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21 Jan 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

Q.1) Consider the following tributaries. Which among the following is/are tributaries of Mahanadi.
1. Seonath
2. Hasdeo
3. Muthirapuzha
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.2) Recently, the Centre appointed Alok Verma as the new CBI Director on recommendations of 3-member selection committee. Who among the following is/are part of committee.

1. Leader of the opposition
2. Prime Minister
3. Chief Justice of India
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.3) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)’.
1. It is an international organisation was established in 1997, consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian and Pacific Ocean.
2. The Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation and the Indian Ocean Research Group has observer status in IORA.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) ’16 Psyche’ was sometimes in the news, Which of the following is correctly describes about it?
a) largest comet in solar system
b) Moon of the Neptune
c) a giant metal asteroid
d) None of the above

Q.5) Consider the following statements in about ‘Conference of Central and State Statistical Organisations(COCSSO)’.
1. It provides a platform for the Central and State Statisticians to exchange views and discuss common issues relating to statistical activities.
2. This Conference is conducted by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in collaboration with the Directorate of Economics and Statistics(DES), Government of Maharashtra.
3. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare”.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.6) Which one of the following is the national aquatic animal of India? (CSP-2015)
A. Saltwater crocodile
B. Olive ridley turtle
C. Gangetic dolphin
D. Gharial

Q.7) The Partition of Bengal made by Lord Curzon in 1905 lasted until (CSP-2014)
A. the First World War when Indian troops were needed by the British and the partition was ended.
B. King George V abrogated Curzon’s Act at the Royal Darbar in Delhi in 1911
C. Gandhiji launched his Civil Disobedience Movement
D. the Partition of India, in 1947 when East Bengal became East Pakistan

Q.8) The 1929 Session of Indian, National Congress is of significance in the history of the Freedom Movement because the (CSP-2014)
A. attainmentof Self­Government was declared as the objective of the Congress
B. attainment of Poorna Swaraj Was adopted as the goal of the Congress
C. Non­Cooperation Movement was launched
D. decision to participate in the Round Table Conference in London was taken


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21 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

20 Jan 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

Q.1) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘International Vaccine Institute (IVI)’.
1. IVI was established in 1997, as an initiative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
2. IVI is an international non-profit organization devoted to developing new and improved vaccines to protect the people, especially children, against deadly infectious diseases.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.2) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers’ (STCW).
1. The Convention prescribes minimum standards relating to training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers which countries are obliged to meet or exceed.
2. STCW was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.
3. One important feature of the Convention is that it applies to ships of party states when visiting ports of states which are non-party to the Convention.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.3) Recently, Pratham’s Annual Status of Education (Rural) report for 2016 was released. In regard with report, which among the following is/are some of the indicators measured?
1. Arithmetic and reading ability
2. Attendance rates
3. Number of schools with/without computers
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.4) The government has launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA).
1. It aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
2. ‘ShaGun’ has been coined from the words ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning Quality, has been developed with a twin track approach.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) ‘Trincomalee port’, was sometimes in the news. It is located in
a) Sri Lanka
b) Iran
c) Maldives
d) Seychelles

Q.6) When the Reserve Rank of India reduces the Statutory Liquidity Ratio by 50 basis points, which of the following is likely to happen? (CSP-2015)
A. India’s GDP growth rate increases drastically
B. Foreign Institutional Investors may bring more capital into our country
C. Scheduled Commercial Banks may cut their lending rates
D. It may drastically reduce the liquidity to the banking system

Q.7) With reference to the use of nano-technology in health sector, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Targeted drug delivery is made possible by nanotechnologv.
2. Nanotechnology can largely contribute to gene therapy.
Select the correct answer using the code given below. (CSP-2015)
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.8) In India, markets in agricultural products are regulated under the (CSP-2015)
A. Essential Commodities Act, 1955
B. Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act enacted by States
C. Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act, 1937
D. Food Products Order, 1956 and Meat and Food Products Order, 1973


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20 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

19 Jan 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

Q.1) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘GST council’.
1. GST Council’s objective is to decide the tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold under the new taxation regime.
2. The GST council is chaired by Union Minister of State in charge of Finance.
3. The decisions of the GST Council will be made by three-fourth majority of the votes cast.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.2) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘Raisina Dialogue’.
1. It is an annual conference held in New Delhi, envisioned to be India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics.
2. The conference is jointly organised by Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
3. Theme of 2017 dialogue is ‘The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multipolarity‘.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.3) Consider the following statements about ‘European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)’.
1. CERN is the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory, established in 1953.
2. CERN’s headquarters is located in Geneva on the French-Swiss border.
3. UNESCO and European Commission are associate members of CERN.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.4) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘World Government Summit’.
1. World Government Summit is a knowledge exchange platform at the intersection between government, futurism, technology and innovation.
2. The fifth edition of the World Government Summit (WGS) will be held in UAE.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Recently, the Global Talent Competitiveness index was released by
a) Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
b) Symbiosis school of business
c) World Bank
d) INSEAD business school

Q.6) With reference to ‘dugong’, a mammal found in India, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is a herbivorous marine animal.
2. It is found along the entire coast of India.
3. It is given legal protection under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Select the correct answer using the code given below. (CSP-2015)
A. 1 and 2
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3
D. 3 only

Q.7) Who of the following was/were economic critic/critics of colonialism in India?
1. Dadabhai Naoroji
2. G. Subramania Iyer
3. R. C. Dutt
Select the correct answer using the code given below. (CSP-2015)
A. 1 only
B. 1 and 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Which one of the following issues the ‘Global Economic Prospects’ report periodically? (CSP-2015)
A. The Asian Development Bank
B. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
C. The US Federal Reserve Bank
D. The World Bank


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19 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

18 Jan 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

Q.1) In the context of India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP), consider the following pairs of vaccines and diseases:
1. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: Pneumonia
2. Rubella vaccine : Measles
3. Rotavirus vaccine : Diarrhea
Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.2) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘PISA – the Program for International Student Assessment’.
1. PISA is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.
2. PISA includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as collaborative problem solving and emphasizes functional skills.
3. PISA is coordinated by the UNESCO, and conducted in the United States.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.3) Which of the following brings out the ‘Inclusive development index’.
a) World Economic Forum
b) World Bank
c) IMF
d) OECD

Q.4) Consider the following statements about ‘Saksham – 2017′ (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav)’.
1. It is aimed to create awareness amongst masses for judicious utilization and conservation of petroleum products along with use of energy efficient appliances and switching to cleaner fuels.
2. The programme is being organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association and other Oil & Gas PSUs under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Consider the following pairs in regard with famous lakes and state:
1. Najafgarh Lake : Delhi
2. Tso Moriri Lake : Jammu and Kashmir
3. Sasthamkotta Lake : Andhra Pradesh
Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.6) With reference to Rowlatt Satyagraha, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The Rowlatt Act was based on the recommendations of the ‘Sedition Committee’.
2. In Rowlatt Satyagraha, Gandhiji tried to utilize the Home Rule League.
3. Demonstrations against the arrival of Simon Commission coincided with Rowlatt Satyagraha.
Select the correct answer using the code given below. (CSP-2015)
A. 1 only
B. 1 and 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Among the following, which were frequently mentioned in the news for the outbreak of Ebola virus recently? (CSP-2015)
A. Syria and Jordan
B. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia
C. Philippines and Papua New Guinea
D. Jamaica, Haiti and Surinam

Q.8) With reference to ‘fly ash’ produced by the power plants using coal as fuel, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Fly ash can be used in the production of bricks for building construction.
2. Fly ash can be used as a replacement for some of the Portland cement contents of concrete.
3. Fly ash is made up of silicon dioxide and calcium oxide only, and does not contain any toxic elements.
Select the correct answer using the code given below. (CSP-2015)
A. 1 and 2
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3
D. 3 only


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18 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

17 Jan 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

Q.1) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC)’.
1. NBCFDC is a Government of India Undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
2. It was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 as a Company not for profit.
3. It’s objective is to promote economic and developmental activities for the benefit of Backward Classes and to assist the poorer section of these classes in self employment ventures.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.2) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘Advance Pricing Agreement (APA)’.
1. The APA Scheme was introduced in the Income-tax Act in 2012 and the “Rollback” provisions were introduced in 2014.
2. The APA is an important step towards ascertaining certainty in transfer pricing matters of multinational company cases and dispute resolution.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.3) With reference to ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR)’, consider the following statements:
1. TIR is the customs convention on international transport of goods that was concluded at Geneva in 1975.
2. It aims to simplify and harmonise the administrative formalities of international road transport.
3. The conventions were adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.4) Consider the following statements about ‘Red Sanders’.
1. Red Sanders is a non-fragrant variety of sandalwood that mostly grows in rocky, hilly regions, and thorny dry deciduous forests.
2. Red Sanders is not a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Gilbert Newton Lewis was an distinguished fellow of the Royal Society known for the discovery of
a) Covalent bond and electron pairs
b) Quantum gravity
c) Structure of the ribosome
d) None of the above

Q.6) The Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane is approved by the  (CSP-2015)
A. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
B. Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices
C. Directorate of Marketing and Inspection, Ministry of Agriculture
D. Agricultural Produce Market Committee

Q.7) What explains the eastward flow of the equatorial counter-current?  (CSP-2015)
A. The Earth’s rotation on its axis
B. Convergence of the two equatorial currents
C. Difference in salinity of water
D. Occurrence of the belt of calm near the equator

Q.8) Consider the following pairs :
Place of Pilgrimage -Location
1. Srisailam – Nallamala Hills
2. Omkareshwar – Satmala Hills
3. Pushkar – Mahadeo Hills
Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched? (CSP-2015)
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3


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17 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

16 Jan 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

Q.1) Consider the following pairs in regard with different regional names for Makar Sankranti festival across different states.
1. Maghi: Haryana
2. Magh Bihu: Assam
3. Uttarayan: Gujarat
Which of the pairs given above correctly matched?
a) 1 and 2
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.2) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX)’.
1. The SpaceX is an Russian aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Moscow.
2. It was founded in 2002 with the goal of creating the technologies to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.3) Consider he following statements in regard with ‘Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)’.
1. CVC was created, based on the recommendations of Santhanam committee in 1964.
2. Central vigilance commissioner is appointed by the President on the recommendations of a committee consisting of Prime Minister, Home Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Recently, World Employment and Social Outlook for 2017 published by
a) World Bank
b) BRICS
c) IMF
d) International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Q.5) Recently, the Social Economic Caste Census (SECC) expert panel has submitted its report to Rural Development Ministry, it was headed by
a) Sumit Bose
b) Vinod Rai
c) Amitabh Kant
d) Shaktikanta Das

Q.6) Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF)?
1. NIF is an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology under the Central Government.
2. NIF is an initiative to strengthen the highly advanced scientific research in India’s premier scientific institutions in collaboration with highly advanced foreign scientific institutions.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.  (CSP-2015)
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both I and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.7) What can be the impact of excessive/ inappropriate use of nitrogenous fertilizers in agriculture?
1. Proliferation of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms in soil can occur.
2. increase in the acidity of soil can take place.
3. Leaching of nitrate to the groundwater can occur.
Select the correct answer using the code given below. (CSP-2015)
A. 1 and 3 only
B. 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) With reference to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. IUCN is an organ of the United Nations and CITES is an international agreement between governments.
2. IUCN runs thousands of field projects around the world to better manage natural environments.
3. CITES is legally binding on the States that have joined it, but this Convention does not take the place of national laws.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.  (CSP-2015)
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3


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16 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

Art and Culture (Ancient and Medieval India) new module

Dear Students, today we have released an Art and Culture (Ancient and Medieval India) module for you (see the left sidebar or click here). Students frequently ignore this topic, even though questions come frequently in both prelims and mains. The mains reasons for ignoring it are the scattered sources and lack of images with which you can connect.

Information on art is spread across many books and, at times, merged with the political and social developments making it a daunting task to read, categorize and memorize. Combined with difficult to pronounce names, it deters everyone but the most committed students.

Hence, we have consolidated and categorized all the information related to art and culture in one place. Clear images are presented to help the student connect art/architectural forms with the names.

We are sure that this module will make culture easier for you, and save you time and energy in your preparation.

14 Jan 2017 | Target Mains: GS Questions

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