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UPSC IAS Preliminary Examination Test Series 2020 (Weekly)

UPSC/PSC Prelims Practise Questions

1. Consider the following statements

1. Japan declared ‘Reiwa’ as the name of its new imperial era that will begin on May 1, 2019 once the new Crown Prince Naruhito, son of Akihito, ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne.

2. It is likely to be the first time that the Japanese era name (gengo) has been drawn from a Japanese document, depicting a break from over 1,300 years old custom of choosing the name from Chinese classics.

3. The current Japanese era is known as ‘Heisei’ which means achieving peace. The era began on January 8, 1989, a day after the death of the Emperor Hirohito, when Emperor Hirohito’s son Emperor Akihito acceded to the throne as the 125th Emperor of Japan.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 1 and 3 (c) 2 and 3 (d) All

2. Consider the following statements

1. Uttar Pradesh is the largest wheat producing state in India followed by Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.

2. India is the second largest producer of wheat in the world. China is world’s largest producer, followed by India, Russia, and the United states.

3. It is a statutory non-profit organization founded and run by Government of India and also run by state Governments.

4. It was created in 1965 under Food Corporations Act 1964, to implement objectives of National Food Policy.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 2 and 3 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 2 3 and 4 (d) All

3. Consider the following statements

1. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP is a time-bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner.

2. The main objective of the programme is comprehensive mitigation actions for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting the air quality monitoring network across the country and strengthening the awareness and capacity building activities.

3. The National Clean Air Program (NCAP) aims to cut pollution in the 102 worst affected cities by 20-30 percent by 2024, taking 2019 as the base year for the comparison of PM concentration.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 2 and 3 (d) 1 and 3

4. Consider the following statement about Arms trade treaty

1. The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) came into effect in December 2014 after over 65 countries of the world signed it on June 3, 2013.

2. The treaty seeks to regulate the flow of weapons into conflicted zones. It requires member countries to keep records of international transfers of weapons and to prohibit cross-border shipments that can be used in human rights violations or attacks on civilians.

3. So far, while 130 countries have originally signed the treaty, only 101 ratified and joined it.

4. The world’s largest arms traders including the United States, China and Russia have recently joined the treaty.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 2 and 3 (b) 3 and 4 (c) 1 3 and 4 (d) 2 and 4

5. Consider the following statements

1. Recently a law was passed that will allow Chinese authorities to isolate the country’s internet from the rest of the world and create a new national network.

2. The ‘sovereign internet’ bill aims to expand government control over the Internet.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) None (d) Both

6. Consider the following open trading border posts between India and China and find the correct one

1. Nathu La in Sikkim

2. Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh

3. Lipulekh (or Lipulech) in Uttarakhand

Find which of the following posts are correctly located

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 2 and 3 (d) None

7. Consider the following statements regarding section 498 A of IPC

1. The Supreme Court in its recent judgement ruled that any relative of a woman, who is undergoing cruelty and dowry harassment by her husband or in laws, can file a complaint against them.

2. The bench stated that Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code does not contemplate that complaint should be filed only by women, who is subjected to cruelty by husband or his relative.

3. The section 498A of the Indian Penal Code was passed by the Indian Parliament in 1983. It was introduced to protect all women from being subjected to matrimonial cruelty.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 and 3 (d) All

8. Consider the following statements about Chandrayan-2

1. It is India’s first lunar mission. It would be launched using India’s most powerful rocket PSLV -DL from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

2. Its payloads will collect scientific information on lunar (moon) topography, mineralogy, elemental abundance, lunar exosphere and signatures of hydroxyl and water-ice.

3. It has three modules (a detachable self-contained unit of a spacecraft) namely namely Orbiter, Lander named Vikram and Rover named Pragyan.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 2 and 3 (b) 1 and 3 (c) 1 2 and 3 (d) None

9. Consider the following statements regarding Pre-Paid Payment Instrument (PPIs)

1. PPIs are instruments which come with a preloaded value and in even with pre-defined purpose of payment.

2. PPIs facilitate financial services, inter-personal remittance transactions (like sending money to friend or a family member), purchase of goods and services (G&S), etc., against amount stored on such instruments.

3. There are generally three types of PPIs issued in India i.e Closed System PPIs, Semi-closed System PPIs and Open System PPIs

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 2 and 3 (d) None

10. Consider the following statements about the Scorpene Class Submarine

1. The Scorpene Class Submarines are designed by French naval defence company ‘DCNS’ and are being manufactured by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.

2. India purchased five submarines for USD 3 billion under Project 75 in 2005.

3. The Scorpene class submarines have the capability to fire Exocet anti-ship missiles.

3. INS Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene-class submarines, was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 14, 2017.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 3 and 4 (b) 2 and 4 (c) 1 2 and 4 (d) All

11. Consider the following statements about Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

1. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

2. Its first edition was launched in the year 2018.

3. The Mission of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is to enable higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 3 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 and 2 (d) All

12. Consider the following statements regarding Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI)

1. It is a premier food research laboratory under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoS&T), Government of India.

2. It is also the Constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR)

3. It was established in 1950 and is headquartered in Mysore, Karnataka. Its resource centers are in Hyderabad, Lucknow and Mumbai.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 and 3 (d) 1 2 and 3

13. Consider the following statements about The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA)

1. GRIHA Council is a registered society for the interaction on scientific and administrative issues related to sustainable habitats

2. GRIHA was founded by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

3. GRIHA Council promotes GRIHA- the National Rating System as a design and evaluation tool for green buildings and habitats.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 2 and 3 (d) None

14. Consider the following statements about Arctic Council

1. The Arctic Council is the leading non-governmental forum that promotes cooperation and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and inhabitants of Arctic region on issues pertaining to sustainable development and environmental protection.

2. The Members of the Arctic Council are – the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) Both (d) None

15. Consider the following statements about NIOS

1. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) was established in November 1989 as an attached body of the Human Resource Development Ministry

2. The key aim of the institute is to enable sustainable inclusive learning with universal and flexible access to quality school and higher education and skill development.

Find the correct statement from the options given below

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) Both (d) None

16. Consider the following statements about road accidents

1. The first ever Fifth road safety week is being celebrated between May -06 to 12, 2019 with the theme of “Leadership for road safety”

2. United Nation Development Program has released a report during road safety week.

3. This report highlights that road accidents are the major concern for death among people age group between 5 to 29 years.

4. Low income countries have more risk of a road accident death than high income countries.

Find the correct statements from the options given below

(a) 3 and 4 (b) 2 and 4 (c) 1 2 and 4 (d) All

17. Consider the following statements

1. The mediation panel consists of the chairman of the mediation panel, Retired SC judge, Justice F M Khalifullaj

2. The other members of the panel include spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Sankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.

3. The Supreme Court had formed the five-member panel to find a solution to the long-standing dispute, which is acceptable by all parties.

Find the correct statement from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 1 and 3 (c) 2 and 3 (d) All

18. Consider the following statements

1. The specially-raised squad of women is known as ‘Danteshwari Ladake’, or fighters of Goddess Danteshwari, which was inducted recently in the state’s Naxal-hit Dantewada district of Odisha.

2. Of the 30 recruits, 10 are surrendered women Naxals, while 10 others are assistant constables who were part of the erstwhile Salwa Judum (anti-Naxal militia) movement

Find the correct statement from the options given below

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) Both (d) None

19. Consider the following statements regarding the pit viper species that are found in India

1. With the new discovery India now has four pit viper species.

2. Arunachal Pradesh the only state to have a pit viper named after it

3. Malabar, Horseshoe, Hump Nosed, Himalayan are some of the species of pit viper

Find the correct statements from the option given below

(a) Only 3 (b) 1 and 2 (c) 2 and 3 (d) None

20. Consider the following statements about Apache Helicopter

1. The Indian Army has received the first Apache Guardian helicopter from US aircraft manufacturer, Boeing.

2. India had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the France in September 2015, for 22 of these helicopters.

3. The AH-64E Apache is primarily a multi-role attack helicopter, which is flown by the US Army.

4. The helicopter has the capability to control unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), full IFR capability, and improved landing gear.

Find the correct statements from the options given below

(a) 3 and 4 (b) 1 2 and 4 (c) 2 3 and 4 (d) All

21. Consider the following pair of Joint Exercise

1. Exercise MITRA SHAKTI – India-Srilanka.

2. Military Exercise Sampriti – India-Bangladesh.

3. Naval Exercise TROPEX – India-Japan-USA

4. ADMM plus – India – ASEAN

Find correct pairs of Joint Military Exercises from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 and 3 (d) All of the above

22. Consider the following statements about MANAV initiative

1. The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has recently launched human tissue mapping project called MANAV: Human Atlas Initiative.

2. The Objective of this initiative is to map every single tissue of human body to find out deepest information and roles of tissues and cells linked to a variety of ailments.

3. This project is funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) that would make a database network of all human body tissues.

Find the correct statements from the option given below

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3 (c) 1 and 3 (d) All

Answer Keys

1 d 2 d 3 a 4 a 5 b 6 c 7 a 8 a 9 c 10 a

11 a 12 d 13 c 14 b 15 d 16 a 17 a 18 b 19 c 20 a

21 a 22 b

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