Quiz 658: General Studies for SSC/PCS and UPSC Examinations 2017-18

1. Which of the following Greek Explorers is considered to have left the earliest account of India?
[A] Herodotus
[B] Ctesias
[C] Scylax
[D] Hippalus

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2. Which of the following is not a correct observation as mentioned by Megasthenes about India?
[A] There is abundant gold, silver, copper and iron in India
[B] There is a well established caste system in India
[C] There are frequent famines in India
[D] Dionysus has invaded India

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3. Hathigumpha inscription gives account of which of the following rulers?
[A] Asoka
[B] Chandragupta Maurya
[C] Kharvela
[D] Samudragupya

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4. Who among the following is the author of oldest surviving Prakrit grammar Prākrita Prakāśa?
[A] Pingala
[B] Yaska
[C] Vararuchi
[D] Shaunaka

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5. Which of the following term is used for a “school” of learning and teaching the branches of Vedas?
[A] Shakha
[B] Charna
[C] Ratha
[D] Yajna

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6. Which of the following is / are correct statement(s) with respect to plains of India:
1. World’s most extensive expanse of uninterrupted alluvium is found in India
2. Bangar belt consists of newer alluvium in comparison to Khadar Belt
3. The Khadar belt lies in lowland areas after the Bangar belt
Select the correct option from the codes given below:
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 1 & 3
[D] 1, 2 & 3

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7. What fraction of Rajasthan’s total area is covered by Thar Desert?
[A] Around 30%
[B] Around 40%
[C] Around 60%
[D] Around 70%

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8. Which of the following is the correct word describing loss of snow from a glacier by means of sublimation, melting, evaporation or avalanches?
[A] Ablation
[B] Galling
[C] Creep
[D] Plucking

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9. Which of the following is not a term used for different kinds of Glacial deposits?
[A] Moraines
[B] Drumlins
[C] Kettle
[D] Skerry

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10. A 10 Kg block of Iron has which of the following twice in value in comparison to a 5 Kg block of Iron?
1. Inertia
2. Mass
3. Volume
Select the correct option from the codes given below:
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2
[C] Only 1 & 3
[D] 1, 2 & 3

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11. Which of the following is / are correct statements with respect to Copper (Cu), Silver (Ag) and Gold (Au)?
1. All of them are can be found naturally in their elemental state
2. All of them belong to same group in the periodic table
Select the correct option from the codes given below:
[A] Only 1
[B] Only 2
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2

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12. Consider the following statements regarding Black Holes:
1. A black hole is a supergiant star that has collapsed into itself
2. The Black-hole singularity has zero radius
Which of the above is / are correct statements?
[A] Only 1
[B] Only 2
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2

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13. With reference to Attorney General and Advocate General, consider the following statements:
1. Highest Law officer of India is Attorney General
2. Highest Law officer of a State in India is Advocate General
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
[A] Only 1
[B] Only 2
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2

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14. The atomic number of Iron is 26. This implies that:
1. Iron has same number of Protons and Neutrons
2. Iron has 26 Protons
3. All atoms which contain 26 protons are iron atoms
Select the correct option from the codes given below:
[A] Only 1 & 2
[B] Only 2 & 3
[C] Only 1 & 3
[D] 1, 2 & 3

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15. A Gold Ring which is 50% pure. Its purity can be alternatively shown as __:
[A] 18 Carat
[B] 18 Karat
[C] 12 Carat
[D] 12 Karat

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