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INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK PRELIMINARY EXAM - 2015 INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK TEST - 12
INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK PRELIMINARY EXAM - 2015 INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK TEST - 12
INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK PRELIMINARY EXAM - 2015 INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK TEST - 12

INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK PRELIMINARY EXAM - 2015

INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK PRELIMINARY EXAM - 2015 INSIGHTS ON INDIA MOCK TEST - 12 GENERAL

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1. Which of the following were NOT the subjects of the prehistoric cave paintings? 1.

1. Which of the following were NOT the

subjects of the prehistoric cave paintings?

1. Human activities

2. Geometric designs

3. Excavations

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) Only 3

c) Only 2

d) None were the concerned subjects

2. At places like Tekkalkota, in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, rock paintings from

Neolithic age are often found. Which of the following can be an appropriate reason for it?

a) The population density of the Neolithic man was one of the highest in the region.

b) Granite rocks found in Karnataka and AP are suitable for rock paintings.

c) Due to the rock structure of the region, there was a lack of deep caves, so rock paintings became abundant.

d) Paintings existed in other regions too, but these regions were one of the most excavated regions which made it easier to find rock paintings

3. Consider the following statements about the Bhimbetka rock paintings.

1. It is found in Vindhya Hills.

2. These paintings do not cover sacred and royal images.

3. Artistic themes were covered in these paintings.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

4. Consider the following statements about the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

1. It is an organ of United Nations (UN).

2. All members of the IMF do not have equal say in its affairs.

3. It is also an infrastructural lending financial institution.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

5. International organizations and cooperation is helpful because some challenges transcend national boundaries. For which of these challenges, International cooperation is a must?

1. Preventing Cyber Crimes

2. Tackling Population explosion

3. Tackling Climate Change

4. Tackling epidemics

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 2 and 4 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) All of the above

6. Which of the following are NOT the

principal organs of the United Nations (UN)?

1. International Court of Justice

2. Economic and Social Council

3. WTO

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

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

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1 and 3 only

7. Consider the following statements about the appointment of judges to the International Court of Justice, Hague?

1. They are appointed for a term of five years.

2. They are appointed solely by the UNSC.

3. Veto in the UNSC is not applicable for the appointment of these judges.

1. Its non-permanent members are elected by the UNGA for a term of 2 years.

2. Its decision is binding on all UN members.

3. Any expansion in the composition of the UNSC will need the approval of both the UNSC and UNGA.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) None of the above

8. Consider the following statements about the manner in which decisions are made in the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

1. Each member state has one vote.

2. All decisions are passed by a two- thirds majority.

3. Its decisions are not binding on all UN members.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

9. Consider the following statements about the composition and working of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

10. Apart from the changed power relations in the World, which of the following

arguments would force a revisit of the composition of the UNSC?

1. The economies of Asia are growing at an unprecedented rate.

2. A whole new set of challenges confronts the world like climate change, ethnic conflicts.

3. Democratic global governance is only a logical extension of the spread of democracy across the globe.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

11. The World Bank is NOT mandated to

fund projects which fall in the ambit of

1. Disaster management

2. Environmental protection

3. Good governance

4. Rural public services

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

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a) 1 and 3 b) 1, 2 and 3 c) 3 and 4 only d)

a) 1 and 3

b) 1, 2 and 3

c) 3 and 4 only

d) All the above can be funded by WB

12. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is an international organisation which sets

the rules for global trade. Consider the following statements about it.

1. All its decisions are taken unanimously.

2. Major economic powers have a veto power on the major decisions.

3. It can punish the member nations for violation of trade rules.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

13. Statues in which of the following

materials were NOT found at Harappan sites?

1. Bronze

2. Silver

3. Terracotta

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3

d) 3 only.

14. A technique called ‗lost-wax technique‘ was practised by the the Harappans to caste Bronze statues. Which of the following was/were NOT a part of the technique?

1. Coating of clay

2. Draining wax

3. Use of Iron beads

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 3 only

c) 1 only

d) 2 only

15. Consider the following statements about the seals found at the Harappan sites.

1. Gold and ivory was also used for making these seals.

2. Even Unicorn and Rhinoceros were depicted on these seals.

3. The purpose of producing seals was solely artistic.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

16. From archaeological finds it appears that the people of the Indus Valley were conscious of fashion. The use of which of the following by them prompts towards this proposition?

1. Different hairstyles and keeping of beard

2. Use of cosmetics

3. Use of jewellery

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above.

codes given below: a) 1 and 2 b) 2 and 3 c) 1 and 3 d)
codes given below: a) 1 and 2 b) 2 and 3 c) 1 and 3 d)
17. Match the following traditional form of murals with the states they are found in.

17. Match the following traditional form of

murals with the states they are found in.

1. Pithoro Maharashtra

2. Warli Rajasthan

3. Mithila Uttar Pradesh

4. Nayaka paintings Tamil Nadu

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 4 only

d) 1 and 3 only

18. The Vesar style of temples as an independent style was created through the selective mixing of which of the following orders?

1. Nagara

2. Phamsana

3. Dravida

4. Valabhi

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) 1 and 3 only

19. Consider the following depictions in

temple of Dashavtara Vishnu of Central India.

1. Nara-Narayan Shows the discussion between human soul and the eternal divine.

2. Gajendramoksha – Vishnu‘s discussion with the lord of elephants.

3. Rekha-Pasanda – Vishnu‘s suppression of an asura who later attains moksha.

Which of the above associations are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 only

d) All of the above

20. Consider the following about the Odisha style of temples.

1. It is a sub-style of the Dravida order.

2. Khakra is one of the main architectural orders associated with+ it.

3. The exterior of the temples are lavishly carved, their interiors are generally

quite bare.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

21. A unique form of architecture developed in the hills of Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal and Kashmir in India with the use of wooden architecture, pagoda

shapes etc. This can be attributed to the influence of which of the following?

1. Gandhara school of art

2. Buddhist traditions

3. Hindu traditions

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

22. Which of the following are cited as

possible reasons for the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962?

1. Spread of capitalism in Cuba

2. Impending USA led invasion of Cuba

3. Installation of nuclear missiles in Cuba

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Choose the correct answer using the codes below: a) 1 and 2 b) 2 and

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

23. Which of the following could have been

the possible effects and consequences of the Cold war between USA and USSR?

1. Attempts by both superpowers to promote their respective political and economic ideologies

2. Nuclear arms proliferation in the world

3. Formation of military alliances across the globe

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

24. What were the possible advantages that accrued to the smaller states that became part of the power blocs formed by USA and USSR during the Cold war?

1. Economic aid from superpowers

2. Military support

3. Greater voting rights in International bodies

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

25. In the power blocs formed by the superpowers, why were the smaller states important to the superpowers?

1. For getting mineral resources

2. For getting locations to spy on the other superpower

3. For military bases

4. Ideological spread

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 4

b) 2 and 3

c) 1, 3 and 4

d) All of the above

26. Which of the following significant

events/actions were associated with the Cold war in that period?

1. Truman Doctrine

2. Berlin Blockade

3. American intervention in Vietnam

4. Soviet intervention in Hungary

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 4

b) 2 and 3

c) 1, 3 and 4

d) All of the above

27. Culmination of which of the following

factors might possibly have led to the start of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM)?

1. Growing cold war tensions

2. The international entry of newly decolonized African nations

3. The economic impact of the Second World War

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

using the codes below: a) 1 and 2 b) 2 and 3 c) 1 and 3
using the codes below: a) 1 and 2 b) 2 and 3 c) 1 and 3
28. The Non-Alignment Movement believed in which of the following principles? 1. Isolationism from International

28. The Non-Alignment Movement believed

in which of the following principles?

1. Isolationism from International conflicts

2. Neutrality in International affairs

3. Equal opportunities for the economic development of recently decolonized nations

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) All of the above

29. During the Cold War, the idea of a New International Economic Order (NIEO) as proposed by the UNCTAD was

1. Giving the least developed countries (LDCs) greater access to their own natural resources.

2. Greater western market access for LDCs

3. Providing the LDCs with a greater role in the International institutions

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) All of the above

30. Critics allege India‘s non-alignment as ‗unprincipled‘ during the Cold War. Which of the following arguments would strengthen the proposition?

1. India refused to take a firm stand on crucial international issues like

Russian

Afghanistan.

intervention of

2. The Treaty of Friendship in 1971 with the USSR for 20 years made India virtually a member of the Soviet Alliance system.

Choose the answer using the codes below.

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) None strengthens the proposition

31. Several arms control treaties were signed during the Cold War. Which of these were from amongst those?

1. Limited Test Ban treaty

2. Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty

3. Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

32. Which of these could NOT have been the possible reasons for the breakdown of Soviet Union?

1. A stagnant soviet economy

2. Authoritarian Soviet government

3. Coup in the communist party

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 only

d) None of the options could be denied as possible reasons.

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33. While reforms led by Soviet leader Gorbachev were aimed at reforming the Soviet Union,

33. While reforms led by Soviet leader

Gorbachev were aimed at reforming the Soviet Union, they also lead to the breakdown of the Soviet Union. What such reforms were introduced by Gorbachev after 1985?

1. Freedom to the media

2. Making Soviet Communist party more democratic

3. Allowing small private industries to operate

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

34. The consequences of the breakdown of

Soviet Union had global proportions. Which of the following could have been the possible consequences?

1. End of cold war confrontations

2. Emergence of new countries in Europe

3. Shift in the balance of power in the world

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

35. The model of transition in Russia, Central Asia and east Europe that was influenced by the World Bank and the IMF after the breakdown of the Soviet Union came to be known as ‗shock therapy‘. It included

1. Collective farms were replaced by private farming and capitalism in agriculture.

2. Privatisation of state assets.

3. Break up of the existing trade alliances among the countries of the Soviet bloc

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

36. In 2003, the US launched its invasion of Iraq under the codename ‗Operation Iraqi Freedom‘. It was intended to

1. Prevent Iraq from developing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

2. Contain the anti-democratic uprising in Iraq

3. Protect Iraq from the attacks by the neighbouring Gulf States

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 only

d) All of the above

37. The USA has had a hegemonic position in

the international sphere since the end of Cold War especially by exercising its military influence. However, its hegemonic power is subject to some constraints. These may be

1. American Mass Media and Civil Society

2. The moderating influence of NATO

3. Permanent members of the UNSC

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) All of the above

codes below: a) 1 and 2 only b) 2 and 3 only c) 3 only d)
codes below: a) 1 and 2 only b) 2 and 3 only c) 3 only d)
38. In what ways had the Indian government involved itself in the problem of Sri

38. In what ways had the Indian government involved itself in the problem of Sri Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka since the origin of the problem?

1. Deploying Indian Peace Keeping forces in SL

2. Pushing SL diplomatically on the 13 th amendment to its constitution

3. Taking up housing projects in war torn areas

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

1 and 2 only 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

b)

a)

39. The conflicts between India and Pakistan in 1948 and 1965 were possibly rooted in the

1. Status of Kashmir

2. Status of Bangladesh

3. Control of the Siachen glacier

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

40. India and Pakistan are not in agreement over the demarcation line in Sir Creek in the Rann of Kutch. It is important for both the nations because of

a) control of sea resources in the area adjoining Sir Creek

b) its implications for the Indus water treaty

c) the possibilities of effective coordination over containing marine piracy

d) the need to contain terrorism across the sea lanes of communication

41. Nepal and India enjoy a very special

relationship that has very few parallels in the world due to the Indo-Nepal Treaty of friendship 1950. It includes

1. Porous borders

2. Work permit for Nepali nationals in India

3. Allowing Nepali nations to acquire land in India

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

2 and 3 only 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

c)

b)

42. Lomus rishi caves are historically

important caves found at Barabar hills. Consider the following statements about it.

1. They are rock-cut caves found in Gaya.

2. The cave was patronised by Ashoka for the Ajivika sect.

3. The facade of the cave is decorated with the semicircular chaitya arch as the entrance.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

43. Consider the following statements about the Lion capital, Sarnath.

1. It was built in commemoration of the historical event of the first sermon by the Buddha at Sarnath.

2. It was discovered in the Medieval period.

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3. The wheel inscribed in the Lion capital is the Dharmachakra. Choose the correct answer

3. The wheel inscribed in the Lion capital is the Dharmachakra.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a)

b)

c)

d) All of the above

1 and 2 2 and 3 1 and 3

44. During the early phase of Buddhism, Buddha is depicted symbolically through

footprints, stupas, lotus throne, chakra, etc. This was because

a) Buddha had discouraged his representation in any human form.

b) Buddhism was influenced from particular practices from Hinduism.

c) These showed his Mahaparinirvana.

d) Construction of such symbols were patronized by the Mauryan rulers

45. Which of the following were NOT depicted in Buddhist stupas?

1. Jatakas

2. Toranas

3. Paradakshas

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 3 only

c) 1 only

d) 2 only

46. Consider the following statements about the Mathura school of art.

1. Buddha was depicted in human form.

2. It was a confluence of the Bactrian and local Mathura tradition.

3. Its influence spread to Northern India too.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a)

b)

c)

d) All of the above

1 and 2 2 and 3 1 and 3

47. Consider the following statements about the Gandhara school of art.

1. Images of Vaishnava and Shaiva are also depicted alongwith the images of Buddha.

2. Stupa sculpture was also a part of it.

3. It was developed owing to local conditions only.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

48. In South India, Buddhist monuments can be found in these locations

1. Nagarjunkonda

2. Jagayyapetta

3. Amaravati

4. Goli

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 2 and 3

b) 1, 3 and 4

c) 1 and 4

d) All of the above.

given below: a) 2 and 3 b) 1, 3 and 4 c) 1 and 4 d)
given below: a) 2 and 3 b) 1, 3 and 4 c) 1 and 4 d)
49. Boddhisattva images were added as a part of the personified representations of certain virtues

49. Boddhisattva images were added as a part

of the personified representations of certain virtues or qualities as propagated by the Buddhist religious principles for the welfare of the masses with the rise of

a) Mahayana Buddism

b) Vajrayana Buddhism

c) Gandhara School of art

d) Mathura school of art

50. Consider the following statements.

1. In Karla, the biggest rock-cut chaitya hall was excavated.

2. Junnar has the largest Buddhist cave excavations.

3. Roof Chaitya halls are found at Ajanta.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

51. Consider the following sculptures, images and idols depicted.

1. It contains a Buddhist sculpture seated in a chaitya hall.

2. Idol sculpture of Gajasur Shiva is found there.

3. Ravana shaking Mount Kailash is also depicted alongwith other Vaishnavite themes.

Which of the above are found in Ellora caves?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above.

52. Consider the following statements about Elephanta caves located near Mumbai.

1. The entrance to Elephanta caves is guarded by huge pillars.

2. It is a rock-cut cave.

3. Originally a Buddhist site, it came to be dominated by the Shaivite faith.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above.

53. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established in 1957. It has been in news frequently. Consider the following statements about it.

1. It is associated with the UN.

2. It seeks to prevent countries from using any form of nuclear energy.

3. Nations which have signed the Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are

required

by the IAEA.

to allow regular inspections

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

54. Consider the following statements.

1. The members of the General Assembly are automatically the members of all other principal organs and specialised agencies of the UN.

2. The UN Secretary-General can veto the decision of the UN General

assembly when the decision goes against international public interest.

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3. One veto can stall a Security Council resolution. Which of the above are correct?

3. One veto can stall a Security Council resolution.

Which of the above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 3 only

55. ‗Global Commons‘ are areas or regions of the world which are located outside the

sovereign jurisdiction of any one state, and therefore require common governance by the international community. Which of the following are related to managing the ‗Global Commons‘?

1. Montreal Protocol

2. 1991 Antarctic Environment protocol

3. Kyoto Protocol

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

56. Antarctica is a global common. In what ways is Antarctica important to the mankind?

1. It plays an important role in maintaining climatic equilibrium as it holds more than 90% of the terrestrial ice.

2. Its deep ice cores provide an important source of information about greenhouse gas concentrations.

3. Its melting will provide an alternative

route of global trade.

Which of the above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

57. When we say India and China have agreed on implementing some Confidence

Building measures (CBMs), we essentially mean that

a) They have agreed for a total cease fire across the international borders

b) They have agreed to improve the relations between the armed personnel of both countries across the borders

c) They have agreed to exchange information on defence matters between them on a regular basis

d) They have agreed to halt down military modernization drives across the border

58. Consider the following statements

1. The Permanent Settlement system was introduced by the British to encourage investment in agriculture

2. The British expected the Permanent Settlement system would help the emergence of a class of yeomen farmers who would be loyal to the

Company

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 Only

c) Both

d) None

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59. In the early decades after the Permanent Settlement, zamindars regularly failed to pay the

59. In the early decades after the Permanent

Settlement, zamindars regularly failed to pay the revenue demand and unpaid balances accumulated. Consider the following reasons:

1. The revenue demand was very high from the British

2. The revenue was invariable, regardless of the harvest, and had to be paid punctually

3. Zamindars lost their power to organise local justice and the local police

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a)

b) 3 and 1 Only

c) 1 and 2 Only

d) All

2 and 3 Only

60. With reference to jotedars who emerged during the Permanent Settlement days in

Bengal, consider the following statements

1. The power of jotedars was more effective than that of zamindars in whole of Bengal

2. Like zamindars who often lived in urban areas, jotedars were also located in the urban regions

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 2 Only

b) 1 Only

c) None

d) Both

61. In the 1770s the British embarked on a brutal policy of extermination, hunting the Paharias down and killing them. Regarding these Paharis, which of the following statements is correct?

a) They were hill folks who lived around the Rajmahal hills

b) They raided the plains where settled agriculturists lived during the years of scarcity

c) Only option a is correct

d) Both a and b are correct

62. Consider the following statements

1. This country is home to Escondida, which is the largest copper mine in the world, producing over 5% of global supplies

2. This country has Bolivia to the northeast and the Drake Passage in the

far south

The above description refers to which of the following countries?

a) Peru

b) Chile

c) Argentina

d) Venezuela

63. Recently the World Health Organization allowed the use of meningitis vaccine MenAfriVac on infants in Africa. Consider

the following statements with reference to this vaccine

1. It is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India Ltd

2. It is used to treat Measles and Nephrotic Syndrome among children

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) 2 Only

c) Both

d) None

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64. With reference to Waves and Wave Energy consider the following statements 1. Waves are

64. With reference to Waves and Wave

Energy consider the following statements

1. Waves are generated by wind passing over the surface of the sea

2. Wave energy is nothing but Tidal energy which are basically same

3. Production of wave energy has zero environmental impact

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 Only

b) 3 and 2 Only

c) 1 and 3 Only

d) 1 Only

65. With reference to Blackbuck, consider the following statements

1. It is classified as near threatened by IUCN since 2003

2. The blackbuck is the only living species of the genus Antilope

3. Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar near Jaipur in Rajasthan is home to largest number of Blackbucks in India

Which of the above is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) 1 and 2 Only

c) 1 and 3 Only

d) 2 and 3 Only

66. With reference to Masais, consider the following statements

1. They are ethnic group of semi- nomadic people inhabiting southern Kenya and northern Tanzania

2. They are primarily cattle herders and

all of their needs for food are met by their cattle Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) 2 Only

c) Both

d) None

67. Recently the Prime Minister of India described the LED bulb as a ―Prakash Path‖ – ―way to light.‖ Why LED bulbs

are encouraged over incandescent and fluorescent bulbs? Consider the following statements:

1. LED lamps have a lifespan and electrical efficiency that is several times better than incandescent lamps, and significantly better than most fluorescent lamps

2. LEDs come to full brightness without need for a warm-up time and consume less power

3. LED lamps are insensitive to excessive heat

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) All

b) 3 and 2 Only

c) 1 and 2 Only

d) 3 and 1 Only

68. With reference to Santhals, consider the following statements

1. They are the largest tribe in India to retain a good language to the present day

2. They are the largest tribal community in India

3. They originally resided

peacefully in

the hilly districts of Mayurbhanj Chhotanagpur, Palamau, Hazaribagh, but the British policies pushed them towards

Rajmahal Hills

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 3 and 2 Only

b) All

c) 1 and 2 Only

d) 1 and 3 Only

is/are correct? a) 3 and 2 Only b) All c) 1 and 2 Only d) 1
is/are correct? a) 3 and 2 Only b) All c) 1 and 2 Only d) 1
69. With reference to water storage capacity in India and the functions of Central Water

69. With reference to water storage capacity in India and the functions of Central Water Commission, consider the following statements

1. Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 85 important reservoirs of the country on weekly basis

2. The total storage capacity of these 85 reservoirs is about 61% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country

3. Among these 85 reservoirs, the Central region under which Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh come has more reservoirs compared to other regions

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 3 Only

b) 3 and 2 Only

c) All

d) 1 and 2 Only

70. When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, it had profound effect on cotton

growers in India. The cotton exports from India

a) Increased

b) Decreased

c) Completely stopped

d) None of the above

71. With reference to Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, consider the following statements

1. Proclamations were put up only in Hindi (to reach common man) in the cities calling upon the population, both Hindus and Muslims, to unite, rise and exterminate the firangis

2. Moneylenders and the rich were the targets of common man who joined the rebellion

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) Both

c) 2 Only

d) None

72. Recently the government announced that it has taken steps to encourage production and availability of fortified and Neem coated urea in the country. This is because

1. Neem coated urea reduces Nitrogen loss by more than 10%

2. Neem coated urea will not only increase crop yields but also lower input cost to farmers

3. Its use will eliminate import of urea resulting in huge foreign exchange savings

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 3 Only

b) 3 Only

c) 2 and 3 Only

d) All

73. Which of the following leaders was/were part of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny?

1. Gonoo

2. Shah Mal

3. Birjis Qadr

4. Kunwar Singh

5. Nana Sahib

Choose the correct answer using the codes below

a) 1,2 and 3

b) 4 and 5

c) 1,2, 4 and 5

d) All

using the codes below a) 1,2 and 3 b) 4 and 5 c) 1,2, 4 and
using the codes below a) 1,2 and 3 b) 4 and 5 c) 1,2, 4 and
74. With reference to Indian citizenship and related laws, consider the following statements 1. At

74. With reference to Indian citizenship and related laws, consider the following statements

1. At present two year continuous stay in India is mandatory for Indian Citizenship

2. The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 provides for acquisition, termination, deprivation, determination of Indian Citizenship and other related aspects

3. Under the Citizenship act, a minor, whose parents are Indian Citizens can register as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) 1 and 2 Only

c) 1 and 3 Only

d) 2 and 3 Only

75. With reference to Japanese Encephalitis, consider the following statements

1. It is transmitted to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes of the Culex species

2. Domestic pigs and wild birds (herons) are reservoirs of the virus

3. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving severe clinical signs and supporting the patient to overcome the infection

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) All

b) 2 and 3 Only

c) 1 and 3 Only

d) 1 and 2 Only

76. With reference to events that took place

after Gandhiji returned from South Africa, consider the following statements

1. On Tilak‘s advice, Gandhiji spent a year travelling around British India,

getting to know the land and its peoples

2. His first major public appearance was at the opening of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in February 1916

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 Only

b) None

c) Both

d) 2 Only

77. Which of the following countries have

been severely affected socio-economically due to the Ebola infection?

a) Liberia and Sierra Leone

b) Liberia and Nigeria

c) Sierra Leone and Chad

d) Liberia and Democratic Republic of Congo

78. Recently Idukki district of Kerala became

the first in India to be connected with high speed rural broadband. Idukki is also famous for

a) Location of Anamudi, the highest peak in India south of the Himalayas

b) Location Idukki Dam - Asia's largest Arch Dam

c) Both a and b

d) Only b

79. With reference to Swami Vivekananda, consider the following statements

1. He founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission

2. Every year in India, his birthday is celebrated there as National Youth

Day

3. He contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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a) 1 and 2 Only b) 2 and 3 Only c) 1 and 3 Only

a) 1 and 2 Only

b) 2 and 3 Only

c) 1 and 3 Only

d) All

80. Union Ministry of Agriculture‘s Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) programme was not launched in which of the following states?

a) Assam

b) Bihar

c) West Bengal

d) Arunachal Pradesh

81. Which of the following is NOT one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)?

1. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

2. To develop a global partnership for development

3. To ensure environmental sustainability

4. To achieve universal healthcare for all

Choose the answer using the codes below

a) 1 and 2 Only

b) 2 Only

c) 2 and 4 Only

d) 4 Only

82. Consider the following statements

1. Jinnah called for a ―Direct Action Day‖

to press the League‘s demand for

Pakistan after Cabinet Mission

initiated dialogue between the

Congress and the League failed

2. In 1945, a Conservative government

came to power in Britain and

committed itself to granting

independence to India

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) Both

b) None

c) 2 Only

d) 1 Only

83. Which among the following statements is NOT correct about the contemporary world order?

1. There is an absence of world government, which could regulate a State‘s behaviour.

2. States, which violate international law,

are severely punished by the UN.

3. The UNSC operates on democratic principles of equity and fairness.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 only

d) All of the above

84. Consider the following statements about the European Union.

1. It has its own constitution and a Parliament.

2. It is a free trade area.

3. Its share of world trade is larger than that of the USA.

4. It has a common currency.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) 3 and 4 only

below: a) 1 and 2 only b) 2, 3 and 4 only c) 2 and 4
below: a) 1 and 2 only b) 2, 3 and 4 only c) 2 and 4
85. China followed its own path in introducing a market economy and modernization programs step

85. China followed its own path in

introducing a market economy and modernization programs step by step after the 1970s. Consider the following statements about it.

1. It introduced Special Economic Zones (SEZs) before India did.

2. It did not focus on agricultural modernization.

3. It did not rely on foreign investments.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 only

d) 1 and 3 only

86. Which of the following religious and social movements in the Gangetic valley form part of the ‗Shramantradition?

1. Jainism

2. Vaishnavism

3. Bhakti movement

4. Buddhism

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 2 and 3

b) 1, 3 and 4

c) 1 and 4

d) All of the above.

87. Which of the following were the salient features of the pillars constructed during the Mauryan era?

1. They were rock-cut pillars.

2. They carried social and religious messages.

3. The top portion of the pillar was carved with capital figures like Bull and elephant.

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above.

88. According to the narrative, there is a dialogue between the Buddha and Mara,

Buddha is shown his right hand inclining towards showing

a) Mara that his place belongs to the earth and he must dissolve in it.

b) Earth as a witness to his generosity.

c) that the Earth will be his final place of dissolution.

d) that he has conquered Mara

89. India has a rich tradition of Mural paintings. Which of the following scenes have been depicted in the mural traditions?

1. Shiva chasing the boara scene from Kiratarjuniya, Lepaksh temple

2. Shiva killing Tripuraasura, Thanjavoor

3. Chola king Rajaraja and court poet Karuvar Dever, Thanjavoor

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above.

90. Badami is a famous mural painting site in the state of Karnataka. Consider the following statements about it.

1. The excavation of the Badami caves was patronized by Chalukyas.

2. The cave is popularly known as Vishnu cave.

3. Indra and his retinue are also painted in the cave.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

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

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

91. Chola paintings can NOT be found at which of these places?

1. Gangaikonda temple

2. Thiruanathpuram

3. Brihdeshwara temple

4. Nartamalai

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) Only 2

b) 1 and 4

c) 1 and 3

d) 2 and 4

92. Kerala painters (during the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century) evolved a pictorial language and technique of their own. Consider the following about Kerala murals.

1. They adopted certain stylistic elements from Nayaka and Vijayanagara schools.

2. Paintings were also shown in three- dimensionality.

3. Most of the narrations in them are based on those episodes from Hindu mythology which were popular in Kerala.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

93. Which of the following factors could have been responsible for the India-China conflict of 1962?

1. Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1950

2. Competing territorial claims in the Ladakh region

3. Chinese support to Pakistani army

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

94. Governor‘s rule has been imposed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) recently. Consider the following statements about Governor‘s rule.

1. It is applicable as per the Indian constitution.

2. It can be imposed only after the consent of the President.

3. This is the first time Governor‘s rule has been imposed in J&K.

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

95. As per the recent amendment in the

Citizenship Act, 1955 the PIOs will get which of the following benefits?

1. Exemption from appearing before the local police station after every visit

2. Life-long Indian visa facility

3. Acquire property in India with more flexibility

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

codes below: a) 1 and 2 only b) 3 only c) 1 and 3 only d)
codes below: a) 1 and 2 only b) 3 only c) 1 and 3 only d)
96. The recently launched ICICI Bank‘s Digital Village Project involves 1. Digitised school teaching 2.

96. The recently launched ICICI Bank‘s Digital Village Project involves

1. Digitised school teaching

2. Cashless banking for the village

3. E-health projects for the village

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a)

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

1 and 2 only

97. Countries across the world are gradually beginning to accept styrofoam (the material most widely used to make disposable cups and plates) as a serious hazard to the environment. Why?

1. Hot foods and liquids actually start a partial breakdown of the Styrofoam becoming a toxin

2. It is non bio-degradable

3. It has been found to cause cancer in animals

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

98. The government has recently cleared an ordinance for amendments to the Mines and Minerals Act. This will

1. Allow MNCs to directly bid for mineral resources in India

2. Provide for a District Mineral Fund to be used for rehabilitation

3. Allow government to reduce its stake in Coal PSUs lower than the statutory mandates

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

c)

99. ASEAN is seen as a major balancer in the power relations in the World. The ‗ASEAN Way‘ is called as an important feature of ASEAN. It is?

a) The collective defence policy followed by the ASEAN members

b) Reflects the life style and culture of the ASEAN members

c) A form of interaction among ASEAN members which is informal and cooperative

d) The economic corridors being developed by ASEAN

100. Which of the following countries

have experienced both civilian and military rulers despite being a democracy presently?

1. Pakistan

2. Nepal

3. Bangladesh

4. Sri Lanka

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

a) 2 and 4 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) All of the above

a) 2 and 4 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 1, 3 and 4 only
a) 2 and 4 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 1, 3 and 4 only
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