Current Affairs [Quiz] for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination – 2020

1. With reference to the government commissioning a study on anti-biotic resistance in Ganga, consider the following statements:

  1. The study will look at the microbial diversity along the entire stretch of the river.
  2. Some of the highest antibiotic resistance rates in common infectious bacteria occur in India.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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2. With reference to the UN special report on climate change highlighting the impact of permafrost thawing, consider the following statements about the situation in India:

  1. Permafrost thawing can cause glacial lake outburst flooding.
  2. Permafrost terrain have been identified in the Indian part of Himalayas.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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3. An MoU has been signed between GeM (Government e-Marketplace) and SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) to promote Womainya and Start-Up Runway initiatives. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Womaniya initiative allows government ministries to procure goods directly from women entrepreneurs.
  2. The Start-Up Runway allows government buyers to procure goods directly from entrepreneurs.

 
Which of the above statements is/are true?

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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4. A Bluntnose Sixgill Shark was tagged from a submarine for the first time ever by a research team. In this context, consider the following statements this shark:

  1. It is found only in the Indian Ocean.
  2. The shark is listed as an endangered species by IUCN.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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5. With reference to the defence minister’s visit to Korean Demilitarised Zone, consider the following statements:

  1. The ‘peace village’ is located within the DMZ.
  2. The DMZ was formed as a result of Korean treaty.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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6. With reference to the ongoing discussions about land degradation, the slash and burn practice of Nagaland has been highlighted. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Jhum cultivation is the reason for the more than 50% land degradation faced by the state.
  2. The frequency of the Jhum cycle has increased over the years.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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7. With reference to the recent debate surrounding Endosulfan in Kerala, consider the following statements about the chemical:

  1. Stockholm Convention imposed a ban on manufacture and use of endosulfan.
  2. It is a broad spectrum insecticide.
  3. Use of endosulfan completely banned in India.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

[A] Only 1 and 2 are correct
[B] Only 2 and 3 are correct
[C] Only 3 is correct
[D] All are correct

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8. With respect to Delhi’s efforts to tackle its air pollution, its government has been resorting to the use of odd-even rationing. Consider the following statements about this concept:

  1. It restricts access by certain parts of the population to resources on certain days.
  2. The measure is to serve as a long term solution to air pollution problem.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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9. The European Central Bank/ ECB cut its interest rates to a record low of -0.5%. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Negative Interest Rate Policy is used to stimulate economic growth.
  2. NIRP is used during deflation.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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10. With reference to the ongoing discussions about the capital’s revamp, consider the following statements about the Council of Architecture:

  1. Every architect in India must be registered with the Council of Architecture.
  2. Council of Architecture is responsible for maintaining the quality of the architects in India.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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