[Solved] Sunday Edition Prelims Questions Part 5

1. Which of the following statements about Western Ghats are correct?

1. Western Ghats in Karnataka are broader than those in Maharashtra

2. Western Ghats in Kerala are more continuous than those in Karnataka

3. Western Ghats in Karnataka have gentler slope than those in Kerala

4. Western Ghats in Maharashtra have gentler slope than those in Karnataka

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 2 and 3

(b) 1 and 4

(c) 2 and 4

(d) 1 and 3

2. First International AgroBiodiversity Congress was held in India recently. Which of the following best defines ‘AgroBiodiversity’ ?

(a) It the variety and variability of trees, plants and other vegetation that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture.

(b) It the variety and variability of crops, seeds and micro-agents that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture.

(c) It the variety and variability of human resources, crops and bio-fertilizers that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture.

(d) It the variety and variability of animals, plant and micro-organism that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture.

3. Which of the following places were visited by Buddha during his lifetime?

1. Nalanda

2. Rajagriha

3. Benaras (Varanasi)

4. Sravasti (Shravasti)

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1, 3 and 4 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

4. Which of the following texts describes how Chandragupta, with the assistance of Kautilya, overthrew the Nandas ?

(a) Kautilya’s Arthashastra

(b) Visakadatta’s Mudrarakshasa

(c) Megasthenes’ Indica

(d) Bhadrabahu’s Kalpasutra

5. Which of the following describes the Ashoka’s efforts to promote ‘Dhamma’ within his kingdom?

(a) The Pillar Edict VII

(b) The XIII Rock Edict

(c) Rummindei Pillar Inscription

(d) Barbara Cave Inscription

6. Of the solar energy coming into the Biosphere, what percentage of it is actually used in the photosynthesis?

(a) Less than 1 %

(b) Between 1 % and 1.5 %

(c) Between 1.5 % and 2 %

(d) More than 2 %

7. Consider the following statements:

1. European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory.

2. It is located in Geneva on the French-Swiss border.

3. India recently became the only country from the South-East Asian region to become an associate member of CERN.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 2 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

8. Consider the following islands of Japan:

1. Kyushu

2. Shikoku

3. Honshu

4. Hokkaido

What is the correct order of these islands arranged from North to South?

(a) 3-4-1-2

(b) 4-3-1-2

(c) 4-3-2-1

(d) 3-4-2-1

9. With reference to the Indian Freedom Struggle, what is the significance of August 7, 1905?

(a) In the session held on this day, the Congress split into moderates and extremists

(b) Partition of Bengal was put into effect on this day

(c) Morley-Minto reforms were announced on this day

(d) Formal proclamation of Swadeshi Movement was made on this day

10. Consider the following statements:

1. Hematopoietic cells are the stem cells that give rise to all the other blood cells.

2. Hematopoietic cells are found only in mammals.

3. In humans, Hematopoietic cells are found only in the bone marrow.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 2 and 3 only

11. Which one of the following regions of India is the natural habitation of the Rusty Spotted Cat which is reputed to be the smallest wild cat in the world?

(a) Forests of Arunachal Pradesh

(b) Deserts of Western Rajasthan

(c) Forests of Eastern Ghats

(d) Cold environs of Middle Himalayas

12. Which of the following pairs of tribe and the state is/are correctly matched?

1. Juangs : Tamil Nadu

2. Tharu : Uttarakhand

3. Chenchu : Telangana

4. Meiteis : Manipur

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3 only

(b) 2, 3 and 4 only

(c) 1, 2, 3 and 4

(d) 1 and 4 only

13. ‘Montreux Record’, which is sometimes in news, is related to the affairs of

(a) Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sites (GIAHS) Programme

(b) Ramsar Convention

(c) Aichi Targets

(d) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

14. Which one of the following pairs of cities have the largest average annual rainfall difference as compared to the other three pairs?

(a) Rajkot and Ahmedabad

(b) Lucknow and Kanpur

(c) Indore and Bhopal

(d) Mumbai and Pune

15. Who presides over the Cabinet Meeting in India if the Prime Minister is not available?

(a) The Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha

(b) The Home Minister

(c) The senior most minister by rank present in the meeting

(d) No Cabinet Meeting can be held without the Prime Minister

16. Consider the following statements about Vitamin D:

Vitamin D plays an important role in the functioning of

1. Muscles

2. Brain

3. Lungs

4. Heart

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2, 3 and 4

(b) 1 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4 only

(d) 2 and 4 only

17. Which of the following strains of viruses are related to Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)?

1. H1N1

2. H5N1

3. H7N9

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 2 only

(d) 3 only

18. Which of the following is/are among the legal provisions through which the Fundamental Duties as enumerated in the constitution can be implemented:

1. The Representation of People Act, 1951

2. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

3. The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955

4. The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980

Select the answer using codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3 only

(b) 3 and 4 only

(c) 2 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

19. Which of the following writs is issued to enquire into the legality of claim of a person to a public office?

(a) Certiorari

(b) Quo-Warranto

(c) Mandamus

(d) Prohibition

20. In which of the following states are found floating masses of vegetation, often used by locals for constructing their dwellings?

(a) Manipur

(b) Assam

(c) Meghalaya

(d) Arunachal Pradesh

21. Which of the following factors affect the distribution of surface temperature of ocean water?

1. Latitude

2. Prevailing winds

3. Ocean Currents

4. Distribution of land and water

Which of the statements is/are correctly matched?

(a) 2 and 3 only

(b) 1 and 4 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

22. While travelling from Delhi to Mumbai along the National Highway 8, you shall pass through all of the following states except

1. Gujarat

2. Madhya Pradesh

3. Rajasthan

4. Punjab

5. Haryana

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 2 and 4

(b) 2, 4 and 3

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 1, 3 and 5

23. Consider the following statements with reference to the Indian Banking System:

1. Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is the proportion of deposits that banks have to keep as cash with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

2. Banks do not earn any interest on CRR balances kept with the RBI.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

24. Which of the following activities fall under ‘gig economy’?

1. An educational start-up employing freelancers for writing blogs.

2. A songwriter selling customized jingles and videos online to clients worldwide.

3. A person delivering Pizzas in his spare time for a consideration.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 only

(d) 1 and 3 only

25. Who do the ‘Angel Investors’ generally do?

(a) They provide funds to NGOs to carry out their work

(b) They invest in sick units to revive them

(c) They invest in small start-ups or entrepreneurs

(d) They provide funds to government in time of financial crisis

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