Quiz 517 : General Studies for Civil Services (Mock Test Series)

This Quiz is part of Our Mock Test Series for Civil Services Examination 2011
1. Indian troops have been conducting the joint exercises “EKUVERIN” with which among the following neighbors?
(A)Nepal
(B)Maldives
(C)Sri Lanka
(D)Indonesia

The Indo-Maldivian troops joint exercise “EKUVERIN” were conducted from 18-30 October, 2009 at the Rohideshwar Camp off Belgaum city. Further, India-Maldives Joint Coast Guard Exercises, DOSTI-X were held at/off Male from 1-4 December, 2009.

2. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has been taking initiatives to open Hole-in-the-Wall (HiWEL) learning stations in many countries. Hole-in-the-Wall (HiWEL) learning stations have been launched by which among the following computer education companies of India in association with International Finance Corporation ?
(A)Aptech
(B)NIIT
(C)Educomp
(D)Tata Interactive Systems

Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd. (HiWEL) is a joint venture between NIIT Ltd. and the International Finance Corporation (a part of The World Bank Group).

3. Recently, a new substance Caronene was making news. What is Caronene?
(A)Caronene is a new form of Carotene which has been synthesized in lab
(B)Caronene is a new substance found in the ocean beds and is a possible fossil fuel
(C)Caroene is a Graphene transistor composed of 13 benzene rings, recently synthesized
(D)Caronene is a new non-Iron based liquid which becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field

Scientists at the Germany’s Max Planck Institute, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, and Tsinghua University, Beijing have created a Graphene transistor composed of 13 benzene rings. It has been named as Caronene. It is special because it shows an improved electronic band gap, a property which may help to overcome one of the central obstacles to applying Graphene technology for electronics.

4. What is the number of letters in Sanskrit Alphabet?
(A)36
(B)42
(C)54
(D)59

There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has a masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti

5. Consider the following statements:
1. Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer and P. N. Bhagwati were the first judges to accept Public Interest Litigation
2. Hussainara Khatoon v. State of Bihar was the first Public Interest Litigation Case
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1
(B)Only 2
(C)Both 1 & 2
(D)Neither 1 nor 2

Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer and P. N. Bhagwati were the first judges to accept PIL. In S. P. Gupta v. Union of India, 1981 case, Justice P. N. Bhagwati articulated the concept of PIL. Hussainara Khatoon v. State of Bihar was the first such PIL case. This case was filed by an advocate and focused on the inhuman conditions of the prisons. The case led to release of more than 40, 000 under trial prisoners

6. Which among the following have been found to produce a protein called Defensin-1, which has been found potential to develop drugs for antibiotic resistant bacteria?
(A)Codfish
(B)Cuttle Fish
(C)Honey bee
(D)Domestic Fly

Defensin-1 is the name of a protein, which has the property of resistance of epithelial surfaces to microbial colonization. This protein has the potential to develop drugs for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Honey bees make this protein and adds to honey and the scientists at the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam say that one day the drugs developed by Honey containing Defensin-1 , could combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

7. Consider the following statements:
1. Generally, in Developing Countries the income distribution is highly skewed
2. In Developing countries the ratio of Labour/ Capital is generally very low.
3. Most developing countries have a negative Balance of payment
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1 and 2 are correct
(B)Only 2 & 3 are correct
(C)Only 1 is correct
(D)All 1, 2 & 3 are correct

The first statement which says that in Developing Countries the income distribution is highly skewed is a correct statement. The second statement, which says that in Developing countries the ratio of Labour/ Capital is generally very low is incorrect. The ratio would be high, as these countries will have less capital and more labour. The third statement is almost irrelevant as one can not link the stage of development with the Balance of payments.

8. Why did the Cabinet Mission of 1946 rejected the Muslim League’s demand for a separate state for Pakistan?
(A)The Cabinet Mission felt that Congress represents the Indian people and thus Muslim league could not make favorable inroads
(B)The Muslim League had a renewed demand of a weak centre and grouping of Muslim provinces, which was accepted by Cabinet Mission
(C)The Cabinet Mission felt that a separate state would contain larger proportion of Non-Muslim population and a sizable population of Muslims will be left in India, if two states are declared.
(D)The Cabinet Mission was given a Mandate from London to preserve the unity of India

One of the main reasons of rejection of Pakistan was somewhere linked to the justice to the Non Muslims particularly Sikhs. The Mission had the views that the larger part of the proposed Pakistan including the Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan , NWFP and Bengal would have a large number of Non Muslims. Then a smaller truncated Pakistan was also give thought but it was also rejected because , it was thought that Sikhs would be cut in two parts and their clusters of populations will get scattered around the borders. Though, still the Mission could not placate the Sikhs who thought that even though a nominal gesture of recognition of them as a major community of India was there, they were going to be left to the Muslims dominated groups.

9. Consider the following statements:
1. Not all Union Territories have representation in the Rajya Sabha
2. The current Rajya Sabha chairman is NOT a Member of Parliament
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1 is correct
(B)Only 2 is correct
(C)Both 1 & 2 are correct
(D)Neither 1 nor 2 is correct

The representatives of the States and of the Union Territories in the Rajya Sabha are elected by the method of indirect election. The representatives of each State and two Union territories are elected by the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of that State and by the members of the Electoral College for that Union Territory, as the case may be, in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. The Electoral College for the National Capital Territory of Delhi consists of the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, and that for Puducherry consists of the elected members of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly. The Union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Chandigarh do not have any representatives in the Rajya Sabha. It is interesting that the current Rajya Sabha chairman is elected by the Rajya Sabha members, but he himself is not an MP and does not have a vote in the House.

10. In which state is located the Ancient Bhima Devi Temple ?
(A)Rajasthan
(B)Himachal Pradesh
(C)Haryana
(D)Punjab

Ancient Bhima Devi Temple is located in Pinjore town of Haryana. It was adjudged the ‘best maintained tourist friendly monument’ in the country by the union tourism ministry in 2010.

11. In which of the following conditions the Government in the Centre would fall during the budget procedure?
(A)If the Finance Bill is returned by the President
(B)If the Finance Bill is rejected by Rajya Sabha
(C)If the Finance Bill is rejected by the Lok Sabha
(D)If the Cut Motion fails in the Lok Sabha

The first two options are irrelevant because Upper House or President don’t not decide the fate of the finance bill. The government falls if the bill is rejected by the Lok Sabha.

12. Though the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA provides a legal guarantee for at least 100 days of wage employment to every rural household in every financial year, yet the average number of days of employment provided per household was 42 days during 2007-08; 48 days during 2008-09 and 54 days during 2009-10. What could be the most probable reason for this ?
(A)Because, the wages provided in MGNREGA is lower the prevalent wages in almost all parts of the country and workers themselves don’t need 100 days employment
(B)Because, in some states MGNREGA provided 100 days employment while in other states, the state Governments did not implement the programme, so average comes near half of the 100 day period.
(C)Because, the employment in MGNREGA is demand based & the employment is provided on demand.
(D)The legal guarantee under the act is still not effective in the country

“Employment under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA is provided on demand. So, the household holding a valid Job Card has to, under Para 9 of Schedule II of the Act, submits application for work to be entitled to receive employment. Number of days of employment availed by a household under the Act depends on the availability of other employment opportunities in an area. A worker is free to avail any other employment opportunity available to him. The MGNREGA provides a legal guarantee for at least 100 days of wage employment to every rural household in every financial year for doing unskilled manual work on demand. As employment under the Act is provided on demand no targets, as such, can be fixed.”

13. Consider the following statements:
1. National Population Register has been given a statutory status in India
2. The Census Act 1948 has been amended for the purpose of National Population Register
3. The NPR database is to be used by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for biometric de-duplication and assigning of a unique identification number
Which among the above statements is /are correct?
(A)Only 1 is correct
(B)Only 1 & 2 are correct
(C)Only 1 & 3 are correct
(D)All are correct

Only 1 & 3 are correct statements. The first statement is correct that the NPR has a statutory status. But NPR finds its statutory status in the Citizenship Act 1955 which was amended and now the section 14A says that The Central Government may compulsorily register every citizen of India and issue national identity card to him and The Central Government may maintain a National Register of Indian Citizens and for that purpose establish a National Registration Authority.

14. The Indian Forces had conducted the Operation Pawan in which of the following countries in late 1980s?
(A)Bangladesh
(B)Afghanistan
(C)Sri Lanka
(D)Myanmar

Indian Peace Keeping Force took control of Jaffna from the LTTE in late 1987 to enforce the disarmament of the LTTE as a part of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord. This operation was named operation Pawan.

15. The Jatropha curcas, source of inedible vegetable oil that is used to produce biofuel and which works as a carbon sink is native to which of the following regions of the world?
(A)Europe
(B)Central Africa
(C)Central America
(D)South America

Jatropha curcas is a small, perennial shrub that grows 3-5 meters in height. It was originally native to Central America, and grows well in the tropics. It has many uses, among them biofuel, cosmetics, and fertilizer.

© 2011 Suresh Kumar Soni

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