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

1. With reference to the launch of integrated online Shagun initiative by the centre, consider the following statements:

  1. The portal was launched to monitor the progress in Sarva Sikha Abhiyan.
  2. The portal will provide online report cards of the students.
  3. The Integrated National School Education Treasury (INSET) will make use of deep machine learning.

Which of the above statements are correct?

[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 reference to the integrated Shagun portal’s launch, consider the following statements about education quality monitoring schemes in India:

  1. Shaala Siddhi is a self-evaluation instrument for schools.
  2. PINDICS is an evaluation tool for teachers.

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. An MoU has been signed between GeM (Government e-Marketplace) and SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) to promote Womainya and Start-Up Runway initiatives. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Womaniya initiative allows government ministries to procure goods directly from women entrepreneurs.
  2. The Start-Up Runway allows government buyers to procure goods directly from entrepreneurs.

 
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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4. With reference to the health ministry signing an MoU to explore AI based solutions for combating tuberculosis in India, consider the following statements about the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare:

  1. Hot spot mapping is one of the applications to be explored by the MoU.
  2. This is the first application of AI in healthcare in India.
  3. UK National Healthcare Service is to offer health related advice to people using Amazon’s Alexa devices.

     Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[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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5. Tibetan government in exile celebrated its 59th Democracy Day. In that context, consider the following:

  1. This is celebrated as the anniversary of Dalai Lama’s detailed program of democratic practice by the exiled people Tibet.
  2. Kashag is the legislative body of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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. Wildlife Crime Control Bureau arrested people in Kolkata for smuggling Pangolins. In this context, consider the following statements about the animal:

  1. The animal is listed in CITES Appendix I.
  2. Pangolins are found only in grasslands.
  3. Pangolins are listed under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

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

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7. With reference to the upcoming National Genome Grid, consider the following statements of the National Cancer Tissue Biobank, based on which the grid is to be constituted:

  1. The biobank stores genome sequences of cancer patients for research purposes.
  2. It is a joint initiative of science and technology department (DST) and IIT- Madras.

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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8. September 10 is observed as the World Suicide Prevention Day. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Low income countries exhibit the highest suicide rate according to WHO.
  2. The inequality between the suicide rates of men and women is higher in low income countries.

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. The pharmaceutical industry has been showing progress in exports while most other sectors are struggling. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Pharmexcil falls under the chemicals and fertilizers ministry.
  2. India depends mainly on China for pharmaceutical industry’s raw materials.

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. The Press Council of India issued guidelines for reporting suicide cases along the lines of WHO directives. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The media persons are to refrain from describing the method used for committing suicide.
  2. Only celebrity suicides can be reported prominently.

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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