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UPSC IES General Studies Sample Paper

UPSC IES general studies

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General Studies Online Test for UPSC

Question 1
Which one of the following is correct ?

Player - Sport

A
Pankaj Advani - Badminton
B
Jhulan Goswami - Cricket
C
Baichung Bhutia - Hockey
D
Jeev Milkha Singh - Tennis
Question 2
National Extension Service was launched on
A
2nd October 1951
B
2nd October 1950
C
2nd October 1952
D
2nd October 1953
Question 3
Which one of the following States alone accounts for more than 80% of the country’s resources of mineral gypsum?
A
Rajasthan
B
Uttarakhand
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Madhya Pradesh
Question 4
Which one of the following is a reason for conducting a thorough research at present on mitochondrial DNA?

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A
To understand certain diseases inherited exclusively from paternal side
B
To understand the mechanism of transmission of respiratory diseases inherited from parents
C
To understand the diseases caused by life style
D
To understand certain hereditary diseases that are transmitted exclusively from mother to offspring
Question 5
A person sleeping in Leh with his head in the open and legs in the shade of a tree is liable to get sunstroke and frostbite at the same time. The reason for this is:
A
Low temperature
B
Rarefied air
C
Low Oxygen level
D
Dry air
Question 6
An instrument of qualitative credit control in India is—
A
Open market operations
B
Bank rate policy
C
Credit rationing
D
Change in reserve ratio
Question 7
Banking in India is controlled by:
A
Reserve Bank of India
B
Union Ministry of Commerce
C
Union Finance Commission
D
Union Ministry of Finance
Question 8
In which one of the following animals do distinct black stripes extend from the inner corners of the eyes to the month?
A
Cheetah
B
Jaguar
C
Leopard
D
Panther
Question 9
Which part of the Indian Constitution declares the ideals of Welfare State
A
Fundamental Rights
B
Directive Principles of State Policy
C
Preamble
D
Fundamental Duties
Question 10
Which one among the following is regarded as the ‘Magna Carta’ of Indian education?
A
Wood’s Despatch
B
Wardha Scheme
C
Sadler Commission
D
Hunter’s Commission
Question 11
In which Governor-General's reign railway lines in India was established?
A
Lord Cornwallis
B
Lord William Bentick
C
Lord Dalhousie
D
Lord Kenning
Question 12
Which light is strongly absorbed by the plants?

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A
Orange and yellow
B
Blue and Red
C
Green and violet
D
Indigo and yellow
Question 13
Demonstration effect means:
A
Effect of entertainment
B
Effect of advertisement
C
imitating effect of consumption
D
Effect of an experiment
Question 14
A geographical region has the following climatic characteristics:
  1. Uniformity of temperature throughout the year
  2. Rainfall throughout the year with two periods of maximum occurrence
  3. Least rainfall at June and December solstices
Which one of the following climates corresponds to the above characteristics?
A
Mediterranean
B
Tropical monsoon
C
Equatorial
D
China type
Question 15
Which one of the following is a military alliance ?

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A
SAARC
B
NAFTA
C
ASEAN
D
NATO
Question 16
Which of the following rivers originates near Mahabaleshwar?
A
Krishna
B
Kaveri
C
Kaver
D
Godavari
Question 17
Which of the following is/are the Maharatna Central Public Sector Enterprises?
  1. National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.
  2. Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Ltd.
  3. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
  4. Steel Authority of India Ltd.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 3 only
B
2 and 4 only
C
1, 2 and 4
D
1, 3 and 4
Question 18
The National anthem of India was sing for the first time at the Calcutta session of Indian National Congress in the year ____
A
1913
B
1911
C
1909
D
1906
Question 19
The maximum duration of Zero Hour in Lok Sabha is
A
30 minutes
B
Unspecified
C
Two hours
D
One hour
Question 20
Between which two rulers was the First Battle of Panipat fought ?
A
Shah Iahan and Daulat Khan Lodi
B
Babur and Ibrahirn Lodi
C
Bairam Khan and Sikandar Lodi
D
Akbar and Bahlol Lodi
Question 21
Which agency acts as co-coordinator between Union Government, Planning Commission and State Governments ?
A
National Development Council
B
National Integration Council
C
Finance Commission
D
Inter-State Council
Question 22
Which one of the following vitamins is most susceptible to deterioration by exposure to air?
A
Vitamin E
B
Vitamin A
C
Vitamin D
D
Vitamin C
Question 23
’Din-e-Ilahi’ of Akbar was not a success because-
A
After Akbar, it was not patronized
B
The Muslims did not accept other religious practices
C
It was not suitably projected to the masses
D
All the above
Question 24
Which reformer from Maharashtra was known as Lokhitavadi?

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A
Gopal Hari Deshmukh
B
M. G. Ranade
C
Pandit Ramabai
D
Gopal Krishna Gokhale
Question 25
Under the law in India, the Right to Information is available to:
  1. The residents of India
  2. The citizens of India
  3. Non-resident Indians
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
A
1 and 3
B
2 and 3
C
1 only
D
2 only
Question 26
Aadhar Unique Identification (UID) number is of
A
12 digits
B
16 digits
C
10 digits
D
14 digits
Question 27
Consider the following:
  1. Camphor
  2. Chicory
  3. Vanilla
Which of the above is/are plant products?
A
1 and 2 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 28
When did the UN General Assembly adopt the statute of the International Civil Service Commission :
A
December, 1978
B
December, 1974
C
December, 1979
D
December, 1976
Question 29
Excise Duty is a tax levied on:
A
Both the exported and imported commodities
B
Commodities that are imported
C
Commodities that are produced and consumed within the country
D
Commodities that are exported
Question 30
Which one of the following types of unemployment is common in Indian agriculture?
A
Structural
B
Frictional
C
Seasonal
D
Disguised
Question 31
Public Sector means-
A
Private ownership on trade
B
Government ownership on commerce and trade
C
Capitalist ownership on commerce and trade
D
None of these
Question 32
On the packet of a packaged food product in India, which one of the following symbols is used to indicate that the food is vegetarian?
A
A green square in a circle
B
A green plus mark
C
A green leaf of a plant
D
A green circular dot in a square
Question 33
Jaundice is caused due to the infection of—
A
Liver
B
Spleen
C
Brain
D
Kidney
Question 34
Which part of the Indian Constitution declares the ideals of Welfare State?
A
Fundamental Duties
B
Directive Principles of State Policy
C
Preamble
D
Fundamental Rights
Question 35
A rolling plan refers to a plan which-
A
Changes only its targets every year
B
Changes its allocations and targets every year
C
Does not change its targets every year
D
Changes its allocations every year
Question 36
Who said, “Parliamentary System provides a daily as well as a periodic assessment of the Government” ?
A
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
B
Dr. Rajendra Prasad
C
Shri B. N. Rao
D
Shri Fawahar Lal Nehru
Question 37
In the human body, the antibodies produced as a result of infection are actually:
A
Glycolipids
B
Carbohydrates
C
Sterols
D
Proteins
Question 38
The battle of Mahabharata is believed to have been fought at Kurukshetra for-
A
20 days
B
14 days
C
16 days
D
18 days
Question 39
Leukaemia or blood cancer is characterised by abnormal increase of the
A
Red blood cells
B
Blood platelets
C
Blood plasma
D
White blood cells
Question 40
The fuel of most widely used cryogenic engines consists of:
A
Neither liquid hydrogen nor liquid oxygen
B
Liquid hydrogen as fuel and liquid oxygen as oxidizer
C
Liquid oxygen only
D
Liquid hydrogen only
Question 41
Which king of the Gupta Dynasty was called the ‘Napoleon of India’?

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A
Chandragupta Vikramaditya
B
Samudragupta
C
Chandragupta-I
D
Sri Gupta
Question 42
Consider the following human activities:
  1. Agriculture
  2. Fisheries
  3. Animal husbandry
In the context of global warming, which of the above is/are considered as a source/sources of greenhouse gases?
A
None
B
1 and 3
C
1 only
D
2 and 3
Question 43
Why did Rabindranath Tagore renounce his knighthood?

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A
To express solidarity with the protestors against the arrival of Simon Commission
B
To protest against the Jallianwalla Bagh incident
C
To protest against lathi charge on Lala Lajapat Rai that caused his death
D
To express solidarity with the leaders on Non-Cooperation Movement
Question 44
A type of food poisoning called botulism is caused by a bacterium due to a toxin produced by it. This toxin is extensively used:
A
As anaesthetic agent during surgery
B
In treating cancer
C
In removing facial wrinkles
D
In preventing bacterial infections
Question 45
The expression ‘Creamy Layer’ used in the judgments of the Supreme Court relating to the case regarding reservations refers to-
A
Those sections of society which pay Income-tax
B
All sections of upper castes of the society
C
Those sections of the society that are considered advanced according to Karpuri Thakur formula
D
Those sections of socially and educationally backward classes of the society that are economically advanced
Question 46
The Strait of Malacca passes between:

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A
Indonesia and Philippines
B
India and Myanmar
C
Philippines and Vietnam
D
Indonesia and Philippines
Question 47
Which one of the following States has the broadest continental shelf that extends to more than 100 km. from the shore?

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A
Kerala
B
Gujarat
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Tamil Nadu
Question 48
The Cerebral Circumference Index is a measure of intelligence based on the circumference of the head just above the eyebrows. It is most reasonable to assume that the test is
A
reliable but not valid
B
neither valid nor reliable
C
both valid and reliable
D
valid but not reliable
Question 49
Which one of the following is not correct ?

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A
First Five Year Plan, 1951-56
B
Third Five Year Plan, 1961-66
C
Second Five Year Plan, 1956-61
D
Fourth Five Year Plan, 1966-71
Question 50
Which one of the following is not required for the formation of photo-chemical smog?
A
Carbon monoxide
B
Sunlight
C
Oxides of nitrogen
D
Oxygen
Question 51
How many stars are in US Flag?
A
12
B
13
C
11
D
10
Question 52
Which one among the following is the poorest source of vitamin A?
A
Ripe mango
B
Butter
C
Fish
D
Ripe papaya
Question 53
Which one of the following is not a part of small intestine?
A
Ileum
B
Jejunum
C
Duodenum
D
Caecum
Question 54
Any bills passed in Parliament do not become law until sign of ___?
A
Prime Minister
B
Speaker of the House
C
President
D
Law Minister
Question 55
With reference to atmospheric pressure, consider the following statements:
  1. Atmospheric pressure decreases towards poles.
  2. High pressure is experienced over continents during winter.
  3. All deserts experience low pressure throughout the year.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
None
B
2 only
C
1 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 56
India's first Atomic Power Plant is___.
A
Sri harikota
B
Kota
C
Kalapakkam
D
Tarapur
Question 57
In the Parliament of India, the purpose of an adjournment motion is
A
To allow a discussion on a definite matter of urgent public importance
B
To postpone the proceedings to check the inappropriate or violent behaviour on the part of some members
C
To let opposition members collect information from the ministers
D
To allow a reduction of specific amount in demand for grant
Question 58
Demonstration effect means:
A
Effect of advertisement
B
imitating effect of consumption
C
imitating effect of consumption
D
Effect of an experiment
Question 59
Consider the following:
  1. Cotton
  2. Silk
  3. Wool
Which of the above contains/contain nitrogen in its structure?
A
2 and 3 only
B
1 only
C
3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 60
In which type of competition does Marginal Revenue Curve coincide with Average Revenue Curve?

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A
Imperfect Competition
B
Monopoly
C
Perfect Competition
D
Monopolistic Competition
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