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2 Dec 2016 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

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Q.1) Which of the following cultural heritage comes under UNESCO’s intangible list.
1. Mudiyettu, a ritual theatre of Kerala
2. Buddhist chanting of Ladakh
3. Kalbelia folk dances of Rajasthan
Select the correct answer using the code given below (CSP-2016)
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 only
d) 1,2 and 3

Q.2) The ‘Global Enabling Trade Report 2016’ is published by
a) World Economic Forum (WEF)
b) APEC
c) WTO
d) World bank

Q.3) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC).
1. OPEC is a permanent, intergovernmental organization of United Nations, created at the Baghdad Conference in 1960.
2. The OPEC Secretariat is located in Saudi Arabia.
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) Consider the following statements in the context of ‘Express Wi-fi’.
1. Express Wi-fi scheme launched by Google to bring internet access to underserved locations in India.
2. Project Loon was also launched by Google to provide Internet coverage for people in rural and remote areas, help fill in coverage gaps.
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 statements about ‘Budapest Water Summit 2016’.
1. It is organised by the Germany Government in cooperation with the World Water Council.
2. The theme of the Water Summit 2016 is “Sustanaible Water Use Connects Globe”.
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.6) What is/are the purpose/purposes of ‘Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)’announced by RBI
1. These guidelines help improve the transparency in the methodology followed by the banks for determining the interest rates on advances
2. These guidelines helps ensure the availability of bank credit the interest rate which are fare to the borrowers as well as the banks
Select the correct answers using the code given below (CSP-2016)
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.7) What is/are the unique about the ‘Kharai Camel’ a breed found in India
1. It is capable of swimming up three kilometers in seawater
2. Its survives by grazing on mangroves
3. It lives in the wild and cannot be domesticated
Select the correct answers using the code given below (CSP-2016)
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.8) Recently, our scientists have discovered a new and distinct spices of banana plant which attains a height of about 11 meters and has orange – colored form of pulp. In which part of India has been discovered? (CSP-2016)
A. Andaman Islands
B. Anaimalai Forests
C. Maikala Hills
D. Tropical rainforest of North east


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Cloudburst

cloudburst

A cloudburst is an extreme amount of precipitation, sometimes with hail and thunder, which normally lasts no longer than a few minutes but is capable of creating flood conditions. Colloquially, the term cloudburst may be used to describe any sudden heavy, brief, and usually unforecastable rainfall. Rainfall rate equal to or greater than 100 mm (3.97 inches) per hour is a cloudburst. The associated convective cloud can extend up to a height of 15 km above the ground. During a cloudburst, more than 20 mm of rain may fall in a few minutes.

Cloudbursts have a very specific definition: if rainfall of about 10 cm or above per hour is recorded over a place that is roughly 10 km x 10 km in area, it is classified as a cloudburst event. And by this definition, 5 cm of rainfall in half an hour would also be classified as a cloudburst. That’s an anomaly for Indian conditions.

Where do cloudbursts can occur?

Cloudbursts do happen in plains as well, but there is a greater probability of them occurring in mountainous zones; it has to do with the terrain. Cloudbursts happen when saturated clouds are unable to produce rain because of the upward movement of very warm current of air. Raindrops, instead of dropping down, are carried upwards by the air current. New drops are formed and existing raindrops gain in size. After a point, the raindrops become too heavy for the cloud to hold on to, and they drop down together in a quick flash. It is not essential that cloudbursts occur only when a cloud clashes with a solid body like a mountain. One such cloud burst in the Himalayan region occurred when the monsoon winds were rising along the slope of the Himalayas and were sucked further by the ascending jet streams resulting in a very heavy downpour that caused devastating floods and landslides in June 2013. Cloudbursts can also occur when hot water vapour laden winds mix with the cold winds resulting in sudden condensation. Hilly terrains aid in heated air currents rising vertically upwards in two ways

  1. By allowing water laden winds to rise
  2. By allowing water laden winds to absorb more moisture from Terai
  3. And by allowing the jet stream to easily withdraw the convection aided orographic winds to be attenuated, thereby, increasing the probability of a cloudburst situation. Cloudbursts can happen in deserts due to enhanced convection.

Effect of Cloudbursts

1. Flash floods: Cloudbursts are also responsible for flash floods creation.

2. Accompanying effect of Cloudbursts on terrain

  • Sheetfloods
  • Landslides
  • Mudflows
  • Land caving
  • flash floods, houses and establishments getting swept away and cave-ins lead to the deaths.
  • Blocking path of rivers that may lead to temporary damming and creation of a reservoir and its consequent collapse

The rainfall itself does not result in the death of people, though sometimes, the raindrops are big enough to hurt people in a sustained downpour. It is the consequences of such heavy rain, especially in the hilly terrain, that causes death and destruction.

Frequency of cloudbursts

There is a paucity of past data on cloudbursts; in addition, since only some of them get counted – only those that result in death and destruction – there is a problem of accuracy as well. But what is very clear is that events of extreme precipitation have been on the rise in the last few decades; keeping temperature fluctuations in mind as a trend, that cloudburst events might be on the increase as well.

Forecasting

The difficulty arises out of the fact that they take place over a very small area.

What can be forecasted is the spell of heavy rainfall due to convergence of many meteorological conditions.

Forecasts for a very small area can be done through the use of Doppler radars. Through them, it is possible to forecast the possibility of cloudbursts about six hours in advance, sometimes even 12-14 hours in advance.

2 Dec | Target Mains: GS Questions

GS1 (Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India)

New data from the Civil Registration System of the Registrar General of India shows a fall in sex ratio at birth from 898 girls to 1,000 boys in 2013, to 887 in 2014. Throw light on the reasons for a poor sex ratio of India. Also list out how the government should work towards its improvement.

Ref:

Hindu

TOI (This link has easy to remember cue cards)

Previous year Question (2014)

Why do some of the most prosperous regions of India have an adverse sex ratio for women? Give your arguments.

GS2 (Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries)

“Principle of independence of judiciary was not meant for personal benefits of judges but was created to protect humans against abuses of power.” In light of the recent statement by the CJI, critically examine the long drawn tussle between the Judiciary and Executive with relevant examples from our Indian History.

Ref:

IE

CD Newstrail

EPW – Commentry by Indira Jaising

GS3 (Issues relating to intellectual property rights)

What is the objective of new patent box regime? What is experience of other countries with patent boxes? Has enough been done to attract creation of IPs in India? If not, what are suggestions and way forward?

Ref:

FE

CD Newstrail

GS 4 (Ethics and Human Interference)

SC has ruled that national anthem must be played in cinema halls across the country before a film is screened, and everyone present must stand to pay respect. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? To what extent is symbolism helpful in imbibing the societal/ national values?

 Ref:

CD Op-ed

Firstpost

The Wire

Previous year Question (2014)

In the context of defence services, ‘patriotism’ demands readiness to even lay down one’s life in protecting the nation. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? Explain with illustrations and justify your answer.

2 Dec | GS1 | New data from the Civil Registration System of the Registrar General of India shows a fall in sex ratio at birth from 898 girls to 1,000 boys in 2013, to 887 in 2014. Throw light on the reasons for a poor sex ratio of India. Also list out how the government should work towards its improvement.

GS1 (Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India)

New data from the Civil Registration System of the Registrar General of India shows a fall in sex ratio at birth from 898 girls to 1,000 boys in 2013, to 887 in 2014. Throw light on the reasons for a poor sex ratio of India. Also list out how the government should work towards its improvement.

Hindu

TOI (This link has easy to remember cue cards)

Previous year Question (2014)

Why do some of the most prosperous regions of India have an adverse sex ratio for women? Give your arguments.

2 Dec | GS4 | SC has ruled that national anthem must be played in cinema halls across the country before a film is screened, and everyone present must stand to pay respect. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? To what extent is symbolism helpful in imbibing the societal/ national values?

GS 4 (Ethics and Human Interference)

SC has ruled that national anthem must be played in cinema halls across the country before a film is screened, and everyone present must stand to pay respect. To what extent is symbolism helpful in imbibing the societal/ national values? Explain with illustrations and justify your answer.

CD Op-ed

Firstpost

The Wire

Previous year Question (2014)

In the context of defence services, ‘patriotism’ demands readiness to even lay down one’s life in protecting the nation. According to you, what does patriotism imply in everyday civil life? Explain with illustrations and justify your answer.

2 Dec 2016 | GS3 | What is the objective of new patent box regime? What is experience of other countries with patent boxes? Has enough been done to attract creation of IPs in India? If not, what are suggestions and way forward?

GS3 (Issues relating to intellectual property rights)

What is the objective of new patent box regime? What is experience of other countries with patent boxes? Has enough been done to attract creation of IPs in India? If not, what are suggestions and way forward?

FE

CD Newstrail

2 Dec 2016 | GS 2 | “Principle of independence of judiciary was not meant for personal benefits of judges but was created to protect humans against abuses of power.” In light of the recent statement by the CJI, critically examine the long drawn tussle between the Judiciary and Executive with relevant examples from our Indian History.

GS2 (Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries)

“Principle of independence of judiciary was not meant for personal benefits of judges but was created to protect humans against abuses of power.” In light of the recent statement by the CJI, critically examine the long drawn tussle between the Judiciary and Executive with relevant examples from our Indian History.

IE

CD Newstrail

EPW – Commentry by Indira Jaising

Journey of Ramu, a disabled bangle seller to Ramesh Gholap, AIR 287, 2012

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Background:

Ramesh Gholap is known as Ramu in his village Mahagoan in Barshi Taluka, Solapur district of Maharashtra. He was a bright child. His father Gorakh Gholap ran a cycle repair shop, enough to provide an income for his family of four, but the business did not last long as his health suffered from constant drinking.

It was then that Ramu’s mother Vimal Gholap started selling bangles in nearby villages to support the family. Though Ramu’s left leg was affected by polio, he and his brother joined their mother in her little venture.

Mahagaon had just one primary school, so Ramu later went to stay in Barshi with his uncle to study further. He knew education was the only way to bring his mother and family out of poverty they were facing, so he worked as hard as he could.

In the year 2005, when he was in Class 12 and his college model exams were going on, he got news of his father’s death. The bus fare from Barshi to Mahagaon was Rs.7 those days. And since he received a bus pass for the disabled, the fare for him was just Rs. 2. But Ramu did not even have that! His neighbours helped him with the money and then Ramu could go for the last rites of his father.

Just four days after his father’s death, Ramu had a chemistry model exam in his college. On his mother’s insistence he went and appeared for the exam but, after that, he skipped the other model exams. He did not even submit his journals. The final exam for Class 12 was just a month away when he received a letter from his teacher that he had scored 35 marks out of 40 in chemistry. The teacher wanted to meet him. With help and encouragement from his teacher, Ramu took his final exams and scored 88.5%.

Ramu chose to do D.Ed (Diploma in Education) in spite of scoring so well, because this was the cheapest course he could afford to do to get a job as a teacher and support his family. He completed his D.Ed and also pursued a graduate degree in Arts from an open university simultaneously. And finally, he was able to start working as a teacher in 2009. This was like a dream come true for his family. But, deep down, it was not what Ramu really wanted to do.

Ramu lived with his mother and brother in a small room provided by his aunt. He would get annoyed with the ration shop owner, who sold kerosene in the black market instead of providing it to needy families like his. He had already been through the frustration of seeing his father not get adequate attention when he was admitted for tuberculosis in a government hospital. He saw his mother and other widows being manipulated by an officer who collected money from them and made false promises to get them their pensions.

Why IAS:

During his college days, Ramu had been a member of the student’s union and consequently had to go the tehsildar’s office often to get approval for various college issues. He saw the tehsildar as being the most influential and powerful government official he had ever come across. And so Ramu decided he wanted to become a tehsildar too in order to solve all the problems he and his family faced.

Preparation journey:

In September 2009, he took the first step towards his dream. Using the loan that his mother had taken from a self-help group in his village, Ramu went to Pune to prepare for the UPSC exam, taking a leave of six months from his job.

He says: “I did not even know the meaning of MPSC and UPSC since I had always lived in small villages. I did not have money to take coaching classes either. So, the first thing I did was to meet one of the teachers of these coaching classes, just to understand if I was eligible to take the UPSC exam. The first teacher who met me was Mr. Atul Lande. I requested him to write down the answers to a few of my questions, like what is UPSC, can it be taken in Marathi, am I eligible for it, etc. And he told me there was nothing to stop me from taking the UPSC. It is only because of that one statement that I finally did it.”

Ramu appeared for the UPSC exams in May 2010 but unfortunately didn’t make the cut. Meanwhile, he had also formed a political party with the help of some friends in his village of Mahagaon to fight the local panchayat elections. His mother stood as a candidate for sarpanch. The mission of the party was simple – to come to power and help the distressed. On October 23, 2010, the results of the panchayat elections were out. Ramu’s mother, Vimal Gholap lost the elections by a few votes but the loss did not break Ramu. Instead, it gave him the strength to stand up and fight back again against the system. On the same day, he announced in front of all the villagers that he was leaving the village and would come back only when he became a powerful officer.

After this, no one could stop Ramu. He left his job and cleared the State Institute of Administrative Careers (SIAC) exam – this gave him a hostel to stay in and a stipend as scholarship. He painted posters to take care of his expenditures. And finally, this son of illiterate parents, who studied in a Zila Parishad school and by correspondence with open universities, cleared the UPSC examination with an all-India rank of 287, without any coaching.

In the next couple of months, the MPSC results were also out and this time Ramu broke all records. He topped the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam in the year 2012, scoring the highest ever marks of 1,244 out of 1,800.

Today as an IAS officer, Ramesh Gholap says:

“Whenever I cancel the license of a PDS shop owner who has been black marketing kerosene, I remember my days when I had to turn off the lantern for lack of kerosene. Whenever I help a widow, I remember my mother begging for a house or for her pension. Whenever I inspect a government hospital, I remember my father’s words when he had left drinking and just wanted better treatment. He would ask me to become a big man and take him to a private hospital. Whenever I help a poor child, I remember myself, I remember Ramu.”

1 Dec 2016 | GS4 | Gandhiji championed the use of non-violence to fight against evil. What is the relevance of non-violence today? Also discuss its relevance in India’s fight against terrorism and other challenges such as Naxalism.

GS4 (Ethics)

Gandhiji championed the use of non-violence to fight against evil. What is the relevance of non-violence today? Also discuss its relevance in India’s fight against terrorism and other challenges such as Naxalism.

Reference: National Foundation for Communal Harmony

1 Dec 2016 | GS3 | U.S. President elect Donald Trump has threatened to pull the U.S. out of climate change treaties such as the Paris Agreement. What would be the impact of the U.S. pulling out? What course of action should India take if such a scenario comes to pass?

GS3 (Environment)

U.S. President elect Donald Trump has threatened to pull the U.S. out of climate change treaties such as the Paris Agreement. What would be the impact of the U.S. pulling out? What course of action should India take if such a scenario comes to pass?

References: Indian Express, Indian ExpressThe Atlantic

1 Dec 2016 | GS2 | What are Self Help Groups? Discuss some of the problems faced by them. What support has been provided by the govt to them.

GS2 (SHG, NGO’s)

What are Self Help Groups? Discuss some of the problems faced by them. What support has been provided by the govt to them?

References: Aajeevika, Planning Commission, Economic Times

1 Dec 2016 | GS1 | What was the role of women in India’s freedom struggle?

GS1 (India’s freedom struggle)

What was the role of women in India’s freedom struggle?

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1 Dec 2016 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

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When you submit your answer, if possible, give some reasoning & more info. along with the ABACAA format. Elaborate on what you know. This is going to help you retain & remember better.

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Q.1) Consider the following statements in regard with ‘Waste to energy processes’.

1. Biomethanation process degrades biological or organic compounds to generate biogas and manure.

2. The Nisargruna technology developed by the Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), used in biomethanation plants.

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 to ‘World Indology Conference’.

1. The first World Indology Conference hosted by Rashtrapati Bhavan in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2015.

2. The first ‘Distinguished Indologist’ Award was presented to Prof. Amartya Sen in india.

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 the following statements in regard to ‘Coral bleaching’.

1. Coral bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour.

2. Algae are vital to the coral, which uses the organic products of photosynthesis to help it grow.

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) North-Eastern Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC) of the ISRO located in

a) Imphal

b) Itanagar

c) Kolkata

d) Shillong

 

Q.5) The Joint Military Exercise “SAMPRITI-2016” was held between

a) India and Bangladesh

b) India and Nepal

c) U.S and Seychelles

d) India and Maldives

 

Q.6) Who of the following had first deciphered the edicts of Emperor Ashoka (CSP 2016)

A. George Buhler

B. James Prinsep

C. Max Muller

D. William Jones

 

Q.7) With reference to the ‘Gram Nyayalaya Act’ which of the statements is/are correct?

1.As per the act, Gram Nyayalayas can hear only civil cases not criminal cases

2.The Act allows only social activists as mediators/reconcillators

Select the correct answers using the code given below:    (CSP 2016)

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q.8) Consider the following statements in regard to ‘The India – Africa summit’.

1. It was held in 2015 was the third such summit.

2. It was actually initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951.

Which of the statements is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. Neither 1 nor 2


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No obstacle is too great: Son of a security guard secures AIR 242

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Kuldeep Dwivedi secured the All India Rank 242 in the Civil Services Exams conducted by UPSC, paving the way for his future as an officer with the Indian Police Service. No obstacle is too great if one has strong determination and Kuldeep Dwivedi has proved that the son of a security guard at Lucknow University can too touch the sky.

Background:

Surya Kant Dwivedi works untiringly at the University of Lucknow as a security guard. Making ends meet for his family of five is a struggle on his meagre income. When his youngest son, Kuldeep Dwivedi expressed interest in attempting the UPSC exams – not once, but thrice – Surya agreed, despite the fact that his son’s pursuit would mean one less earning member in the family.

Kuldeep’s father, Surya Kant Dwivedi, who is a security guard at University of Lucknow’s works department, could not believe that his son cracked the prestigious and most toughest exam of the country UPSC exams and may become an Indian Police Service officer. Kuldeep’s mother is a homemaker.

It took Kuldeep Dwivedi nearly 30 minutes to explain to his father what it meant to score the 242nd rank in the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Kuldeep Dwivedi said, “They do not understand what IPS is all about. They just think that a sub-inspector is the most powerful person in the police department. I had to tell them that after completion of training I will be posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in some district. And when they realised that I have now become an officer. There was complete silence. Tears rolled out from their eyes.”

Kuldeep Dwivedi, a 27 year old boy is youngest among three brothers and a sister, wanted to become Civil Servant since he was a child. For him, it was his family’s acceptance and support was all the encouragement he needed to pursue a childhood dream.

“Since my childhood days, I have seen the amount of power a district collector or SSP of a particular district enjoys. It always inspired me. I always wanted to become like that. It was always there in the back of my mind. I had cracked few other examinations in the past but did not join because I wanted to crack the Civil Service Examination,” Kuldeep Dwivedi said.

Preparation:

Kuldeep Dwivedi graduated from Allahabad University in 2009 and completed his post graduation in 2011. Since then he has been staying in Delhi preparing for the Civil Services Exam. Kuldeep Dwivedi says the most difficult time that he faced was after he failed to crack the exam in his first two attempts. In 2013, he was selected as an Assistant Commandant in the Border Security Force but he did not join the training. This was his third attempt and his success has brought great joy to the entire household.

Kuldeep has proved that talent is not dependent on ones circumstances. He has fought against the odds and believed in his abilities.

It was his determination that somehow he has to crack the UPSC examination with a good rank. He kept himself engaged in academics. Luckily the family never troubled him in his pursuit. His success is a shining example of hard work and single-minded focus with determination.

What is Market Stabilization Scheme?

Can anyone please explain Market Stabilisation Scheme (MSS)? It’s been a lot in news recently.

Google says that MSS is a mechanism to give more powers to RBI to manage liquidity. My query is – what is that RBI can do with MSS that it can’t do with usual procedures like OMO? Why is MSS needed if OMO is already there?

30 Nov 2016 | GS4 | Corruption exists even in developed countries such as the U.S. and the EU. In light of this, should we be worried about corruption in India?

GS4 (Ethics in Public Administration)

Corruption exists even in developed countries such as the U.S. and the EU. In light of this, should we be worried about corruption in India?

30 Nov 2016 | GS3 | What is India’s demographic dividend? What are we doing to reap it?

GS3 (Indian Economy)

What is India’s demographic dividend? What are we doing to reap it?

Reference: Strategic Foresight, IMF

30 Nov 2016 | GS2 | The 52nd Constitutional Amendment and the anti-defection law were meant to end the evil of defection.What were the main features of the law? What has been its effect on law making?

GS2 (Polity and Governance)

The 52nd Constitutional Amendment and the anti-defection law were meant to end the evil of defection.What were the main features of the law? What has been its effect on law making?

Reference: PRS India, Hindustan Times

30 Nov 2016 | GS1 | The Railways appears in the news today mainly on account of accidents and budget problems. However, it has had an important impact on India. Discuss some of the ways in which the railways has impacted industry and society. Did it play ant role in the freedom movement?

GS1 (Modern India)

The Railways appears in the news today mainly on account of accidents and budget problems. However, it has had an important impact on India. Discuss some of the ways in which the railways has impacted industry and society. Did it play ant role in the freedom movement?

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30 Nov 2016 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

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When you submit your answer, if possible, give some reasoning & more info. along with the ABACAA format. Elaborate on what you know. This is going to help you retain & remember better.

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Q.1) Consider the following statements in regard to ‘Nilgai or Blue bull’.

1. Nilgai is the largest Asian antelope and is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.

2. Nilgai is protected under Schedule III of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

3. The nilgai is categorised as ‘Critically endangered’ by the IUCN.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1,2 and 3 only

 

Q.2) With reference to ‘Radio-frequency identification (RFID) Access Control System’, consider the following statements.

1. RFID tagging is an ID system that uses small radio frequency identification devices for identification and tracking purposes.

2. Paradip Port is the first among all Major Ports to have successfully implemented the RFID Access Control System adding yet another distinction to its string of achievements.

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) Recently, Akodara village was in the news. Which of the following statement correctly describes about it?

a) India’s first digital village

b) India’s first Wind power plant located in village

c) Highest solar power electricity generated by village

d) None of the above

 

Q.4) Consider the following statements about ‘World Organisation for Animal Health’ (OIE).

1. The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation located in New York, responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

2. It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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 statements with reference to ‘Bitcoins’.

1. Bitcoin is a digital currency that is not supported by any country’s government or central bank.

2. Bitcoin is also known as crypto-currency, it can be traded for services or goods with sellers who accept bitcoins as payment.

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.6) ‘Project Loon’ sometimes seen in the news is related to (CSP-2016)

A. Waste management technology

B. Wireless communication technology

C. Solar power production technology

D. Water conservation technology

 

Q.7) ‘Net metering’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of promoting the   (CSP-2016)

A. Production and use of solar energy by the households/consumers

B. Use of piped natural gas in the kitchens of households

C. Installation of CNG kits in motor cars

D. Installation of water meters in urban households

 

Q.8) Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were (CSP-2016)

A. Agriculture

B. Warriors

C. Weavers

D. Traders


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