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 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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3. 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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4. With reference to the decision to establish Special Tiger Force for Corbett Tiger Reserve, consider the following statements:

  1. The reserve is to see a three tiered protection system.
  2. Tiger reserves in India are based on ‘core-buffer’ strategy.

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. India has taken over the chair of Association of World Election Bodies/ AWEB for the period 2019-2021. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The AWEB is a global organisation of election management bodies that provides training to election officials.
  2. The International Institute of Democracy and Election Management is to be established 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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6. The environment ministry has released ‘Status of Tiger Habitats in high altitude ecosystems’ report. With reference to this, consider the following statements:

  1. High altitude tiger habitats have been studied by the 2018 tiger census.
  2. Tigers can be found in taiga belts, grasslands and mangrove swamps.
  3. Bengal tigers can habitat only low altitude habitats.

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 Indian President addressed the Federal Council of Switzerland in September. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The Swiss Federal Council is the highest legislative body in Switzerland.
  2. Switzerland is a member of the EU.
  3. Switzerland is a member of the European Free Trade Association.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

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

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8. With reference to the discussions surrounding the right to internet access, consider the following statements:

  1. Internet access is a part of article 19 of the constitution.
  2. UN defined internet access as a privilege.
  3. The UNHRC resolution against intentional disruption of internet by the state is non-binding.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

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

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9. A 12th century Buddhist statue has been returned to India. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The statue is made of bronze.
  2. India Pride Project identified the statue.

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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10. Bihar is seeing a recurrence of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in September. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The disease affects the nervous system.
  2. The National Programme for Prevention & Control of JE/AES uses nutritional improvement strategy to tackle AES.

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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