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

1. With reference to the study postulating possible reduction of the trees’ ability to take up carbon dioxide by 2100, consider the following statements:

  1. Rain-forests are the most efficient carbon sinks in the world.
  2. Carbon dioxide increases plant biomass.

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. The centre has transferred over 47,000 crore INR to the states’ compensatory afforestation fund. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The compensatory amount payable by the industries depends on the value of goods and services they produce.
  2. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) is a statutory body.
  3. The funds can be used for payment of salaries to forest officers.

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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3. The CBDT has instituted a grievance redressal cell for startups. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The cell will deal with issues related to angel tax.
  2. The cell will deal with issues with respect to administration of Income Tax Act.
  3. Startups in India enjoy a 3 year tax holiday.

Which of the above statements 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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4. Kochi is set to host the 22nd India International Sea Food Show. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. This is the first time this southern port is hosting the show.
  2. Quantity-wise, frozen fish is the most exported seafood product from India.

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. 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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6. A Bluntnose Sixgill Shark was tagged from a submarine for the first time ever by a research team. In this context, consider the following statements this shark:

  1. It is found only in the Indian Ocean.
  2. The shark is listed as an endangered species by IUCN.

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. Israel is planning to annex the Jordan Valley. In this context, consider the following statements about this region:

  1. The valley extends from Dead Sea to Sea of Galilee.
  2. The valley forms the border between Israel and the West Bank.

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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8. Two new species of ginger have been identified in Northeast India. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The Zingiber dimapurenses was discovered in Nagaland.
  2. The Zingiber genus is most diverse in Southeast Asia.

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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9. With respect to Delhi’s efforts to tackle its air pollution, its government has been resorting to the use of odd-even rationing. Consider the following statements about this concept:

  1. It restricts access by certain parts of the population to resources on certain days.
  2. The measure is to serve as a long term solution to air pollution problem.

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. With reference to the ongoing discussions about the capital’s revamp, consider the following statements about the Council of Architecture:

  1. Every architect in India must be registered with the Council of Architecture.
  2. Council of Architecture is responsible for maintaining the quality of the architects in India.

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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