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

1. 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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2. With reference to the ‘E-commerce: Changing Competition Landscape in India’ workshop and the study on Indian e-commerce by Competition Committee of India, consider the following statements:

  1. Online food ordering platforms with their own cloud kitchen may affect platform neutrality according to the report.
  2. Deep discounting is an issue being studied by the CCI.
  3. This is the first study of its kind.

Which of the above statements are correct?

[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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3. Kerala is seeing a resurgence in Diphtheria cases this year. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Intense vaccination of children has led to the disease shifting targets to older population.
  2. Kerala uses Tetanus Diphtheria (Td) vaccine instead of Tetanus Toxicoid (TT) vaccine for adults.

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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4. 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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5. The DNA data from the Rakhigarhi project has revealed insights into the origin of Harappan Civilisation. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The study showed that the Harappan people are descendants of ancient Iranian farmers.
  2. The study showed that Harappan people are descendants of ancient farmers from the Steppe region.

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 study listed air pollution as a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Most of the CVD cases are due to modifiable risk factors.
  2. Women are more prone to CVD than men.

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. Wildlife Crime Control Bureau arrested people in Kolkata for smuggling Pangolins. In this context, consider the following statements about the animal:

  1. The animal is listed in CITES Appendix I.
  2. Pangolins are found only in grasslands.
  3. Pangolins are listed under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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8. With reference to the upcoming National Genome Grid, consider the following statements of the National Cancer Tissue Biobank, based on which the grid is to be constituted:

  1. The biobank stores genome sequences of cancer patients for research purposes.
  2. It is a joint initiative of science and technology department (DST) and IIT- Madras.

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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9. 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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10. With reference to the plans to link NATGRID to social media accounts, consider the following statements about the project:

  1. It collects and collates information from government databases.
  2. All government departments can access the NATGRID.

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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