15 Questions from Prelims tit-bits

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  • All the questions are from previous year papers

$1. If a tropical rain forest is removed, it does not regenerate quickly as compared to a tropical deciduous forest. This is because(2011)

(a.) the soil of rain forest is deficient in nutrients

(b.) propagules of the trees in a rain forest have poor viability

(c.) the rain forest species are slow-growing

(d.) exotic species invade the fertile soil of rain forest

$2. With reference to micro-irrigation, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Fertilizer/nutrient loss can be reduced.(2011)

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 only

(b.) 2 and 3 only

(c.) 1 and 3 only

(d.) 1, 2 and 3

$3. The seasonal reversal of winds is the typical characteristic of (2014)

a. Equatorial climate

b. Mediterranean climate

c. Monsoon climate

d. All of the above climates


$4. The authorization for the withdrawal of funds from the- Consolidated Fund of India must come from:(2011)

(a.) The President of India

(b.) The Parliament of India

(c.) The Prime. Minister of India

(d.) The Union Finance, Minister

$5. Under the Constitution of India, which one of the following is not a fundamental duty?(2011)

(a.) To vote in public elections

(b.) To develop the scientific temper

(c.) To safeguard public property

(d.) To abide by me Constitution and respect its ideals

$6. Which of the following is/are among the Fundamental Duties of citizens laid down in the Indian Constitution?(2012)

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 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

$7. What is the provision to safeguard the autonomy of the Supreme Court of India?(2012)

1. While appointing the Supreme Court Judges, the President of India has to consult the Chief Justice of India.

2. The Supreme Court Judges can be removed by the Chief Justice of India only.

3. The salaries of the Judges are charged on the Consolidated Fund of India to which the legislature does not have to vote.

4. All appointments of officers and staffs of the Supreme Court of India are made by the Government only after consulting the Chief Justice of India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 3 and 4 only

(c) 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

$8. The distribution of powers between the Centre and the States in the Indian Constitution is based on the scheme provided in the(2012)

(a) Morley-Minto Reforms, 1909

(b) Montagu-Chelmsford Act, 1919

(c) Government of India Act, 1935

(d) Indian Independence Act, 1947

$9. What are the significances of a practical approach to sugarcane production known as ‘Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative’?

  1. Seed cost is very low in this compared to the conventional method of cultivation.
  2. Drip irrigation can be practiced very effectively in this.
  3. There is no application of chemical/ inorganic fertilizers at all in this.
  4. The scope for intercropping is more in this compared to the conventional method of cultivation.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a. 1 and 3 only

b. 1, 2 and 4 only

c. 2, 3 and 4 only

d. 1, 2, 3 and 4

10. Salinization occurs when the irrigation water accumulated in the soil evaporates, leaving behind salts and minerals. What are the effects of salinization on the irrigated land? (2011)

(a.) It greatly increases the crop production

(b.) It makes some soils impermeable

(c.) It raises the water table

(d.) It fills the air spaces in the soil with water

11. Which of the following statements regarding laterite soils of India are correct? (2013)

1.  They are generally red in colour.

2. They are rich in nitrogen and potash.

3. They are well-developed in Rajasthan and UP.

4. Tapioca and cashew nuts grow well on these soils.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1 and 4

(d) 2 and 3 only

12. Which one of the following is the characteristic climate of the Tropical Savannah Region? (2012)

(a) Rainfall throughout the year

(b) Rainfall in winter only

(c) An extremely short dry season

(d) A definite dry and wet season

13. What is die difference between asteroids and comets? (2011)

1. Asteroids are small rocky planetoids, while comets are formed of frozen gases held together by rocky and metallic material.

2. Asteroids are found mostly between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars, while comets are found mostly between Venus and Mercury.

3. Comets show a perceptible glowing tail, while asteroids do not.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a.) 1 and 2 only

(b.) 1 and 3 only

(c.) 3 only

(d.) 1, 2 and 3

14. What could be the main reason/reasons for the formation of African and Eurasian desert belt? (2011)

1. It is located in the sub-tropical high pressure cells.

2. It is under the influence of warm ocean currents.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct in this context?

(a.) 1 only

(b.) 2 only

(c.) Both 1 and 2

(d.) Neither 1 nor 2

15. Mahatma Gandhi undertook fast unto death in 1932, mainly because: (2012)

(a) Round Table Conference failed to satisfy Indian political aspirations

(b) Congress and Muslim League had differences of opinion

(c) Ramsay Macdonald announced the Communal Award

(d) None of the statements (a), (b) and (c) given above is correct in this context


1. a, high rain fall, leaching, washing away of nutrients

2. c, 1 and 3, statement 2, only means can not be true, micro-irrigation, fertilizers at the root zone, loss reduced, less water used hence less ground water needed for irrigation, water table receding checked

3. c, monsoon

4. b, parliament

5. a, voting

6. c, protecting the weaker sections is responsibility of state hence DPSP

7. a, statement 2 is Wahiyyat, President trmove judges, remove 2, only option left

8. c, 3 lists, provincial autonomy

9. b, statement 3, no application of chemicals can not be practical

10. b, soil becomes infertile, ions hence impermeable

11. c, no soil is rich in N, remove statement 2, only option left

12. d, definite wet and dry season

13. b

14. a, cold currents cause desiccation and desert formation, warm currents will bring rains

15. c

By Dr V

Doctor by Training | AIIMSONIAN | Factually correct, Politically not so much | Opinionated? Yes!