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Q.1) “Forty plus Nine (40+9)” Recommendations is concerned with which of the following institutions/organisations?

a) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

b) Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

c) Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

d) Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

Solution (b)

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Pradhan Mantri Surakshit

Matritva Abhiyan’

1. It provides subsidised and quality antenatal care to women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families

2. It is under the aegis of the Ministry of Women and Child Development

3. It aims to reach out to pregnant women who are in the 2nd & 3rd Trimesters of pregnancy

Select the correct statements

a) 1 and 3

b) 1 and 2

c) 3 Only

d) 2 and 3

Solution (c)

Q.3) considers the following statements with respect to ‘Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR)’ and identifies the correct ones:

1. It is a measure of a bank’s financial strength expressed as a ratio of capital to risk weighted assets.

2. Under Basel III norms, the minimum capital adequacy ratio that banks must maintain is 8%.

Select the correct code:

a) 1 Only

b) 2 Only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (c)

Q.4) which of the following statements is the most appropriate with respect to ‘Feed-in tariff’?

a) It allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated.

b) It is a trade barrier erected for the purpose of reducing pollution and improving the environment

c) It is a tax levied on activities which are considered to be harmful to the environment and is intended to promote environmentally friendly activities via economic incentives

d) It is an economic policy created to promote active investment in and production of renewable energy sources

Solution (d)

Q.5) ‘Operation NISTAR’ was a Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operation (HADR) conducted by India in which of the following countries?

a) Yemen

b) Djibouti

c) Maldives

d) Indonesia

Solution (a)

It was conducted to rescue Indian Nationals off Socotra Islands (Yemen) after the island was struck with a severe Cyclonic Storm – Mekunu.

Q.6) which of the following are correctly matched?

1. National Disaster Risk Index – UNISDR

2. Transformation Index – World Bank

3. Project Half-Earth – UNEP

4. REPLACE Programme – WHO

Select the correct code:

a) 1 and 4

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 2

d) 4 only

Solution (d)

Q.7) Following islands were recently in news.

1. Socotra Island – Arabian Sea

2. Solomon Island – South Pacific Ocean

3. Guam Island – Western Pacific Ocean

4. Sabang Island – Andaman Sea

5. Easter Island – Atlantic Ocean

Which of them is/are correctly matched?

a) 1, 3, 4 and 5

b) 1, 2, 4 and 5

c) 1, 2, 3 and 4

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

 Solution (c)

Q.8) Which of the following experiments/detectors are related to study of ‘Neutrino’?

1. XENON

2. IceCube

3. MINOS

4. KATRIN

Select the correct code:

a) 1 and 3

b) 2, 3 and 4

c) 1, 2 and 4

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Solution (b)

Q.9) ‘Joint Appeal to Youth’ recently in news is related to:

a) BRICS

b) SCO

c) UN

d) ASEAN

Solution (b)

Q.10) The Energy Progress Report provides a global dashboard on progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The report targets which SDG and is a joint effort of:

a) SDG7 and International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO)

b) SDG4 and International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO)

c) SDG6 and International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO)

d) SDG7 and International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Solution (a)

Q.11) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)’

1. The equity of a regional rural bank is held by the concerned State Government and the Sponsor Bank in the proportion of 50:50.

2. They were set up under the Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976.

3. They have to maintain the minimum prescribed Capital to Risk weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) of 15%.

Select the correct statements

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 Only

c) 1 and 3

d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution (b)

Q.12) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Central Adoption Resource

Authority (CARA)’

1. It is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development

2. It was set up under the POCSO Act

3. It has barred partners in live-in relationships from adopting a child

Select the correct statements

a) 1 Only

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) None of the above

Solution (a)

Q.13) which of the following is/are correctly matched?

1. Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary – Tamil Nadu

2. Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary – Kerala

3. Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary – Karnataka

Select the correct code:

a) 1 Only

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) All of the above

Solution (a)

Q.14) ‘Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS)’ is often seen in news. It is associated with which of the following organisations?

a) Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)

b) Middle East Security Alliance (MESA)

c) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

d) BRICS

Solution (a)

Q.15) ‘Helsinki Accords’ is associated with

a) Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

b) Antarctic Treaty System

c) Non-Proliferation Treaty

d) None of the above

Solution (d)

Q.16) If you have to reach Russia from India through land, the minimum countries land boundaries that must be crossed is?

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4

Solution (a)

Q.17) ‘Billion Tree Tsunami’, (BTT) a provincial government programme that has seen a total of 300 million trees of 42 different species planted across the province. BTT is associated with which province?

a) Bali Province, Indonesia

b) Chongqing Province, China

c) Philippines Province

d) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan

Solution (d)

Q.18) Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) brands the monsoon as ‘normal’ or ‘deficient’ based on how it fares against its benchmark Long Period Average (LPA). Select the statement that closely defines LPA:

a) LPA is the average rainfall received by the country as a whole during the south-west monsoon, for a 50-year period.

b) LPA is the average rainfall received by the country as a whole during the north-west monsoon, for a 60-year period.

c) LPA is the average rainfall received by the country as a whole during the south-west monsoon, for a 100-year period.

d) LPA is the average rainfall received by the country as a whole during the south-west monsoon, for a 10-year period.

Solution (a)

Q.19) Select the correct statement with reference to ‘GROWTH-India’ recently in new:

a) The telescope located at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO) at Hanle in Ladakh, designed to observe dynamic or transient events in the universe.

b) A joint initiative of World Bank and Union Finance Ministry on measures to accelerate GDP.

c) A medical device designed by IIT Madras students for disabled children.

d) It is a flagship initiative of NITI AAYOG for bridging the gaps between Center and State government fiscal health.

Solution (a)

Q.20) Recently India lauded the ‘Third Neighbor Policy’ of one of its partner countries in

Asia. Which of the following pursue the ‘Third Neighbor Policy’?

a) Myanmar

b) Mongolia

c) Vietnam

d) Philippines

Solution (b)

Q.21) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Eco-Sensitive Zones’

1. They are declared under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

2. All kinds of human activities are prohibited in the Eco-Sensitive Zones

3. Eco-Sensitive Zones can be notified only near National Parks

Select the correct statements

a) 1 Only

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) None of the above

Solution (d)

Q.22) considers the following statements with respect to ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY)’ and identifies the correct ones.

1. It deals with the matters related to Urban Water Supply and Sanitation including Solid Waste Management

2. It aims to improve ground water management in priority areas in the country through community participation

3. It is being implemented by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering

Organisation (CPHEEO)

Select the correct statements

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 Only

c) 2 and 3

d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution (b)

Q.23) ‘Lithium-ion batteries’ can be used in which of the following?

1. Mobile Phones

2. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

3. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

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Select the correct code:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

Solution (d)

Q.24) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Islands Development Agency

(IDA)’

1. It is chaired by the Prime Minster of India

2. It aims to develop a military and naval base at the Andaman and Lakshadweep

Islands

3. It was set up in 2017

Select the correct statements

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 and 3

c) 3 Only

d) 2 and 3

Solution (c)

Q.25) which of the following statements with respect to ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ is/are correct?

1. It releases the bonded labourers from their bondage and rehabilitates them

2. It rehabilitates the homeless and destitute persons and provides them with suitable sources of livelihood

Select the correct statements

a) 1 Only

b) 2 Only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (d)

Q.26) ‘Cyclone Sagar and Mekunu’ recently in news are associated with:

a) Southern Pacific Ocean

b) Atlantic Ocean

c) Indian Ocean

d) Western Pacific Ocean

Solution (c)

Q.27) The term ‘HiLumi’ recently in news is associated with:

a) High intensity laser beam technology

b) Helium exploration on the Moon

c) An upgrade of Large Hadron Collider at CERN

d) An artificial intelligence based telescope

Solution (c)

Q.28) ‘International Conference on Water for Sustainable Development’ was held in Tajikistan. Consider the following statements in this regard:

1. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the decade 2020-2030 as the

International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development’

2. Sustainable development and integrated water resources management has been kept under Sustainable Development Goal, SDG-6.

3. World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year.

Which of the given statement(s) is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution (b)

Q.29) Consider the following statements regarding the recently launched National Digital

Library (NDL) of India:

1. NDL is the Single Window Secret Platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India

2. It is not open to foreign institutions

3. It is a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the aegis of

National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology

(NMEICT)

Identify the correct statement/s and mark the appropriate code

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 and 3

c) 2 and 3

d) 3 only

Solution (d)

Q.30) Consider the following statements about ‘Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and ‘Nuclear DNA’:

1. While nuclear DNA is circular in shape, mtDNA is linear.

2. MtDNA is inherited from both father and mother while nuclear NDA is solely from mother.

3. Nuclear DNA consists of 46 chromosomes while mitochondrial DNA consists of only one chromosome.

Which of the given statement(s) is/are correct?

a) 1 and 3

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 2

d) None of the above

Solution (b)

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