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

1. Keezhadi / Keeladi excavation site in Tamil Nadu was making news recently. Consider the following statements with this reference: 

  1. The excavation site represents Sangam era settlements.
  2. Chess pieces have been recovered from the site.
  3. The recently discovered tank is suspected to be a site for iron objects’ manufacturing.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

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

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2. India has become the first country to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID). In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The system will make use of facial biometric data.
  2. The SID (Seafarer Identity Document) will contain a unique guilloche pattern.

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. India is set to launch the International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) during the upcoming UN summit. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. CDRI Secretariat is to be registered under the Societies Registration Act.
  2. The Sendai Framework shifts focus from disaster management to disaster risk management.

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 reference to the heightened security around the Sir Creek, consider the following statements:

  1. India recognizes the use of thalweg principle to identify the boundary with Pakistan in this creek.
  2. The creek divides Punjab from Pakistan.

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. With reference to the recent liberalisation measures undertaken on medical visa regime, consider the following statements:

  1. The norms now allow foreigners to get treatment for pre-existing conditions like organ transplants on their primary visa itself.
  2. The new norms of healthcare using primary visa will be applicable to foreign patients who were aware of pre-existing health conditions even before entry into the country.

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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6. With reference to the biggest carbon nanotube computer chip being built at MIT, consider the following statements:

  1. The carbon nanotubes (CNTs) used in the chip are metallic in nature.
  2. CNT based transistors are more energy efficient than silicon based transistors.
  3. Silicon based chips are subject to the Moore’s Law.

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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7. World Resources Institute published a report that stated that the uneaten food is causing negative impact on the environment and economy. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. According to FAO, roots and tubers face the maximum wastage.
  2. According to FAO, 2/3rd of food produced for human consumption is wasted every year.

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. District Commissioners in Punjab have imposed a ban on airing a program in light of recent violent protests in the state. In that context, consider the following statements about the Cable Television Networks (Regulations) Act:

  1. The airing of a television program can be banned if it promotes religious disharmony.
  2. The Indian Broadcasting Foundation’s self-regulatory guidelines applies only to cable television networks.

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. India is to launch a National Animal Disease Control Program to tackle Brucellosis. In this context, consider the following statements about the disease:

  1. The disease can be transmitted through undercooked meat.
  2. Brucellosis is caused by RNA virus.

 
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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