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

1. With reference to the recent reports of the Peacock Parachute Spider in TN’s Villupuram, consider the following statements:

  1. This spider is a critically endangered species.
  2. This spider is endemic to India.
  3. This is the only blue species in its genus.

     Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

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2. With reference to the Dindigul Locks getting GI tag recognition, consider the following statements:

  1. The locks are made of steel.
  2. The lock industry in Dindigul is over a 100 years old.

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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3. The Indian Air Force has inducted 8 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters into its fleet. In this context, consider the following statements about the imported helicopter:

  1. These helicopters can operate at higher altitudes than the Mi-24 helicopters owned by India.
  2. The helicopter is capable of electronic warfare.

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. The steering committee on fintech had submitted its recommendations to the finance ministry. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The committee recommends the consideration of virtual banking system.
  2. Debt financing in India uses peer-to-peer lending model.

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 respect to India unveiling the ‘Act Far East’ policy, consider the following statements about the far east region:

  1. The Russian Far East has one of the sparsest populations in the world.
  2. The Russian Far East has gold deposits.

 
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. PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana has been in news for improving inclusivity with respect to traditionally male-dominated trade. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Under this scheme, training fee is provided by the government.
  2. The training under the scheme is in accordance with the National Skills Qualification Framework.

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. A study showed that Tamil Nadu ranks the lowest in terms of coverage of iodised salt. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Fortification of salt with iodine is mandatory in India.
  2. Iodine deficiency causes mental retardation.
  3. As Rajasthan is a major salt producer, iodine fortified salt coverage is better than the national average.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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8. The UNCCD recently highlighted the need for conservation of snow leopards. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The Bishkek Declaration deals with the conservation of snow leopards.
  2. The snow leopard is listed as an endangered animal 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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9. In a first, 2 embryos of Northern White Rhinos have been created by international group of scientists. Consider the following statements in this context:

  1. There are no male members of the species left.
  2. The animal is listed as critically endangered 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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10. RBI had become a net seller of dollars in September. In this context, consider the following statements about such intervention policies:

  1. RBI intervention in spot market will affect the Rupee’s liquidity.
  2. Forward market is used to earn profit by speculation.

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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