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

1. With reference to the 12th India Security Summit on “Towards New National Cyber Security Strategy”, consider the following statements:

  1. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre falls under the home affairs ministry.
  2. Cyber Swachhta Kendra detects botnet infections.
  3. The Cyber Swachhta Kendras offer free service to the public.

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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2. With respect to National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM) receiving the SKOCH Governance Gold Award, consider the following statements:

  1. The scheme’s PAiSA portal facilitates easy interest subvention transfer.
  2. The scheme aims to provide shelter to the homeless in the urban areas.

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 ‘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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4. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched the first-ever ‘Terracotta Grinder’ in Varanasi. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The grinder will enable the re-use of broken pottery.
  2. Kulhad cups are set to be used by Railways for serving beverages.

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 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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6. With reference to the recent discoveries about the ancient civilisation in Rakhigarhi, consider the following statements:

  1. Rakhigarhi is a World Heritage Site.
  2. Rakhigarhi is the largest Harappan site.

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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7. With respect to India’s first successful surgery for Craniophagus, consider the following statements:

  1. In craniophagus condition, the skulls and brains of twins are fused.
  2. It is a congenital abnormality.
  3. Craniophagus twins are genetically identical.

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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8. With reference to the ongoing discussions to deal with desertification, consider the following statements Gujarat’s Banni Grasslands:

  1. Prosopis juliflora introduction is a cause of Banni Grassland’s degradation.
  2. When cattle feed on metabolic reserve part of the grassland, desertification occurs.

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. Delhi has flagged off its Terminator Train. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. It is to reduce mosquito breeding along the railway lines.
  2. Fourth generation pesticides, recommended by the Central Insecticide Board, contains malathion.

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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10. Meghalaya has been seeking for 80 crore INR from the centre for addressing the flood damages in its districts in Garo Hills. Consider the following statements about this region:

  1. The Jinjiram River originates from Upot Lake.
  2. The Someswari River is the source of the July floods.

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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