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This UPSC CSAT General Studies sample paper for Civil Service Pre Exam ( Paper 1) based on UPSC Civil Service exam pattern.

CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Question Paper

Question 1
With reference to National Rural Health Mission, which of the following are the jobs of ‘ASHA’, a trained community health worker?
  1. Accompanying women to the health facility for antenatal care checkup
  2. Using pregnancy test kits for early detection of pregnancy
  3. Providing information on nutrition and immunization
  4. Conducting the delivery of baby
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1, 2, 3 and 4
B
1, 2 and 3 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
2 and 4 only
Question 2
India maintained its early cultural contacts and trade links with Southeast Asia across the Bay of Bengal. For this pre-eminence of early maritime history of Bay of Bengal, which of the following could be the most convincing explanation/explanations?
A
none of these
B
The rulers of southern India always patronized traders, brahmin priests and buddhist monks in this context
C
Both are correct
D
As compared to other countries, India had a better strip-building technology in ancient and medieval times
Question 3
Consider the following:
  1. Photosynthesis
  2. Respiration
  3. Decay of organic matter
  4. Volcanic action
Which of the above add carbon dioxide to the carbon cycle on Earth?
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 and 4 only
C
1, 2, 3 and 4
D
2, 3 and 4 only
Question 4
If a tropical rain forest is removed, it does not regenerate quickly as compared to a tropical deciduous forest. This is because
A
exotic species invade the fertile soil of rain forest
B
propagules of the trees in a rain forest have poor viability
C
the rain forest species are slow- growing
D
the soil of rain forest is deficient in nutrients
Question 5
The religion of early Vedic Aryans was primarily of
A
worship of nature and Yajnas
B
image worship and Yajnas
C
worship of nature and Bhakti
D
Bhakti
Question 6
A company marketing food products advertises that its items do not contain transfats. What does this campaign signify to the customers?
  1. The food products are not made out of hydrogenated oils
  2. The food products are not made out of animal fats/ oils
  3. The oils used are not likely to damage the cardiovascular health of the consumers
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1, 2 and 3
B
1 and 3 only
C
1 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 7
With reference to the Delimitation Commission, consider the following statements:
  1. The orders of the Delimitation Commission cannot be challenged in a Court of Law.
  2. When the orders of the Delimitation Commission are laid before the Lok Sabha or State Legislative
  3. Assembly, they cannot effect any modifications in the orders.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
Neither 1 nor 2
B
Both 1 and 2
C
1 only
D
2 only
Question 8
How does the National Rural Livelihood Mission seek to improve livelihood options of rural poor?
  1. By setting up a large number of new manufacturing industries and agribusiness centers in rural areas
  2. By strengthening ‘self-help groups’ and providing skill development
  3. By supplying seeds, fertilizers, diesel pump-sets and micro-irrigation equipment free of cost to farmers
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 2 only
B
1 and 3 only
C
2 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 9
Mahatma Gandhi undertook fast unto death in 1932, mainly because
A
Ramsay Macdonald announced the Communal Award
B
Round Table Conference failed to satisfy Indian political aspirations
C
Congress and Muslim League had differences of opinion
D
None of the statements
Question 10
In India, other than ensuring that public funds are used efficiently and for intended purpose, what is the importance of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)?
  1. CAG exercises exchequer control on behalf of the Parliament when the President of India declares national emergency/financial emergency.
  2. CAG reports on the execution of projects or programmes by the ministries are discussed by the Public Accounts Committee.
  3. Information from CAG reports can be used by investigating agencies to press charges against those who have violated the law while managing public finances.
  4. While dealing with the audit and accounting of government companies, CAG has certain judicial powers for prosecuting those who violate the law.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1, 3 and 4 only
B
2 only
C
2 and 3 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 11
What was the purpose with which Sir William Wedderburn and W. S. Caine had set up the Indian Parliamentary Committee in 1893 ?

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A
To agitate for the entry of eminent Indians into the British Parliament
B
To facilitate a discussion on India's Independence in the British Parliament
C
To campaign for the entry of Indians into the Imperial Judiciary
D
To agitate for Indian political reforms in the House of Commons
Question 12
With what purpose is the Government of India promoting the concept of "Mega Food Parks"?
  1. To provide good infrastructure facilities for the food processing processing industry
  2. To increase the processing of perishable items and reduce wastage
  3. To provide emerging and eco-friendly food processing technologies to entrepreneurs
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 and 2 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 13
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) acts as a bankers' bank. This would imply which of the following?
  1. Other banks retain their deposits with the RBI.
  2. The RBI lends funds to the commercial banks in times of need.
  3. The RBI advises the commercial banks on monetary matters.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
A
1 and 3 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 and 2 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 14
Consider the following:
  1. Black-necked crane
  2. Cheetah
  3. Flying squirrel
  4. Snow leopard
Which of the above are naturally found in India?
A
1, 2 and 3 only
B
1, 3 and 4 only
C
1, 2, 3 and 4
D
2 and 4 only
Question 15
Consider the following statements: The most effective contribution made by Dadabhai Naoroji to the cause of Indian National Movement was that he
  1. exposed the economic exploitation of India by the British
  2. interpreted the ancient Indian texts and restored the self-confidence of Indians
  3. stressed the need for eradication of all the social evils before anything else
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
2 and 3 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 only
D
1 and 3 only
Question 16
Consider the following factors:
  1. Rotation of the Earth
  2. Air pressure and wind
  3. Density of ocean water
  4. Revolution of the Earth
Which of the above factors influence the ocean currents?
A
1, 2 and 3
B
1 and 4
C
2, 3 and 4
D
1 and 2 only
Question 17
Which one of the following statements appropriately describes the "fiscal stimulus"?
A
It is an intense affirmative action of the Government to boost economic activity in the country.
B
It is a massive investment by the Government in manufacturing sector to ensure the supply of goods to meet the demand surge caused by rapid economic growth.
C
It is an extreme affirmative action by the Government to pursue its policy of financial inclusion
D
It is Government's intensive action on financial institutions to ensure disbursement of loans to agriculture and allied sectors to promote greater food production and contain food inflation.
Question 18
With reference to the period of Indian freedom struggle, which of the following was/were recommended by the Nehru report ?
  1. Complete Independence for India
  2. Joint electorates for reservation of seats for minorities
  3. Provision of fundamental rights for the people of India in the Constitution
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 and 3 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 19
Which of the following measures would, result in an increase in the money supply in the economy?
  1. Purchase of government securities from the public by the Central Bank.
  2. Deposit 'of currency in commercial banks by the public
  3. Borrowing by the government from' the Central Bank
  4. Sale of government securities to the public by the Central Bank
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
2, 3 and 4
B
1 and 3
C
2 and 4 only
D
1 only
Question 20
Consider the following actions which the Government can take:
  1. Devaluing the domestic currency
  2. Reduction in the export subsidy
  3. Adopting suitable policies which attract greater FDI and more funds from FIIs
Which of the above action/actions can help in reducing the current account deficit?
A
2 and 3
B
1 and 3
C
3 only
D
1 and 2
Question 21
Government of India encourages the cultivation of ‘sea buckthorn’. What is the importance of this plant?
  1. It helps in controlling soil erosion and in preventing desertification.
  2. It is a rich source of biodiesel.
  3. It has nutritional value and is well-adapted to live in cold areas of high altitudes.
  4. Its timber is of great commercial value.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 and 3 only
B
1, 2, 3 and 4
C
1 only
D
2, 3 and 4 only
Question 22
Which one of the following groups of animals belongs to the category of endangered species?
A
Snow Leopard, Swamp Deer, Rhesus Monkey, and Saras (Crane)
B
Kashmir Stag, Cheetal, Blue Bull and Great Indian Bustard
C
Lion-tailed Macaque, Blue Bull, Hanuman Langur and Cheetal
D
Great Indian Bustard, Musk Deer, Red Panda and Asiatic Wild Ass
Question 23
A particular State in India has the following characteristics:
  1. It is located on the same latitude which passes through northern Rajasthan.
  2. It has over 80% of its area under forest cover.
  3. Over 12% of forest cover constitutes Protected Areas Network in this State.
Which one among the following States has all the above characteristics?
A
Uttarakhand
B
Himachal Pradesh
C
Assam
D
Arunachal Pradesh
Question 24
In the context of global oil prices. "Brent crude oil" is frequently referred to in the news. What does this term imply?
  1. it is a major classification of crude oil
  2. It is sourced from North Sea
  3. It does not contain sulphur
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1, 2 and 3
B
2 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
1 and 2 only
Question 25
India is home to lakhs of persons with disabilities. What are the benefits available to them under the law?
  1. Free schooling till the age of 18 years in government-run schools
  2. Preferential allotment of land for setting up business
  3. Ramps in public buildings
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 and 3 only
B
1 only
C
1, 2 and 3
D
2 and 3 only
Question 26
Consider the following:
  1. Right to education
  2. Right to equal access to public service
  3. Right to food
Which of the above is/ are Human Right/Human Rights under "Universal Declaration of Human Rights"?
A
3 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 and 2 only
D
1 only
Question 27
Consider the following specific stages of demographic transition associated with economic development:
  1. Low birthrate with low death rate
  2. High birthrate with high death rate
  3. High birthrate with low death rate
Select the correct order of the above stages using the codes given below:
A
3, 2, 1
B
1, 2, 3
C
2, 1, 3
D
2, 3, 1
Question 28
A "closed economy" is an economy in which

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A
the money supply is fully controlled
B
only exports take place
C
neither exports nor imports take place
D
deficit financing takes place
Question 29
Which one of the following observations is not true about the Quit India Movement of 1942?

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A
It was a non-violent movement
B
It was led by Mahatma Gandhi
C
It was a spontaneous movement
D
It did not attract the labour class in general
Question 30
A person, stood alone in a desert on a dark night and wanted to reach his village which was situated 5 km east of the point where he was standing. He had no instruments to find the direction but he located the polestar. The most convenient way now to reach his village is to walk in the
A
direction opposite to the polestar
B
direction keeping the polestar
C
direction keeping the polestar to his right
D
direction facing the polestar
Question 31
With reference to Indian freedom struggle, Usha Mehta is well-known for
A
Participating in the Second Round Table Conference
B
Leading a contingent of Indian National Army
C
Assisting in the formation of Interim Government under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
D
Running the secret Congress Radio in the wake of Quit India Movement
Question 32
When the annual Union Budget is not passed by the Lok Sabha?

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A
the Prime Minister submits the resignation of Council of Ministers
B
the Union Finance Minister is asked to resign
C
the Budget is referred to the Rajya Sabha for suggestions
D
the Budget is modified and presented again
Question 33
Biodiversity forms the basis for human existence in the following ways:
  1. Soil formation
  2. Prevention of soil erosion
  3. Recycling of waste
  4. Pollination of crops
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 4 only
B
1, 2, 3 and 4
C
2, 3 and 4 only
D
1, 2 and 3 only
Question 34
How do mangroves function as a safety hedge?
A
The mangrove trees are tall with dense canopies and serve as an excellent shelter during a cyclone or tsunami
B
The mangrove swamps separate the human settlements from the sea by a wide zone in which people neither live nor venture out
C
The mangrove trees do not get uprooted by storms and tides because of their extensive roots
D
The mangroves provide both food and medicines which people are in need of after any natural disaster
Question 35
The distribution. of powers between the Centre and the States in the Indian Constitution is based on the scheme provided in the
A
Morely-Minto Reforms, 1909
B
Indian Independence Act, 1947
C
Government of India Act, 1935
D
Montagu-Chelmsford Act, 1919
Question 36
Consider the following statements: The price of any currency in international market is decided by the
  1. World Bank
  2. demand for goods/services provided by the country concerned
  3. stability of the government of the concerned country
  4. economic potential of the country in question
Which of the statements given above are correct?
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 and 4 only
C
3 and 4 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 37
The Prime Minister of India, at the time of his/her appointment
A
need not necessarily be a member of one of the Houses of the Parliament but must become a member of the Lok Sabha within six months
B
must be a member of one of the Houses of the Parliament
C
need not necessarily be a member of one of the Houses of the Parliament but must become a member of one of the Houses within six months
D
must be a member of the Lok Sabha
Question 38
The "Red Data Books" published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) contain lists of
  1. Endemic plant and animal species present in the biodiversity hotspots
  2. Threatened plant and animal species
  3. Protected sites for conservation of nature and natural resources in various countries
Select the correct answer using the codes given below
A
3 Only
B
1 and 3
C
2 only
D
2 and 3
Question 39
Which one of the following is not a site for in-situ method of conservation of flora?
A
Wildlife Sanctuary
B
Botanical Garden
C
Biosphere Reserve
D
National Park
Question 40
A married couple adopted a male child. A few years, later, twin boys were born to them. The blood group of the couple is AB positive and 0 negative. The blood group of the three sons is A positive, B positive, and 0 positive. The blood group of the adopted son is
A
B positive
B
Cannot be determined on the basis of the given data
C
O positive
D
A positive
Question 41
In the Parliament of India, the purpose of an adjournment motion is
A
To allow a reduction of specific amount in demand for grant
B
To allow a discussion on a definite matter of urgent public importance
C
To let opposition members collect information from the ministers
D
To postpone the proceedings to check the inappropriate or violent behaviour on the part of some Members
Question 42
In which one among the following categories of protected areas in India are local people not allowed to collect and use the biomass?
A
Wetlands declared under Ramsar Convention
B
Biosphere Reserves
C
Wildlife Sanctuaries
D
National Parks
Question 43
Both Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) are related to investment in a country. Which one of the following statements best represents an important difference between the two?
A
FII helps in increasing capital availability in general, while FDI only targets specific sectors
B
FII helps bring better management skills and technology, while FDI only brings in capital
C
FII is considered to be more stable than FDI
D
FDI flows only into the secondary market, while FII targets primary market
Question 44
Which of the following is/are among the Fundamental Duties of citizens laid down in the Indian Constitution?
  1. To preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture
  2. To protect the weaker sections from social injustice
  3. To develop the scientific temper and spirit of inquiry
  4. To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity
Select the correct answer using the codes given below
A
1, 2, 3 and 4
B
2 only
C
1, 3 and 4 only
D
1 and 2 only
Question 45
The surface of a lake is frozen in severe winter, but the water at its bottom is still liquid. What is the reason?
A
Ice is a bad conductor of heat
B
Since the surface of the lake is at the same temperature as the air, no heat is lost
C
None of the statements
D
The density of water is maximum at 4°C
Question 46
With reference to micro-irrigation, which of the following statements is/are correct ?
  1. Fertilizer/nutrient loss can be reduced
  2. It is the only means of irrigation in dry land farming
  3. In some areas of farming, receding of ground water table can be checked
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1, 2 and 3
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 only
D
1 and 3 only
Question 47
To meet its rapidly growing energy demand, some opine that India should pursue research and development on thorium as the future fuel of nuclear energy. In this context, what advantage does thorium hold over uranium?
  1. Thorium is far more abundant in nature than uranium.
  2. On the basis of per unit mass of mined mineral, thorium can generate more energy compared to natural uranium.
  3. Thorium produces less harmful waste compared to uranium.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 and 3 only
C
1, 2 and 3
D
1 only
Question 48
A deadlock between the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha calls for a joint sitting of the Parliament during the passage of
  1. Ordinary Legislation
  2. Money Bill
  3. Constitution Amendment Bill
Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 and 3 only
C
1 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 49
Vultures which used to be very common in Indian countryside some years ago are rarely seen nowadays. This is attributed to
A
scarcity of food available to them
B
a widespread, persistent and fatal disease among them
C
the destruction of their nesting sites by new invasive species
D
a drug used by cattle owners for treating their diseased cattle
Question 50
The Function of heavy water in a nuclear reactor is to
A
Stop the nuclear reaction
B
Cool down the reactor
C
Slow down the speed of neutrons
D
Increase the speed of neutrons
Question 51
During Indian freedom struggle, the National Social Conference was formed. What was the reason for its formation?

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A
Behramji Malabari and M.G. Ranade decided to bring together all the social reform groups of the country under one organization
B
Indian National Congress did not want to include social reforms in its deliberations and decided to form a separate body for such a purpose
C
None of the statements
D
Different social reform groups or organizations of Bengal region united to form a single body to discuss the issues of larger interest and to prepare appropriate petitions/representations to the government
Question 52
What is the difference between a CFL and an LED lamp ?
  1. To produce light, a CFL uses mercury vapour' and phosphor while an LED lamp uses semi-conductor material
  2. The average life span of a CFL is much longer than that of an LED lamp
  3. A CFL is less energy-efficient as compared to an LED lamp
Which of the statements given above Is/are correct ?
A
1 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
2 and 3 only
D
1 and 3 only
Question 53
Which of the following can be said to be essentially the parts of ‘inclusive Governance’?
  1. Permitting the Non-Banking Financial Companies to do banking
  2. Establishing effective District planning Committees in all the districts
  3. Increasing the government spending on public health
  4. Strengthening the Mid-day Meal Scheme
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
3 and 4 only
B
1, 2, 3 and 4
C
1 and 2 only
D
2, 3 and 4 only
Question 54
With reference to ‘stem cells’, frequently in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct?
  1. Stem cells can be derived from mammals only.
  2. Stem cells can be used for screening new drugs.
  3. Stem cells can be used for medical therapies.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 2 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
2 and 3 only
D
3 only
Question 55
There is a concern over the increase in harmful algal blooms in the seawaters of India. What could be the causative factors for this phenomenon?
  1. Discharge of nutrients from the estuaries
  2. Run-off from the land during the monsoon
  3. Upwelling in the seas
Select the Correct answer from the codes given
A
1 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 and 2 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 56
Karl Marx explained the process of class struggle with the help of which one of the following theories?

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A
Empirical liberalism
B
Existentialism
C
Darwin's theory of evolution
D
Dialectical materialism
Question 57
Which one of the following is the characteristic climate of the Tropical Savannah Region?

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A
Rainfall in winter only
B
A definite dry and wet season
C
Rainfall throughout the year
D
An extremely short dry season
Question 58
According to the Constitution of India, it is the duty of the President of India to cause to be laid before the Parliament which of the following?
  1. The Recommendations of the Union Finance Commission
  2. The Report of the Public Accounts Committee
  3. The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
  4. The Report of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes
Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
A
2 and 4 only
B
1 only
C
1, 3 and 4 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 59
Three of the following criteria have contributed to the recognition of western Ghats-Sri Lanka and Indo-Burma regions as hotspots of biodiversity:
  1. Species richness
  2. Vegetation density
  3. Endemism
  4. Ethno-botanical importance
  5. Threat perception
  6. Adaptation of flora and fauna to warm arid humid conditions
Which three of the above are correct criteria in this context?
A
2, 4 and 6
B
1, 3 and 5
C
1, 2 and 6
D
3, 4 and 6
Question 60
Biomass gasification is considered to be one of the sustainable solutions to the power crisis in India. In this context, which of the following statements is/are correct?
  1. Coconut shells, groundnut shells and rice husk can be used in biomass gasification.
  2. The combustible gases generated from biomass gasification consist of hydrogen and carbon dioxide only.
  3. The combustible gases generated from biomass gasification can be used for direct heat generation but not in internal combustion engines.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1, 2 and 3
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
1 only
Question 61
Consider the following statements:
  1. The duration of the monsoon decreases from southern India to northern India.
  2. The amount of annual rainfall in the northern plains of India decreases from east to west.
Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
A
Neither 1 nor 2
B
1 only
C
Both 1 and 2
D
2 only
Question 62
Which one of the following sets of elements was primarily responsible for the origin of life on the Earth?

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A
Hydrogen, Oxygen, Sodium
B
Carbon, Hydrogen, Potassium
C
Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen
D
Oxygen, Calcium, Phosphorus
Question 63
Consider the following kinds of organisms:
  1. Bacteria
  2. Fungi
  3. Flowering Plants
Some species of which of the above kinds of organisms are employed as biopesticides?
A
1 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 and 3 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 64
The congress ministries resigned in the seven provinces in 1939, because

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A
None of the statements
B
emergence of a ‘left wing’ in the Congress made the working of the ministries impossible
C
the Congress could not from ministries in the other four provinces
D
there were widespread communal disturbances in their provinces
Question 65
Graphene is frequently in news recently. What is its importance?
  1. It is a two-dimensional material and has good electrical conductivity.
  2. It is one of the thinnest but strongest materials tested so far.
  3. It is entirely made of silicon and has high optical transparency.
  4. It can be used as ‘conducting electrodes’ required for touch screens, LCDs and organic LEDs.
Which of the statements given above are correct?
A
1 and 2 only
B
1, 2 and 4 only
C
3 and 4 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 66
Which of the following parties were established by Dr. B.R Ambedkar?
  1. The peasants and Workers Party of India
  2. All India scheduled Castes Federation
  3. The independent Labour Party
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 3 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
2 and 3 only
D
1 and 2 only
Question 67
With reference to India, consider the following Central Acts:
  1. Import and Export (Control) Act, 1947
  2. Mining and Mineral Development (Regulation) Act, 1957
  3. Customs Act, 1962
  4. Indian Forest Act, 1927
Which of the above Acts have relevance to/bearing on the biodiversity conservation in the country?
A
2, 3 and 4 only
B
None of these Acts
C
1 and 3 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 68
Which of the following is/are by the scientists as evidences for the continued expansion of universe?
  1. Detection of microwave space
  2. Observation of redshift phenomenon in space
  3. Movement of asteroids in
  4. Occurrence of sup explosions in space
Select the correct answer use codes given below:
A
2 only
B
1 and 2
C
None of the above
D
1, 3 and 4
Question 69
The Multi-dimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative with UNDP support covers which of the following?
  1. Deprivation of education, health, assets and services at household level
  2. Purchasing power parity at national level
  3. Extent of budget deficit and GDP growth rate at national level
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
2 and 3 only
D
1 and 3 only
Question 70
The Jain philosophy holds that the world is ‘created and maintained by’
A
Universal Law
B
Universal Faith
C
Universal Truth
D
Universal Soul
Question 71
Microfinance is the provision of financial services to people of low-income groups. This includes both the consumers and the self-employed. The service/ services rendered under micro- finance is/ are :
  1. Credit facilities
  2. Savings facilities
  3. Insurance facilities
  4. Fund Transfer facilities
Select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 and 4 only
C
1, 2, 3 and 4
D
1 only
Question 72
Under the Constitution of India, which one of the following is not a fundamental duty?
A
To vote in public elections
B
To develop the scientific temper
C
To abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals
D
To safeguard public property
Question 73
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment describes the following major categories of ecosystem services-provisioning, supporting regulating, preserving and cultural Which one of the following is supporting services?
A
Nutrient cycling and pollination
B
Maintenance of diversity
C
Control of climate and disease
D
Production of food and water
Question 74
Two important rivers - one with its source in Jharkhand (and known by a different name in Odisha), and another, with its source in Odisha - merge at a place only a short distance from the coast of Bay of Bengal before flowing into the sea. This is an important site of wildlife and biodiversity and a protected area. Which one of the following could be this?
A
Gopalpur-on-sea
B
Chandipur-on-sea
C
Bhitarkanika
D
Simlipal
Question 75
Consider the following:-
  1. Carbon dioxide
  2. Oxides of Nitrogen
  3. Oxides of Sulphur
Which of the above is/are the emission/emissions from coal combustion at thermal power plants?
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 only
C
1, 2 and 3
D
1 and 3 only
Question 76
Human activities in the recent past have caused the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but a lot of it does not remain in the lower atmosphere because of
  1. Its escape into the outer strato-sphere
  2. The photosynthesis by phyto-plankton in the oceans
  3. The trapping of air in the polar ice caps
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
2 and 3 only
B
3 only
C
2 only
D
1 and 2
Question 77
When the bark of a tree is removed in a circular fashion all around near its base,it gradually dries up and dies because
A
Roots do not receive oxygen for respiration
B
Roots are starved of energy
C
Water from soil cannot rise to aerial parts
D
Tree is infected by soil microbes
Question 78
With reference to Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries, which of the following statements are correct?
  1. Dhrupad originated and developed in the Rajput kingdoms during the Mughal period.
  2. Dhrupad is primarily a devotional and spiritual music.
  3. Dhrupad Alap uses Sanskrit syllables from Mantras.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
2 and 3 only
B
None of these
C
1, 2 and 3
D
1 and 2 only
Question 79
In terms of economy, the visit by foreign nationals to witness the IPL in India amounted to

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A
Production
B
Imports
C
Exports
D
Consumption
Question 80
In the areas covered under the Panchayat (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, what is the role/power of Gram Sabha?
  1. Gram Sabha has the power to prevent alienation of land in the Scheduled Areas.
  2. Gram Sabha has the ownership of minor forest produce.
  3. Recommendation of Gram Sabha is required for granting prospecting licence or mining lease for any mineral in the Scheduled Areas.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 and 2 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 81
The Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress (1929) is very important in history, because
  1. the Congress passed a resolution demanding complete independence
  2. the rift between the extremists and moderates was resolved in that session
  3. a resolution was passed rejecting the two-nation theory in that Session
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
2 and 3
B
1 only
C
1 and 3
D
None of these
Question 82
Consider the following statements:
  1. Union Territories are not represented in the Rajya Sabha.
  2. It is within the preview of the Chief Election Commissioner to adjudicated the election disputes.
  3. According to the Constitution of India, the Parliament consists of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha only.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 and 3
B
1 only
C
2 and 3
D
None
Question 83
All revenues received by the Union Government by way of taxes and other receipts for the conduct of Government business are credited to the

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A
Deposits and Advances Fund
B
Public Account
C
Consolidated Fund of India
D
Contingency Fund of India
Question 84
With reference to the guilds (Shreni) of ancient India that played a very important role in the country's economy, which of the following statements is/are correct?
  1. Every guild was registered with the central authority of the State and the king was the chief administrative authority on them.
  2. The wages, rules of work, standards and prices were fixed by the guild.
  3. The guild had judicial powers over its own members.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
A
2 and 3 only
B
3 only
C
1 and 2 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 85
With reference to the period of colonial rule in India, "Home -Charges" formed an important part of drain of wealth from India. Which of the following funds constituted "Home Charges" ?
  1. Funds used to support the India Office in London
  2. Funds used to pay salaries and pensions of British personnel engaged in India
  3. Funds used for waging wars outside India by the British
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 only
C
1, 2 and 3
D
1 and 2 only
Question 86
Microbial fuel cells are considered a source of sustainable energy. Why ?
  1. They use living organisms as catalysts to generate electricity from certain substrates
  2. They use a variety of inorganic materials as substrates
  3. They can be installed in waste water treatment plants to cleanse water and produce electricity
Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?
A
1, 2 and 3
B
1 only
C
2 and 3 only
D
1 and 3 only
Question 87
Consider the following statements: Chlorofluorocarbons, known are ozone-depleting substances, are used
  1. In the production of plastic foams
  2. In the production of tubeless tyres
  3. In cleaning certain electronic components
  4. As pressurizing agents in aerosol cans
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1, 2 and 3 only
B
1, 2, 3 and 4
C
4 only
D
1, 3 and 4 only
Question 88
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener sold in the market. It consists of amino acids and provides calories like other amino acids. Yet, it is used as a low-calorie sweetening agent in food items. What is the basis of this use ?
A
Aspartame is as sweet as table sugar, but unlike table sugar, it is not readily oxidized in human body due to lack of requisite enzymes
B
Aspartame is several times sweeter than table "sugar, hence food items made with small quantities of aspartame yield fewer calorieson oxidation
C
Aspartame is as sweet as sugar, but after ingestion into the body, it is converted into metabolites that yield no calories
D
When aspartame is used in food processing, the sweet taste remains, but it 'beccmes resistant to oxidation
Question 89
With reference to the religious history of medieval India, the Sufi mystics were known to pursue which of the following practices?
  1. Meditation and control of breath
  2. Severe ascetic excercises in a lonely place
  3. Recitation of holy songs to arouse a state of ecstasy in their audience
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
3 only
B
1 and 2 only
C
2 and 3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 90
Regarding the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker, consider the following statements:
  1. He/She holds the office during the pleasure of the President.
  2. He/She need not be a member of the House at the time of his/her election but has to become a member of the House within six months from the date of his/her election.
  3. If he/she intends to resign, the letter of his/her resignation has to be addressed to the Deputy Speaker.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
None
B
1, 2 and 3
C
1 and 2 only
D
3 only
Question 91
The Constitution (Seventy-Third Amendment) Act, 1992, which aims at promoting the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the country, provides for which of the following?
  1. Constitution of District Planning Committees
  2. State Election Commissions to conduct all panchayat elections
  3. Establishment of State Finance Commissions
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 2 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 only
D
1, 2 and 3
There are 91 questions to complete.
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