Quiz 518 : GK for Civil Services Examination (Mock Test Series)

This Quiz is part of Our Mock Test Series for Civil Services Examination 2011
1. Parts of the Pink and White Terraces, which were thought to have been completely destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption in 1886, were rediscovered recently. In which country is located the “Pink and White Terraces”?
(A)New Zealand
(B)Australia
(C)Canada
(D)Indonesia

2. Consider the following statements:
1. There is NO landlocked country in ASEAN
2. There are only 2 Landlocked countries in SAARC
3. All neighbors of India are members of either SAARC or ASEAN
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
(A)Only 1 is correct
(B)Only 1 & 2 are correct
(C)Only 2 & 3 are correct
(D)None of them is correct

The first statement is incorrect because Laos is a Landlocked country surrounded by Burma, China , Vietnam , Cambodia and Thailand. The second statement is easily figured out by you as Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan are landlocked. The Third statement is also incorrect because China is in neither SAARC or ASEAN.

3. Consider the following statements:
1. ICIMOD works for fragile mountain systems of the Hindukush Himalayan Regions and the 8 countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan area are its members
2. India has recently decided to contribute 5 lakh dollars to the ICIMOD in just 3 years viz. 2009, 2010 & 2011.
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

Both the statements in this question are correct. ICIMOD works for fragile mountain systems of the Hindukush Himalayan Regions and the 8 countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan area are its members. These members are : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. ICIMOD is based in Kathmandu and was established in 1983. India has intensified its cooperation with ICIMOD and the country would be contributing 5 lakh dollars to the ICIMOD in just 3 years viz. 2009, 2010 & 2011.

4. In which of the following session of Indian National Congress Dadabhai Naoroji was elected president for the first time?
(A)Bombay
(B)Calcutta
(C)Lucknow
(D)Karachi

Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee was the first present of INC who was elected president in the 1885 Bombay Session. Womesh Chandra Bonnerjee was again elected as Congress President in 1892 session of Allahabad. The Second President of Indian National Congress was Dadabhai Naoroji who was elected in the 1886 Calcutta Session.•Mahatma Gandhi was elected Congress President in the 1924 Belgaum session. Subhash Chandra Bose was elected Congress president in 1938 & 1939.

5. The Mahesh Rangrajan Committee has recommended the amendment of the Wild Life Protection Act for which among the following purposes?
(A)To give legislative protection to Elephant Reserves
(B)To set up National Elephants Conservation Authority (NECA)
(C)To establish Elephant Corridors under the provisions of amended act
(D)All of above

Wildlife (Protection) Act was recommended to be amended for setting up of National Elephants Conservation Authority (NECA) on the lines of National Tiger Conservation Authority constituted to enhance protection to the national animal tiger.

6. The largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world is located in which among the following countries?
(A)China
(B)India
(C)United States
(D)Pakistan

The area of the United States known as the South Plains is the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world

7. In which of the following countries, the weight of cotton in a bale is maximum among all ?
(A)United States
(B)China
(C)Pakistan
(D)Egypt

In United States Bale weight of cotton is approximately 500 lbs. (226.8 kilograms), In Australia it is standardized 227 kilograms., In Egypt , a cotton bale is equal to 327 kilograms, In India as well as Pakistan it is 170 kilograms., In Brazil it is between 180-250 kilograms.

8. Consider the following statements:
1. The Governments can increase the Floor Space Index to curb the real estate prices
2. The Increased Floor Space Index means less apartments in the same plot area
which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1 is correct
(B)Only 2 is correct
(C)Both 1 and 2 are correct
(D)Neither 1 nor 2 is correct

Total covered area on all floors of all buildings on a certain plot divided by Area of the plot is called Floor Area Ratio or Floor Space Index (FSI). For example FAR 2.0 indicates that the total floor area of a building is two times the gross area of the plot on which it is constructed, (and it is a multiple-story building). Increasing FAR means that now more apartments can come up on the given area of a plot. The increase in FAR increases supply and helps in curbing the real estate prices.

9. The “Chai Taret Khuntakpa” is a period ranging from 1817-1826 , which the Manipuris remember it as 7 years of devastation. In this context consider the following statements:
1. During this period, the rule of Assam and Manipur had gone into hands of the Burmese
2. The “Chai Taret Khuntakpa” ended with the Treaty of Yandabu
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

Assam was ruled by Ahom kingdom from 1228 to 1826 and it was sovereign even in the Mughal era. But in 1817, it was attacked by the Burmese and thus Ahom Kingdom went into the control of Burmese till 1826. The Assamese call this 7 year period as Manor din and the Manipuris call it Chai Taret Khuntakpa which means 7 years of devastation. The independent and powerful Ahom dynasty ended with the Burmese invasion. But, after the First Anglo Burmese War, the Burmese lost control over Assam in 1826 by Treaty of Yandabu.

10. A serious outbreak of which among the following diseases occurred in South Korea in leading to the culling of hundreds of thousands of pigs by January 2011?
(A)Swine Flu
(B)Foot & Mouth Disease
(C)Zoonoses
(D)Plague

11. Which among the following is the correct location of the Chukchi Sea, that was making news frequently?
(A)Western Pacific Ocean
(B)North Atlantic Ocean
(C)Southern Pacific Ocean
(D)Arctic Ocean

On October 15, 2010, the Russian scientists have opened a floating polar research station in the Chuckchi Sea at the margin of the Arctic Ocean. The name of the station is Severny Polyus-38 and will be home to 15 researchers for a year. They will conduct polar studies and gather scientific evidence ‘to reinforce Russia’s claims to the Arctic.

12. Recently a new molecule FOXM1 was making news. In this context consider the following statements:
1. FOXM1 is a protein encoded by a gene of the same name in Human Body
2. FOXM1is considered to be a Proto-oncogene, and its discovery leads to some hope in Cancer Research
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

FOXM1 is the Molecule of the year 2010. It is a protein encoded by a gene FOXM 1 in Human Body. The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the FOX family of transcription factors. FOXM1 has been awarded the Molecule of the Year 2010 for its growing potential as a target for cancer diagnosis and therapies.

13. The Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted in a United Nations Conference for which among the following for the period of 2005-15?
(A)Green Energy
(B)Climate Changes
(C)Carbon Economy
(D)Natural Disasters

14. Consider the following:
1. Iron
2. Molybdenum
3. Magnesium
Which among the above play important role in Biological Nitrogen Fixation?
(A)Only 1
(B)Only 1 & 2
(C)Only 1 & 3
(D)All 1, 2 & 3

Only Iron and Molybdenum play important role in BNF. The enzyme used is called nitrogenase. The nitrogenase enzyme has two kinds of proteins viz. Iron Protein, and Iron-Molybdenum protein.

15. Consider the following statements:
1. Minimum Support Price is used to procure the food grains from the farmers at the remunerative prices.
2. Central Issue Price is used to issue this food grain to the sections of society particularly poor and vulnerable section.
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
(A)Only 1
(B)Only 2
(C)Both 1 & 2
(D)Neither 1 nor 2


© 2011 Suresh Kumar Soni

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  • Anup Manchalwar
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    excellent

  • Anonymous
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    TOO GOOD….n thanks a lot for giving explanation

  • Anonymous
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    very useful info.

  • Anonymous
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    I think it would be better if you provide the information about the answer in a separate alert box. Because it is hard to not look at them before answering the question, which lowers the joy to solve a quiz…..otherwise it has everything at the right place.

  • Anonymous
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    This is very good and please keep on posting,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks alot

  • Anonymous
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    thanks for help

  • adithya
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    really a stupendous task sir.in short gk today is sui generis.kudos to u sir….keep going..