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

1. The Department of Science and Technology is conducting the AWSAR contest. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Only Ph.D. and post-doctoral persons can participate in it.
  2. DST’s SEED scheme provides support to young scientists.

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 recent reports of the Peacock Parachute Spider in TN’s Villupuram, consider the following statements:

  1. This spider is a critically endangered species.
  2. This spider is endemic to India.
  3. This is the only blue species in its genus.

     Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

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3. With reference to the heightened security around the Sir Creek, consider the following statements:

  1. India recognizes the use of thalweg principle to identify the boundary with Pakistan in this creek.
  2. The creek divides Punjab from Pakistan.

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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4. Tibetan government in exile celebrated its 59th Democracy Day. In that context, consider the following:

  1. This is celebrated as the anniversary of Dalai Lama’s detailed program of democratic practice by the exiled people Tibet.
  2. Kashag is the legislative body of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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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5. A pan-India study recently linked vitamin D deficiencies to chronic diseases. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Sunshine countries do not have suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
  2. Vitamin D deficiency causes low bone mass.
  3. Vitamin D can be synthesized endogenously in the body.

Which of the above statements are true?

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

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6. The Supreme Court is examining a petition to implement state funded community kitchens. In this context, consider the following statements about starvation deaths:

  1. According to WHO, malnutrition is the biggest contributor to child mortality.
  2. India has a higher prevalence of undernourishment than the global average.

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. The steering committee on fintech had submitted its recommendations to the finance ministry. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The committee recommends the consideration of virtual banking system.
  2. Debt financing in India uses peer-to-peer lending model.

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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8. Indian Navy ships Sahyadri and Kiltan visited Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. As a part of Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment in South East Asia and Western Pacific, Sahyadri and Kiltan visited Thailand.
  2. Samudra Laksamana is a bilateral naval exercise between India and Singapore.

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. Araku of Andhra Pradesh has been in news recently. In this context, consider the following statements about the Araku coffee:

  1. It is a GI tagged product.
  2. The coffee is grown by Scheduled Tribe members.
  3. The Chikmagalur Arabica Coffee is also tagged to Andhra Pradesh.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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10. The LCA Tejas was in news recently for its successful arrested landing. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Arrested landings make use of shorter runways than normal.
  2. A successful arrested landing capacity is required for use by the Indian Navy.
  3. This is the first time an indigenous fighter succeeded in the test.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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