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

1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Bihar has planned to establish another tiger reserve after Valmiki reserve. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The new reserve is to come up in the Kaimur forests.
  2. Valmiki reserve is the only tiger reserve in Bihar.
  3. India’s saturation level for tigers is 3,000.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[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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5. With reference to the observation of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, consider the following statements:

  1. The day is observed every year on August 29th.
  2. North Korea has the record for the most nuclear tests conducted in history.

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. 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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7. The government is to set up a Centralised Technology Vertical for the CBI. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The CTV will deal with complex financial crimes like Ponzi schemes.
  2. The CTV would provide data mining tools to the CBI.

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. The 28th CORPAT was conducted between India and Thailand. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. This is a joint exercise between the navies of the two countries.
  2. The CORPAT is to enable conservation of natural resources.

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. Maharashtra government is in talks to install a 140 crore INR worth disaster management tool with the help of US Trade and Development Agency. In that context, consider the following statements:

  1. The tool will provide vulnerability assessment in addition to management assistance.
  2. The tool has data reliability assessment component.

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. With reference to the 2019 edition of the exercise Tsentr, consider the following statements:

  1. This Russian exercise involves Indian participation.
  2. It involves the participation of Pakistan army.

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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