Sunday Edition Prelims Questions Part 3

1. India’s first international commercial arbitration centre has been launched at

(a) Panaji

(b) Bengaluru

(c) New Delhi

(d) Mumbai

2. Consider the following pairs:

Mission : Agency
1. Gaia Space Probe : NASA
2. Rosetta Orbiter : European Space Agency
3. OSIRIS-REx : JAXA

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

(a) 2 only

(b) 1, 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1 only

3. What is Sampriti ?

(a) An annual cultural extravaganza between India and Sri Lanka

(b) An annual trade facilitation event between India and Maldives

(c) An annual military exercise between India and Bangladesh

(d) A student exchange programme between India and Bhutan

4 Outside the oceans, largest percentage of water on earth’s surface is available in/as

(a) Soil moisture

(b) Streams and rivers

(c) Ice caps and glaciers

(d) Groundwater

5. ‘Equal pay for equal work’ is a provision under the

(a) Preamble

(b) Seventh Schedule

(c) Directive Principles of State Policy

(d) Fundamental Rights

6. Burning of agricultural waste in the northern States significantly contributes to the poor air quality in large parts of Indo-Gangetic basin. Which of the following is/are among the pollutants added into the atmosphere by burning agricultural residues?

1. Carbon Monoxide
2. Nitrous Oxide
3. Ammonia
4. Sulphur Dioxide

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 4

(b) 1 and 4

(c) 2, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

7. A recent book titled Shadow Fighter is a biography of

(a) Mary Kom

(b) Abhinav Bindra

(c) Sarita Devi

(d) Saina Nehwal

8. Which of the following is/are among the tributaries of River Indus?

1. Shyok
2. Zaskar
3. Shetrunji
4. Gilgit

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 2, 3 and 4

(b) 1, 2 and 4

(c) 1 and 2

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

9. Which of the following terms are generally related to the affairs of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)?

1. Domestic Content Requirements
2. Agreement on Agriculture
3. De-Minimis Provision

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1 and 2 only

10. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is the proposed mega-regional free trade agreement among several nations including

1. Japan
2. South Korea
3. Australia
4. New Zealand
5. Philippines

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 5

(b) 1, 2, 3 and 4

(c) 3, 4 and 5

(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

11. Which of the following is set to bring out an ‘ease of living’ index that will rank cities globally and, among others, could include categories on social inclusion, cost of living, public transport, housing, education and health?

(a) The Cities Alliance

(b) The World Bank Group

(c) The United Nations Human Settlements Programme

(d) The International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities

12. India’s first coastal economic corridor is proposed to come up between

(a) Haldia and Chennai

(b) Kolkata and Tuticorin

(c) Mumbai and Ernakulam

(d) Ganjam and Tirunelveli

13. The recently concluded ‘New Delhi Declaration on Education’ is related to the affairs of

(a) G-20

(b) IBSA

(c) BRICS

(d) the India-Africa Forum

14. Which of the following sites has been named by the UNESCO as the India’s first ‘mixed’ World Heritage Site exhibiting the qualities of both cultural and natural significance?

(a) Valley of Flowers National Park

(b) Nanda Devi National Park

(c) Khangchendzonga National Park

(d) Namdapha National Park

15. Which of the following terms is used to denote the process of using microorganisms to degrade environmental pollutants?

(a) Bioleaching

(b) Biofortification

(c) Bioaccumulation

(d) Bioremediation

16. In which of the following contexts is the phrase ‘Red Corridor’ frequently used?

(a) The regions in the country which are Maoist-affected

(b) The regions in the country with high incidence of neonatal deaths

(c) The regions in the country with very high levels of groundwater pollution

(d) The regions in the country affected with soil degradation due to iron-ore mining

17. Which of the following companies successfully completed the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, a solar powered unmanned craft, as part of an ambitious project to take internet connectivity to remote parts of the world?

(a) Microsoft

(b) Apple Inc.

(c) Facebook

(d) IBM

18. Which of the following states has recently introduced a ‘fat tax’ on the consumption of junk food items with an aim to make people more conscious about their food choices and promote healthy eating?

(a) Punjab

(b) Tamil Nadu

(c) Gujarat

(d) Kerala

19. The government has given its accord to set up a new major port in which of the following states?

(a) Odisha

(b) Tamil Nadu

(c) Maharashtra

(d) Karnataka

20. Consider the following statements about revamped Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY):

1. It is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Youth Affairs.
2. It aims to impart skill training to one crore people over the next five years.

Which of the above statements is/are not correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

21. Which of the following is/are among the members of Inter-State Council?

1. The Prime Minister
2. All the Union Cabinet Ministers
3. Chief Ministers of the all the States
4. Chief Ministers/Administrators of the all the Union Territories

Select the correct alternative using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 3 and 4

(b) 1, 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 2

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

22. Consider the following statements:

1. The concept of “Climate-Smart Agriculture” was originally developed by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

2. Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture is a joint initiative of FAO and IMF.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

23. Which of the following pairs of the tiger reserve and the river basin in which they fall is/are correctly matched?

1. Panna Tiger Reserve : Narmada Basin
2. Simplipal Tiger Reserve : Mahanadi Basin
3. Bhitarkanika Tiger Reserve : Godavari Basin
4. Dudwa Tiger Reserve : Ganga Basin

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 4 only

(d) 1, 2 and 4

24. Which of the following crops can be used as green manure?

1. Soybean
2. Surghum
3. Sudangrass

Select the correct alternative using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

25. Which of the following places are well known for textile industry, sari making in particular?

1. Chettinad
2. Kota
3. Jalandhar

Select the correct alternative using the codes given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3