Power and Privileges of Parliament

One fine gentleman has been summoned recently by RS Parliamentary Committee of Privileges for making public a CAG report even before it could be placed before the Parliament. In this context let us discuss Art 105, the privileges and the contempt.

All motivation no questions no debates

It is wonderful to see everyone chipping in to suggest strategies and sharing motivational articles but equally disheartening to see the threads with questions gathering dust. In nutshell we are motivated enough to prepare but just not motivated enough to practice questions. So I guess there is not point in wasting time and efforts. Bye bye folks.

MCQs : Polity

Frankly these are a little on the tougher side given the kind of Polity MCQs asked in the exam but still just to gauge how well The Lord Laxmikanth has been worshipped here we go:

1. Which of the following features is/are among those constituting the basic structure of the Indian Constitution as identified through various judicial decisions since 1973?
1. Effective access to justice.
2. Rule of Law.
3. The principle of free and fair elections.
4. Limitations upon the amending power conferred by Article 368.
5. Social Justice
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b) 2 and 5 only
(c) 1, 3, 4, and 5 only
(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

2. The laws made by the Parliament or the President or any other specified authority for a state while under President’s rule
(a) are automatically assumed to have been repealed on the date on which the President’s rule is lifted
(b) cannot be altered by the state legislature after the President’s rule is lifted
(c) continue to be operative even after the President’s rule
(d) can be repealed or altered only by the Parliament after the President’s rule is lifted

3. Consider the following statements:
1. The constitution does not lay down any qualification for a person to be chosen a member of the state legislature.
2. The Speaker of a State legislature can resign by writing to the Governor.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

4. Under the Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, who/which of the following is empowered to declare an area to be a scheduled area?
(a) State Legislature
(b) President
(c) Governor
(d) Parliament

5. Consider the following statements:
1. No civil or criminal proceedings can be instituted against civil servants for anything done in their official capacities.
2. The Indian Constitution does not grant any immunity to the ministers for their official acts.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Centre Vs Far East

“Certain provisions of the Indian Constitution like President’s rule militate against the concept of co-operative federalism.” Critically comment.

Temple Entry Movements

“Temple Entry Movements in India have mutated from being caste-based to gender-based.” Do you agree with the statement? Cite relevant examples to support your answer.

GS1 – Women's Movements

“Women’s movements in India have come of age with more vocal assertion of their rights and identity. Comment in the light of contemporary women movements to gain entry into religious centres like Sabarimala.”

Gloabalisation and Blizzards

The weather Gods also seem to have understood the meaning of Globalisation as it seems “Snowzilla’ is making its presence felt in Delhi. Between there is no connection in the Headline and the content of this article. It is just the same old MCQs:

1. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?
Ancient Town : Location
1. Ujjayini : Malwa
2. Pratisthana : Sothern Deccan
3. Tamralipti : Godavari Delta
4. Bhrigukachchha : Broach, Gujarat
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 2 and 3 only
(b) 1 and 4 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 2 and 4 only

2. Among the following, you are most likely to get caught in a Blizzard if you are visiting
(a) Perth
(b) Durban
(c) New York
(d) Santiago

3. Consider the following statements:
1. Terrestrial Biodiversity declines as we move from the poles towards the equator.
2. Oceanic Biodiversity is much greater than the Terrestrial biodiversity.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

4. Which of the following type of climates is typified by a warm moist summer and a cool, dry winter?
(a)The warm temperate eastern margin climate
(b) The temperate continental climate
(c) The warm temperate western margin climate
(d) The Savanna climate

5. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?
1. Unakoti Rock Carvings : Assam
2. Tombs of Ahom Kings, Charaideo : Tripura
3. Ancient Temples of Bishnupur : West Bengal
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 3 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

MCQs Geography

1. Which of the following rivers originate in India and flow to the neighbouring countries?
1. Beas
2. Karnaphuli
3. Manas
4. Jhelum
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below.
(a) 4 only
(b) 2 and 4 only
(c) 1, 2 and 4 only
(d) 1 and 3 only

2. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?
1. Kalsubai : Western India
2. Mahendragiri : Central India
3. Parasnath : Eastern India
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

3. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?
1. Darfur : North-western Africa
2. Namib Desert : Central Africa
3. Lake Victoria: South-western Africa
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below.
(a) 2 and 3 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) None

4. Consider the following statements:
1. Western coast of India receives more rainfall as compared to the Eastern coast.
2. Southern slopes of Himalayas receive more rainfall compared to their Northern slopes.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

5. Which of the following is/are correctly matched?
1. Hudson Bay : North America
2. Valdes Peninsula : South America
3. Gulf of Carpentaria : Australia
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below.
(a) 2 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

GS3 Farmer Issues

Crucially evaluate the recently launched PMFSY as a mechanism to bring down farmers indebtedness.

Ethics or the Lack of Them

Lack of ethical and moral education has been cited as one of the reasons for growing incidences of juvenile delinquency. Do you agree? Suggest some innovative ways to bring down juvenile delinquency.

Case Study

As a district collector you are overseeing the post-flood relief operations in your district. While going through the progress made you realise that relief operations have been particularly sporadic and ineffectual in a particular village of the district. On further investigations you come to know that the district is mostly inhabited by people considered historically “lower class”.
(1) What immediate steps you shall undertake to sensitize your officers against class biases in relief operations.
(2) What long term plans, in your opinion, shall ensure that such incidents do not recur.

Attitudes and Biases

Do attitudes engender stereotypes and biases or vice-versa? Explain with real life examples.

Ethical Dilemma

Narrate an incident from the life of your model that shall help you to tide over ethical dilemma you may face in your career as a civil servant.

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MCQs : Few Random Ones

1. Which of the following are the pollutant that enter the atmosphere due to large scale burning of the biomass?
1. Formaldehyde
2. Potassium
3. Benzene
4. Carbon Monoxide
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 3 and 4 only
(b) 1, 3 and 4 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

2. Consider the following statements:
1. Lord Curzon was the Viceroy when the first session of the Indian National Congress was held.
2. Formation of Indian National Congress was preceded by a number of political organizations including Poona Sarvajanik Sabha.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

3. Which of the following factors influence the spatial distribution of the salinity of the oceans?
1. Ocean currents
2. Atmospheric Pressure
3. Evaporation
4. Wind Direction
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 3 and 4 only
(b) 1, 2 and 4 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

4.The Western Indian Ocean has witnessed a sharp decline in phytoplankton population due to increased sea surface temperatures largely because increased sea surface temperatures
(a) suppress the mixing of surface and sub-surface waters
(b) make the oceanic water acidic
(c) constrict reproduction among the phytoplankton
(d) limit the process of photosynthesis

5.Nairobi Package’, in news recently, is related to the affairs of
(a) FAO
(b) UNFCCC
(c) WTO
(d) IMF

6. Which of the following enshrine the goal of promotion of sense of brotherhood among the citizens?
(a) Preamble only
(b) Preamble and Fundamental Duties
(c) Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles of State Policy
(d) Preamble, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles of State Policy

7. Consider the following statements:
1. In Indian Parliamentary system , the office of the ‘Leader of the House’ is not mentioned in the Constitution.
2. In Indian Parliamentary system , the office of the ‘Leader of the Opposition’ is not mentioned in the Constitution.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

8.Consider the following statements with reference to the Indian Parliamentary System:
1. The power to adjourn a session of any House lies with the Presiding officer of that House.
2. The power to adjourn a session of any House sine die lies with the President.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

9. Consider the following statements:
1. No ground has been mentioned in the Indian Constitution for the removal of the Vice- President.
2. The resolution to remove the Vice-President cannot be introduce in the Lok Sabha.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

10. India is planning to notify Euro V and Euro VI norms soon. The norms are related to
(a) international banking standards
(b) vehicular emission standards
(c) mergers and acquisition standards
(d) effluents from industrial units

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MCQs from previous B2Bs

1. Which of the following states were formerly Union Territories?
1. Himachal Pradesh
2. Goa
3. Arunachal Pradesh
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

2. Consider the following statements:
At the time of independence
1. Indian Union was classified into three distinct constituent units.
2. Part A states were administered by the President through a Chief Commissioner.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

3. Which of the following was the only Union Territory at the time of independence and continues to enjoy the same status to date?
(a) Daman and Diu
(b) Dadar and Nagar Haveli
(c) Puducherry
(d) Andaman & Nicobal Islands

4. Through which of the following acts, the Governor General of Bengal was made the Governor Bengal of India?
(a) Charter Act of 1833
(b) Charter Act of 1853
(c) Indian Councils Act, 1861
(d) Regulating Act of 1773

5. What is the correct order of the following satyagrahas undertaken by Gandhiji?
(a) Kheda – Champaran – Ahmedabad
(b) Kheda – Ahmedabad – Champaran
(c) Champaran – Ahmedabad – Kheda
(d) Champaran – Kheda – Ahmedabad

MCQs on B2B : Water in the Air

1. What is the correct order of the following types of clouds in the order of increasing height?
(a) Stratocumulus- Altocumulus- Cirrocumulus
(b) Altocumulus- Stratocumulus- Cirrocumulus
(c) Stratocumulus- Cirrocumulus- Altocumulus
(d) Altocumulus- Cirrocumulus- Stratocumulus

2. The rainfall on Western Ghats is mostly
(a) Convectional
(b) Orographic
(c) Frontal
(d) Convectional or Orographic

3. Consider the following statements:
1. Absolute Humidity is a measure of percentage of water vapour in the atmosphere compared to its full capacity.
2. Relative Humidity is a measure of actual weight of the water vapour present per unit of the atmosphere.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

4. Which of the following coasts is more likely to experience advection fog?
1. Peruvian Coast
2. Namibian Coast
3. Brazilian Coast
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

5. Which of the following can act as hygroscopic particles leading to cloud formation?
1. Salt Particles
2. Dust Particles
3. Silver iodide particles
Choose the correct alternative using the codes given below:
(a) 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3