IAS Prelims 2016 Corner #1


All news and no questions make a candidate weary and confused!

We are starting a bi-weekly “7 question format a day” series to augment your Prelims Prep. While we don’t really think you need to give full fledged Prelims mock tests for the CSE 2016, we believe that solving ~14 questions a week can easily fit in your weekly schedule!

Prelims 2015 had questions which were not only concept-based but a good number were fact-based. We shall follow the similar trend and frame question based on factual information as well which were more or less absent from 2011 to 2014.


#1. Located on the bank of river Tungabhadra, this temple has been granted the tag of ‘Adarsh Smarak’ by the Ministry of Culture. Free WiFi facility has also been introduced in this temple complex under the Digital India Programme. Identify the temple complex.

(a) Badami Cave Temples

(b) Meenakshi Temple

(c) Mookambika Temple

(d) Virupaksha Temple

#2. With reference to Indian culture what is Kalarippayattu?

(a) It is a style of wall painting prevalent in Western India

(b) It is a martial art form popular in Southern India

(c) It is a popular theatre form of Central India

(d) It is ancient tradition of oral rendition of folklore in Eastern India

#3. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) works under the administrative control of

(a) NITI Aayog

(b) Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

(c) Prime Minister’s Office

(d) Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

#4. Pattiseema Project, India’s first river linking project has been accomplished by linking which of the following rivers?

(a) Godavari and Krishna

(b) Mahanadi and Brahmani

(c) Palar and Cauvery (Kaveri)

(d) Damodar and Subarnarekha

#5. ‘Aerobic’ rice cultivation is a new method of rice cultivation which is becoming popular compared to the traditional method because

1. It increases the water use efficiency

2. It reduces the labour usage

3. It prevents the weed growth

4. It gives a yield which is almost double that obtained in traditional method

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1, 2 and 4 only

(c) 3 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

#6. Which of the following countries is not a member of a grouping popularly known as G4?

(a) Japan

(b) Germany

(c) Brazil

(d) South Africa

#7. Which of the following has been entrusted with the task monitoring the progress made on the implementation of proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

(a) NITI Aayog

(b) Ministry of Rural Development

(c) Prime Minister’s Office

(d) Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

PS: Official answers by Sunday evening.

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