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Quiz 547: General Studies for Civil Services Examinations

1. Who among the following is the author of the famous book “Silent Spring” which is credited for being of much help in launching the environment movement?
[A]Ian Lowe
[B]Pat Hutchings
[C]Mike Kingsford
[D]Rachel Carson

2. The phenomenon in which seeds germinate and seedlings grow while still attached to their mother plant before dropping down to establish themselves or be transported elsewhere, is most commonly found in which among the following plants?
[A]Allium cepa
[B]Rhizophora
[C]Solanum tuberosum
[D]Solanum melongena

Explanation
3. In the E-waste generated by the Mobile Phones, which among the following metal is most abundant?
[A]Copper
[B]Silver
[C]Palladium
[D]Gold

4. Now a days “Organic Farming” is a buzzword. The advantages of the organic farming are:
1. It is cost effective
2. It consumers less time
3. Requires less labour
Which among the above are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]1 & 2
[C]1, 2 & 3
[D]2 & 3

5. In context with the dotted number format used in the IPv4 , which among the following is NOT possible?
[A]128.0.0.1
[B]255.152.0.0
[C]259.1.1.268
[D]202.102.4.4

Explanation
6. Consider the following reasons of the Greek Sovereign Debt crisis that surfaced in 2007-08:
1. Inability to fulfill repayment obligations
2. High Fiscal Deficit
3. Very low investment in Greek government bonds
Which among the above is/ are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]1 & 2
[C]1, 2, & 3
[D]None of them

Explanation
7. Which among the following is the only country in the Americas with which India is negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement?
[A]USA
[B]Mexico
[C]Brazil
[D]Canada

Explanation
8. Which among the following companies has been recently in news for developing “Mira” , one of the fastest super computers of the world?
[A]Cray Research
[B]IBM
[C]National Supercomputing Center of Tianjin
[D]C-DAC

Explanation
9. Consider the following statements:
1. Success of NPS Lite has been mainly due to the Swavalamban scheme
2. Government will contribute Rs 1,000 every year in all NPS Lite accounts if certain conditions are met.
3. This contribution is for a period of 3 years only
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]1 & 2
[C]2 & 3
[D]1, 2 & 3

10. Consider the following statements about New Pension System:
1. The NPS is the cheapest investment option in the Pension market.
2. NPS offers the investor to switch from one fund manager to another if he is not satisfied with the performance of a certain fund.
3. In NPS scheme , the maximum exposure to equities is limited to 50%
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
[A]1 Only
[B]1 & 2 only
[C]1, 2 & 3
[D]2 & 3 Only

11. Currently, with which among the following countries, Government of India is in talk to create a fund worth $50 million for mutual cooperation in the agriculture sector?
[A]Argentina
[B]Israel
[C]Brazil
[D]South Africa

Explanation
12. Consider the following statements:
1. Hike in global oil prices can widen the Current Account Deficit (CAD) of India
2. Higher CAD can lead to depreciation of the currency
Which among the above statements is/ are correct?
[A]Only 1
[B]Only 2
[C]Both 1 & 2
[D]Neither 1 nor 2

13. Consider the following:
1. Biometric system such as using fingerprinting
2. Taking photograph of visitors
3. Disembarkation Card
Which among the above are included in the Immigration check carried out for all passengers at the port of arrival in India?
[A]Only 1
[B]1 & 2
[C]2 & 3
[D]3 Only

Explanation
14. Consider the following statements:
Assertion: Increase in the interest rate on Savings Bank account is favorable for the Banks which leverage the CASA Ratio
Reason: CASA deposits are cheaper than Time Deposits
Choose the correct option:
[A]Both Assertion and Reason are correct, and Reason is a correct explanation of the Assertion
[B]Both Assertion and Reason are correct, but Reason is not a correct explanation of Assertion
[C]Assertion is correct, Reason is incorrect
[D]Assertion is incorrect , Reason is correct

15. Consider the following:
1. International Monetary Fund
2. European Commission
3. European Central Bank
With which among the above, Greece had reached an agreement for a financial package to stabilize its economy, after the recent sovereign debt crisis?
[A]1 Only
[B]1 & 2 only
[C]1, 2 & 3
[D]2 & 3 Only