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

1. In context of RBI issuing guidelines on interest subvention scheme for fisheries and animal husbandry, consider the following statements:

  1. The Kisan Credit Card scheme is applicable to persons involved in animal husbandry.
  2. RBI has provided for prompt repayment incentives for loans taken for fisheries and animal husbandry.

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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2. With reference to the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program being carried out in the Himalayan states, consider the following statements:

  1. Under the REDD+ program, developing nations receive results-based payment.
  2. UN-REDD program helps the countries develop the ability to meet the REDD+ goals.

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. With reference to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ‘Special Report’, consider the following statements:

  1. Cryosphere is the portion of Earth’s water that is in solid form.
  2. India has permafrost features.
  3. Permafrost occurs only at higher latitudes.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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4. With reference to the recent successful expedition to Mt. Kun, consider the following statements about this geographical feature:

  1. It is part of a mountain massif.
  2. It is located in the Zanskar Range.

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. The Indian PM has been appointed as the chief guest of this year’s Eastern Economic Forum that is going to be held in Vladivostok, Russia. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Eastern Economic Forum is an international forum that was established for the purpose of investment in the Russian Far East.
  2. Trans-Serbian Railway connects Serbia with the Russian Far East.

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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6. The first ASEAN-US maritime exercise was initiated in the 2nd September 2019. Consider the following statements:

  1. The AUMX is a five day naval exercise that begins at the Sattahip Naval base in Thailand and ends at Singapore.
  2. Japan has claims over the South China Sea.

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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7. IAF has formally inducted AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter. In that context, consider the following:

  1. India is the largest arms importer between 2014 and 2018.
  2. India has signed BECA.

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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8. A UK study linked water carriage, clean drinking water access and sanitation with maternal and child health recently. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The study showed that access to tapped water lowered the chances of child death by 50%.
  2. Children of women who fetch water from far off places face the ‘Hobson’s Choice’.
  3. The Nal se Jal scheme aims to provide piped water to all rural households.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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9. With respect to 2019 edition of UNCCD hosted in India, consider the following statements about the parameters used to understand desertification:

  1. High potential evapotranspiration (PET) is a feature of drying lands.
  2. Low moisture index (MI) indicates insufficient rains.

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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10. The Economist Intelligence Unit has released the Global Liveability Index 2019. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Austria’s Vienna topped the index.
  2. None of the Indian cities feature in the top 100 countries listed by the index.

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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