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Question 1
The battle of Mahabharata is believed to have been fought at Kurukshetra for-
A
20 days
B
14 days
C
18 days
D
16 days
Question 2
Which one of the following is not correct ?
A
Fourth Five Year Plan, 1966-71
B
First Five Year Plan, 1951-56
C
Second Five Year Plan, 1956-61
D
Third Five Year Plan, 1961-66
Question 3
In which type of competition does Marginal Revenue Curve coincide with Average Revenue Curve?

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A
Perfect Competition
B
Monopoly
C
Imperfect Competition
D
Monopolistic Competition
Question 4
Which one of the following is not required for the formation of photo-chemical smog?
A
Carbon monoxide
B
Oxygen
C
Sunlight
D
Oxides of nitrogen
Question 5
Which one of the following is a military alliance ?

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A
NAFTA
B
ASEAN
C
NATO
D
SAARC
Question 6
Which agency acts as co-coordinator between Union Government, Planning Commission and State Governments ?
A
National Development Council
B
Finance Commission
C
National Integration Council
D
Inter-State Council
Question 7
National Extension Service was launched on
A
2nd October 1951
B
2nd October 1952
C
2nd October 1950
D
2nd October 1953
Question 8
Excise Duty is a tax levied on:
A
Commodities that are exported
B
Both the exported and imported commodities
C
Commodities that are produced and consumed within the country
D
Commodities that are imported
Question 9
Demonstration effect means:
A
imitating effect of consumption
B
imitating effect of consumption
C
Effect of advertisement
D
Effect of an experiment
Question 10
Which king of the Gupta Dynasty was called the ‘Napoleon of India’?

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A
Samudragupta
B
Chandragupta Vikramaditya
C
Sri Gupta
D
Chandragupta-I
Question 11
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 preventing bacterial infections
D
In removing facial wrinkles
Question 12
The fuel of most widely used cryogenic engines consists of:
A
Liquid oxygen only
B
Neither liquid hydrogen nor liquid oxygen
C
Liquid hydrogen only
D
Liquid hydrogen as fuel and liquid oxygen as oxidizer
Question 13
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 14
Consider the following:
  1. Cotton
  2. Silk
  3. Wool
Which of the above contains/contain nitrogen in its structure?
A
3 only
B
1, 2 and 3
C
2 and 3 only
D
1 only
Question 15
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
Gujarat
B
Kerala
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Tamil Nadu
Question 16
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 hereditary diseases that are transmitted exclusively from mother to offspring
B
To understand certain diseases inherited exclusively from paternal side
C
To understand the mechanism of transmission of respiratory diseases inherited from parents
D
To understand the diseases caused by life style
Question 17
Which one of the following is correct ?

Player - Sport

A
Jhulan Goswami - Cricket
B
Pankaj Advani - Badminton
C
Baichung Bhutia - Hockey
D
Jeev Milkha Singh - Tennis
Question 18
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
1 only
C
2 only
D
2 and 3 only
Question 19
Which one of the following vitamins is most susceptible to deterioration by exposure to air?
A
Vitamin D
B
Vitamin C
C
Vitamin E
D
Vitamin A
Question 20
Banking in India is controlled by:
A
Union Ministry of Finance
B
Union Ministry of Commerce
C
Reserve Bank of India
D
Union Finance Commission
Question 21
How many stars are in US Flag?
A
13
B
10
C
12
D
11
Question 22
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 plus mark
B
A green leaf of a plant
C
A green circular dot in a square
D
A green square in a circle
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
All the above
D
It was not suitably projected to the masses
Question 24
The Strait of Malacca passes between:

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A
Indonesia and Philippines
B
Philippines and Vietnam
C
Indonesia and Philippines
D
India and Myanmar
Question 25
Consider the following:
  1. Camphor
  2. Chicory
  3. Vanilla
Which of the above is/are plant products?
A
3 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 and 2 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 26
Any bills passed in Parliament do not become law until sign of ___?
A
Prime Minister
B
Speaker of the House
C
Law Minister
D
President
Question 27
When did the UN General Assembly adopt the statute of the International Civil Service Commission :
A
December, 1978
B
December, 1979
C
December, 1974
D
December, 1976
Question 28
Which one of the following types of unemployment is common in Indian agriculture?
A
Seasonal
B
Frictional
C
Disguised
D
Structural
Question 29
Which one of the following is not a part of small intestine?
A
Caecum
B
Ileum
C
Duodenum
D
Jejunum
Question 30
Which one among the following is the poorest source of vitamin A?
A
Ripe mango
B
Butter
C
Ripe papaya
D
Fish
Question 31
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
1906
C
1911
D
1909
Question 32
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, 2 and 4
B
1 and 3 only
C
2 and 4 only
D
1, 3 and 4
Question 33
India's first Atomic Power Plant is___.
A
Kota
B
Kalapakkam
C
Tarapur
D
Sri harikota
Question 34
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
neither valid nor reliable
B
reliable but not valid
C
both valid and reliable
D
valid but not reliable
Question 35
In the human body, the antibodies produced as a result of infection are actually:
A
Carbohydrates
B
Glycolipids
C
Sterols
D
Proteins
Question 36
In which one of the following animals do distinct black stripes extend from the inner corners of the eyes to the month?
A
Leopard
B
Panther
C
Jaguar
D
Cheetah
Question 37
Leukaemia or blood cancer is characterised by abnormal increase of the
A
Blood platelets
B
White blood cells
C
Red blood cells
D
Blood plasma
Question 38
Which of the following rivers originates near Mahabaleshwar?
A
Godavari
B
Kaveri
C
Kaver
D
Krishna
Question 39
In the Parliament of India, the purpose of an adjournment motion is
A
To let opposition members collect information from the ministers
B
To allow a discussion on a definite matter of urgent public importance
C
To postpone the proceedings to check the inappropriate or violent behaviour on the part of some members
D
To allow a reduction of specific amount in demand for grant
Question 40
Who said, “Parliamentary System provides a daily as well as a periodic assessment of the Government” ?
A
Dr. Rajendra Prasad
B
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
C
Shri B. N. Rao
D
Shri Fawahar Lal Nehru
Question 41
The maximum duration of Zero Hour in Lok Sabha is
A
Unspecified
B
Two hours
C
One hour
D
30 minutes
Question 42
Aadhar Unique Identification (UID) number is of
A
10 digits
B
16 digits
C
12 digits
D
14 digits
Question 43
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
China type
C
Tropical monsoon
D
Equatorial
Question 44
Which one of the following States alone accounts for more than 80% of the country’s resources of mineral gypsum?
A
Rajasthan
B
Madhya Pradesh
C
Andhra Pradesh
D
Uttarakhand
Question 45
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
2 and 3
B
1 only
C
None
D
1 and 3
Question 46
Why did Rabindranath Tagore renounce his knighthood?
A
To express solidarity with the leaders on Non-Cooperation Movement
B
To protest against lathi charge on Lala Lajapat Rai that caused his death
C
To protest against the Jallianwalla Bagh incident
D
To express solidarity with the protestors against the arrival of Simon Commission
Question 47
Public Sector means-
A
None of these
B
Government ownership on commerce and trade
C
Private ownership on trade
D
Capitalist ownership on commerce and trade
Question 48
Between which two rulers was the First Battle of Panipat fought ?
A
Babur and Ibrahirn Lodi
B
Akbar and Bahlol Lodi
C
Shah Iahan and Daulat Khan Lodi
D
Bairam Khan and Sikandar Lodi
Question 49
Which reformer from Maharashtra was known as Lokhitavadi
A
Pandit Ramabai
B
Gopal Hari Deshmukh
C
M. G. Ranade
D
Gopal Krishna Gokhale
Question 50
Demonstration effect means:
A
Effect of advertisement
B
imitating effect of consumption
C
Effect of entertainment
D
Effect of an experiment
Question 51
The expression ‘Creamy Layer’ used in the judgments of the Supreme Court relating to the case regarding reservations refers to-
A
Those sections of the society that are considered advanced according to Karpuri Thakur formula
B
Those sections of society which pay Income-tax
C
Those sections of socially and educationally backward classes of the society that are economically advanced
D
All sections of upper castes of the society
Question 52
Jaundice is caused due to the infection of—
A
Kidney
B
Liver
C
Brain
D
Spleen
Question 53
An instrument of qualitative credit control in India is—
A
Change in reserve ratio
B
Credit rationing
C
Open market operations
D
Bank rate policy
Question 54
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 55
Which one among the following is regarded as the ‘Magna Carta’ of Indian education?
A
Wardha Scheme
B
Sadler Commission
C
Wood’s Despatch
D
Hunter’s Commission
Question 56
Which light is strongly absorbed by the plants?

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A
Indigo and yellow
B
Green and violet
C
Orange and yellow
D
Blue and Red
Question 57
In which Governor-General's reign railway lines in India was established?
A
Lord Dalhousie
B
Lord William Bentick
C
Lord Cornwallis
D
Lord Kenning
Question 58
Which part of the Indian Constitution declares the ideals of Welfare State
A
Fundamental Duties
B
Fundamental Rights
C
Preamble
D
Directive Principles of State Policy
Question 59
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
2 only
B
1 only
C
2 and 3
D
1 and 3
Question 60
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
Rarefied air
B
Dry air
C
Low temperature
D
Low Oxygen level
There are 60 questions to complete.

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