namcha Barwa

4. Nanda Devi

5. Gurla Mandhata

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 3 and 5 only

B. 1, 2 and 4 only

C. 2, 3 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3 and 5 only

Q42. Consider the following about Drip irrigation.

1. Assertion (A): Drip irrigation is unsuitable for crops sown in a row, especially high value crops.

2. Reason (R): Drip irrigation supplies water directly to the root zone of a crop.

In the context of the above, which of these is correct?

A. A is correct, and R is an appropriate explanation of A.

B. A is correct, but R is not an appropriate explanation of A.

C. A is correct, but R is incorrect.

D. A is incorrect, but R is correct.

Q43. Match the following pests to the plants they are most affected by them:

1. Khapra Beetle: Wheat and Barley

2. Lesser Grain borer: Some pulses

3. Indian meal moth: Spices

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 2 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q44. With reference to the Suez Canal, an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, consider the following statements.

1. Transit through the Suez Canal is allowed only to vessels of member nations of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).

2. During war times, every vessel of commerce or of war can use the canal without distinction.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None of the above

Q45. Ailments caused by Virus are

1. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

2. Typhoid

3. Dysentery

4. Influenza

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2 and 4 only

C. 1 and 4 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q46. A straight line joining Baghdad (Iraq) to Ankara (Turkey) will cut through which of these nations?

1. Syria

2. Jordan

3. Israel

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q47. Where hard and soft rocks exist parallel to each other, which of these drainage patterns is most likely to be created?

A. Rectangular

B. Radial

C. Dendritic

D. Trellis

Q48. Sources of high numbers of Aspergillus spores include

1. Air conditioning units

2. Composting and damp or flood damaged housing

3. Extremely dry and hot radiation heaters

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q49. With reference to Jet streams, consider the following statements.

1. They are easterly winds of the stratosphere.

2. These blow at a constant speed throughout the year.

3. They are limited to tropical latitudes with occasional movements in the sub-tropics.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. None of the above

Q50. In India, which among the following are Artificial lakes?

1. Vembanad

2. Kolleru

3. Jaisamand

4. Hussain Sagar

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 3 and 4 only

C. 1, 2 and 3 only

D. 2, 3 and 4 only

Q51. Western Cyclonic Disturbances

1. Occur mainly in the winter months in India

2. Mostly Influence the Southern part of India

3. Causes tropical cyclones in the coastal belts of India

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. None of the above

Q52. Why most of the world’s deserts are located in the western margins of continents in the subtropics?

1. Western margins of continents in sub-tropics often experience cold currents

2. The prevailing winds in the tropics are tropical westerly winds Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q53. Lamarckism believes in the idea of

A. Soft inheritance

B. Efficient management of investment portfolio

C. Carbon fertilization

D. Space wars

Q54. Who among the following, as remarked famously in the Buddhist jatakas, made the prediction that Siddhartha Gautam will become a buddha named Śākyamuni?

A. Vipassi

B. Kassapa

C. Dipankara

D. Kaundilya

Q55. Tributaries of the so called “Dakshin Ganga” include

1. Musi

2. Pranhita

3. Manjra

4. Wainganga

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2, 3 and 4 only

C. 1 and 4 only

D. 2 and 3 only

Q56. Who among the following leaders were associated with the Khilafat agitation?

1. Hasrat Mohani

2. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

3. Shaukat Ali

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2and 3 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q57. With reference to the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, consider the following statements.

1. It was dedicated to the cause of social and political reforms in India advocating the principle of Swadeshi and Swaraj.

2. The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha was formed much after the formation of the Pune mahasabha.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q58. With reference to the Satnami movement, consider the following statements.

1. Satnami community was established first in Chattisgarh.

2. Their principles treated all people as equal.

3. Satnamis often organized mass rebellions against the British citing them as ‘Dikus’ or outsiders.

4. They believed in the polytheism and multiplicity of Gods.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2, 3 and 4 only

C. 2 only

D. 1, 3 and 4 only

Q59. The Galapagos islands recently in news, considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. It is located in the Pacific islands and is an archipelago of which of the following countries?

a) Columbia

b) Equador

c) Peru

d) Mexico

Q60. The main objective of the Prarthana Samaj was to

A. Spiritually purify the Hindu community from western pollution

B. Securing social justice for the oppressed

C. Revive the Gurukul education system in India

D. Establish a swatantra (free) India

Q61. The working of the Patents Act, the Designs Act, 2000 and the Trade Marks Act, 1999 is administered by a body situated in which of these Ministries/departments?

A. Department of Science and Technology

B. Department of Internal Affairs

C. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

D. Department of Scientific and Industrial research

Q62. Solanum plastisexum, a sex-changing tomato, was recently seen in news. It was discovered in

A. Oceania

B. European alps

C. Eastern Ghats

D. Amazonian forests

Q63. Consider the following statements.

1. Cellulose and lignin are present in wood.

2. Carbonization is the process of converting wood into charcoal.

3. The water in the wood has all to be driven off as vapour before carbonization can take place.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q64. Lactic acid can be produced in our muscles due to

1. Partial breakdown of glucose

2. Anaerobic respiration in the muscles

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q65. Sericulture can be an eco-friendly activity in which of the following ways?

1. Waste from silkworm rearing can be recycled as inputs to garden.

2. Shallow roots of Mulberry plant allow it to be grown in harsher conditions and very scantly disturb the soil, unlike how other crops with deep roots do.

3. Mulberry contributes to soil conservation and provides green cover as a perennial crop with good foliage and root-spread.

4. Mulberry can be cultivated as intercrop with numerous plantations.

Select the correct answer using the codes below

A. 2 and 3 only

B. 1 and 4 only

C. 1, 3 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q66. Arrange the following commonly used fuels in terms of calorific value:

A. Wood< Coal < Compressed Natural Gas < Hydrogen

B. Coal < Wood < Compressed Natural Gas < Hydrogen

C. Coal < Wood < Hydrogen < Compressed Natural Gas

D. Wood< Coal < Hydrogen < Compressed Natural Gas

Q67. To conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds, which of the following steps are being taken by the government?

1. Under the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’, the government is undertaking breed improvement programme for indigenous cattle breeds so as to improve their genetic makeup.

2. Gokul Grams, to be established near metropolitan cities for housing the urban cattle, are envisaged to become dependable sources for supply of high genetic breeding stock to the farmers.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q68. With reference to the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA), consider the following statements.

1. It has been constituted under the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017.

2. It is headed by the Chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in an ex-officio capacity.

3. Its mandate is that the benefits of the reduction is GST rates on goods and services are passed on to the ultimate consumers.

4. It is only an advisory body to the Ministry of Finance.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 2 and 4 only

B. 1, 3 and 4 only

C. 1, 2 and 3 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q69. You are most likely to find Bisons in which of the following regions of India?

A. East-central India

B. Western Ghats

C. Northern drylands

D. Both (a) and (b)

Q70. Consider the following statements.

1. The World Health Assembly in 2019 has endorsed a new Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2020-2030.

2. The E-2020 report of the WHO is focused on progress among 21 malaria-eliminating countries that were identified by WHO in 2016 as having the potential to eliminate the disease by 2020.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q71. Which of these state governments recently banned felling of trees, citing increasing pollution as well as a fatal heat wave?

A. Maharashtra

B. Bihar

C. Uttarakhand

D. Odisha

Q72. Consider the following statements.

1. Preservation protection of animal stock is a matter on which the legislature of the States has exclusive powers to legislate.

2. ‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects under the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution.

3. The central government alone can make laws related to local bodies, such as municipalities.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 2 and 3 only

B. 1 and 2 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q73. Consider the following statements.

1. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 2009 on the initiative of the G7.

2. Gulf Cooperation council has membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

3. The FATF monitors the progress of its members in implementing necessary measures, reviews money laundering and terrorist financing techniques.

4. Once a country is blacklisted, FATF urges all member countries to put economic sanctions on the blacklisted country.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2, 3 and 4

B. 1 and 3 only

C. 2 and 4 only

D. 2 and 3 only

Q74. The Institutes of eminence scheme under the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry aims to

1. Increase the number and presence of deemed universities in India

2. Project Indian institutes to global recognition

3. Greater autonomy in their working will be provided to these institutions

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q75. Sometimes seen in news, the Copenhagen Criteria are the rules that define whether

A. A territory can become a full member state of the United Nations (UN)

B. A state can receive aid from the World Bank and IMF

C. A nation can join the Multilateral Export Control Regime (MTCR)

D. A country is eligible to join the European Union

Q76. Third Generation Biofuels refers to biofuel derived from

1. Algae

2. Food crops

3. Methane

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 3 only

C. 1 only

D. None of the above

Q77. The parliamentary form of government in India emphasises on the

A. Interdependence between the legislative and executive organs

B. Separation of powers between the legislature and executive

C. Democratic election system administered by an independent body

D. Both (a) and (c)

Q78. A vertical imbalance in tax distribution arises mainly because

1. The tax systems are designed in a manner that yields much greater tax revenues to the Central government when compared to the State or provincial governments.

2. There are differing levels of attainment by the States due to differential growth rates and their developmental status.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q79. High grade iron ore deposits can be found in India mainly in

1. Goa

2. Madhya Pradesh

3. Chhattisgarh

4. Orissa

5. Jharkhand

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2 and 3 only

B. 4 and 5 only

C. 2, 3 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Q80. NITI Aayog has released its second edition of comprehensive Health Index report titled, “Healthy States, Progressive India”. Based on the report

1. Kerala is the top-ranking state in terms of overall health performance.

2. Bihar is the worst performing state in terms of overall health performance.

3. Health governance and information is a parameter in the Health Index of the NITI Aayog.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 3 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 2 only

D. 1 only

Q81. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act 1985. Apart from fruits, vegetables, poultry and dairy, it is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of which of the following products?

1. Honey, Jaggery and Sugar Products

2. Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

3. Floriculture and Floriculture Products

4. Herbal and Medicinal Plants

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 3 only

B. 1, 3 and 4 only

C. 1, 2, 3 and 4

D. 2 and 4 only

Q82. A Power grid helps transfer power from the surplus regions to the deficit ones. Consider the following about the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID).

1. POWERGRID is an Indian state-owned electric utilities public company.

2. POWERGRID transmits about 50% of the total power generated in India on its transmission network.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. both 1 and 2

D. neither 1 nor 2

Q83. What is the concern with the use of Hydrazine as a space fuel?

1. It is a toxic irritant.

2. It is associated with various occupational hazards.

3. It is odourless which makes its detection difficult.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2 and 3

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q84.  Consider the following mountain passes of Western India and the regions they connect.

1. Nasik to Mumbai A. Thal Ghat

2. Mumbai to Pune B. Shor Ghat

3. Puducherry to Tamil Nadu C. Pal Ghat

4. Kodaikanal to Madurai: D. Senkota pass

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 2, 3 and 4 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 2 and 4 only

Q85. Match the following communities in news with the part of the world they are found in:

1. Bedouin tribes: Mongolia

2. Bidoon and Faili Kurds: Iraq

3. Hmong, Karen and Sea Gypsies: Thailand

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 2 only

B. 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 2 and 3 only

Q86. The country that has the longest coastline on the Indian Ocean is

A. Malaysia

B. India

C. Myanmar

D. Indonesia

Q87. Consider the following statements.

1. A Sherpa is a personal representative of the leader of a member country at an international Summit.

2. The G20 Summit is formally known as the “Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy”.

3. The first G20 meeting took place right after the 2008 financial crisis.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 3 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Q88. With reference to Electoral bonds, consider the following statements.

1. They will allow donors to pay political parties using bonds brought from banks.

2. They will pay a fixed rate of interest to the bond holder who holds the bond for a certain period of time.

3. These bonds may be purchased by any resident or non-resident Indian, or any domestic or foreign firm that can showcase a legitimate interest in the Indian economy.

4. All registered and recognized Political Parties are eligible to gather receipts through electoral bonds.

5. Even though it will be a bearer instrument, it will not carry the name of the payee.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 5 only

B. 1, 3, 4 and 5 only

C. 2 and 4 only

D. 1, 3 and 5 only

Q89. Which of these religions/religious sects recognizes ‘Lonka’ as a religious reformer?

A. Buddhism

B. Jainism

C. Vaishnavism

D. Shaivism

Q90. Brahmaputra river tends to form river islands. This is largely due to

1. High gradient during flow

2. Its braided channel

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None of the above

Q91. The Global Gender Gap Index, as part of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report, measures progress towards parity between men and women in which of these indicators?

1. Educational attainment

2. Health and survival

3. Inter-generational distribution

4. Political empowerment

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 1, 2 and 4 only

C. 3 and 4 only

D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q92. Which of these capital cities in Middle-east are located on or very close to the Persian Gulf?

1. Muscat

2. Riyadh

3. Abu Dhabi

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 3 only

B. 1 and 2 only

C. 2 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q93. Consider the following statements.

1. Most of the Peninsular rivers originate from Western Ghats.

2. The Peninsular rivers have shorter and shallower courses as compared to their Himalayan counterparts.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q94. The country that offers the shortest land route between Red Sea to Persian Gulf (from Mecca to Dubai) is

A. Oman

B. Saudi Arabia

C. Yemen

D. Kuwait

Q95. Among the following, which continent has the largest fraction of its land as arable land?

A. Europe

B. Australia

C. South America

D. Africa

Q96. With reference to Common Services Centres (CSCs), consider the following statements.

1. They form a strategic component of the National e-Governance Plan, as a part of the earlier government’s commitment in the National Common Minimum Programme.

2. They are the access points for delivery of essential public utility services and social welfare schemes.

3. Under CSC 2.0 scheme, at least one CSC will be set up in each of the 2.5 lakh GPs across the country by 2019.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

A. 1, 2 and 3

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 2 only

D. 1 and 3 only

Q97. Consider the following statements about the “Hind Mazdoor Sabha”.

1. It was founded in Howrah after India’s independence, by the socialists Forward Bloc followers and some independent unionists.

2. It disintegrated into the Royist Indian Federation of Labour and the Hind Mazdoor Panchayat later.

Which of the above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. None

Q98. Most volcanoes and earthquakes in the world are located at

A. Plate margins

B. The inter-junction of major mountains of the world

C. Within the plates

D. Littoral zones of major oceans

Q99.‘Somalia’ is not bordered by

A Eritrea

 B Djibouti

 C Ethiopia

 D Kenya

Q100. Who adopted Mazzini as his own guru after reading Surendranath Banerjee’s Speeches?

A. Lala Lajpat Rai

B. Hardayal

C. Sukhbir Rana

D. Debendranath Tagore

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