Upsc Prelims Question Paper 2010 With Answers.

1. From the Karachi session of Indian National Congress in 1931 presided over
by Sardar Patel, who drafted the resolution on Fundamental rights and
Economic Programme?
(a) Mahatma Gandhi
(b)Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
(c) Dr.Rajendra Prasad
2. Who among the following were official Congress negotiators with Cripps
(a) Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel
(b)Acharya J.B.Kripalani and C. Rajagopalachari
(c) Pandit Nehru and Maulana Azad
(d)Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai
3. Which one of the following processes in the bodies of living organisms is a
digestive process?
(a) Breakdown of proteins into amino acids
(b) Breakdown of glucose into CO2 and H2O
(c)Conversion of glucose into glycogen
(d)Conversion of amino acids into proteins
4. From the point of view of evolution of living organisms, which one of the
following is the correct sequence of evolution?
(a) Otter- Tortoise-Shark
(c) Tortoise-Shark-Otter
5. Consider the following statements:
1. Hepatitis B is several times more infectious than HIV/AIDS
2. Hepatitis B can cause liver cancer
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
6. Excessive release of the pollutant carbon monoxide (CO) into the air may
produce a condition in which oxygen supply in the human body decreases.
What causes this condition?
(a) When inhaled into the human body CO is converted into CO2
(b)The inhaled CO has much higher affinity for haemoglobin as compared
to oxygen
(c) The inhaled CO destroys the chemical structure of haemoglobin
(d)The inhaled CO adversely affects the respiratory centre in the brain.
7. Consider the following statements:
1. Every individual in the population is equally susceptable host for swine
2. Antibodies have no role in the primary treatment of swine flu.
3. To prevent the future spread of swine flu in the epidemic areas, the
swine(pigs) must all be cullied.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
8. With regard to the transmission if the Human Immunodeficiency Virus,
which one of the following statements is not correct?
(a) The chances of transmission from female to male are twice as likely as
from male to female.
(b)The chances of transmission are more if a person suffers from other
sexually transmitted infections.
(c) AS infected mother can transmit the infection to her baby during
pregnancy, at child birth and by breast feeding.
(d)The risk of contracting infection from transfusion of infected blood is
much higher than an exposure to contaminated needle.
9. What are the possible limitations of India in mitigating the global warming
at present and in the immediate future?
1. Appropriate alternate technologies are not sufficiently available.
2. India cannot invest huge funds in research and development.
3. Many developed countries have already set up their polluting industries
in India.
Which of the given statements above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (a)
10.Consider the following statements:
1. The commonwealth has no charter, treaty or constitution.
2. All the territories/countries once under the British
empire(jurisdiction/rule/mandate) automatically joined the
commonwealth as its members.
Which of the statements give above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (d)
11.Examine the following statements:
1. All colours are pleasant.
2. Some colours are pleasant.
3. No colour is pleasant.
4. Some colours are not pleasant.
Given that the statement 4 is true, what can be definitely concluded?
(a) 1 and 2 are true
(b)1 is false
(c) 2 is false
(d)3 is true
ANS: (b)
12.In the context of bilateral trade negotiations between India and European
Union, what is the difference between European commission and European
1. European commission represents the EU in trade negotiations whereas
European council participates in the legislation of matters pertaining to
economic policies of European union.
2. European commission comprises the heads of state or government of
member countries whereas the European council comprises of the
persons nominated by European parliament.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2 only
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
13.The appropriate representation of land use clarification on India is
(a) Net area sown 25%; forests 33%; other areas 42%
(b)Net area sown 58%; forests 17%; other areas 25%
(c) Net area sown 43%; forests 29%; other areas 28%
(d) Net area sown 47%; forests 23%; other areas 30%
ANS: (a)
14.With reference to the National Investment Fund to which the disinvestment
proceeds are routed, consider the following statements:
1. The assets in the National Investment Fund are managed by the Union
ministry of Finance.
2. The National Investment Fund is to maintained within the consolidated
Fund of India.
3. Certain asset management companies are appointed as the fund
4. A certain proportion of annual income is used for financing select social
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2
(b)2 only
(c) 3 and 4
(d)3 only
ANS: (c)
15.In India, which of the following is regulated by the Forward Markets
(a) Currency futures trading
(b)Commodities futures trading
(c) Equity futures trading
(d)Both commodities futures and financial futures trading
16.Which one of the following is not a feature of Limited Liability Partnership
(a) Partners should be less than 20
(b)Partnership and management need not be separate
(c) Internal governance may be decided by mutual agreement among
(d)It is corporate body with perpetual succession.
ANS: (a)
17.With reference to the institution of Banking Ombudsman in India, which one
of the following is not correct?
(a) The Banking Ombudsman is appointed by the Reserve bank of India.
(b)The Banking Ombudsman can consider complaints from Non-Resident
Indians having accounts in India.
(c) The orders passed by the Banking Ombudsman are final and binding on
the parties concerned.
(d)The service provided by the Banking Ombudsman is free of any fee.
ANS: (c)
18.With reference to India, consider the following:
1. Nationalization of banks
2. Formation of regional rural banks
3. Adoption of villages by bank branches
Which of the above can be considered as steps taken to achieve the
“financial inclusion” in India?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS : (d)
19.What was the immediate reason for Ahmad Shah Abdali to invade India and
fight the Third battle of Panipat?
(a) He wanted to avenge the expulsion by Marathas of his viceroy Timur
Shah from Lahore
(b)The frustrated governor of Jullundhar Adina Beg Khan invited him to
invade Punjab.
(c) He wanted to punish Mughal administration for non-payment of the
revenues of the Chahar Mahal (Gujarat, Aurangabad, Sialkot and Pasrur).
(d)He wanted to annex all the fertile plains of Punjab up to the borders of
Delhi to his kingdom.
ANS : (a)
20.With reference to Pondicherry (now Puducherry) consider the following
1. The first European power to occupy Pondicherry were the Portuguese.
2. The second European power to occupy Pondicherry were the French.
3. The English never occupied Pondicherry
(a) 1 only
(b)2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
21.Why did Buddhism start declining in India in the early medieval times?
1. Buddha was by that time considered as one of the incarnations of
Vishnu and thus became a part of Vaishnavism.
2. The invading tribes from central Asia till the last time of last Gupta
king adopted hinduism and persecuted Buddhists.
3. The kings of Gupta dynasty were strongly opposed to Buddhism.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (a)
22.Consider the following statements:
The functions of commercial banks in India include
1. Purchase and sale of shares and securities of behalf of customers.
2. Acting as executers and trustees of wills.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (c)
23.In India, the tax proceeds of which one of the following as a percentage of
gross tax revenue has significantly declined in last five years?
(a) Service tax
(b)Personal income tax
(c) Excise tax
(d)Corporation tax
ANS: (d)
24.Which one of the following authorities makes recommendation to the
Governor of a state as to the principles for determining the taxes and duties
which may be appropriated by the Panchayats in that particular state?
(a) District planning committees
(b)State finance committees
(c) Finance ministry of that state
(d)Panchayati Raj ministry of that state
ANS: (b)
25.Consider the following statements:
In India, taxes on transactions in Stock exchanges and futures markets are
1. Levied by the union
2. Collected by the states
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (a)
26.In India, during the last decade the total cultivated land for which one of the
following crops has remainded more or less stagnant?
(a) Rice
(c) Pulses
ANS: (a)
27.Consider the following statements:
1. The Union governments fixes the statutory minimum price of sugarcane
for each sugar session.
2. Sugar and sugarcane are essential commodities under the essential
commodities act.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (c)
28.With the reference to Indian economy, consider the following statements:
1. The Gross Domestic Product(GDP) has increased by four times in the
last 10 years.
2. The percentage share of public sector in GDP has declined in the last 10
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
29.Consider the following which can be found in the ambient atmosphere:
1. Soot
2. Sulphur hexfluoride
3. Water vapour
Which of the above contribute to the warming up of the atmosphere?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
30.The International development association, a lending agency is administered
by the
1. International bank for reconstruction and development
2. International fund for agricultural development
3. United nations development programme
4. United nations industrial development organization
ANS: (c)
31.When you travel in certain parts of India, you will notice red soil. What is
the main reason for this colour?
(a) Abundance of magnesium
(b)Accumulated humus
(c) Presence of ferric oxides
(d)Abundance of phosphates
ANS: (c)
32.Which one of the following is the appropriate reason for considering the
Gondwana rocks as most important of rock system of India?
(a) More than 90% of limestone reserves of India are found in them
(b)More than 90% of India’s coal reserves of India are found in them
(c) More than 90% of fertile black cotton soils over them
(d)None of the reasons given above is appropriate in this context
ANS: (b)
33.Which one of the following can one come across if one travels through the
Strait of Malacca?
(a) Bali
34.With reference to the river Luni, which one of the following statements is
(a) It flows into Gulf of Khambhat
(b)It flows into Gulf of Kuchchh
(c) It flows into Pakistan and merges with a tributary of Indus
(d)It is lost in the marshy land of the Rann of Kuchchh
ANS: (d)
35.Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?
Dam/lake River
(a) Govind Sagar : Satluj
(b)Kolleru lake : Krishna
(c) Ukai reservoir : Tapi
(d)Wular lake : Jhelum
ANS: (a)
36.A geographic region has the following distinct characteristics:
1. Warm and dry climate
2. Mild and wet winter
3. Evergreen oak trees
The above features are the distinct characteristics of which one of the
following regions?
(a) Mediterranean
(b)Eastern China
(c) Central Asia
(d)Atlantic coast of North America
ANS: (a)
37.With reference to the Government Rehabilition and Resettlement Policy
2007, consider the following statements:
1. The policy is applicable only to the persons affected by acquisition of
land for projects and not to the involuntary displacement due to any other
2. This policy has been formulated by the Ministry of social Justice and
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (d)
38.In the context of India’s five year plans, a shift in the pattern of
industrialization, with lower emphasis on heavy industries and more on
infrastructure begins in
(a) Fourth plan
(b)Sixth plan
(c) Eighth plan
(d)Tenth plan
ANS: (d)
39.Two of the schemes launched by the Government of India for women’s
development are Swadhar and Swayam Siddha. As regards the difference
between them, consider the following statements:
1. Swayam Siddha is meant for those in difficult circumstances such as
women survivors of natural disasters or terrorism, women prisoners
related from jails, mentally challenged women etc., whereas Swadhar is
meant for holistic empowerment of women through self help groups.
2. Swayam Siddha is implemented through local self government bodies or
reputed voluntary organizations whereas Swadhar is implemented
through the ICDS units set up in the states.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
40.With reference to the United nations convention on the Rights of the child,
consider the following:
1. The Right to Developemt
2. The Right to Expression
3. The Right to Recreation
Which of the statements given above is/are the Rights of the child?
(a) 1 only
(b)1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (d)
41.Three men start together to travel the same way around a circular track of 11
km. their speeds are 4, 5.5 and 8 kmph respectively. When will they meet at
the starting point for the first time?
(a) After 11 hours
(b)After 21 hours
(c) After 22 hours
(d)After 33 hours
ANS: (c)
42.With reference to the Consumer Disputes Redressal at district level in India,
which one of the following statements is not correct?
(a) A state government can establish more than one District forum in a
district if it deems fit.
(b)One of the members of the district forum shall be a woman.
(c) The district forum entertains the complaints where the value of goods or
services does not exceed rupees fifty lakhs.
(d)A complaint in relation to any goods or any service provided may be
filed with a district forum by the state government as a representative of
the interests of the consumers in general.
43.King Cobra is the only snake that makes its own nest. Why it make its nest?
1. It is a snake-eater and the nest helps attract other snakes.
2. It is a viviparous snake and needs a nest to give birth to its offspring.
3. It is an oviparous snake and lays its eggs in the nest and guards the nest
until they are hatched.
4. It is a large, cold blooded animal and needs a nest to hibernate in the cold
ANS: (a)
44.As a result of their annual survey, the National geographic society and an
international policy from Globescan gave India top rank in Greendex 2009
score. What is this score?
(a) It is a measure of efforts made by different countries in adopting
technologies for reducing carbon footprint.
(b)It is a measure of environmentally sustainable consumer behavior in
difficult countries.
(c) It is an assessment of programmes/schemes undertaken by difficult
countries for improving the conservation of natural resources.
(d)It is an index showing the volume of carbon credits sold by different
ANS: (b)
45.Consider the following statements:
1. The Texus tree naturally found in the Himalayas.
2. The Texus tree is listed in the Red data book.
3. A drug called “taxol” is obtained from Texus tree is effective against
Parkinson’s disease.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
46.P,Q and S are four men. P is the oldest but not poorest. R is the richest but
not the oldest. Q is older than S but not than P or R. P is richer than Q but
not than S. The four men can be ordered (descending) in respect of age and
richness respectively, as
ANS: (b)
47.What causes wind to deflect toward left in the southern hemisphere?
(a) Temperature
(b)Magnetic field
(c) Rotation of the earth
ANS: (d)
48.Indiscriminate disposal of used fluorescent electric lamps causes mercury
pollution in the environment. Why is mercury used in the manufacture of
these lamps?
(a) A mercury coating on the inside of the lamp makes the light bright white.
(b)When the lamp is switched on, the mercury in the lamp causes the
emission if ultra-violet radiations.
(c) When the lamp is switched on, it is the mercury which converts the ultraviolet energy into visible light.
(d)None of the statement given above is correct about the mercury in the
manufacture of Fluorescent lamps.
ANS: (a)
49.If there was no Himalayan ranges, what would have been the most likely
geographical impact on India?
1. Much of the country would experience the cold waves from Siberia
2. Indo-genetic plain would be devoid of such extensive alluvial soils.
The pattern of monsoon would be different from what is at present.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (d)
50.In the context of space technology, what is “Bhuvan” recently in the news?
(a) A mini satellite launched by ISRO for promoting the distance education
in India.
(b)The name given to the next Moon Impact Probe, for Chrandrayan-II.
(c) A geoportal of ISRO with 3 D imaging capabilities of India.
(d)A space telescope developed by India.
ANS: (c)
51.The latitudes that pass through Sikkim also pass through
(a) Rajasthan
(c) Himachal Pradesh
(d)Jammu and Kashmir
ANS: (a)
52.A man fills a basket with eggs in such a way that the number of eggs added
in each successive day is the same as the number already present in the
basket. This way the basket gets completely filled in 24 days. After how
many days the basket was ¼ th full?
(a) 6
(c) 17
ANS: (d)
53.The diameter of two circular coins are in the ratio of 1:3. The smaller coins
is made to roll around the bigger coin till it returns to the position from
where the process of rolling started. How many times the smaller coin rolled
around the bigger coin?
(a) 9
(c) 3
ANS: (c)
54.The difference between the simple interest received from two banks on
Rs.500 for two years is Rs.2.50. What is the difference between their rates?
(a) 0.25%
(c) 1%
ANS: (a)
55.When ten persons shake hands with one another, in how many ways is it
(a) 20
(c) 40
ANS: (d)
56.A candidate attempted 12 questions and secured full marks in all of them. If
he obtained 60%in the test and all questions carried equal marks, then what
is the number of questions in the test?
(a) 36
(c) 25
ANS: (d)
57.In how many ways can four children be made to stand in a line such that two
of them, A and B are always together?
(a) 6
(c) 18
ANS: (b)
58.In a meeting the map of the village in such a manner that south-east becomes
north, north-east becomes west and so on. What will south become?
(a) North
(c) North-west
ANS: (b)
59.Consider the following statements:
1. The “Bombay Manifesto” signed in 1936 openly opposed the preaching
of socialist ideals.
2. It evoked support from a large section of business community from all
across India.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
60.Among the following who was not a proponent of bhakti cult?
(a) Nagarjuna
(c) Tyagaraja
ANS: (a)
61.Due to their extensive rice cultivation, some regions may be contributing to
global warming. To what possible reason/reasons is this attributable?
1. The anaerobic conditions associated with rice cultivation cause the
emission of methane.
2. When nitrogen based fertilizers are used, nitrous oxide is emitted from
the cultivated soil.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
62.Sustainable development is described as the development that meets the
needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs. In this perspective, inherently the concept of
sustainable development is interwined with which of the following
(a) Social justice and empowerment
(b)Inclusive growth
(c) Globalization
(d)Carrying capacity
ANS: (b)
63.Given below are the names of four energy crops. Which one of the them can
be cultivated for ethanol?
(c) Pongamia
ANS: (b)
64.Consider the following pairs:
Protected area Well-known for
1. Bhiterkanika, Orissa – Salt water crocodile
2. Desert National park,Rajastan- Great Indian Bustard
3. Eravikulam, Kerala – Hoolak Gibbon
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
65.Some species of plants are insectivorous. Why?
(a) Their growth in shady and dark places does not allow them to undertake
sufficient photosynthesis and thus they depend on insects for nutrition.
(b)They are adapted to grow in nitrogen deficient soils and thus depend on
insects for sufficient nitrogenous nutrition.
(c) They cannot synthesize certain vitamins themselves and depend on the
insects digested by them.
(d)They have remained in that particular stage of evolution as living fossils,
a link between autotrophs and heterotrophs.
ANS: (a)
66. A person travelled a distance of 50 km in 8 hours. He covered a part of the
distance on foot at the rate of 4 km per hour and a part on a bicycle at the
rate of 10 km per hour. How many distance did he travel on foot?
(a) 10 km
(b)20 km
(c) 30 km
(d)40 km
ANS: (b)
67.In the context of governance, consider the following:
1. Encouraging foreign direct investment inflows.
2. Privatization of higher educational institutions.
3. Down-sizing of bureaucracy.
4. Selling/offloading the shares of public sector undertakings.
Which of the above can be used a measures to control the fiscal deficit in
(a) 1,2 and 3
(b)2,3 and 4
(c) 1,2 and 4
(d)3 and 4 only
ANS: (c)
68.As per the UN-Habitat’s global report on human settlements 2009, which
one among the following regions has shown the fastest growth rate of
urbanization in the last three decades?
(a) Asia
(c) Latin America and Caribbean
(d)North America
ANS: (c)
69.In India, which type of forest among the following occupies the largest area?
(a) Montane west temperate forest
(b)Sub-tropical dry evergreen forest
(c) Tropical moist deciduous forest
(d)Tropical west evergreen forest
70.Inclusive growth as enunciated in the Eleventh five year plan does not
include one of the following:
(a) Reduction of poverty
(b)Extension of employment opportunities
(c) Strengthening of capital market
(d)Reduction of gender inequality
ANS: (c)
71.How many numbers from 0 to 999 are nor divisible by either 5 or 77?
(a) 313
(c) 686
ANS: (c)
72.Tamil Nadu is a leading producer of mill-made cotton yarn in the country.
What could be the reason?
1. Black cotton soil is the predominant type of soil in the state.
2. Rich pool of skilled labour is available.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (c)
73.Consider the following statements:
1. On the planet earth, the fresh water available for use amounts to about
less than 1% of the total water found.
2. Of the total water found on the planet earth 95% is bound up in polar ice
caps and glaciers.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (a)
74.Which one of the following reflects back more sunlight as compared to other
(a) Sand desert
(b)Paddy crop land
(c) Land covered with fresh snow
(d)Prairie land
ANS: (c)
75.Rivers that pass through Himachal Pradesh are
(a) Beas and Chenab only
(b)Beas and Ravi only
(c) Chenab, Ravi and Satluj only
(d)Beas, Chenab, Ravi, Satluj and Yamuna
76.Who of the following shall cause every recommendation made by the
Finance commission to be laid before each House of parliament?
(a) The president of India
(b)The speaker of Lok Sabha
(c) The prime minister of India
(d)The union finance minister
ANS: (a)
77.Which one of the following is responsible for the preparation and
presentation of Union budget to the parliament?
(a) Department of revenue
(b)Department of economic affairs
(c) Department of financial services
(d)Department of expenditure
78. In a group of five members A, B, C, D and E, there is a professor. A doctor
and lawyer. A and D are unmarried ladies, and do not work. Of the married
couple in the Group, E is the husband. B is the brother of A and is neither a
doctor nor a lawyer. Who is the professor?
(a) B
(c) A
(d)Cannot be determined with the available data.
ANS: (a)
79.Consider the following actions by the government:
1. Cutting the tax rates
2. Increasing the government spending
3. Abolishing the subsidies
In the context of economic recession, which of the above actions can be
considered a part of the “fiscal stimulus” package?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (a)
80.Half of the villagers of a certain village have their own houses. One-fifth of
the villagers cultivate paddy. One-third of the villagers are literate. Fourfifth of the villagers are below twenty five. Then, which one of the following
is certainly true?
(a) All the villagers who have their own houses are literate.
(b)Some villagers under twenty five are literate.
(c) A quarter of the villagers who have their own houses cultivate paddy
(d)Half of the villagers who cultivate paddy are literate.
ANS: (b)
81.When the Reserve bank of India announces an increase of the Cash Reserve
Ration, what does it mean?
(a) The commercial banks will have less money to lend
(b)The Reserve bank of India will have less money to lend.
(c) The union government will have less money to lend.
(d)The commercial banks will have less money to lend.
ANS: (a)
82.Who among the following governor generals created the covenanted civil
service of India which later came to be known as the Indian civil service?
(a) Warren Hastings
(c) Cornwallils
(d)William Bentinck
ANS: (a)
83.What was the immediate cause for the launch of the Swadeshi movement?
(a) The partition of Bengal by Lord Curzon
(b)A sentence of 18 months rigorous imprisonment imposed on Lokmanya
(c) The arrest and deportation of Lala Lajput Rai and Ajit Singh; and passing
of the Punjab colonization Bill.
(d)Death sentence pronounced in the Chapekar Brothers.
ANS: (a)
84.Consider the following statements:
1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad persuaded Mahatma Gandhi to come to Champaran
to investigate the problem of peasants.
2. Acharya J.B. Kripalani was one of Mahatma Gandhis’s colleagues in this
Champaran investigation.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (b)
85.By a regulation in 1793, the district collector was deprived of his judicial
powers and made the collecting agent only. What was the reason for such
(a) Lord Cornwallis felt that the district collector’s efficiency of revenue
collection would enormously increase without the burden of other work.
(b)Lord Cornwallis felt that judicial power should compulsorily be in the
hands of Europeans while Indians can be given the job of revenue
collection in the districts.
(c) Lord Cornwallis was alarmed at the extent of power concentrated in the
district collector and felt that such absolute power was undesirable in one
(d)The judicial work demanded a deep knowledge of India and a good
training in law and Lord Cornwallis felt that district collector should be
only a revenue collector.
86.With reference to India, Consider the following statements:
1. The wholesale price index (WPI) in India is available on a monthly basis
2. As compared to consumer price index for industrial workers (CPI(IW)),
the WPI give less weight to food articles.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
87.Each person’s performance compared with all other persons is to be done to
rank them subjectively. How many comparisons are needed in total, if there
are 11 persons?
(a) 66
(c) 54
ANS: (b)
88.What is the principle by which a cooling system (radiator) in a motor car
(a) Conduction only
(c) Radiation only
(d)Both conduction and radiation
ANS: (d)
89.Which among the following do/does not belong/belongs to the GSM family
of wireless technologies?
(a) EDGE
(c) DSL
(d)Both EDGE and LTE
ANS: (c)
90.With reference to the treatment of cancerous tumours, a tool called
cyberknife has been making the news. In this context, which one of the
following statements is not correct?
(a) It is a robotic image guided system
(b)It delivers an extremely precise dose of radiation
(c) It has the capability of achieving sub-millimetre accuracy.
(d)It can map the spread of tumour in the body.
91.Six books A, B, C, D, E and F are placed side by side. B, C and E have blue
cover and the other books have red cover. Only D and F are new books and
the rest are old. A, C and D are law reports and others are gazetteers. What
book is a new law report with a red colour?
(a) A
(c) C
ANS: (d)
92.Following are the characteristics of an area in India:
1. Hot and humid climate
2. Annual rainfall 200 cm
3. Hill slopes up to an altitude of 1100 metres
4. Annual range of temperature 150C to 300C.
Which one among the following crops are you most likely to find in the
area described above?
(a) Mustard
(c) Pepper
(d)Virgina tobacco
ANS: (b)
93.Running at a speed of 60 km per hour, a train passed through a 1.5 km long
tunnel in two minutes. What is the length of the train?
(a) 250 m
(b)500 m
(c) 1000 m
(d)1500 m
ANS: (b)
94.India-based Neutrino observatory is included by the planning commission as
a mega science project under the 11th five-year plan. In this context,
Consider the following statements:
1. Neutrino are chargeless elementary particles that travel close to the speed
of light.
2. Neutrino are created in nuclear reactions of beta decay.
3. Neutrino have a negligible, but nonzero mass.
4. Trillions of Neutrino pass through human body every second.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b)1,2 and 3 only
(c) 2,3 and 4
(d)1,2,3 and 4
ANS: (d)
95.The “Instrument of Instructions” contained in the government of India act
1935 have been incorporated in the constitution of India in the year 1950 as
(a) Fundamental rights
(b)Directive principles of state policy
(c) Extent of executive power of state
(d)Conduct of business of the government of India
96.Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produce one of the following as “exhaust”
(a) NH3
(c) H2O
ANS: (c)
97.Recently LASIK (Laser Assisted In situ Keratomileusis) procedure is being
made popular for vision correction. Which of the statements in this context
is not correct?
(a) LASIK procedure is used to correct refractive errors of the eye
(b)It is a procedure that permanently changes the shapes of the cornea.
(c) It reduces a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
(d)It is a procedure that can be done on the person of any age.
98.Consider the following:
1. Oxides of hydrogen
2. Oxides of Nitrogen
3. Oxides of Sulphur
Which of the above causes/cause acid rain?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (b)
99.Six persons M, N, O, P, Q and R are sitting in two rows, three in each. Q is
not at the end of any row. P is second to the left of R. O is the neighbor of Q
and is sitting diagonally opposite to P. N is the neighbour of R. On the basis
of the above information, who is facing N?
(a) R
(c) P
ANS: (b)
100. A person X has four notes of Rupee 1, 2, 5 and 10 denomination. The
number of different sums of money she can form from them is
(a) 16
(c) 12
ANS: (b)
101. Consider the following countries:
1. Brazil
2. Mexico
3. South Africa
According to UNCTAD, which of the above is/are categorized as
“Emerging Economics”?
(a) 1 only
(b)1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
ANS: (d)
102. Which one of the following is not related to United Nations?
(a) Multilateral investment guarantee agency
(b)International finance corporation
(c) International centre for settlement of investment disputes
(d)Bank for international settlements.
103. In the context of Indian economy, consider the following pairs:
Term Most appropriate description
1. Melt down —- Fall in stock prices
2. Recession —- Fall in growth rate
3. Slow down —- Fall in GDP
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 and 3only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
ANS: (d)
104. With reference to BRIC countries, Consider the following statements:
1. At present, China’s GDP is more than the combined GDP of all the three
other countries.
2. China’s population is more than the combined population of any two
other countries.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (d)
105. Which of the following is/are treated as artificial currency?
(a) ADR
(c) SDR
(d)Both ADR and SDR
ANS: (d)
106. Stiglitz commission established by the president of the united nations
general assembly was in the international news. The commission was
supposed to deal with
(a) The challenges posed by the impending global climate change and
prepare a road map.
(b)The workings of the global financial systems and to explore ways and
means to secure a more sustainable global order.
(c) Global terrorism and prepare a global plan for the mitigation of terrorism.
(d)Expansion of the United Nations security council in the present global
ANS: (a)
107. With reference to the mineral resources of India, consider the
following pairs:
Mineral 90% natural sources
1. Copper Jharkhand
2. Nickel Orissa
3. Tungsten Kerala
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
108. As regards the use of international food safety standards as reference
point for the dispute settlements, which one of the following does WTO
collaborate with?
(a) Codex alimentarius commission
(b)International federation of standards users
(c) International organization for standardization
(d)World standards cooperation
109. An objective of the National food security mission is to increase the
production of certain crops through area expansion and productivity
enhancement in a sustainable manner in the identified districts of the
country. What are those crops?
(a) Rice and wheat only
(b)Rice, wheat and pulses only
(c) Rice, wheat, pulses and oil seeds only
(d) Rice, wheat, pulses oil seeds and vegetables
ANS: (b)
110. In India, the interest rate on savings accounts in all the nationalized
commercial banks is fixed by
(a) Union ministry of finance
(b)Union finance commission
(c) Indian banks association
(d)None of the above
ANS: (c)
111. With reference to the Simson commission’s recommendations, which
one of the following statement is correct?
(a) It recommended the replacement of diarchy with responsible government
in the provinces
(b)It proposed the setting up of inter provincial council under the home
(c) It suggested the abolition of bicameral legislature at the centre
(d)It recommended the creation of Indian police service with a provision for
increased pay and allowances for British recruits as compared to Indian
112. Four resolutions were passed at the famous Calcutta session of Indian
National congress in 1906. The question of either retention OR of rejection
of these four resolutions became the cause of a split in congress at the next
congress session held in Surat in 1907. Which one of the following was not
one of those resolutions?
(a) Annulment of partition of Bengal
(c) National education
ANS: (a)
113. Two numbers X and Y respectively 20% and 28% less than a third
number Z. by what percentage is the number Y less than the number X?
(a) 8%
(c) 10%
ANS: (c)
114. After Quit India movement, C.Rajagopalachari issued a pamphlet
entitled “the way out” . which one of the following was a proposal in this
(a) The establishment of a “war advisory council” composed of
representatives of British India and Indian states.
(b)Reconstitution of the central executive council in such a way that all its
members, except the governor general and the commander-in-chief
should be Indian leaders.
(c) Fresh elections to the central and provincial legislatures to be held at the
end of 1945 and the constitution making body to be convened as soon as
(d)A solution for the constitutional deadlock.
115. There are only two known examples of cave paintings of the Gupta
period in ancient India. One of these is paintings of Ajanta caves. Where is
the other surviving example of Gupta paintings?
(a) Bagh caves
(b)Ellora caves
(c) Lomas Rishi caves
(d)Nasik caves
ANS: (d)
116. The United nations framework convention on climate change
(UNFCCC) is an international treaty drawn at
(a) United nations conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, 1972.
(b)UN Conference on environment and development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992.
(c) World summit on sustainable development, Johannesburg, 2002.
(d)UN climate change conference, Copenhagen, 2009.
ANS: (b)
117. Which bacterial strain, developed from natural isolates by genetic
manipulations, can be used for treating oil spills?
(a) Agrobacterium
(c) Nitrosomonas
118. Which feature of some species of blue-green algae helps promote
them as bio-fertilizers?
(a) They convert atmospheric methane into ammonia which the crop plants
can absorb readily.
(b)They induce the crop plants to produce the enzymes which help convert
atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates.
(c) They have the mechanism to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form
that the crop plants can absorb readily.
(d)They induce the roots of the crop plants to absorb the soil nitrates in
larger quantities.
ANS: (a)
119. India is a party to the Ramsar convention and has declared many areas
as Ramsar sites. Which of the following statements best describes as to how
we should maintain these sites in the context of this convention?
(a) Keep all the sites completely inaccessible to man so that they will not be
(b)Conserve all the sites through eco system approach and permit tourism
and recreation only.
(c) Conserve all the sites through eco system approach for a period without
any exploitation, with specific criteria, and then allow sustainable use of
them by future generations.
(d)Conserve all the sites through eco system approach and allow their
simultaneous sustainable use.
ANS: (c)
120. Other than Jatropha curcas, why is Pongamia pinnata also considered
a good option for the production of bio-diesel in India?
1. Pongamia pinnata grows naturally in most of the arid regions of India.
2. The seeds of Pongamia pinnata are rich in lipid content of which nearly
half is oleic acid.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
121. A geographic area with an altitude of 400 metres has following
Month J F M A M J J A S O N D
31 31 31 31 30 30 29 28 29 29 30 31
21 21 21 21 21 21 20 20 20 20 20 20
51 85 188 158 139 121 134 168 185 221 198 86
If this geographic area where to have a natural forest, which one of the
following would it most likely be?
(a) Moist temperate coniferous forest
(b)Montane subtropical forest
(c) Temperate forest
(d)Tropical rain forest
ANS: (d)
122. If a potato is placed on a pure paper plate which is white and
unprinted and put in a microwave oven. The potato heats up but the paper
plate does not. This is because
(a) Potato is mainly made up of starch whereas paper is mainly made up of
(b)Potato transmits microwaves whereas paper reflects microwaves.
(c) Potato contains water whereas paper does not contain water.
(d)Potato is a fresh organic material whereas paper is a dead organic
ANS: (b)
123. With reference to the constitution of India, consider the following:
1. Fundamental rights
2. Fundamental duties
3. Directive principles of state policy
Which of the above provisions of the constitution of India is/are fulfilled
by the national social assistance programme launched by the government
of India?
(a) 1 only
(b)3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3
ANS: (c)
124. A new type of EI Nino called EI Nino Modoki appeared in this news,
In this context, consider the following statements:
1. Normal EI Nino forms in the central pacific ocean whereas EI Nino
Modoki forms in eastern pacific ocean.
2. Normal EI Nino results in diminished hurricanes in the Atlantic ocean
but EI Nino Modoki results in a greater number of hurriances with
greater frequency.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
125. Mon 863 is a variety of maize. It was in the news for the following
(a) It is a genetically modified dwarf variety which is resistance to drought.
(b)It is a genetically modified variety which is pest resistant.
(c) It is a genetically modified variety with ten times higher protein content
than regular maize crop.
(d)It is a genetically modified variety used exclusively for bio-fuel
ANS: (d)
126. A cuboid has six sides of different colours. The red side is opposite to
black. The blue side is adjacent to white. The brown side is adjacent to blue.
The red side is face down. Which one of the following would be the opposite
to brown?
(a) Red
(c) White
ANS: (c)
127. Consider the following statements:
The satellite Oceansat-2 launched by India helps in
1. Estimating the water vapour content in the atmosphere.
2. Predicting the onset monsoons.
3. Monitoring the pollution of coastal waters.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
ANS: (d)
128. Genetically modified “golden rice” has been engineered to meet
human nutritional requirements. Which one of the following statements best
qualifies golden rice?
(a) The grains have been fortified with genes to provide three times higher
grain yield per acre than other high yielding varieties.
(b)Its grains contain pro-vitamin A which upon ingestion is converted to
vitamin A in the human body.
(c) Its modified genes cause the synthesis of all the nine essential amino
(d)Its modified genes cause the fortification of its grains with vitamin D.
ANS: (a)
129. In a tournament 14 teams play league matches. If each team plays
against every other team once only then how many matches are played?
(a) 105
(c) 85
ANS: (b)
130. Consider the following statements:
The supreme court of India tenders advice to the president of India on
matters of law or fact
1. On its own initiative (on any matter of larger public interest)
2. If he seeks such an advice.
3. Only if the matters relate to the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) 3
(d)1 and 2
ANS: (b)
131. Chlorination is a process used for water purification. The disinfecting
action of chlorine mainly due to
(a) The formation of hydrochloric acid when chlorine is added to water.
(b)The formation of hydrochlorous acid when chlorine is added to water.
(c) The formation of nascent oxygen when chlorine is added to water.
(d)The formation of hydrogen when chlorine is added to water.
ANS: (c)
132. With reference to Lok Adalats, Which of the statements is correct?
(a) Lok Adalats have the jurisdiction to settle the matters at pre-litigative
stage and not those matters pending before any court.
(b) Lok Adalats can deal with matters which are civil and not criminal in
(c) Every Lok Adalat consists of either serving or retired judicial officers
only and not any other person.
(d) None of the statements given above is correct.
ANS: (a)
133. Consider the following statements:
1. Bluetooth device
2. Cordless phone
3. Microwave oven
4. Wi-Fi device
Which of the above can operate between 2-4 and 2-5 GHz range of radio
frequency band?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)3 and 4 only
(c) 1, 2 and 4 only
(d)1, 2, 3 and 4
ANS: (d)
134. Though coffee and tea both are cultivated on hill slopes, there is some
difference between them regarding their cultivation. In this context, consider
the following statements:
1. Coffee plant requires a hot and humid climate of tropical areas whereas
tea can be cultivated in both tropical and subtropical areas.
2. Coffee is propagated by seeds but tea is propagated by stem cutting only.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (c)
135. In the context of the affairs of which the following is the phrase
“Special safeguard mechanisms” mentioned in the news frequently?
(a) United nations environment programme
(b)World trade organization
(c) ASEAN-India free trade agreement
(d)G-20 summits
ANS: (b)
136. Which of the following terms indicate a mechanism used by
commercial banks for providing credit to the government?
(a) Cash credit ratio
(b)Debt service obligation
(c) Liquidity adjustment facility
(d)Statutory liquidity ratio
ANS: (d)
137. In order to comply with TRIPS agreement, India enacted the
Geographical Indications of goods (registration and protection) Act 1999.
The difference/differences between a “Trade mark” and a geographical
indication is/are
1. A Trade mark is an individual or a company’s right whereas a
geographical indication is a community’s right.
2. A Trade mark can be licensed whereas a geographical indication
cannot be licensed.
3. A Trade mark is assigned to the manufactured goods whereas the
geographical indication is assigned to the agricultural goods/products
and handicrafts only.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
ANS: (d)
138. The SEZ Act 2005 which came into effect in February 2006 has
certain objectives. In this context, consider the following statements:
1. Development of infrastructure facilities.
2. Promotion of investment from foreign sources
3. Promotion of exports of services only.
Which of the above are the objectives of this act?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b)3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
ANS: (d)
139. Which one of the following statement is an appropriate description of
(a) It is a sudden fall in the value of a currency against other currencies.
(b)It is a persistent recession in both the financial and real sectors of
(c) It is a persistent fall in the general price level of goods and services.
(d)It is a fall in the rate of inflation over a period of time.
140. Consider the following statements:
1. Biodiversity hotspots are located only in tropical regions.
2. India has four biodiversity hotspots i.e., Eastern Himalayas, Western
Himalayas, Western Ghats and Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
141. Widespread resistance of malarial parasite to drugs like chloroquine
has prompted attempts to develop a malarial vaccine to control malaria. Why
is it difficult to develop an effective malaria vaccine?
(a) Malaria is caused by several species of Plasmodium.
(b)Man does not develop immunity to malaria during natural infection
(c) Vaccines can be developed only against bacteria.
(d)Man is only an intermediate host and not the definite host.
142. Consider the following statements:
1. The boundaries of a national park are defined by legislation.
2. A biosphere reserve is declared to conserve a few specific species of flora
and fauna.
3. In a wildlife sanctuary, limited biotic interference is permitted.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3
143. A pesticide which is a chlorinated hydrogen is sprayed on a food crop.
The food chain is: Food crop- Rat- Snake- Hawk. In this food chain, the
highest concentration of the pesticide would accumulate in which one of the
(a) Food crop
(c) Snake
ANS: (b)
144. With reference to soil conservation, consider the following practices:
1. Crop rotation
2. Sand fences
3. Terracing
4. Wind breaks
Which one of above are considered appropriate methods for soil
conservation in India?
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b)2 and 4 only
(c) 1, 3 and 4 only
(d)1, 2, 3 and 4
ANS: (d)
145. With reference to the Non-banking financial companies (NBFC’s) in
India, Consider the following statements:
1. They cannot engage in the acquisition of securities issued by the
2. They cannot accept demand deposits like savings account.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b)2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: (b)
146. Which one of the following was not stipulated in the fiscal
responsibility and budget management act, 2003?
(a) Elimination of revenue deficit by the end of the fiscal year 2007-08.
(b)Non-borrowing by the central government from Reserve bank of India
except under certain circumstances.
(c) Elimination of primary deficit by the end of the fiscal year 2008-09.
(d)Fixing government year as a percentage og GDP.
ANS: (d)
147. Two trains leave New Delhi at the same time. One travels north at 60
kmph and other travels south at 40 kmph. After how many hours will the
train be 150 km apart?
(a) 3/2
(c) ¾
ANS: (a)
148. A question paper ten questions. Each question could only be answered
as True(T) or False(F). Each candidate answered all the questions. Yet, no
two candidates wrote the answers in an identical sequence. How many
different sequences of answers are possible?
(a) 20
(c) 512
ANS: (a)
149. In the parlance of financial investments, the term ‘bear’ denotes
(a) An investor who feels that the price of a particular security is going to
(b)An investor who expects the price of particular shares to rise.
(c) A shareholder or a bondholder who has an interest in a company,
financial or otherwise.
(d)Any lender whether by making a loan or buying a bond.
ANS: (a)
150. A great deal of Foreign direct investment(FDI) to India comes from
Mauritius than from many major and mature economies like UK and France.
(a) India has preference for certain countries as regards receiving FDI.
(b)India has double taxation avoidance agreement with Mauritius.
(c) Most citizens of Mauritius have ethnic identity with India and so they
feel secure to invest in India.
(d)Impending dangers of global climate change prompt Mauritius to make
huge investments in India.
ANS: (b)

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