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29th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Recently the Centre has instituted annual Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in the country in the field of disaster management. With reference to this award, consider the following statements:

  1. The award will be given by the National Disaster Management Authority.
  2. It can be awarded to individuals as well as organisations.
  3. Only Indian nationals and Indian institutions can apply for the award.

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: Govt institutes annual awards to recognise excellent work in disaster management

Govt institutes annual awards to recognise excellent work in disaster management

Q.2) With reference to the Biennial Update Report (BUR) given by India to the UNFCCC, consider the following statements:

  1. India had submitted its first report in 2016.
  2. Energy sector is the prime contributor of India’s carbon emission, suggests 2nd report report.
  3. Only developing countries are obligated to submit such reports.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: Govt approves submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC

Govt approves submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC

Q.3) The Sowarigpa system of medicines is native to which of the following countries?

a) Tibet

b) Bhutan

c) Myanmar

d) China

Inspired by: [pib] Cabinet approves setting up of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2018

[pib] Cabinet approves setting up of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2018

Q.4) Which of the following system of medicines is not supposed to be regulated by the proposed National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM)?

  1. Ayurveda
  2. Homeopathy
  3. Sowarigpa
  4. Unani

Select the correct alternative:

a) 2, 3 and 4

b) 2 and 3

c) 2 only

d) 2 and 4

Inspired by: [pib] Cabinet approves setting up of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2018

[pib] Cabinet approves setting up of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2018

Q.5) With reference to art and archaeological history of India, which one among the following was made earliest?

a) Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar

b) Rock-cut Elephant at Dhauli

c) Rock-cut Monuments at Mahabalipuram

d) Varaha Image at Udayagiri

Inspired by: CSP 2015

 

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28th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1)  The V Subrahmanyam (1997), Usha Thorat (2004) and Y H Malegam (2013) Committees  are related to :

a) Capital Reserves of RBI

b) NPA Issue

c) Farm Loan Waiver

d) None of these

Inspired by: Economic Capital Framework Committee of RBI

Economic Capital Framework Committee of RBI

Q.2) The Arribadas sometimes seen in news is a word for:

a) Mass nesting of Olive Ridleys

b) Hatchling of Olive Ridleys

c) Local word for eggs of Olive Ridleys

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Another olive ridley nesting site soon

Another olive ridley nesting site soon

Q.3) With reference to the conservations of Gangetic Dolphin in India, consider the following statements:

  1. Gangetic river dolphins fall under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act.
  2. It has been declared a ‘critically endangered’ species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  3. The Gangetic River species found in India, Bangladesh and Nepal is almost completely blind.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 1 and 3

d) None of the above

Inspired by: River Dolphins go missing in Sunderbans as water salinity rises

River Dolphins go missing in Sunderbans as water salinity rises

Q.4) The Avangard Missile Systems sometimes seen in news is a hypersonic ballistic missile with an unmanned glider vehicle unveiled by:

a) Israel

b) Russia

c) USA

d) UK

Inspired by: Russia ‘successfully’ tests hypersonic missile

Russia ‘successfully’ tests hypersonic missile

Q.5) The Dwijing Festival recently seen in news is celebrated in which of the following states?

a) West Bengal

b) Manipur

c) Assam

d) Nagaland

Inspired by: Times of India

 

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27th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The Aspirational District Programme is an initiative of:

a) NITI Aayog

b) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

c) PMO

d) All of the above

Inspired by: [pib] NITI Aayog releases Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme

[pib] NITI Aayog releases Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP):

  1. This ranking is released by NITI Aayog.
  2. The districts have been ranked on various parameters across Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.
  3. Inputs from household surveys are included in this program.

Which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3

c) 3 only

d) None of the above

Inspired by: [pib] NITI Aayog releases Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme

[pib] NITI Aayog releases Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme

Q.3) Consider the following statements with respect to the North East Industrial Development Scheme:

  1. It was launched in 2015.
  2. It covers all eligible industrial units in the manufacturing and service sectors in the NE except Sikkim.
  3. The Scheme does not envisage sanction of projects.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] North East Industrial Development Scheme

[pib] North East Industrial Development Scheme

Q.4) The South Asian University (SAU), an International University sponsored by the eight Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is situated in which of the following countries?

a) India

b) Nepal

c) Bangladesh

d) Sri Lanka

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Being a good neighbour

[op-ed snap] Being a good neighbour

Q.5)    Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)’, often in the news, is

a) a division of World Health Organization

b) a non-governmental international organization

c) an inter-governmental agency sponsored by European Union

d) a specialized agency of the United Nations

Inspired by: CSP 2016

 

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26th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements:

  1. In Assam, the tea gardens follow a different time zone, known as Tea Garden Time or Bagan Time which is one hour ahead of IST.
  2. Any organisations, companies, factories, educational institutions, PSU, state governments can fix work hours based on their geographic location.

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: Government rejects separate time zone for NE States

Government rejects separate time zone for NE States

Q.2) The report titled “Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Himalayan Region” is released by:

a) NITI Aayog

b) MoEFCC

c) IUCN India

d) None of the above

Inspired by: NE and Himalayan states stare at climate risk

NE and Himalayan states stare at climate risk

Q.3) Justice K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India case is related to:

a) Transgender Persons Rights

b) Right to Privacy

c) Triple Talaq

d) None of the above

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] On a shaky foundation

[op-ed snap] On a shaky foundation

Q.4) The InfraInvex—an index that tracks the development and investment attractiveness of the infrastructure sector is released by:

a) CRISIL

b) FICCI

c) ASSOCHAM

d) NITI Aayog

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Policy tweaks for investment in airports and roads

[op-ed snap] Policy tweaks for investment in airports and roads

Q.5) Consider the following statements:

  1. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick.
  2. It is a good conductor of electricity.
  3. It can be used in water filtration and purification.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 3

b) Only 1

c) Only 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: Down to Earth

 

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25th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Which of the following sites is not included in the Diamond Triangle of Buddhism in Odisha?

a) Niyamgiri

b) Udaygiri

c) Ratnagiri

d) Lalitgiri

Inspired by: Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri Odisha

Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri Odisha

Q.2) With reference to Indian history, who among the following is a future Buddha, yet to come to save the world? (CSP 2018)

a) Avalokiteshvara

b) Amitabha

c) Maitreya

d) Padmapani

Inspired by: Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri Odisha

Buddhist site museum at Lalitgiri Odisha

Q.3) Which of the following is/are the basic elements of the Carnatic music?

  1. Sruti
  2. Nritta
  3. Swara
  4. Raga
  5. Tala

Select the correct alternative:

a) 1, 2, 3, 4

b) 2, 3, 4, 5

c) 1, 3, 4, 5

d) All of the above

Inspired by: India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru

India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru

Q.4) The saints Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar, and Syama Sastri are associated with which of the following art forms?

  1. Bharat Natyam
  2. Carnatic Music
  3. Sangam Literature
  4. None of the above

Inspired by: India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru

India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru

Q.5) The Hongyun Project recently seen in news is related to:

a) CRISPR gene editing

b) In-flight Internet

c) Global Wifi Network

d) Solar Mission

Inspired by: China launches first satellite for space-based broadband project

China launches first satellite for space-based broadband project

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24th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements:

  1. India is a signatory to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide .
  2. Article V of the Convention obligates all contracting parties to enact within their respective constitutions the necessary legislation to give effect to the provisions of the Convention.
  3. India has not ratified the convention yet.

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: [op-ed snap] A duty great and grave

[op-ed snap] A duty great and grave

Q.2) Recently the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) was established at:

a) Vishakhapatnam

b) Mumbai

c) Kolkata

d) None of these

Inspired by: [pib] Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)

[pib] Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR)

Q.3) Which of the following is not a targeted beneficiary of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme?

a) Landless Labourer

b) Fishermen

c) Share-croppers

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Odisha’s KALIA to attack poverty

Odisha’s KALIA to attack poverty

Q.4) Consider the following statements about the GST Council:

  1. It is a constitutional body for making recommendations to the Union and State Government on issues related to Goods and Service Tax.
  2. Article 304 of the constitution provides for the establishment of GST Council.
  3. GST council shall only decide the dates from which GST should be levied on Petroleum products.

Which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) Only 2

d) Only 3

Inspired by: GST rate cut slashed on 20+ items

GST rate cut slashed on 20+ items

Q.5) The Death Watch Data, a report on killings of media persons worldwide is released by:

a) International Press Institute

b) Red Cross International

c) Reporters Without Borders

d) Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation

Inspired by: Press freedom under attack around the world in 2018: Death Watch Data

Press freedom under attack around the world in 2018: Death Watch Data

 

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22nd December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a constituent Board of the Quality Council of India.
  2. It is responsible for accreditation of certification/inspection bodies as per applicable international standards under an international system of equivalence.
  3. NABCB accreditation helps eliminate technical barriers to trade and facilitates export of Indian products in world market.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) All are correct

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) Only 2

Inspired by: [pib] NABCB Accreditation Secures Recognition in Asia- Pacific Region

[pib] NABCB Accreditation Secures Recognition in Asia- Pacific Region

Q.2) According to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2018, which of the given statements is/are correct?

  1. The index is prepared by NITI Aayog only.
  2. It spans of all 17 SDGs.
  3. Kerala and Himachal Pradesh are most progressive among all states.

Select the correct codes from following alternatives:

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 2 only

d) 3 only

Inspired by: [pib] NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index, 2018

[pib] NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index, 2018

Q.3) With reference to the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, which of the given statements is incorrect?

a) The bill does not define any of the consumer rights.

b) It includes right to seek redressal against unfair or restrictive trade practices or unscrupulous exploitation of consumers; and the right to consumer awareness.

c) It envisages provisions for product liability action on account of harm caused to consumers due to a defective product or by a deficiency in services.

d) It empowers to bar a person from endorsing the product or service of a misleading advertisement for up to a year.

Inspired by: Explained: Consumer Protection Bill, 2018

Explained: Consumer Protection Bill, 2018

Q.4) The Cassini–Huygens probe of NASA is related to the study of:

a) Jupiter

b) Sunspots

c) Saturn Ring

d) Moon

Inspired by: Times of India

Q.5) With reference to the Portuguese rule in India, consider the following statements:

  1. Portuguese were the first to colonize parts of India and were the last to leave.
  2. Operation Vijay was launched to annexe Portuguese territories in independent India.

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:  India.com

 

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21st December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The iGOT Programme recently seen in news is an initiative related to:

a) Entrepreneurship

b) Training of Govt. employees

c) Skill Education

d) Women Empowerment

Inspired by: [pib] Integrated Government Online Training Programme (iGOT)

[pib] Integrated Government Online Training Programme (iGOT)

Q.2) With reference to the motor vehicles certification agency ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology), consider the following statements:

  1. ICAT is located at Detroit in USA.
  2. It is the premier certification agency authorized by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) for providing testing and certification services to the vehicle and component manufacturers in India and abroad.

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: [pib] ICAT Certification

[pib] ICAT Certification

Q.3) With reference to the conservation of Asiatic Lion in India, consider the following statements

  1. The MoEFCC has launched the “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” in 2015.
  2. It will be a sub-scheme under Development of Wildlife Habitat (CSS-DWH)
  3. The contribution ratio will be 60:40 of Central and State share.

Which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

a) 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) Only 3

d) All of the above

Inspired by: [pib] Asiatic Lion Conservation Project

[pib] Asiatic Lion Conservation Project

Q.4) India’s first ever States’ Start-up Ranking 2018 were recently released by:

a) NITI Aayog

b) Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

c) Ministry of MSMEs

d) Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

Inspired by: [pib] States’ Startup Ranking 2018

[pib] States’ Startup Ranking 2018

Q.5) The Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Scheme recently seen in news is an initiative of:

a) West Bengal

b) Odisha

c) Chhattisgarh

d) Andhra Pradesh

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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20th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the ISRO’s unmanned Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), consider the following statements:

  1. ISRO has successfully carried out the first experimental mission in 2016.
  2. The prototype is scaled to one-fifth of its actual size.
  3. The ISRO model of RLV can be launched in lower Earth orbit.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] Reusable Rocket Technology

[pib] Reusable Rocket Technology

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to E-Drishti Software:

  1. It is software to check punctuality of railways.
  2. It has been developed by National Informatics Centre.

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] E-Drishti Software

[pib] E-Drishti Software

Q.3) Recently the United States of America has pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. With reference to the INF treaty, which of the given statements is/are correct?

  1. It was a treaty between the US and Soviet Union only.
  2. It prohibited the countries to develop, produce, possess or deploy any ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles that have a range between 500 and 5,500 km.
  3. It exempts the air-launched and sea-based missile systems in the same range.

Select the correct alternatives from following options:

a) Only 2

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 2

d) All are correct

Inspired by: US confirms pull out from INF treaty

US confirms pull out from INF treaty

Q.4) The Reserved Forests in India are explicitly defined by the:

a) Indian Forest Act, 1927

b) Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999

c) Both (a) and (b)

d) Neither (a) nor (b)

Inspired by: Centre to give Indian Forest Act a facelift

Centre to give Indian Forest Act a facelift

Q.5) The drug Isotretinoin is used in the treatment of:

a) Skin Infections

b) Leukaemia

c) TB

d) Malaria

Inspired by: CDSCO issues safety guidelines for Isotretinoin

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19th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Which of the following pairs about the Paris Agreement, 2015 is/are correctly matched?

  1. Article 4: Pledges
  2. Article 6: Carbon markets
  3. Article 9: Climate finance

Select the correct code from following alternatives:

a) 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) Only 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] What’s in climate change Rulebook

[op-ed snap] What’s in climate change Rulebook

Q.2) The recently erupted Mount Soputan is situated in which of the following countries?

a) Philippines

b) Papua New Guinea

c) Indonesia

d) Laos

Inspired by: Volcano erupts in Indonesia

Volcano erupts in Indonesia

Q.3) Consider the following statements:

  1. The American Civil War broke out in 1861-65 reverted British to export cotton from India.
  2. The Bowreah Mills, India’s first cotton mill was started in 1818 in Ahmedabad.
  3. India is a leading exporter of textiles and has largest number of mills.

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: How India fuelled slavery with the export of cotton

How India fuelled slavery with the export of cotton

Q.4) The Pacific Ring of fire lie along the borders of which of the following tectonic plates?

  1. Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates
  2. Pacific and Cocos Plates
  3. Pacific and Eurasian Plate

Select the correct alternatives:

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 and 3

c) 1 only

d) All of the above

Inspired by: Volcano erupts in Indonesia

Volcano erupts in Indonesia

Q.5) Rajkumar Shukla, Brajkishore Prasad and Anugrah Narayan Sinha are associated with Mahatma Gandhi during which of the following National Movement?

a) Kheda Satyagrah

b) Champaran Satyagrah

c) Rowlatt Act Agitation

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Issue of commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla

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18th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the Kanchenjunga Landscape, consider the following statements:

  1. The Kanchenjunga Landscape is a trans-boundary region spread across Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan.
  2. Most of its part lies in Nepal.

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: India, Nepal, Bhutan plan joint task force to protect wildlife

India, Nepal, Bhutan plan joint task force to protect wildlife

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to NASA’s HiRISE mission:

  1. It is a camera on board of the NASA’s InSight mission on Mars.
  2. It consists of a 0.5 m aperture reflecting telescope, the largest so far of any deep space mission.

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: NASA’s HiRISE photographs Mars InSight lander from space

NASA’s HiRISE photographs Mars InSight lander from space

Q.3) With reference to the RISE Scheme, consider the following statements:

  1. It is an initiative under Ministry of HRD.
  2. It aims to lend low-cost funds to government higher educational institutions.
  3. The scheme does not include School Education and Medical Education institutions.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 1 and 3

c) Only 2

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] IMPRESS scheme launched to promote Social Science Research in the country

[pib] IMPRESS scheme launched to promote Social Science Research in the country

Q.4) Which of the following is/are included as beneficiaries under the PM Ujjwala Yojana?

  1. Forest dwellers
  2. Beneficiaries of Antyodaya Anna Yojana
  3. Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes
  4. People residing in Islands / river islands

Select the correct alternatives from following options:

a) 1 and 2

b) 1, 3 and 4

c) 2 and 4

d) All of the above

Inspired by: [pib] Expansion of beneficiaries list under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

[pib] Expansion of beneficiaries list under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Q.5) With reference to the Bhasha Sangam Programme, consider the following statements:

  1. It is an initiative of Ministry of Culture under the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat initiative.
  2. It aims to familiarize every child with simple dialogues in all the 22 languages under Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.

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] Bhasha Sangam Programme

[pib] Bhasha Sangam Programme

 

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17th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the Global Stocktake (GST), one of the agendas under COP-24, consider the following statements:

  1. The GST refers to a periodic appraisal by countries on where the world stands vis-à-vis emissions and what more needs to be done.
  2. It would form the basis for countries taking the call on increasing their emission cuts.
  3. It works on the sidelines of Article 14 of the Paris Agreement which addresses equity amongst developed and developing nations.

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: [pib] Outcome of 24th Session of Conference of Parties

[pib] Outcome of 24th Session of Conference of Parties

Q.2) The Talanoa Dialogue sometimes seen in news is related to:

a) Climate Change

b) Chemical Weapons

c) NATO

d) Animal Trafficking

Inspired by: [pib] Outcome of 24th Session of Conference of Parties

[pib] Outcome of 24th Session of Conference of Parties

Q.3) Recently India’s very first Railway University the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) was set up in which of the following states?

a) Madhya Pradesh

b) Gujarat

c) Rajasthan

d) West Bengal

Inspired by: India’s 1st Railway University dedicated to nation

India’s 1st Railway University dedicated to nation

Q.4) The Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN) is a white shipping agreement for exchange of prior information on the movement and identity of commercial non-military merchant vessels.

With reference to the T-RMN, which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

  1. The T-RMN agreement is steered by the US.
  2. India is a signatory to the T-RMN agreement.

Select the correct alternatives from following codes:

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Navy to helm centre on maritime security

Navy to helm centre on maritime security

Q.5) Consider the following statements with respect to the satellite GSAT-7A:

  1. It is the first satellite built primarily for military purposes.
  2. Indian Airforce will be the most beneficial amongst all three services.

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: ISRO’s GSAT-7A to add more heft to Air Force

ISRO’s GSAT-7A to add more heft to Air Force

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15th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The ICESat-2 recently seen in news is an initiative related to:

a) Studying polar regions of Moon

b) Study of Arctic and Antarctic

c) Traces if water on Mars

d) None

Inspired by: NASA’s ICESat-2 maps Antarctic ice sheet melting: Study

NASA’s ICESat-2 maps Antarctic ice sheet melting: Study

Q.2) Consider the following statements:

  1. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) adjudicates on disputes to protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector.
  2. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act 1997 was amended to establish adjudication powers for TRAI.

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: Telecom tribunal scraps TRAI predatory pricing norms

Telecom tribunal scraps TRAI predatory pricing norms

Q.3) The proposed National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC) will be an agency under:

a) Ministry of Commerce and Industry

b) Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

c) Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

d )None of the above

Inspired by: Govt to set up National Medical Devices Promotion Council

Govt to set up National Medical Devices Promotion Council

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to Groundwater extraction in India:

  1. India is the largest user of ground water in the world.
  2. The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) is the nodal agency for regulation of groundwater use in India.
  3. The CGWA is constituted under the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 2 and 3

b) 1 and 3

c) Only 1

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] Revised Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction

[pib] Revised Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction

Q.5) With reference to the ECO Niwas Samhita, consider the following statements:

  1. It has been launched by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  2. It promotes energy efficiency in design and construction of all government offices and buildings.

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] ECO Niwas Samhita 2018

[pib] ECO Niwas Samhita 2018

 

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14th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the OSIRIS-REx mission, consider the following statements:

  1. It aims to study various asteroids and meteors in space.
  2. It is a mission under the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
  3. It will fly back samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) 2 and 3

c) Only 3

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Water traces found on asteroid Bennu

Water traces found on asteroid Bennu

Q.2) The Golden Visa allows acquiring fast-track citizenship rights for wealthy citizens of any countries. Consider the following statements with respect to such Golden Visas:

  1. A golden visa is a permanent residency visa.
  2. It is issued to individuals who invest in Gold Bonds in any country providing golden visas.
  3. Acquiring such visas by an Indian renounces his/her Indian Citizenship.

Which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) Only 3

d) All are incorrect

Inspired by: Explained: Golden Visas

Explained: Golden Visas

Q.3)  Article 35A of the Indian Constitution empowers the J&K legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges. With respect to the article 35A, consider the following statements:

  1. Article 35A was incorporated into the Constitution by a President order.
  2. It extended Indian citizenship to the ‘State subjects’ of Jammu and Kashmir.
  3. The provision mandates that no act of the legislature coming under it can be challenged for violating the Constitution or any other law of the land.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) Only 1

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] J&K Resettlement Law

[op-ed snap] J&K Resettlement Law

Q.4) The Punganur, Gir, Sahiwal  are the native Indian breeds of:

a) Buffalo

b) Cow

c) Goat

d) Sheep

Inspired by: The Hindu

Q.5) The Mundle Committee recently seen in news is related to:

a) Modernization of Indian Navy

b) Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

c) GDP Back Series

d) COP 24

Inspired by: The Hindu

 

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13th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the UN Panel of External Auditors, consider the following statements:

  1. It is the only UN panel to ensure a transparent and accurate basis for the financial decisions made by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies.
  2. India is the only Asian member of this Panel.

 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: CAG of India gets Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors

CAG of India gets Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to National Pension Scheme:

  1. Central and Government Employees, as well as all citizens between the age of 18 to 60 can join the NPS.
  2. Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation is the nodal body for administration of NPS.
  3. The accounts of NPS are monitored through Universal Account Number (UAN) number.

Which of the given statements is/are not correct?

a) Only 2

b) Only 3

c) Both 2 and 3

d) All of the above

Inspired by: Cabinet notifies new changes in National Pension Scheme

Cabinet notifies new changes in National Pension Scheme

Q.3) Consider the following statements:

  1. A sea state is the general condition of the free surface on a large body of water—with respect to wind waves and swell at a certain location and moment.
  2. For a given area the sea state is always constant.

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: Indian Navy inducts its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle

Indian Navy inducts its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle

Q.4) With reference to the governance of E-commerce in India, consider the following statements:

  1. Presently there is no law capable of governing e-commerce in India except the FDI regulations.
  2. The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 protects the interests of the consumer’s grievances in e-commerce.

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] Various policies for regulation of E-Commerce

[pib] Various policies for regulation of E-Commerce

Q.5) Which among the following events happened earliest?

a) Swami Dayanand established Arya Samaj

b) Dinabandhu Mitra wrote Neeldarpan

c) Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote Anandmath

d) Satyendranath Tagore became the first Indian to succeed in the Indian Civil Services Examination

Inspired by: CSP 2018

 

 

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12th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) The ENSURE portal for DBT transfer is related to activities in:

a) Animal Husbandry

b) Scholarships

c) Farm Loans

d) LPG subsidy

Inspired by: [pib] “ENSURE” Portal for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)

[pib] “ENSURE” Portal for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)

Q.2) The PCS 1x is an initiative under:

a) Ministry of HRD

b) Ministry of Shipping

c) Ministry of Commerce and Industry

d) Ministry of Science and Technology

Inspired by: [pib] PCS 1x System

[pib] PCS 1x System

Q.3) With respect to the Eco-sensitive Zones (ESZs) in India, consider the following statements:

  1. ESZs are areas notified by the MoEFCC around Protected Areas, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  2. The ESZs are explicitly defined under the provisions laid down by Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

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: SC directs Centre to declare area around national parks as Eco-sensitive

SC directs Centre to declare area around national parks as Eco-sensitive

Q.4) The Global Terrorism Index is released by:

a) Institute for Economics and Peace

b) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

c) International Peace Bureau

d) BBC

Inspired by: UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

Q.5) The “Ideate for India” is an initiative of:

a) NITI Aayog

b) Ministry of HRD

c) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

d) None of these

Inspired by: Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Challenge ‘Ideate for India – creative solutions using technology’ for school students

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11th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Which of the following Asian countries is not a member of Commonwealth of Nations?

  1. Indonesia
  2. Nepal
  3. Myanmar
  4. Sri Lanka

Select the correct alternative:

a) 1 and 4

b) 1, 2 and 3

c) 2 and 4

d) All of the above

Inspired by: Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Q.2) The Noney bridge, the world’s tallest railway bridge is set to be constructed in which of the following states?

a) Nagaland

b) Manipur

c) Mizoram

d) Arunachal Pradesh

Inspired by: India’s tallest bridge pier built in Manipur

India’s tallest bridge pier built in Manipur

 Q.3) With reference to the International Seabed Authority (ISA), consider the following statements:

  1. ISA is an intergovernmental body that oversees mining on the high seas giving the green light for commercial exploitation.
  2. ISA has allowed India to explore an area in the Indian Ocean of 75,000 square kilometres.

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: India plans deep dive for seabed minerals

India plans deep dive for seabed minerals

Q.4) “In 1861, Lord Canning appointed him as the Archaeological Surveyor to the Government of India. He was responsible for excavations in Sarnath in 1837 and Sanchi in 1841. In 1871, he was made the first Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India.”

Which of the following person/historian is referred in the above explanatory?

a) James Prinsep

b) Alexander Cunningham

c) William Jones

d) None of these

Inspired by: The Hindu

Q.5) With reference to Indian history, who among the following is a future Buddha, yet to come to save the world?

a) Avalokiteshvara

b) Lokesvara

c) Maitreya

d) Padmapani

Inspired by: CSP 2018

 

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10th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Recently the International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held. With reference to this conference, which of the given statements is/are correct?

  1. The conference was organized by NITI Aayog.
  2. It aims to create awareness of water-related problems at local, regional, national and international levels.

Select the correct codes from following options:

a) Both 1 and 2

b) Only 1

c) Only 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [pib] 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

[pib] 1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940:

  1. The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) regulates the import, manufacture and sale of medicines and medical devices.
  2. All the medical equipments and medicines registered under the act are certified by set the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS)
  3. Even Nebulizers and Blood Pressure monitoring devices are also included in the act.

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: Four new devices notified as drugs for regulation

Four new devices notified as drugs for regulation

Q.3) With reference to the National Register of Citizens of India (NRC), which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

  1. It is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens residing in the states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.
  2. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India.
  3. For NRC issue, the Citizenships Act of 1955 was never amended.

Select the correct alternative:

a) 2 and 3

b) 1 and 3

c) Only 2

d) Only 3

Inspired by: Centre amends rules for minorities from three nations

Centre amends rules for minorities from three nations

Q.4) The Talc or Talcum used in talcum powders is a metamorphized form of salts of:

a) Calcium

b) Magnesium

c) Palladium

d) None of these

Inspired by: Report on ‘toxic’ talc worries India

Report on ‘toxic’ talc worries India

Q.5) Target 5A sometimes seen in news is related to:

a) Education

b) Food Security

c) Malnutrition

d) Gender Equality

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] She is the answer

[op-ed snap] She is the answer

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8th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the Millets Cultivation in India, consider the following statements:

  1. It provides nutritional security and act as shield against nutritional deficiency especially among children and women.
  2. Millets are nutritionally superior to wheat.
  3. FAO will observe International Year of Millets in 2019 at India’s request.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 3

c) 1 and 2

d) All are correct

Inspired by: [pib] FAO Council approves India’s proposal to observe International Year of Millets in 2023

[pib] FAO Council approves India’s proposal to observe International Year of Millets in 2023

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the proposed Varanasi freight village:

  1. The setting up of freight village in Varanasi is proposed by Asian Development Bank.
  2. It will be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

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: Govt approves freight village in Varanasi

Govt approves freight village in Varanasi

Q.3) The Sunspots are:

  1. The permanent spots on the Sun’s photosphere that appears darker than the surrounding areas.
  2. Sunspots usually appear in pairs of opposite magnetic polarity
  3. First observed in the 1755.

Select the correct alternatives from following options:

a) All are correct

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) Only 3

Inspired by: IISER team develops method to simulate Sunspot Cycle

IISER team develops method to simulate Sunspot Cycle

Q.4) The World Bank assisted SMART project for Agribusiness and Rural Transformation was recently launched in which of the following states?

a) Gujarat

b) Maharashtra

c) Karnataka

d) Uttar Pradesh

Inspired by: SMART project in Maharashtra villages

SMART project in Maharashtra villages

Q.5) With reference to the Electoral Bond Scheme, which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

  1. The scheme permits only natural persons to purchase bonds.
  2. The bonds are available for sale from all branches of scheduled commercial banks and some select NBFCs.
  3. The bond can be issued in denominations of ₹1,000, ₹10,000, ₹lakh, ₹10 lakh and ₹1 crore.

Select the correct alternative from following codes:

a) Only 1

b) 1 and 2

c) Only 3

d) 2 and 3

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] An invitation to corruption?

[op-ed snap] An invitation to corruption?

 

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7th December 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With respect to the World Intellectual Property Report 2018, consider the following statements:

  1. China leads US in numbers of patent grants.
  2. Number of patents granted to foreigners in India is always higher than that of Indians.

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: Number of patents granted by India shot up by 50% in 2017: UN

Number of patents granted by India shot up by 50% in 2017: UN

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to the Global Carbon Project (GCP):

  1. It is a project undertaken by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  2. It aims to quantify global carbon emissions and their causes.
  3. Established by the GCP in 2013 the Global Carbon Atlas is a tool for the visualisation of data related to the global carbon cycle.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

a) Only1

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) All are correct

Inspired by: India fourth largest contributor to carbon emission

India fourth largest contributor to carbon emission

Q.3) Exercise Hand-in-Hand is an annual bilateral military exercise of India along with:

a) Russia

b) China

c) Bangladesh

d) Saudi Arabia

Inspired by: [pib] Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018

[pib] Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018

Q.4) The Climate Risk Index (CRI) recently seen in news is released by:

a) UN Environment

b) UNFCCC

c) IPCC

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Extreme weather report suggests neighbours worse hit than India

The Indian Express

 Q.5)  The Kamsale dance recently seen in news is performed in which of the following states?

a) Kerala

b) Karnataka

c) Andhra Pradesh

d) Tamil Nadu

Inspired by: Kamsale Dance

The Hindu

 

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