Quiz 516 : Questions from 2011 Mock Test Series for Civil Services

This Quiz is part of Our Mock Test Series for Civil Services Examination 2011
1. Which among the following is the major marine food export item of India ?
(A)Frozen Fish
(B)Frozen Shrimp
(C)Frozen Crabs
(D)Cephalopods

The major marine food export item of India is Frozen shrimp accounting for 42% of Total dollar earnings. Fish comes next with 38% share. Largest market from India Marine foods is European Union (30%) followed by China (18%) & Japan (13%)

2. Consider the following statements in context with the Coastal Regulation Zones
1. In India the Costal Zone in CRZ Notification 1991 was based on high tide line (HTL)
2. The Swaminathan Committee in 2004 to review the CRZ was of the view that high tide line is not the best of practices and is less scientific.
3. The CRZ Notification 2011, Vulnerability line has been demarcated along the coast instead of HTL.
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
(A)Only 1 is correct
(B)Only 1 & 2 are correct
(C)All 1, 2 & 3 are correct
(D)Only 2 & 3 are correct

The Ministry set up the Swaminathan Committee in 2004 to review the CRZ and the report was submitted in February 2005. The committee felt that the current practice of fixing CRZ based on high tide line is not the best of practices and is less scientific. It has also widened the scope of definition of a coastal zone. However, statement 3 is incorrect, because Vulnerability line had not been used in CRZ 2011.

3. At which among the following locations has been launched India’s first National Centre for Marine Bio-diversity (NCMB) recently?
(A)Bhavnagar
(B)Jamnagar
(C)Mumbai
(D)Pondicherry

On March 2, 2011, Environment and Forest Minister, Jairam Ramesh launched India’s first National Centre for Marine Bio-diversity (NCMB) at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

4. Now a days, a little pack of Silica Gel (granular beads of Silica made from Sodium Silicate) comes with many products to control humidity and avoid spoilage or degradation of some goods. Which among the following property of Silica gel makes it useful for that purpose?
(A)Silica gel molecules are hydrophilic with large surface area and so its molecules trap the moisture
(B)Silica gel is a Hygroscopic substance with large surface area so its molecules absorb the moisture.
(C)Silica gel molecules are with a portion that is charge-polarized and capable of hydrogen bonding, thus bonds with the water molecules
(D)The semi permeable pouch in which silica gel is placed absorbs the moisture which later reacts with water.

The question is based upon 3 concepts viz. Hygroscopy, Hydrophilic , Hydrophobic. Hygroscopy does not involve any chemical reaction. The silica gel molecules have a large surface area because of the pores of around 2.4 nm. So, it absorbs the moisture. Hydrophilic products are polarized and Hydrophobic molecules which generally don’t catch water are NON polar.

5. Consider the following statements:
1. The Elephant Task Force under Mahesh Rangarajan said that the Quality of care and management of captive elephants has been inadequate and there is substantial room for improvement of the conditions in captivity.
2. The Captive Elephants in India don’t come under the purview of Wild Life Protection Act
3. The Elephant Task Force under Mahesh Rangarajan recommended that the act should be amended and Captive Elephants should be brought under the purview of the Wildlife Protection Act.
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1 & 2 are correct
(B)Only 1 is correct
(C)All are correct
(D)None of them is correct

This is a typical UPSC question which is framed out of the three important elements of a good question on current affairs viz. Committees & Commissions, Bills & Acts and Wildlife Conservation. The first thing is that Captive Elephants in India come under the purview of the Wild life act. Indian elephant (both wild and captive) has the status of a wild animal included in Schedule 1 under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and this has been mentioned by the ETF itself in its report that was titled Gajah: Securing the Future for Elephants in India. So, automatically statement 2 & 3 of this question stand incorrect. Since the ETF has raised the issue as mentioned in statement 1, the statement 1 holds correct

6. Which among the following is the most correct feature of an Internationalized domain name (IDN) ?
(A)The IDN has an extension which refers to the country specific domain such as .br for Brazil and .cn for China
(B)The IDN has at least a single label which is language specific such as Chinese or Hindi.
(C)The IDN Domain Registries are not accredited by ICANN ( Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) but the independent registries in some countries.
(D)The IDN is out of the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS).

An internationalized domain name (IDN) is an Internet domain name which contains at least one label in the software application (such as browsers) containing a language specific alphabets. Internationalized domain names are stored in the Domain Name System as ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange ) strings.To ensure that India and Indian languages have their rightful place in this age of Information Technology (IT) with the entire Globe being integrated into a web-linked village with the knowledge as the sole differentiator, development of convivial Access Technology , CDAC GIST (Graphics and Intelligence based Script Technology) undertook research and study of various IDN related RFCs and their applicability vis-à-vis Indian Languages last year. The research is focused on Domain Names in Indian languages for Hindi, Gujarati, Oriya, Urdu, Gurumukhi etc.

7. Consider the following statements:
1. India has 13 Major Ports
2. The combined capacity of the major ports is less than the combined capacity of all the minor ports
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
(A)Only 1
(B)Only 2
(C)Both 1 & 2
(D)Neither 1 nor 2

The combined capacity of the erstwhile 12 major ports is about 580 million tons per annum while the total capacity of minor ports is around 250 million tons per annum. Port Blair was recently declared India’s 13th Major port. India now as 13 major ports and 200 minor ones, of which 20-30 are privately owned.

8. Consider the following statements regarding the Indo-Pakistan Trade:
1. India has accorded Most Favored Nation status to Pakistan
2. Pakistan has accorded Most Favored Nation status to India
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1 is true
(B)Only 2 is true
(C)Both are correct
(D)None of them is correct

India has accorded MFN status to Pakistan, but Pakistan continues to restrict items of import from India to a positive list of 1934 items. On SAFTA, Pakistan has refused to extend the negotiated tariff concessions to items outside the positive list to India thereby negating the letter and spirit of the agreement, as exports are limited only to items on the positive list.

9. Archeological Survey of India has been working from December 2003 for restoration of Ta Prohm Temple in which among the following countries?
(A)Cambodia
(B)Vietnam
(C)Laos
(D)Indonesia

Archeological Survey of India has been working from December 2003 for restoration of Ta Prohm Temple, cambodia at Siem Reap with funds provided under ITEC programme

10. Which among the following is the correct location of the group of Island states called Federated States of Micronesia?
(A)Western Pacific Ocean
(B)Atlantic Ocean
(C)Indian Ocean
(D)Arabian Sea

11. In India, which among the following has highest per capita consumption of electricity among the states and Union Territories?
(A)Maharastra
(B)Delhi
(C)West Bengal
(D)Gujarat

Delhi has highest per capita consumption of electricity among the states and Union Territories in the country at 1,615 units (data 2010)

12. One species of Coffee called Coffea charrieriana is free of Cafeine. In which of the following countries Coffea charrieriana is grown?
(A)Vietnam
(B)Cameroon
(C)Liberia
(D)Yemen

Coffea liberica is a species that originated in Liberia. Its variety Baraco is a major crop in Philippines. Coffea arabica is indigenous to Ethiopia and Arab world. It is also known as Coffee Shrub of Arabia and is believed to be the first variety of Coffee to be cultivated. Coffea charrieriana is a coffee that is free of caffeine. It is found in Cameroon. Mocha Coffee or Cafe mocha is derived from Coffea Arabica. This name derived from the Mocha town of Yemen. Yemen was the largest producer and exporter of Mocha Coffee in some 15th and 16th century.

13. In which of the following states, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for the first time in India?
(A)Karnataka
(B)Kerala
(C)Tamil Nadu
(D)West Bengal

The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for the first time in part of Parur Assembly Constituency in Kerala in 1982, on experimental basis. Later, the extensive use of EVMs started in 1998.

14 . The Gram Positive Bacteria can be identified by the Gram staining because of the following reasons?
(A)The cell walls have more lipids compared to peptidoglycan
(B)The Cells walls have more Peptidoglycan compared to Lipids
(C)The Cells membrane has more fatty acids
(D)The plasma has Peptidoglycans

The cell wall which is made up of Peptidoglycan as well as lipids gets violet due to the reaction of the CV+. After the decolorization with alcohol, the lipids gets dissolved and the bacteria with higher Peptidoglycan remain violet. These are called Gram Positive bacteria.

15. An Inland water transit and trade protocol exists between India and which among the following neighbors?
(A)Sri Lanka
(B)Bangladesh
(C)Pakistan
(D)Myanmar

An Inland water transit and trade protocol exists between India and Bangladesh under which inland vessels of one country can transit through the specified routes of the other country. The existing protocol routes are (i) Kolkata-Pandu-Kolkata, (ii) Kolkata-Karimganj – Kolkata, (iii) Rajshahi-Dhulian-Rajshahi and (iv) Pandu-Karimganj-Pandu. For inter-country trade, four ports of call have been designated in each country namely; Haldia, Kolkata, Pandu and Karimganj in India and Narayanganj, Khulna, Mongla and Sirajganj in Bangladesh. Under the Protocol, 50:50 cargo sharing by Indian and Bangladeshi vessels is permitted both for transit and inter country trade.

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    -Anup, Nagpur

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