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

1. In light of the recent discussions about ‘forest dieback’ phenomenon, consider the following statements:

  1. Forest dieback phenomenon affects the peripheral regions of the forests.
  2. It converts forests from net carbon sinks to net carbon sources.

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. The centre recently approved the use of Very Small Aperture Terminals or VSATs for use by soldiers. In this context, consider the following statements about VSATs:

  1. VSATs provide internet connectivity.
  2. VSATs make use of satellites.

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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3. With respect to research related to moon, the Lunar Craters keep making news every now and then. In this context, consider the following statements about Moon’s Craters:

  1. Moon craters were formed due to volcanic activity.
  2. Moon craters are named by International Astronomical Union.
  3. Moon craters are highly eroded.
  4. The South Pole-Aitken Basin is an impact crater.

Which of the above is / are correct observations?

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 and 3 are correct
[C] Only 1, 3 and 4 are correct
[D] Only 1, 2 and 4 are correct

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4. 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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5. A DST study reported increasing popularity of ‘citizen science’ in India. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Citizen science programs do not require the participants to be science graduates.
  2. India Biodiversity Portal is an example of citizen science project.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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6. With reference to the government offering blocks for bidding under the Open Acreage Licensing Policy-IV (OALP), consider the following statements:

  1. The Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) replaced the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP).
  2. OALP allows companies to select exploration blocks on their own.

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 National Digital Library of India project to create a virtual repository of learning resources, consider the following statements:

  1. The National Digital Library is connected to UMANG app.
  2. The project is under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology, NMEICT.
  3. All the resources in this digital library can be accessed by users without the need for registration.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[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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8. Consider below observations about the UMANG app:

  1. The app enables access of both central and state government services.
  2. UMANG app provides access to DigiLocker- a cloud based storage for authentic documents and certificates.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

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9. With reference to various military exercises that took place in South Asian region, Consider the following observations: 

  1. The Shaheen-VIII was a joint naval exercise between Pakistan and China
  2. The AMAN naval exercise is a multinational event between several countries
  3. India has traditionally participated in AMAN naval exercises

Which of the above is / are correct observations? 

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

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10. 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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