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15th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PM-SYM):

  1. It is a Central Sector Scheme administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  2. EPFO will be the Pension Fund Manager and responsible for Pension pay out.
  3. An eligible person for this scheme should not be an income tax payer.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) 1, 2 and 3

Inspired by: [pib] Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PM- SYM)

[pib] Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PM- SYM)

 

Q.2) With reference to the incidence of Leprosy in India, consider the following statements:

  1. Various personal laws prohibit leprosy as a ground for dissolution of marriage or divorce.
  2. India is a signatory to a UN Resolution which calls for elimination of discrimination against persons suffering from leprosy.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Parliament passes law removing leprosy as ground for divorce

Parliament passes law removing leprosy as ground for divorce

 

Q.3) Consider the following statements:

  1. Most Favoured Nation is a treatment accorded to a trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between two countries vis-a-vis other trade partners.
  2. Article 1 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), 1994, requires every member country of the WTO to accord Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to all other member countries.
  3. The WTO rules allow discrimination in certain cases like in cases when a country signs free trade agreements in a region.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 3

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: Explained: What is MFN status, how can India hurt Pak by withdrawing it

Explained: What is MFN status, how can India hurt Pak by withdrawing it

Q.4) Consider the following statements:

  1. A Bill originated in Rajya Sabha and is passed by it, but remains pending in Lok Sabha lapses.
  2. A Bill originated in the Rajya Sabha and returned to that House by the Lok Sabha with amendments and still pending in the Rajya Sabha on the date of the dissolution of Lok Sabha lapses.

Which of the given statements is/are not correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) Only 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Explained: Effect on Bills when Parliament adjourns sine die

Explained: Effect on Bills when Parliament adjourns sine die

Q.5)  ‘Net metering’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of promoting the:

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

Inspired by: CSP 2016

 

 

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14th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Which of the following is not the feature of the proposed National Policy on Domestic Workers?

a) Right to form their own associations/unions

b) Domestic Workers to have access to courts, tribunals for grievance redressal

c) Establishment of a mechanism for regulation of private placement agencies

d) Right to guaranteed employment

Inspired by: [pib] National Policy for Domestic Workers (draft)

[pib] National Policy for Domestic Workers (draft)

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the National Commission for Safai Karmacharis (NCSK):

  1. The constitution of India explicitly mentions for the provision of setting up NCSK.
  2. NCSK works for the welfare and upliftment of the Safai Karmacharis and persons engaged in manual scavenging in the country.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

Both 1 and 2

Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [pib] National Commission for Safai Karmacharis

[pib] National Commission for Safai Karmacharis

Q.3) The World Government Summit recently held in Dubai, UAE is an initiative of:

a) OPEC

b) Gulf Cooperation Council

c) World Economic Forum

d) None of the above

Inspired by: World Government Summit

World Government Summit

Q.4) As per the Recognition of Forest Rights Act, 2006 which of the following entity is considered as Minor Forest Produce?

  1. Honey
  2. Lac
  3. Tendu Leaves
  4. Bamboo
  5. Wood Oil

Select the correct alternative:

a) 1, 2, 3 and 4

b) 1, 3, 4 and 5

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Inspired by: Centre to revamp minimum support for minor forest produce

Centre to revamp minimum support for minor forest produce

Q.5) The Ghumot, an indigenous earthen drum is notified as a heritage instrument of which of the following state?

a) Karnataka

b) Gujarat

c) Goa

d) Rajasthan

Inspired by:  The Hindu

 

 

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13th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements:

  1. A circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources.
  2. In a circular system resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [pib] National Productivity Week

[pib] National Productivity Week

Q.2) The KISAN Project recently seen in news is related to:

a) Waiving off loan processing charges

b) Crop Insurance using space technology

c) Subsidizing of Farm Equipment

d) None of the above

Inspired by: [pib] Use of Space Technology in Agriculture Sector

[pib] Use of Space Technology in Agriculture Sector

Q.3) Which of the following countries does not share border with the North Macedonia?

a) Albania

b) Greece

c) Serbia

d) Ukraine

Inspired by: Macedonia to become NATO’s 30th member

Macedonia to become NATO’s 30th member

Q.4) The Cartagena Protocol and Nagoya Protocol are the two supplementary agreements under the:

a) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

b) CMS Bonn Convention

c) CITES

d) None of the above

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] A case for Commons sense

[op-ed snap] A case for Commons sense

Q.5) The newly found Crying Keelback species seen in news is a:

a) Gecko

b) Frog

c) Snake

d) Goose

Inspired by: Times of India

 

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12th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The Nirbhaya Fund is administered under the:

a) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

b) Ministry of WCD

c) Ministry of Finance

d) Ministry of Home Affairs

Inspired by: Diversion of Nirbhaya Fund

Diversion of Nirbhaya Fund

Q.2) The Indian Council of Historical Research, which conducts research on multifarious topics of historical importance, is a premier institution under the:

a) Indian History and Culture Society

b) Archaeological Survey of India

c) Ministry of Culture

d) Ministry of HRD

Inspired by: [pib] Reconstitution of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)

[pib] Reconstitution of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)

Q.3) Which of the given statements about the Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme is/are correct?

  1. It is an initiative of Ministry of Home Affairs.
  2. It aims to enrich awareness of Indian culture and heritage amongst the youth in order to promote, understand and develop fondness for India’s rich cultural heritage.
  3. The programme is implemented by Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT).

Select the correct code:

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP)

[pib] Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP)

Q.4) The SDG India Index is an released by:

a) UNDP

b) NITI Aayog

c) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

d) CSO

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The state of the States

[op-ed snap] The state of the States

Q.5) The Sarthi Sandesh Vahini Initiative recently seen in news is related to:

a) TB control

b) Family Planning

c) Filariasis

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Business Standard

 

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11th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The Sela Pass recently seen in news is located in the state of:

a) Himachal Pradesh

b) Sikkim

c) Arunachal Pradesh

d) Uttarakhand

Inspired by: Sela Pass Tunnel Project

Sela Pass Tunnel Project

Q.2) Consider the following statements:

  1. 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) is to be held in India in 2020.
  2. The Olive Ridley Turtle will be its mascot.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) Only 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Centre announces mascot for COP-13 on conservation of migratory species

Centre announces mascot for COP-13 on conservation of migratory species

Q.3) Which of the given statements is/are correct?

  1. All implantable medical devices, CT scan, MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machine, PET equipment, X-ray machine and bone marrow cell separator are notified as drugs.
  2. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority is the national medical device regulator for its sale and use in India.

Select the correct code:

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: All Medical equipment notified as drugs

All Medical equipment notified as drugs

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to the Asiatic Lion Conservation Project:

  1. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under Development of Wildlife Habitat (CSS-DWH).
  2. The expenditure is shared in ratio 60:40 by the Centre and the State.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Asiatic Lion Conservation Project

Asiatic Lion Conservation Project

 

Q.5) The Arundhati Scheme to provide gold at free of cost to the brides is an initiative of:

a) West Bengal

b) Manipur

c) Assam

d) Arunachal Pradesh

Inspired by: Business Standard

 

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9th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The naval exercise Cutlass Express 2019 recently seen in news is an initiative of:

a) USA

b) NATO

c) UK

d) France

Inspired by: [pib] Exercise Cutlass Express 2019

[pib] Exercise Cutlass Express 2019

Q.2) With respect to the commercial fishing of the Hilsa Fish in India, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a freshwater fish which is abundantly found in the Ganges.
  2. It travels upstream of the river during the mating seasons and returns to its natural abode after spawning.
  3. Under Jal Marg Vikas Pariyojana, a fish pass has been envisaged for the free movement of Hilsa at Farakka Navigation Lock.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) All are correct

b) Only 1

c) 1 and 2

d) 2 and 3

Inspired by: 2nd phase of River Information System

2nd phase of River Information System

Q.3) Consider the following statements:

  1. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is a preferential tariff system under which developed nations extend reduced MFN tariffs or duty-free entry of certain goods into their markets, to the developing nations.
  2. GSP is an exemption from the MFN principle under which the WTO members are obliged to treat all other WTO members equally as their ‘most favoured’ trading partner-nation.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: U.S. may end zero-tariffs for India

U.S. may end zero-tariffs for India

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to the Ladakh Administrative Division of Jammu and Kashmir:

  1. It comprises of Leh and Kargil districts, with headquarters at Leh.
  2. Ladakh’s Kargil and Leh districts already have separate hill development councils for local administrative powers.
  3. Creation of this division leaves the Kashmir valley geographically the smallest division of J&K after Jammu.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) 1, 2 and 3

Inspired by: Govt. grants divisional status to Ladakh

Govt. grants divisional status to Ladakh

Q.5) “As the sun rises over this place in Odisha, dozens of bar-headed geese, greater flamingos, black-tailed godwits and northern pintails shuffle about on the edge of the shore, the wind caressing their feathers. The birds silently feed, sticking their long bills into the soft earth to dig up crabs and fish. Their languid, unhurried behaviour gives away little of their epic journeys to get here, from pole to pole.”

Which of the following place is described in the paragraph?

a) Kaundinya Bird Sanctuary

b) Nalabana BS

c) Mayani BS

d) Salim Ali BS

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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8th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Recently Delhi state govt has launched the ‘Zero Fatality Corridor’ (ZFC). The ZFC is aimed to reduce fatalities due to:

a) Air Pollution

b) Zika and other vector borne diseases

c) Railway Accidents

d) Road Accidents

Inspired by: Delhi government launches Zero Fatality Corridor

Delhi government launches Zero Fatality Corridor

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund (AMIF):

  1. It is aimed for the development and up-gradation of infrastructure in Gramin Agricultural Markets and Regulated Wholesale Markets.
  2. It is funded by World Bank.
  3. It will provide the State/UT Governments subsidized loan for their proposal for developing marketing infrastructure

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) 1, 2 and 3

Inspired by: Cabinet nod to setting up Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund

Cabinet nod to setting up Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund

Q.3) Which of the following statements about the Income Tax Ombudsman is/are correct?

  1. It is an independent body comprising of former tax officials or IRS officials formed by the Government, empowered to address and settle tax payer’s grievances.
  2. The office is governed by the States Goods and Services Tax Act 2017.

Select the correct answer:

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [pib] Abolition of Income-Tax Ombudsman and Indirect Tax Ombudsman

[pib] Abolition of Income-Tax Ombudsman and Indirect Tax Ombudsman

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to the National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM):

  1. It is an initiative of Geological Survey of India.
  2. It is an initiative for mapping and managing the entire aquifer systems in the country.
  3. The Hydrological Map of India is prepared under this programme.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 and 3

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] Management of Ground Water

[pib] Management of Ground Water

Q.5) The Dard Tribals aka Dard Aryans are native to the state of:

a) Himachal Pradesh

b) Jammu and Kashmir

c) Haryana

d) Uttarakhand

Inspired by: Explained: The Dard Aryans of Ladakh: who are this tribe, what are their concerns?

Explained: The Dard Aryans of Ladakh: who are this tribe, what are their concerns?

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7th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements:

  1. India is the largest importer of LPG in the world.
  2. Only kerosene and LPG are subsidized in India.
  3. Under the PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has so far free LPG connections have been provided to over 6.31 crore households.

Which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

Inspired by: Ujjwala scheme takes India to second rank in LPG imports

Ujjwala scheme takes India to second rank in LPG imports

Q.2) The World LPG Association works in consultation with:

a) International Energy Agency

b) World Energy Council

c) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

d) United Nations Economic and Social Council

Inspired by: Ujjwala scheme takes India to second rank in LPG imports

Ujjwala scheme takes India to second rank in LPG imports

Q.3) Which of the following is not the mandate of the proposed Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog?

a) Providing a framework for cow conservation and development programmes.

b) Conservation, protection and development of cattle population in the country including development and conservation of indigenous breeds.

c) Increasing growth of livestock sector which is more inclusive, benefiting women, and small and marginal farmers.

d) Prohibiting unauthorised Slaughter houses

Inspired by: [pib] National Cow Commission

[pib] National Cow Commission

Q.4) The India’s first “career portal” recently seen in news is an initiative financed by:

a) World Bank

b) UNDP

c) UNICEF

d) ADB

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

Q.5) With reference to the religious practices in India, the “Sthanakvasi” sect belongs to

a) Buddhism

b) Jainism

c) Vaishnavism

d) Shaivism

Inspired by: CSP 2018

 

 

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6th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN):

  1. Farmers who wish to avail themselves of benefits under PM-KISAN must have Aadhaar identification to get full benefits.
  2. The income support will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers, in three equal installments of Rs. 2,000 each.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: PM Kisan scheme: Aadhaar optional for first installment; compulsory from second one

PM Kisan scheme: Aadhaar optional for first installment; compulsory from second one

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Agriculture Census 2015-16:

  1. The average size holdings is highest in Nagaland (5.06 ha) followed by Punjab (3.62 ha).
  2. Countrywide average land holding is size is 1.08 ha.
  3. Small farms are less efficient, especially in cultivating labour-intensive crops or tending livestock.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 and 3

c) Only 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] Categorization of Farmers

[pib] Categorization of Farmers

Q.3) The Shehri Samridhi Utsav, a pan-India initiative was recently celebrated to extend the outreach of:

a) Swachh Bharat Mission

b) Ujjwala Scheme

c) National Urban Livelihoods Mission

d) All of the above

Inspired by: [pib] Shehri Samridhi Utsav

[pib] Shehri Samridhi Utsav

Q.4) Which of the given statements about the GSAT-31 Communication satellite is not correct?

a) GSAT-31 will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit.

b) It will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites.

c) It will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications.

d) It will be used for Military Purposes

Inspired by: [pib] India’s communication satellite GSAT-31 launched successfully

[pib] India’s communication satellite GSAT-31 launched successfully

Q.5) The World Economic Situation and Prospects is released by:

a) World Economic Forum

b) UN

c) IMF

d) World Bank

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Risks to global growth

[op-ed snap] Risks to global growth

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5th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

 Q.1) The Shekatkar Committee recommendations are related to:

a) Defence Expenditure

b) Banks Recapitalization

c) Municipal Bonds

d) Electoral Reforms

Inspired by: [pib] Shekatkar Committee Recommendations

[pib] Shekatkar Committee Recommendations

Q.2) Consider the following statements:

  1. The ‘angel tax’ is a tax on the excess capital raised by an unlisted company through the issue of shares over and above the fair market value of those shares.
  2. An angel investor is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Centre may relax angel tax norms for start-ups, sets up panel

Centre may relax angel tax norms for start-ups, sets up panel

Q.3) The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment report recently seen in news is released by:

a) World Meteorological Organization

b) International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

c) The Climate Project

d) UN Environment

Inspired by: A third of Hindu Kush Himalaya glaciers will melt by 2100

A third of Hindu Kush Himalaya glaciers will melt by 2100

 

Q.4) Recently the Asian Elephant Alliance (AEA) has come together to secure 96 out of the 101 existing corridors used by elephants across 12 States in India. The AEA is an initiative of:

a) Wildlife Trust of India

b) World Wide Fund for Nature

c) Wildlife International

d) None of these

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

Q.5) The term Hoveizeh recently seen in news is a:

a) Israeli Aircraft Carrier

b) Term for Hazara Refugees

c) Iranian Long Range Missile System

d) None of the above

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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4th February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to the Bharat Rang Mahotsav:

  1. It is an international theatre festival of India.
  2. It is organized by National School of Drama (NSD).
  3. It is the largest theatre festival of Asia.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

[pib] 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

Q.2) The Resolution 2454 of the UNSC recently seen in news is related to sanctions against:

a) Syria

b) Iran

c) Central African Region

d) Russia

Inspired by: UNSC adopts resolution to extend sanctions against Central African Region

UNSC adopts resolution to extend sanctions against Central African Region

Q.3) It is a site where Buddha gave the first sermon to his first five Brahmin disciples after attaining enlightenment, “revealing his Eightfold Path leading to nirvana”. In several of the ancient sources this site of the first sermon is mentioned to have been at a ″Mriga-dayaa-vanam″ or a sanctuary for animals.

Which of the following Buddhist site is referred to in this description?

a) Sarnath

b) Kapilavastu

c) Rajgir

d) Bodh Gaya

Inspired by: Stupa-hopping in Sarnath

Stupa-hopping in Sarnath

Q.4) The Know My India Programme recently seen in news is related to:

a) Students of J&K

b) Victims of Communal Violence

c) Indian Diaspora

d) None of these

Q.5) The Millet Village Scheme recently seen in news is an initiative of:

a) Gujarat

b) Kerala

c) Telangana

d) Tamil Nadu

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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2nd February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Recently the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) was restructured as Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, and has enhanced its role. Which of the following is not the added responsibility to the new structured Department?

  1. Promotion of internal trade (including retail trade)
  2. Welfare of traders and their employees
  3. Matters relating to facilitating Ease of Doing Business
  4. Matters relating to start-ups

Select the correct option:

a) Only 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 2 and 4

d) None of the above

Inspired by: DIPP rechristened to include internal trade

DIPP rechristened to include internal trade

Q.2) Consider the following statements about the rechristened Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade:

  1. The department functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  2. It is also responsible for facilitating and increasing the foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the country.
  3. It is responsible for the overall industrial policy of the country.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: DIPP rechristened to include internal trade

DIPP rechristened to include internal trade

Q.3) The Thangka paintings are native to:

a) Tibet

b) Myanmar

c) Bhutan

d) Ladakh (India)

Inspired by: International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties

International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties

Q.4) He was born in India and has visited Bhutan two times. He spent a large amount of his time in Nalanda there and then he travelled across the Himalayas. He is known as the second Buddha because he brought Buddhism in Bhutan and other Himalayan countries. There is an image or painting of the guru in every Bhutanese home or temple.

Which of the following spiritual personality is referred to in this paragraph?

a) Kanishka

b) Vasubandhu

c) Padmasambhava

d) Harsha

Inspired by: International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties

International conference on 8th century sage held to mark 50 years of India-Bhutan ties

Q.5) Consider the following statements with respect to the Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana:

  1. It shall provide an assured monthly pension of Rs 3,000 from the age of 60 years on a monthly contribution of a small affordable amount during their working age.
  2. An unorganised sector worker joining pension yojana at the age of 29 years will have to contribute only Rs 100 per month till the age of 60 years.
  3. A worker joining the pension yojana at 18 years, will have to contribute as little as Rs 55 per month only.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) All of the above

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3

Inspired by: Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana

 

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1st February 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements:

  1. The periodic table is an arrangement of all the elements known to man in accordance with their increasing atomic number and recurring chemical properties.
  2. They are assorted in a tabular arrangement wherein a row is a period and a column is a group.
  3. The idea of the Periodic Table was incepted by Henry Rutherford.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 2

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: Periodic Table completes 150 years

Periodic Table completes 150 years

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Polar Vortex:

  1. It spins in the stratosphere where most familiar weather patterns develop.
  2. It forms a wall that protects the mid-latitudes from cold Arctic air.
  3. In winter, the polar vortex sometimes becomes less stable and expands which leads to extreme cold in parts of USA.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) All are correct

b) Only 1

c) 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3

Inspired by: What’s causing extreme cold in US Midwest

What’s causing extreme cold in US Midwest

Q.3) Motion of Thanks is a motion in Indian Parliament which follows the address of the President of India to the joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at the:

  1. Commencement of first session of a new Lok Sabha
  2. First session of each year

Select the correct code:

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Explained: The President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Explained: The President’s address to both Houses of Parliament

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to the P5+1 Countries:

  1. The P5+1 refers to the UN Security Council’s five permanent members (the P5); namely China, France, Russia, the UK, and US; plus Germany.
  2. It is a group joined together in diplomatic efforts with Iran with regard to its nuclear program.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: China refuses to budge, says India must sign NPT to gain entry into NSG

China refuses to budge, says India must sign NPT to gain entry into NSG

Q.5) Carnot Cycle more closely resembles to the:

a) Heat Engine

b) Propulsion Jet engine

c) Turbines

d) All of the above

Inspired by: Economic Times

 

 

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31st January 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) “The Future of Rail” Report recently seen in news is published by:

a) Ministry of Railways

b) NITI Aayog

c) International Energy Agency (IEA)

d) All of the above

Inspired by: [pib] Railway Ministry launches the IEA’s Report “The Future of Rail”

[pib] Railway Ministry launches the IEA’s Report “The Future of Rail”

Q.2) Which of the given statements about the South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH) is/are not correct?

  1. It is an executive body under the UN Environment.
  2. It aims to study the impact of the different forms of pollution to form a coherent picture of the nitrogen cycle.
  3. It focuses at nitrogen in agriculture in eight countries – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives.

Select the correct option:

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen Pollution

Q.3) The Airpocalypse III report recently seen in news is released by:

a) Greenpeace International

b) World Economic Forum

c) Friends of the Earth

d) None of these

Inspired by: Airpocalypse III Report

Airpocalypse III Report

Q.4) The Valmiki National Park and Tiger Reserve often seen in news for joint tiger census between India and Nepal is in the state of:

a) Uttar Pradesh

b) Bihar

c) West Bengal

d) Both a and b

Inspired by: No Indo-Nepal pact on tigers yet

No Indo-Nepal pact on tigers yet

Q.5) The Kra Canal sometimes seen in news connects:

a) Andaman Sea and South China Sea

b) Andaman Sea and Yellow Sea

c) South China Sea and Yellow Sea

d) Andaman Sea and Java Sea

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Stormy weather awaits India in 2019

[op-ed snap] Stormy weather awaits India in 2019

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30th January 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The St. Petersburg Declaration of 2010 is related to:

a) Tiger Conservation

b) Oceanic Plastic Waste

c) Eco-sensitive Zones

d) None of these

Inspired by: India can’t handle more tigers, say experts

India can’t handle more tigers, say experts

Q.2) The blaNDM-1 recently seen in news is a:

a) Bacteria

b) Fungus

c) Superbug gene

d) Virus

Inspired by: New Delhi superbug reaches the Arctic

New Delhi superbug gene reaches the Arctic

Q.3) Consider the following statements with respect to the Programme for International Student Assessment or PISA:

  1. It is a competency-based test, which evaluates the learning level of 15YO students in reading, mathematics and science.
  2. It is an initiative of UN Development Programme.
  3. The tests will be held across all the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and schools in the country.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) All are correct

b) 1 only

c) 1 and 2

d) 2 and 3

Inspired by: Indian students to participate in PISA 2021

Indian students to participate in PISA 2021

 

Q.4) Recently the first survey of captive elephants was held in the country. With reference to this survey, consider the following statements:

  1. The survey was conducted by the Animal Welfare Board of India.
  2. There are 2,454 elephants in captivity, of which 560 are in possession with forest departments and 1,687 with private individuals.
  3. Assam and Kerala account for more than half the nationwide total of 2,454.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 2

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: First Captive Elephant Survey

First Captive Elephant Survey

Q.5) Which of the given statements about the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is/are not correct?

a) The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the leftover radiation from the Big Bang, or the time when the universe began.

b) The CMB represents the heat left over from the Big Bang.

c) It is easily observable to a layman.

d) Its radiation is most visible in the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Inspired by: Project Cosmic Microwave Background-Bharat

Project Cosmic Microwave Background-Bharat

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29th January 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The READY Scheme is related to:

a) Skilling India

b) Startups

c) Agri-Business

d) MSMEs

Inspired by: [pib] ICAR launches National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP)

[pib] ICAR launches National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP)

Q.2) The CRIC 17 conference referring to the decline in forest cover was recently held. It is a part of:

a) UN Environment

b) UN Convention to Combat Desertification

c) UNFCCC

d) IPCC

Inspired by: Earth’s tree-covered areas fell by 35,204 sq km in 15 years

Earth’s tree-covered areas fell by 35,204 sq km in 15 years

Q.3) Consider the following statements:

  1. Input tax credit means that when a manufacturer pays the tax on his output, he can deduct the tax he previously paid on the input he purchased.
  2. While paying the tax on his output, he can deduct or take credit for the tax he paid while purchasing inputs.

Which of the given statements is/are not correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Tax officials to examine high usage of Input Tax Credits

Tax officials to examine high usage of Input Tax Credits

Q.4) The Zearalenone is a:

a) Pesticide traces in Cereals

b) Fungal Toxin

c) Contaminated Gene

d) None

Inspired by: Explained: Zearalenone in cereals

Explained: Zearalenone in cereals

Q.5) The V. Surendra Mohan v. Union of India case is related to:

a) Disabled People

b) Temple Entry

c) Transgender Rights

d) Manual Scavenging Prevention

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Capable even if disabled

[op-ed snap] Capable even if disabled

 

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28th January 2019 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The Yuva Swabhiman Scheme which guarantees 100 days of employment every year to the EWS youths is an initiative of:

a) Gujarat

b) Manipur

c) Madhya Pradesh

d) Chhattisgarh

Inspired by: Yuva Swabhiman Yojana

Economic Indicators and Various Reports On It- GDP, FD, EODB, WIR etc

Q.2) Consider the following statements:

  1. The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee Report has recommended a debt to GDP ratio of 60% for the general (combined) government by 2023, comprising 40% for the Central Government and 20% for the State Government.
  2. The Central Government has domestic liabilities of 21% of GDP as compared to that of 49% of GDP of the State Government.
  3. As per the Constitution of India, it is mandatory for a State to take the Central Government’s consent for raising any loan if the former owes any outstanding liabilities to the letter.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (CSP 2018)

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Inspired by: Centre’s debt-to-GDP falls, States’ rises

Centre’s debt-to-GDP falls, States’ rises

Q.3) Consider the following statements with respect to the Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) Scheme:

  1. It is an initiative under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  2. It aims to improve the vocational skills and quality of life of industrial workers amongst various others.
  3. The JSS is aligned with National Skills Qualification Framework.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) All are correct

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 only

d) 1 only

Inspired by: Skill Ministry strengthens Jan Shikshan Sansthans

Skill Ministry strengthens Jan Shikshan Sansthans

Q.4) The Red Fort Declaration for Strategic Partnership was partnered by India with:

a) Australia

b) Germany

c) South Africa

d) All of the above

Inspired by: Explained: Why India-South Africa relations are unique

Explained: Why India-South Africa relations are unique

Q.5) The DAMAN Initiative is related to:

a) Health

b) Shipping

c) Skill Training

d) Higher Education

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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25th January 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to the Mugger Crocodile in India:

  1. The crocodile is endemic to India.
  2. It has been listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1982.
  3. It is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) None

Inspired by: Crocodylus palustris, a crocodile species that is being removed from the Narmada

Crocodylus palustris, a crocodile species that is being removed from the Narmada

Q.2) Recently the indigenous produced bio-fuel has been finally cleared for use by the Armed Forces aircrafts. With reference to this, consider the following statements:

  1. The approval for the use of bio-jet fuel as fuel is granted by the DRDO in India.
  2. This bio-jet fuel has been produced from seeds of Jatropha plant.
  3. The fuel presently, is ready to use by all sorts of aircrafts in the armed forces.

Which of the given statements is/are not correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) All of the above

Inspired by: [pib] Bio-Jet fuel for Military Aircrafts

[pib] Bio-Jet fuel for Military Aircraft

Q.3) The Shailesh Nayak Committee recommendations sometimes seen in news are related to:

a) Prohibition of Trawling

b) Coastal Regulation Zones

c) Eco-Sensitive Zones

d) None of these

Inspired by: MoEFCC notifies new CRZ norms

MoEFCC notifies new CRZ norms

Q.4) The Haber-Bosch Process is related to:

a) Ozone Depletion

b) Nitrogen Fixation

c) Oceanic Acidification

d) None of these

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

Q.5) The Bandipur National Park is a part of:

a) Sheshachalam Biosphere Reserve

b) Nilgiri BR

c) Agasthyamalai BR

d) None of the above

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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24th January 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The India-Africa Field Training:

  1. Aims to synergise United Nations peacekeeping operations.
  2. It is jointly held between India and South Africa.
  3. It will be held in Nigeria.

Select the incorrect option:

a) 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) 2 and 3

d) All are incorrect

Inspired by: [pib] IAFTX- 2019

[pib] IAFTX- 2019

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Exercise Sea Vigil:

  1. It is the largest coastal defence drill ever conducted by India since a decade.
  2. It aims to simultaneously activate the coastal security mechanism across all 13 coastal States and Union Territories.
  3. The Coast Guards is the designated agency responsible for overall maritime security, including offshore and coastal security.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: Exercise Sea Vigil

Exercise Sea Vigil

Q.3) The Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT):

  1. Bench is to be located in New Delhi.
  2. Is to be presided by Union Finance Minister.

Select the correct alternative:

a) Both 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) Only 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [pib] Cabinet approves creation of the National Bench of GST Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT)

[pib] Cabinet approves creation of the National Bench of GST Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT)

 

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana:

  1. It is a special scheme for Indian diaspora which includes government sponsored religious tourism.
  2. It will be held biannually.
  3. Every person above the age of 16 is eligible for this scheme.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: PM launches Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana

PM launches Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana

Q.5) The Supreme Court Judgment in Kedar Nath Singh v. State of Bihar (1962) Case is regarding to:

a) Grant of Special Status

b) Article 35A

c) Sedition

d) None of these

Inspired by: [Explained] Sedition and its discontents

[Explained] Sedition and its discontents

 

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23rd January 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The Project ReWeave, an e-com portal for various products of handloom weavers was recently facilitated by:

a) Microsoft

b) Google

c) NITI Aayog

d) Ministry of MSMEs

Inspired by: Project ReWeave enables handloom weavers to sell crafts online

Project ReWeave enables handloom weavers to sell crafts online

Q.2) The Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) recently seen in news is released by:

a) INSEAD

b) OPEC

c) Ford Inc.

d) CRISIL

Inspired by: India ranks 80th on Global Talent Competitive Index 2019

India ranks 80th on Global Talent Competitive Index 2019

Q.3) The VaR analysis sometimes seen in news is related to:

a) Electricity Distribution

b) Banking

c) Export-Import

d) Immigration

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Legislating payments out of RBI’s excess capital could compromise its independence

[op-ed snap] Legislating payments out of RBI’s excess capital could compromise its independence

Q.4) The Size India project recently seen in news is related to:

a) Clothing

b) Big Data

c) Logistics

d) None of these

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

Q.5) Mission Indradhanush’ launched by the Government of India pertains to:

a) Immunization of children and pregnant women

b) construction of smart cities across the country

c) India’s own search for the Earth-like planets in outer space

d) New Educational Policy

Inspired by: CSP 2016

 

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