Solution: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 Paper 1- General Studies (Revised)

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1. Priority Sector Lending by banks in India constitutes the lending to__:

A. Agriculture:

B. Micro And Small Enterprises

C. Weaker Sections

D. All Of The Above

Answer: D

First of all in 1974, the banks were given a target of 33.33 % as share of the priority sector in the total bank credit. This was later revised on the recommendation of the Dr. K S Krishnaswamy to 40%. This is the current target given to banks to disburse the loans to priority sector.

Broadly, priority sector includes the Agriculture Finance, Small Enterprises, Retail Trade, Micro Credit, Education Loans and housing loans. As per Reserve Bank of India, Priority sector includes the sectors shown in the adjacent graphics.

At present the domestic banks have to disburse 40% of the Net Bank Credit to Total Priority sector, out of which 18% should be total agricultural advances.

The Foreign banks have been given a target of 32% of the Net Bank Credit to priority sector, however, there is no lower limit fixed for agriculture.

Target Credit to women beneficiaries is 5%.

The basic objective of setting priority sector targets has been to ensure greater flow of credit to certain sectors where credit would normally not flow to the desired extent.

Earlier, there was a demand from various stake holders of the society that banks should be given a higher than current 40% target of the Priority sector. As of now the targets have not been revised. The reason is that out of total deposits, banks have to keep certain amount to maintain Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) and from the remaining disposable amount 40 per cent is dedicated for the priority sector, so increasing the amount reserved for priority sector lending from present 40 per cent is not possible

2. Which one among the following industries is the maximum consumer of water in India?

A. Engineering

B. Paper and pulp

C. Textiles

D. Thermal power

Answer: D

Though Industrial sector only accounts for three per cent of the annual water withdrawals in India, yet its contribution to water pollution, particularly in urban areas, is considerable. In this question, you should all know that government has been planning to set up an agency on the lines of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency to encourage conservation of the water. The focus initially would be on water intensive sectors such as thermal power plants, textiles, pulp, chemicals etc. Of the total water use by the industry, thermal power plants are the biggest users of water and account for 88% of the total industrial water use. They are followed by engineering (5.05%) pulp & paper (2.26%) and textiles (2.07%) industries.

3. To obtain full benefits of demographic dividend, what should India do?

A. Promoting skill development

B. Introducing more social security schemes

C. Reducing infant mortality rate

D. Privatization of higher education

Answer: A

If you have read my Economic Survey Documents carefully, you would remember that I had discussed about the Total Factor Productivity in CGS 19 under the chapter on Demographic Dividend. I am reproducing some of the information here which explains this question.

The survey says that India did not have as much growth in capital per worker as other countries such as China, South Korea but had a comparatively stronger growth in TFP.

China grew because of more capital deployed as well as strong increases in TFP. Underpinnings for continued strong Chinese growth in the years beyond the second decade after takeoff are a robust investment rate as well as substantial increases in the intrinsic productivity of jobs.

If India were to follow a similar path, it would need to increase savings and investment, both of which will follow from the demographic transformation. But it will also have to increase the intrinsic productivity of jobs, that is total factor productivity (TFP).

In summary, the survey says that the country can reap the demographic dividend by improving the Total Factor Productivity, a transition from agriculture to non-agriculture sectors such as manufacturing / service sector, and from unorganized sector to the organized.

This can be done via skill development and that is why skill development is key to reaping the demographic dividend for a country like India.

4. In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favourite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?

A. One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck

B. Racial expressions, hand gestures and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters

C. Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story

D. A little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism

Answer: A

The techniques of movement are built around the two basic postures of the Chowk and the Tribhanga. The chowk is a position imitating a square – a very masculine stance with the weight of the body equally balanced. The tribhanga is a very feminine stance where the body is deflected at the neck, torso and the knees.

Tribhanga consists of three bends in the body; at the neck, waist and knee, hence the body is oppositely curved at waist and neck which gives it a gentle "S" shape and is considered the most graceful and sensual of the Odissi positions

5. Annie Besant was:

1. Responsible for starting the Home Rule Movement

2. The founder of the Theosophical Society

3. Once the President of the Indian National Congress

Select the correct statement / statements using the codes given below.

A. 1 only

B. 2 and 3 only

C. 1 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C

Annie Besant has become the head of the Theosophical Society, based in Adyar, Madras. It was a religious movement, founded by the Russian Madame Blavatsky, and not Besant herself. Theosophy preached a mixture of social reform, cultivation of occult practices, and celebration of ancient Hindu wisdom that predated Western civilization. The first and third statements are correct, you must know that the INC Session of 1917 was headed by Annie Besant at Calcutta.

6. The Ilbert Bill Controversy was related to the__:

A. Imposition of restrictions to carry certain arms by the Indians

B. Imposition of restrictions on newspapers and magazines published in Indian languages

C. Removal of disqualifications imposed on the Indian magistrates with regard to the trial of the Europeans

D. Removal of a duty on imported cotton cloth

Answer: C

Ilbert Bill is named after Courtenay Peregrine Ilbert, who was appointed as legal adviser to the Council of India. The bill was introduced in 1883 by Viceroy Ripon, who actually desired to abolish the racial prejudice from the Indian Penal Code. Ripon had proposed an amendment for existing laws in the country and to allow Indian judges and magistrates the jurisdiction to try British offenders in criminal cases at the District level. It was never allowed before. So naturally, the Europeans living in India looked it as a Humiliation and the introduction of the bill led to intense opposition in Britain as well as India (by the British residents). So it was withdrawn but was reintroduced and enacted in 1884 in a severely compromised state. (

7. A rise in general level of prices may be caused by___:

1. An increase in the money supply

2. A decrease in the aggregate level of output

3. An increase in the effective demand

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

A. 1 only

B. 1 and 2 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

This question is simply asking which of them can cause inflation. The first statement is obviously correct. The second and third statements you can opt in simply by commonsense. Lets see how.

A decrease in aggregate level of output

If there is a decrease in aggregate level of output, the money available in the economy will chase for goods / services which are now less available now. This may lead to inflation.

An increase in the effective demand

If there is an increase in the effective demand, this would mean that too much money is chasing too few goods. This also may cause inflation.

Note: UPSC checks your general knowledge, forget all data and theory, use application of fundamentals by commonsense.

8. Which one of the following groups of items is included in India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves?

A. Foreign-currency assets, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and loans from foreign countries

B. Foreign-currency assets, gold holdings of the RBI and SDRs

C. Foreign currency assets, loans from the World Bank and SDRs

D. Foreign currency assets, gold holdings ·of the RBI and loans from the World Bank

Answer: B

It contains

1. SDRs

2. Gold

3. Foreign Currency Assets

4. Reserve Tranche Position in IMF

9. Which one of the following is likely to be the most inflationary in its effect?

A. Repayment of public debt

B. Borrowing from the public to finance a budget deficit

C. Borrowing from banks to finance a budget deficit

D. Creating new money to finance a budget deficit

Answer: A

In the above beautifully carved question, correct answer is A.

The three option statements viz. B, C and D in the question are revolving around the refinancing the budget deficit. We discuss the given options B, C and D first.

Government borrows from Public

If the government borrows from the public, funds are diverted from the private sector to government and there is a crowding out means shortage of funds.

Government Borrows from Banks

If the Government borrows from the banks, the same effect will be seen as funds will be diverted from the banking system and banks will have less money to lend.

Creating new money (this means borrows from RBI)

At the same time, if the government borrows from the central bank (RBI) by selling bonds, it receives new money from the central bank in exchange for the bonds. When this new money is spent, aggregate expenditure increases. Since, in this case, funds are not diverted from the private sector, there is no crowding out (i.e., there is no shortage of funds for investment in the private sector). Thus, the expansionary effect is greater than when the deficit is financed by borrowing from the public. This new money increases effective demand which, if there exist unemployed labour and idle production capacity in the economy may raise employment and output. Deficit financing undertaken for the purpose of building up useful capital during a short period of time, is likely to improve productivity and ultimately, increase the supply of consumption goods. And the increase in productivity can act as an anti-inflationary measure.

The first statement: Repayment of Public Debt

If the government pays back the money which is held in its bonds, it will increase the available liquidity in the system, it can cause inflation. There are several ways of repayment of public debt and government chooses carefully, whether it has to actually redeem the bonds or to choose other ways.

10. Supply of money remaining the same when there is an increase in demand for money, there will be __:

A. A fall in the level of prices

B. An increase in the rate of interest

C. A decrease in the rate of interest

D. An increase in the level of income and employment

Answer: B

This is a very easy question. If the supply is same, and there is more demand for money, obviously the interest rates will increase.

11. Fruits stored in cold chamber exhibit long storage life because ___:

A. Exposure to sunlight is prevented

B. Concentration of Carbon dioxide in the environment is increased

C. Rate of respiration is decreased

D. There is an increase in humidity

Answer: C

Respiration is the chemical process by which fruits and vegetables convert sugars and oxygen into carbon dioxide, water, and heat. Metabolic activity in fresh fruits and vegetables continues for a short period after harvest. The energy required to sustain this activity comes from the respiration process. Respiration involves the oxidation of sugars to produce carbon dioxide, water and heat. The storage life of a commodity is influenced by its respiratory activity. By storing a commodity at low temperature, respiration is reduced and senescence is delayed, thus extending storage life.

12. Consider the following fauna of India___:

1. Gharial

2. Leatherback turtle

3. Swamp deer

Which among the above is / are endangered?

A. 1 and 2 only

B. 3 Only

C. 1, 2 & 3

D. None

Answer: A


Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is the most uniquely evolved crocodilian in the world, a specialized, river-dwelling, fish-eater. It is critically endangered and the critical condition of the Gharial reflects the endangered status of rivers. In India, we have only viable population in the National Chambal Sanctuary, spread across three states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in India. Small non-breeding populations exist in Son, Gandak, Hoogly and Ghagra rivers. Now extinct in Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh.


Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback are common names of the Turtles found in India. Turtles are placed in reptiles. The five species are Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea). Leatherback is Critically Endangered.


Swamp Deer or the Barasingha is vulnerable not endangered. It is found in isolated localities in northern and central India, and southwestern Nepal. It is extinct in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

13. Ball bearings are used in bicycles, cars, etc., because__:

A. The actual area of contact between the wheel and axle is increased

B. The effective area of contact between the wheel and axle is increased

C. The effective area of contact between the wheel and axle is reduced

D. None of the statements is correct

Answer: C

The basic premise in friction theory is that anything that reduced the area of contact between the wheel and axle will decrease the friction. Since the ball is a sphere, it only contacts the wheel and axle at a very small point, which helps it spin very smoothly.

14. Consider the following phenomena ___:

1. Size of the sun at dusk

2. Colour of the sun at dawn

3. Moon being visible at dawn

4. Twinkle of stars in the sky

5. Polestar being visible in the sky

Which of the above are optical illusions?

A. 1,2 and 3

B. 3, 4 and 5

C. 1, 2 and 4

D. 2, 3 and 5

Answer: C

Size of the sun at Dusk

This is a correct option. The Sun appears smaller during noon but larger at dawn or more clearly at dusk. The apparent difference in the size comes from Optical Illusion. At dawn, Sun is seen with other objects on horizon and looks big. At noon, Sun is all alone in vast expense of sky, so looks small.

Color of the Sun at Dawn

A halo is a ring around the moon or sun produced by refraction of light through a thin cloud of ice crystals. The halo had red colors on the inside of the ring shifting to blue on the outside.

This is also a correct statement. The color effects such as red colors of halo, the reddish colored sunpillars etc. are optical illusions.

Twinkling of stars

Twinkling of stars is also an optical illusion caused by the refraction of light while moving through various layers of atmospheres.

Moon being visible at Dawn

Moon is appears larger than size. The statement is ambiguous so opted out.

Polestar being visible in the sky

Polestar is visible in the sky from northern latitudes. There is apparent motion of all stars in the night except Pole star. Of course this is an optical illusion. It is really us on Earth doing all the actual moving. But this statement does not say anything on that. This option is thus opted out.

15. With reference to the history of philosophical thought in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school?

1. Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transmigration of soul.

2. Sankhya holds that it is the self-knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 only

[C]Both 1 and 2

[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Samkhya means Enumeration. The founder of the Sankya school of Philosophy was Maharishi Kapil. There is some distinct feature of this philosophy:

· It strongly proponents Dualism. There are only two realities viz. Purusha and Prakriti.

· By Purusha they mean Consciousness and by Prakriti, they mean substance or realm of matter.

· Jiva or life is that state in which puruṣa is bonded to prakriti through the glue of desire, and the end of this bondage is moksha.

· The above three points lead to the conclusion that this school does not believe in the existence of God.

· At the same point , it does not describe what happens after moksha and does not mention anything about Ishwara or God, because after liberation there is no essential distinction of individual and universal purua. So what happens after Moksha is irrelevant thing for this school. But at the same time, though godless, the Sankhya believes in the doctrine o£ Karma and of transmigration of souls.

· This philosophy adversely affected the Tantra sadhana a lot.

Samkhya School of philosophy, the dualism consists of fundamental difference between consciousness and matter. It is different from the dualism in west, because in that the dualism differentiates between mind and body.

According to this philosophy, the knowledge that leads to Liberation is Viveka Jnana (knowledge through discrimination). When a Jiva (individual self) identifies with Purusha and not with Prakriti (insentient principle – matter in its manifold expressions as names and forms) the individual becomes free.

16. In the context of India, which of the following principles is/are implied institutionally in the parliamentary government?

1. Members of the cabinet are members of the parliament.

2. Ministers hold the office till they enjoy confidence in the parliament.

3. Cabinet is headed by the head of the state.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]3 only

[C]2 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: A

The third statement you can opt out because head of the state is President and he / she does not head the cabinet. The second statement is correct and the first statement is also correct.

17. The annual range of temperature in the interior of the continents is high as compared to coastal areas. What is/are the reason/ reasons?

1. Thermal difference between land and water

2. Variation in altitude between continents and oceans

3. Presence of strong winds in the interior

4. Heavy rains in the interior as compared to coasts

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]1 and 2 only

[C]2 and 3 only

[D]1, 2, 3 and 4

Answer: A

The first statement is correct as we all know. One major factor affecting the distribution of the temperature of Earth is distribution of Land and Oceans. Since there is more land in Northern Hemisphere and more waters in Southern hemisphere and there is a big difference between the specific heat of land and water; the loss of heat from the continents is bigger than the oceans. The continents get heated faster and get cooled faster in comparison to the Oceans. This is the reason that the temperatures of the Oceans are moderate while that of continents is extreme. The moderating effect on temperature of the land due to proximity of the seas is called Maritime influence. The increasing effect on temperature of the land at interior of the continents is called Continental Influence.

In the above question, the statement 2 is framed as a wrong statement, statement 3 is also a wrong statement and statement 4 is also a wrong statement.

18. Which of the following is/are the characteristic/ characteristics of Indian coal?

1. High ash content

2. Low sulphur content

3. Low ash fusion temperature

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]2 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: A

Indian coals by their very nature are high in ash content but low in sulphur content. Indian coal is its high ash fusion temperature of about 1,500°C.

19. Which of the following statements regarding laterite soils of India are correct ?

1. They are generally red in colour.

2. They are rich in nitrogen and Potash.

3. They are well-developed in Rajasthan and UP.

4. Tapioca and Cashew nuts grow well on these soils.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1, 2 and 3

[B]2, 3 and 4

[C]1 and 4

[D]2 and 3 only

Answer: C

The first statement is correct. The second statement is partially correct (it should have been rich in Iron Oxide and Potash to be correct), The third statement is incorrect and the fourth statement is correct. I am hereby inserting a snippet from SGS 30:

· The Laterite soils develop in areas with high temperature and high rainfall and are common in the high altitude areas of Peninsular plateau.

· Laterite soil and is mainly found on the summits of the Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, Rajmahal Hills, Vindhyas, Satpuras and Malwa plateau, thus abundant in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and the hilly areas of Odisha and Assam.

· Laterite soil represents intense leaching due to heavy rains, due to which the lime and silica are leached away, and soils rich in iron oxide and aluminium compound are left behind. Then, the Humus content of the soil is removed fast by bacteria that thrives well in high temperature.

· This implies that the Laterite soil is poor in organic matter, nitrogen, phosphate and calcium, while iron oxide and potash are in excess. Due to excess of Iron, laterites are not suitable for cultivation; however, application of manures and fertilisers are required for making the soils fertile for cultivation.

· Red Laterite soils in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are more suitable for tree crops like cashewnut.

· Laterite soils are widely cut as bricks for use in house construction.

20. Consider the following statements :

1. Natural gas occurs in the Gondwana beds.

2. Mica occurs in abundance in Kodarma.

3. Dharwars are famous for petroleum.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A]1 and 2

[B]2 only

[C]2 and 3


Answer: B

At one time, Koderma was considered as the mica capital of India. Koderma district and the Lokai-Indarwa area covers the southern part of Great Mica-Belt of Jharkhand, Bihar and India. The rest of the two statements are incorrect.

21. Consider the following crops :

1. Cotton

2. Groundnut

3. Rice

4. Wheat

Which of these are Kharif crops?

[A]1 and 4

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1, 2 and 3

[D]2, 3 and 4

Answer: C

Kharif Crops: Paddy, Jowar, Bajra, Maize, Ragi, Arhar(Tur), Moong, Urad, Cotton, Groundnut, Sunflower Seed, Soyabeen Black, Sesamum, Nigerseed

Rabicrops: Wheat, Barley, Gram, Masur (Lentil), Rapeseed/Mustard, Safflower, Toria,

Other Crops: Copra, De-Husked Coconut, Jute, Sugarcane

The above 25 Crops are covered under Minimum Support Price Scheme J

22. “Climate is extreme, rainfall is scanty and the people used to be nomadic herders”. The above statement best describes which of the following regions?

[A]African Savannah

[B]Central Asian Steppe

[C]North American Prairie

[D]Siberian Tundra

Answer: B

Nomadic herding or pastoral nomadism is a primitive subsistence activity, in which the herders rely on animals for food, clothing, shelter, tools and transport. They move from one place to another along with their livestock, depending on the amount and quality of pastures and water, thus there is an irregular pattern of movement. When we come to the statement given in the question, it says: Climate is extreme, rainfall is scanty and the people used to be nomadic herders. The question says “used to” and “not use to”, it is in fact describing the Nomadic empires such as Mongols and the question checks your history via geography. That is why, the correct answer is B.
In my view, Siberian Tundra must be opted out even if you take it as “use to be” because In Tundra, the main economic activity is not Nomadic herding but is Hunting. Hunting and trapping reindeer have provided food and hides to the local population.

Central Asian Steppe is the correct answer in above question.

23. Consider the following statement :

1. Inflation benefits the debtors.

2. Inflation benefits the bond-holders.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 only

[C]both 1 and 2

[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A

Why the government has introduced the Inflation Indexed Bonds? If you know about this, this question is a cakewalk.

24. Disguised unemployment generally means?

[A]Large number of people remains unemployed

[B]Alternative employment is not available

[C]Marginal productivity of labour is zero

[D]Productivity of workers is low

Answer: C

Disguised unemployment is one of the major features of Indian Agriculture. It seems that all members of a family are employed but if one member is withdrawn, there is no change in total output. The third statement Marginal Productivity is low is a correct statement.

25. Consider the following statements :

1. The council of Ministers in the centre shall be collectively responsible to the Parliament.

2. The Union Ministers shall hold the office during the pleasure of the president of India.

3. The Prime Minister shall communicate to the president about the proposals for legislation.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

Statement 1 is incorrect in this question.

26. Consider the following statements :

1. National development council is an organ of the planning commission.

2. The economic and social planning is kept in the concurrent list in the constitution of India.

3. The constitution of India prescribes that Panchayats should be assigned the task of preparation of plans for economic development and social justice.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

The first statement as you all know is incorrect. Second statement is correct.

The very Preamble of the Constitution specifies the resolve, inter alia, to secure to all the citizens “JUSTICE, social, economic and political”. The Directive Principles of State Policy enunciated in Part IV of the Constitution further spell out directions and principles for the State to secure a social order for the promotion of welfare of the people. In particular, Articles 38 to 42, 43A, and 45 to 48A enumerate responsibilities of the State for discharging which planning constitutes a pre-requisite. These roles cannot be performed by the States or the Union government in isolation from each other. This is the rationale for placing ‘Economic and social planning’ in the Concurrent List.

The third statement is also correct.

27. Consider the following statements :

1. The chairman and the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha are not the members of that house.

2. While the nominated members of the two houses of the parliament have no voting right in the presidential election, they have the right to vote in the election of the vice President.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 only

[C]both 1 and 2

[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

The first statement is not correct because its talks about chairman as well as the deputy chairman. The Vice-President of India is ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Rajya Sabha also chooses from amongst its members, a Deputy Chairman.

The second statement is correct

· President: Elected members of parliament (MPs from Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha). Elected members of State legislative members, including that if NCT of Delhi and Pondicherry

· Vice President: Vice President is elected indirectly, by an electoral college consisting of members of both houses of the Parliament

28. With reference to National Legal Service Authority, consider the following statements :

1. Its objective is to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society on the basis of equal opportunity.

2. It issues guidelines for the state legal services authorities to implement the legal programmes and schemes throughout the country.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 only

[C]both 1 and 2

[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organize Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes. In every State, State Legal Services Authority has been constituted to give effect to the policies and directions of the NALSA and to give free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the State.

29. During a thunderstorm, the thunder in the skies is produced by the:

1. Meeting of cumulonimbus clouds in the sky

2. Lightning that separates the nimbus clouds

3. Violent upward movement of air and water particles

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3

[C]1 and 3

[D]None of the above produces the thunder

Answer: D

Thunderstorms result from the rapid upward movement of warm, moist air. They can occur inside warm, moist air masses and at fronts. As the warm, moist air moves upward, it cools, condenses, and forms cumulonimbus clouds that can reach heights of over 20 km (12.45 miles). The thunderstorms are associated with the cumulonimbus clouds. These clouds normally form on warm sunny days but they can also be found on cold front.

But this question is asking about the Thunder i.e. the sound produced. The lightning generates between 100 million and 1 billion volts of electricity and can heat the air to around 50K°F. The rapid expansion causes the shock waves. Thunder happens because the lightning would heat the air at huge temperatures and the air expands so fast that it makes a loud clap of thunder.

30. Consider the following pairs : Tribes State

1. Limbo (Limbu) : Sikkim

2. Karbi : Himachal Pradesh

3. Dongaria : Kondh Odisha

4. Bonda : Tamil Nadu

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched?

[A]1 and 3 only

[B]2 and 4 only

[C]1, 3 and 4 only

[D]1, 2, 3 and 4

Answer: A

31. Consider the following liquid assets :

1. Demand deposits with the banks

2. Time deposits with the banks

3. Savings deposits with the banks

4. Currency

The correct sequence of these assets in the decreasing order of liquidity is





Answer: D

For GKToday members, these are very basic questions and you know what I mean to say.

32. In the context of Indian economy, ‘open market operations’ refers to?

[A]Borrowing by scheduled banks from the RBI

[B]Lending by commercial banks to industry and trade

[C]Purchase and sale of government securities by the RBI

[D]None of the above

Answer: C

This is one more question in the above category. OMOs are conducted by the RBI via the sale/purchase of government securities to/from the market with the primary aim of modulating rupee liquidity conditions in the market. OMOs are an effective quantitative policy tool in the armoury of the RBI, but are constrained by the stock of government securities available with it at a point in time.

33. Under the scheduled tribes and other traditional forest Dwellers (recognition of forest rights) act, 2006, who shall be the authority to initiate the process for determining the nature and extent of individual or community forest rights or both?

[A]State forest department

[B]District collector / Deputy Commissioner

[C]Tahsildar / Block development officer/mandal remove officer

[D]Gram Sabha

Answer: D

Section 6 of FRA “confers powers on the Gram Sabha to determine the nature and extent of “individual” or “community rights”

34. Improper handling and storage of cereal grains and oilseeds result in the production of toxins known as aflatoxin which are not generally destroyed by normal cooking process. Aflatoxin are produced by ?





Answer: C

The fungus Aspergillus flavus produces toxic aflatoxin. This mould is found in soil, decaying vegetation. grains, cereals, hay. corn, peanuts. sweet potatoes, rice. and animal feed. It is believed that products contaminated with aflatoxin are carcinogenic to humans.

35. Economic justice as one of the objectives of the Indian constitution has been provided in ?

[A]The preamble and the fundamental rights

[B]The preamble and the directive principles of state policy

[C]The fundamental rights and the directive principles of state policy

[D]None of the above

Answer: B

36. Due to improper / indiscriminate disposal of old and used computers or their parts, which of the following are released into the environment as e-waste?

1. Beryllium

2. Cadmium

3. Chromium

4. Heptachlor

5. Mercury

6. Lead

7. Plutonium

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 only

[B]1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 only

[C]2, 4, 5 and 7 only

[D]1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

Answer: B

Heptachlor is an insecticide. You can arrive at the correct answer just by eliminating this.

37. Acid rain is caused by the pollution of environment by ?

[A]Carbon dioxide and nitrogen

[B]Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide

[C]Ozone and carbon dioxide

[D]Nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide

Answer: D

38. With reference to food chains in ecosystems, consider the following statements :

1. A food chain illustrates the order in which a chain of organisms feed upon each other.

2. Food chains are found within the population of a species.

3. A food chain illustrates the numbers of each organism which are eaten by others.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]1 and 2 only

[C]1, 2 and 3


Answer: A


39. Consider the following pairs:

National park River flowering through the park

1. Corbett national park : Ganga

2. Kaziranga national park : Manas

3. Silent valley national park : Kaveri

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

[A]1 and 2

[B]3 only

[C]1 and 3


Answer: D

The first match is not correct because its Ramganga not Ganga which flows through Corbett national park. The second pai is not correct because Kaziranga is crisscrossed by four rivers — Brahmaputra, Diphlu, Mora Diphlu and Mora Dhansiri. Third is also not correct because it is the Kunthipuzha River that flows through the Silent Valley.

40. Consider the following organisms :

1. Agaricus

2. Nostoc

3. Spirogyra

Which of the above is/are used as biofertilizer/ biofertilizers?

[A]1 and 2

[B]2 only

[C]2 and 3

[D]3 only

Answer: B

Agaricus is the mushroom, many of whose species are edible. Spirogyra chiefly occurs in ponds, pools, ditches and similar other places. Because of slippery feel of the threads (plant body) it is often called pond-scum or water silk. It is not generally used as biofertilizer, instead if you use it; it would compete with the plants.

41. Which of the following adds/ add nitrogen to the soil?

1. Excretion of Urea by animals

2. Burning of coal by man

3. Death of vegetation

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2, and 3

Answer: C

When coal is burnt, nitrogen helps to form oxides which may be released as flue gases and thereby pollute the atmosphere. It does not add the nitrogen to soil unless the oxides so created enter into the nitrogen cycle. Then, what remains after burning coal is Fly Ash. Fly Ash is devoid of nitrogen content. So, the second statement is not correct. Rest two are correct.

42. In which of the following states is lion-tailed macaque found in its natural Habitat?

1. Tamil Nadu

2. Kerala

3. Karnataka

4. Andhra Pradesh

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1, 2 and 3 only

[B]2 only

[C]1, 3 and 4 only

[D]1, 2, 3, and 4

Answer: A

The correct answer is A because of the Western Ghats being its natural habitat.

43. Some Buddhist rock-cut caves are called Chaityas, while the others are called Viharas. What is the difference between the two ?

[A]Vihara is a place of worship, while Chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks

[B]Chaitya is a place of worship, while Vihara is the dwelling place of the monks

[C]Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave, while Vihara is the hall axial to it

[D]There is no material difference between the two

Answer: B

Please remember Chaitya Church , Vihara Monastery

Both early Chaityas and Viharas were made by woods and later stonecut Chaityas and Viharas were made. So we eliminate the second statement. Chaitya was a rectangular prayer hall with a stupa placed in the centre, the purpose was prayer. The Chaitya was divided into three parts, and had an apsidal ending, that is, a semicircular rear end, The central part of the hall (also called the nave) was separated from the two aisles by two rows of pillars, The chaityas also had polished interior walls, semicircular roofs and horse-shoe shaped windows called the Chaitya windows. Viharas were the residences of the monks.

44. Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism ?

[A]The extinction of the flame of desire

[B]The complete annihilation of self

[C]A state of Bliss and rest

[D]A mental stage beyond all comprehension

Answer: C

Nirvana is often depicted as “bliss” or the cessation of suffering, DUKKHA. These are all senses in accord with the basic sense of nirvana as being a state without the conditioning aspects—arising, subsisting, changing, or passing. Some Westerners, however, saw nirvana as a nihilistic goal, a complete annihilation of consciousness, a connotation that many people found troubling. Buddhists, to the contrary, insist that the idea of nirvana should not lead to despondency. Nirvana is a condition in which suffering is not present, its most appealing aspect. Nirvana, in conclusion, is the goal of Buddhist practice and the culmination of the long process of self-cultivation

45. According to the constitution of India, which of the following are fundamental for the governance of the country?

[A]Fundamental rights

[B]Fundamental duties

[C]Directive principles of state policy

[D]Fundamental rights and fundamental duties

Answer: C

46. The people of India agitated against the arrival of Simon commission because ?

[A]Indians never wanted the review of the working of the act of 1919

[B]Simon commission recommended the abolition of Dyarchy (Diarchy) in the provinces

[C]There was no Indian member in the Simon commission

[D]The Simon commission suggested the partition of the country

Answer: C

47. Quit India movement was launched in response to ?

[A]Cabinet mission plan

[B]Cripps proposals

[C]Simon Commission report

[D]Wavell plan

Answer: B

48. The balance of payments of a country is a systematic record of ?

[A]All import and export transactions of a country during a given period of time, normally a year

[B]Goods exported from a country during a year

[C]Economic transaction between the governments of one country to another

[D]Capital movements from one country to another

Answer: A

49. The Reserve bank of India regulates the commercial banks in matters of :

1. Liquidity of assets

2. Branch expansion

3. Merger of banks

4. Winding-up of banks

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 4 only

[B]2, 3 and 4 only

[C]1, 2 and 3 only

[D]1, 2, 3 and 4

Answer: D

50. An increase in the bank rate generally indicates that the ?

[A]Market rate of interest is likely to fall

[B]Central bank is no longer making loans to commercial banks

[C]Central bank is following an easy money policy

[D]Central bank is following a tight money policy

Answer: D

51. In India deficit financing is used for raising resources for ?

[A]Economic development

[B]Redemption of public debt

[C]Adjusting the balance payments

[D]Reducing the foreign debt

Answer: A

52. Which of the following characterizes/ characterize the people of Indus civilization?

1. They possessed great palaces and temples.

2. They worshipped both male and female deities.

3. They employed horse-drawn chariots in warfare.

Select the correct statement/ statements using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]2 only

[C]1, 2, and 3

[D]None of the statements given above is correct

Answer: B

There were no temples in Indus Civilization and we have discussed a lot about the horses over there.

53. Which of the following diseases can be transmitted from one persons to another through tattooing ?

1. Chikungunya

2. Hepatitis B


Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

Tatoos may cause diseases because tattoo instruments come in contact with blood and bodily fluids, if the instruments are used on more than one person without being sterilised. However, infection from tattooing in clean and modern tattoo studios employing single-use needles is rare.

· Infections that can theoretically be transmitted by the use of unsterilised tattoo equipment or contaminated ink include surface infections of the skin, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and HIV. However, no person is reported to have contracted HIV via a commercially-applied tattooing process.

· Tattoo inks have been described as "remarkably nonreactive histologically".However, some allergic reactions have been medically documented.

· Please note that few cases of burns on tattoos caused by MRI scans have been documented. These burns are largely on the designs containing large areas of black ink, since black commonly contains iron oxide; the MRI scanner causes the iron to heat up either by inducing an electrical current or hysteresis. (Important) Module 27 (Target 2012)

54. Which of the following statements is/are applicable to Jain doctrine?

1. The surest way of annihilating Karma is to practice penance.

2. Every object, even the smallest particle has a soul.

3. Karma is the bane of the soul and must be ended.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

The Jain doctrine has so much stress on Karma, which is known by its uncompromising sincerity and steadfast faith in dealing with Karma through penance and austerities. This doctrine has no place for God’s grace or God as the dispenser of fruits of deeds. This is how the Santhara is one of the most revered acts in Jainism. The second and third statements are also correct. The jain doctrine says that the Karma particles cover the soul and to liberate the soul, that had to be ended.

55. Which one of the following terms describes not only the physical space occupied by an organism, but also its functional role in the community of organisms?


[B]Ecological niche


[D]Home range

Answer: B

56. Photochemical smog is a resultant of the reaction among ?

[A]NO2, O3 and peroxyacetyl nitrate in the presence of sunlight

[B]CO, CO2 and peroxyacetyl nitrate in the presence of sunlight

[C]CO, CO2 and NO2 at low temperature

[D]High concentration of NO2, O3 and CO in the evening

Answer: A

Smog is a secondary pollutant, which has made up of Smoke and Fog. Traditionally, the smog has resulted from large amounts of coal burning in an area caused by a mixture of smoke and sulfur dioxide. Now-a-days, the Vehicle emissions and Industrial emissions that are acted on in the atmosphere by ultraviolet light from the sun to form secondary pollutants that also combine with the primary emissions to form photochemical smog.

57. Consider the following minerals:

1. Calcium

2. Iron

3. Sodium

Which of the minerals given above is/are required by human body for the contraction of muscles?

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

Iron is present in the muscle in the form of myoglobin. Myoglobin has the capacity to store oxygen. This oxygen is used for muscle contraction and for other immediate needs of the muscle. Most of you must have ignored this, so got trapped.

58. What will follow if a money bill is substantially amended by the Rajya Sabha ?

[A]The Lok Sabha may still proceed with the bill, accepting or not accepting the recommendations of the Rajya sabha

[B]The lok sabha cannot consider the bill further

[C]The lok sabha may send the bill to the Rajya Sabha for reconsideration

[D]The president may call a joint sitting for passing the bill

Answer: A

59. Which one of the following statements is correct?

[A]In India, the same person cannot be appointed as governor for two or more states at the same time

[B]The judges of the high court of the states in India are appointed by the Governor of the state just as the judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the president

[C]No procedure has been laid down in the constitution of India for the removal of a governor from his/her post

[D]In the case of a union territory having a legislative setup, the chief minister is appointed by the Lt. Governor on the basis of majority support

Answer: C

60. Which of the following pairs is correctly matched ?

[A]Abyssinian Plateau: Arabia

[B]Altas Mountains :: North-Western Africa

[C]Guiana Highlands : South-western Africa

[D]Okavango Basin : Patagonia

Answer: B

61. With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements :

1. The caves at Badami are the oldest Surviving rock-cut caves in India.

2. The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.

3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: C

62. Recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering) allows genes to be transferred :

1. Across different species of plants

2. From animals to plants

3. From microorganisms to higher organisms

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

63. The Chinese traveller Yuan Chwang (Hiuen Tsang) who visited India recorded the general conditions and culture of India at that time. In this context, which of the following statements is/are correct ?

1. The roads and river-routes were completely immune from robbery.

2. As regards punishment for offences, ordeals by fire, water and poison were the instruments for determining the innocence or guilt of a person.

3. The tradesmen had to play duties at ferries and barrier stations.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

In the second statement, I believe that the framer of the question might have forgotten that Huen Tsang had identified four ordeals viz. Fire, water, Weighing and Poison. If we go by this fact, statement 2 is ambiguous. Huen Tsang also refers to traders paying light duties at ferries and other barrier stations. So this is a correct statement.

Regarding the first statement, you all know that he was looted J.

64. Consider the following :

1. Star tortoise

2. Monitor lizard

3. Pygmy hog

4. Spider monkey

Which of the above are naturally found in India?

[A]1, 2 and 3 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 4 only

[D]1, 2, 3, and 4

Answer: A

65. Which of the following can be found as pollutants in the drinking water in some parts of India ?

1. Arsenic

2. Sorbitol

3. Fluoride

4. Formaldehyde

5. Uranium

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 3 only

[B]2, 4 and 5 only

[C]1, 3, and 5 only

[D]1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Answer: C

66. With reference to Indian history, the members of the constituent assembly from the provinces were?

[A]Directly elected by the people of those provinces

[B]Nominated by the Indian national congress and the Muslim league

[C]Elected by the provincial legislative assemblies

[D]Selected by the government for their expertise in constitutional matters

Answer: C

67. Consider the following animals :

1. Sea cow

2. Sea horse

3. Sea lion

Which of the above is/are mammal/ mammals?

[A]1 only

[B]1 and 3 only

[C]2 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

68. Consider the following statements :

1. An amendment to the constitution of India can be initiated by an introduction of a bill in the Lok sabha only.

2. If such an amendment seeks to make changes in the federal character of the constitution, the amendment also requires to be ratified by the legislature of all the states of India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A]1 only

[B]2 only

[C]Both 1 and 2

[D]Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D

69. Consider the following statements :

Attorney general of India can

1. Take part in the proceedings of lok sabha

2. Be a member of a committee of the lok sabha

3. Speak in the lok sabha

4. Vote in the lok sabha

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 4

[C]1, 2 and 3

[D]1 and 3 only

Answer: C

Article 88. "Rights of Ministers and Attorney-General as respects Houses.- Every Minister and the Attorney-General for India shall have the right to speak in, and otherwise to take part in the proceedings of either House, any joint sitting of the Houses, and any committee of Parliament of which he may be named a member, but shall not by virtue of this Article be entitled to vote."

70. With reference to the usefulness of the by-products of sugar industry, which of the following statements is/are correct ?

1. Bagasse can be used as biomass fuel for the generation of energy.

2. Molasses can be used as one of the feedstock for the production of synthetic chemical fertilizers.

3. Molasses can be used for the production of ethanol.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: C

The second statement is not correct, because molasses itself is an organic fertilizer.

71. Variations in the length of daytime and night-time from season to season are due to?

[A]The earth’s rotation on its axis

[B]The earth’s revolution round the sun in an elliptical manner

[C]Latitudinal position of the place

[D]Revolution of the earth on a titled axis

Answer: D

72. The Narmada river flows to the west, while most other large peninsular rivers flow to the east. Why ?

1. It occupies a linear rift valley.

2. It flows between the Vindhyas and the Satpuras.

3. The land slopes to the west from central India.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3

[C]1 and 3


Answer: A

73. On the planet earth, most of the freshwater exists as ice caps and glaciers. Out of the remaining freshwater, the largest proportion?

[A]Is found in atmosphere as moisture and clouds

[B]Is found in freshwater lakes and rivers

[C]Exists as groundwater

[D]Exists as soil moisture

Answer: C

Out of all the water on Earth, salt water in oceans, seas and saline groundwater make up about 97% of it. Only 2.5–2.75% is fresh water, including 1.75–2% frozen in glaciers, ice and snow, 0.7–0.8% as fresh groundwater and soil moisture, and less than 0.01% of it as surface water in lakes, swamps and rivers

74. Consider the following pairs :

1. Nokrek biosphere reserve : Garo Hills

2. Logtak (Loktak) lake : Bakail Range

3. Namdapha national park : Dafla Hills

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1, 2 and 3


Answer: A

75. Consider the following :

1. Electromagnetic radiation

2. Geothermal energy

3. Gravitational force

4. Plate movements

5. Rotation of the earth

6. Revolution of the earth

Which of the above are responsible for bringing dynamic changes on the surface of the earth?

[A]1, 2, 3, and 4 only

[B]1, 3, 5 and 6 only

[C]2, 4, 5, and 6 only

[D]1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Answer: D

The Earth has a restless landscape. It is dynamic and ever-changing. It is subject to changes by electromagnetic radiation in the form of solar energy (exogenic factor) that causes precipitation which leads to erosion and several other activities. The surface is subject to the episodic tectonic forcings we all know. The gravitation force of earth itself and the force exerted by Moon and Sun cause minor changes in the Earth Crust on daily basis apart from generating the ebbs and tides. Rotation of Earth causes Coriolis Force that is responsible for many things. Revolution of Earth is there to make changes in seasons due to Because of the axial tilt of the Earth.

76. Which of the following bodies does not/do not find mention in the constitution?

1. National development council

2. Planning commission

3. Zonal councils

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]2 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

77. The demand for the Tebhaga Peasant Movement in Bengal was for___?

[A]The reduction of the share of the landlords from one-half of the crop to one-third

[B]The grant of ownership of land to peasants as they were the actual cultivators of the land

[C]The uprooting of Zamindari system and the end of serfdom

[D]Writing off all peasant debts

Answer: A

78. The parliament can make any law for whole or any part of India for implementing international treaties?

[A]With the consent of all the states

[B]With the consent of the majority of states

[C]With the consent of the states concerned

[D]Without the consent of any states

Answer: D

79. In the grasslands, trees do not replace the grasses as a part of an ecological succession because of___?

[A]Insects and fungi

[B]Limited sunlight and paucity of nutrients

[C]Water limits and fire

[D]None of the above

Answer: C

80. Which one of the following is the correct sequence of ecosystems in the order of decreasing productivity?

[A]Oceans, lakes, grasslands, mangroves

[B]Mangroves, oceans, grasslands, lakes

[C]Mangroves, grasslands, lakes, oceans

[D]Oceans, mangroves, lakes, grasslands

Answer: C


Biomass productivity (gC/m²/yr)

Swamps and Marshes


Coral reefs


Algal beds


River estuaries


Temperate forests


Cultivated lands




Open ocean


81. Contour Bunding is a method of soil conservation used in ?

[A]Desert margins, liable to strong wind action

[B]Low flat plains, close to stream courses, liable to flooding

[C]Scrublands, liable to spread of weed growth

[D]None of the above

Answer: B

Bunds are built on plains and across streams and small rivers. This reduces the speed of flowing water and soil erosion.

82. The government enacted the Panchayat extension to scheduled areas (PESA) act in 1996, which one of the following is not identified as its objectives?

[A]To provide self-governance

[B]To recognise traditional rights

[C]To create autonomous regions in tribal areas

[D]To free tribal people from exploitation

Answer: C

83. Rainbow is produced when sunlight falls on drops of rain. Which of the following physical phenomena are responsible for this ?

1. Dispersion

2. Refraction

3. Internal reflection

Select the correct answer using the codes given below ?

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

When raindrops fall from the sky, they are round like tiny balls. To form a rainbow, the sun must shine on the raindrops. When a ray of sunlight reaches a raindrop, some of the light enters the drop and refracts. This means that the ray bends at the surface of the drop and changes its direction. Different colors of light refract in slightly different directions. This is how the white sunlight, which is really a combination of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet light, gets separated into different colors. Then each colored ray of light takes its own path inside the raindrop and exits in a different direction. Therefore, when you look up at the rain in the sky, each color of light comes at you from a different direction, and you see a rainbow.

In contrast to the simple round shape of raindrops, snowflakes are six-sided and flat. When sunlight shines on snowflakes tumbling and falling through the air, the many different surfaces of the snowflakes cause the light to be refracted and reflected in many different directions, and the light is too scattered to form a rainbow. However, in special situations snowflakes can create interesting and beautiful displays with sunlight. Parahelia, sometimes called "mock suns" or "sun dogs," are bright spots that appear to the left and right of the sun. They form when rays of sunlight refract through thin plate-like snowflakes that are falling flat through calm air. Often each bright spot has a reddish side and a bluish side.

In a double rainbow, a second arc may be seen above and outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colors reversed (red faces inward toward the other rainbow, in both rainbows). This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.

84. Many transplanted seedlings do not grow because?

[A]The new soil does not contain favourable minerals

[B]Most of the root hairs grip the new soil too hard

[C]Most of the root hairs are lost during transplantation

[D]Leaves get damaged during transplantation

Answer: C

85. Economic growth in country X will necessarily have to occur if?

[A]There is technical progress in the world economy

[B]There is population growth in X

[C]There is capital formation in X

[D]The volume of trade grows in the world economy

Answer: C

86. Which of the following statements is/are correct ?

1. Viruses lack enzymes necessary for the generation of energy.

2. Viruses can be cultured in any synthetic medium.

3. Viruses are transmitted from one organism to another by biological vectors only.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: A

The first statement is correct. Second statement is incorrect because to culture virus in laboratory you need living media such as Bacteriophages. The Viruses can be transmitted by biological vectors as well as the mechanical vectors.

87. Which of the following leaf modifications occurs/occur in desert areas to inhibit water loss ?

1. Hard and waxy leaves

2. Tiny leaves or no leaves

3. Thorns instead of leaves

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]2 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

88. The known forces of nature can be divided into four classes, viz., gravity, electromagnetism, weak nuclear force and strong nuclear force. With reference to them, which one of the following statements is not correct?

[A]Gravity is the strongest of the four

[B]Electromagnetism acts only on particles with an electric charge

[C]Weak nuclear force causes radioactivity

[D]Strong nuclear force holds protons and neutrons inside the nucleus of an atom

Answer: A

89. The efforts to detect the existence of Higgs boson particle have become frequent news in the recent past. What is/ are the importance/ importances of discovering this particle?

1. It will enable us to under-stand as to why elementary particles have mass.

2. It will enable us in the near future to develop the technology of transferring matter from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them.

3. It will enable us to create better fuels for nuclear fission.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: A

90. Mycorrhizal biotechnology has been used in rehabilitating degraded sites because mycorrhiza enables the plants to?

1. Resist drought and increase absorptive area

2. Tolerate extremes of ph

3. Resist disease infestation

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2, and 3

Answer: D

91. Who among the following constitute the National Development Council?

1. The prime minister

2. The chairman, finance commission

3. Ministers of the union cabinet

4. Chief ministers of the state

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1, 2 and 3 only

[B]1, 3 and 4 only

[C]2 and 4 only

[D]1, 2, 3, and 4

Answer: B

92. The national income of a country for a given period is equal to the __?

[A]Total value of goods and services produced by the nationals

[B]Sum of total consumption and investment expenditure

[C]Sum of personal income of all individuals

[D]Money value of final goods and services produced

Answer: D

National income measures the money value of the flow of output of goods and services produced within an economy over a period of time.

93. Which of the following grants/ grant direct credit assistance to rural households?

1. Regional rural banks

2. National bank for agriculture and rural development

3. Land development Banks

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 and 2 only

[B]2 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: C

94. Consider the following statements:

The parliamentary committee on public accounts:

1. Consists of not more than 25 members of the Lok Sabha

2. Scrutinizes appropriation and finance accounts of the government

3. Examines the report of the comptroller and auditor general of India

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A]1 Only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

· The Public Accounts Committee consists of not more than 22 members comprising 15 members elected by Lok Sabha every year from amongst its members.

· The Public Account Committee carries out the examination of the Appropriation Accounts relating to the Railways, Defence Services, P&T Department and other Civil Ministries of the Government of India and Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India thereon as also the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor-General on Revenue Receipts mainly form the basis of the deliberation of the Committee.

· The Comptroller and Auditor General is the “friend, philosopher and guide” of the Committee. He attends the sittings of the Committee and assists it in its deliberations.

95. Consider the following Bhakti saints :

1. Dadu Dayal

2. Guru Nanak

3. Tyagaraja

Who among the above was/were preaching when the Lodi dynasty fell and Babur took over ?

[A]1 and 3

[B]2 only

[C]2 and 3

[D]1 and 2

Answer: B

96. With reference to the food chains in Ecosystems which of the following kinds of organism is/are known as decomposer organism/ organisms ?

1. Virus

2. Fungi

3. Bacteria

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

97. The most important fishing grounds of the world are found in the regions where?

[A]Warm and cold atmospheric currents meet

[B]Rivers drain out large amounts of freshwater into the sea

[C]Warm and cold oceanic currents meet

[D]Continental shelf is undulating

Answer: C

Most important fishing grounds in the world are located in shallow water close to the land where there is mixing of cold and warm currents from different regions. The major fishing grounds on earth comprise the seas north of Japan where the warm Kuroshio Current meets the cold Kamchatka Current; the Grand Banks off Newfoundland where the North Atlantic Drift encounters the cold Labrador Current; and the sea around Iceland where the North Atlantic Drift meets the East Greenland Current.

98. Which of the following is/ are unique characteristic / characteristics of equatorial forests?

1. Presence of tall, closely set trees with crowns forming a continuous canopy

2. Coexistence of a large number of species

3. Presence of numerous varieties of epiphytes

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1 only

[B]2 and 3 only

[C]1 and 3 only

[D]1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

99. Which of the following constitute capital account?

1. Foreign loans

2. Foreign direct investment

3. Private remittances

4. Portfolio investment

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

[A]1, 2 and 3

[B]1, 2 and 4

[C]2, 3 and 4

[D]1, 3 and 4

Answer: B

100.Consider the following historical places :

1. Ajanta caves

2. Lepakshi temple

3. Sanchi stupa

Which of the above places is/ are also known for mural paintings ?

[A]1 only

[B]1 and 2 only

[C]1, 2 and 3


Answer: B

Lepakshi temple is a good repository of mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings. Sanchi is known for sculpture whose designs are similarly painted in Ajanta Caves murals.

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    May 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for the Answers sir.

    for me i’m gettng 41(net) questions correct in paper 1
    and in paper 2 42(net) questions correct .,i’m belonged to reservation category, is there any chances for me to get selected for mains …kindly guide sir!!

    karthik krishnan

  2. nav_sidhu

    May 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    q 10 answer should be D
    the answer given by you seems incorrect to me.
    as government doesnt raise money(public debt) to keep in its cofers..but uses tht money..hence the money is already in supply but being used for better purposes(government feels so).so returning the public debt would only mean the same money going back to the original creditors and thus no change in money supply

    so the most suitable answer i believe is D

    plz correct me if im wrong

    and huge thanks for the hard effort put in for this marvelous answer key with EXPLANATIONS

  3. dileep.paturu

    May 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm


    For the question 75: You have given the answer as ‘A’. But, according to the explanation, the correct answer seems to be ‘D’. Please confirm the correct answer.

    For the question 22: Could you please explain why ‘D’ can not be the right answer?

  4. dileep.paturu

    May 27, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    For the question 25: You have given the answer as ‘D’. But the first statement appears to be wrong as it says that the council of ministers is collectively responsible to the Parliament where as it is actually responsible to the Lok Sabha only. Could you please justify option D?

  5. akand.sitra

    May 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I think your interpretation of Q.9 might be wrong. In option D, when they meant “creating new money”, they meant minting new currency notes which obviously leads to inflation. So, I think the correct answer is D and not A.

    Excellent analysis of the paper and Im an ardent fan of this site. :)

  6. anil

    May 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    shale gas in gondwana. plz chk

  7. anil

    May 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    shale gas in gondwana. plz chk
    and wat wud be d xpctd cut-off

  8. akand.sitra

    May 27, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hi again,
    In the 90th Q, I dont think mycorrhizal biotech enables plants to tolerate extremes of pH. For that matter, I dont think any plant can tolerate extreme pH values.
    So answer should be C. (1 and 3 only)

    Please check into that. :)

  9. dhruv

    May 27, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Q 92
    Ans is A
    National income
    National income is the total value a country’s final output of all new goods and services produced in one year. Understanding how national income is created is the starting point for macroeconomics.

  10. Deepender singh

    May 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Sir what might be the cut off this time?

  11. Deepender singh

    May 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I am getting 212 and I belong to general category.

  12. Atul

    May 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Dear Sir,
    For question no. 15 as per wikipedia page under Liberation,Transmigration of Soul is mentioned.So Answer would be B.Kindly correct if i am wrong.

  13. Atul

    May 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    With reference to question no. 14,As per MOEF report on critically endangered species , Swamp Dear is enlisted as endangered species.Here is the link for your reference.So answer should be (C).

  14. Chaitu1201

    May 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Question 22:
    Siberian tundra nomads: yenets, nenets, thu Huns , Scythians, etc
    Climate: scanty rainfall

  15. manu

    May 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    qn 25
    the ministers are collectively responsible to lok sabha only not to parliament(as per laxmikanth)

  16. Atul

    May 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Check this link Page no. 99 for question no. 14,Zoological Survey of India identifies Swamp Deer as Endangered Species :)

  17. Compchap

    May 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I share the concern with Nav_siddhu and dileep. Kindly enlighten us with the correct solution for these question.

  18. lalit kardam

    May 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    friends . i think i’m getting around 185-190 marks in pre 2013 . what are mt chances of clearing the exam . i also comes under sc category .

  19. rex

    May 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    question 25
    should the answer not be B?
    plz notice-the council of ministers are collectively responsible to Lok Sabha
    the option says both the houses and so it should be incorrect


  20. Anupam

    May 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Please refer Article 75(3) for question number 25. The answer should be “2&3 only”.

  21. alok

    May 28, 2013 at 12:17 am

    i m getting 81 from ur answer key and total around 230. i m general candidate. shud i start preparing for mains?? can i qualifu pt?? plz reply

  22. vipin_1122

    May 28, 2013 at 12:21 am

    paper 1-55 right and paper2- 60 right , any chance sir

  23. alok

    May 28, 2013 at 12:50 am

    regarding ques no 20
    1 Shale gas occur in gondwana beds.
    2 Shale gas is a natural gas

    so natural gas occur in gondawana beds.
    therefore answer should be a.

    correct me plz if i m wrong

  24. alok

    May 28, 2013 at 12:59 am

    regarding ques no 15

    both buddha and kapila followed the doctrine of transmigration of soul. so answer should be only 2 i.e. b


    do correct me

  25. anonymous

    May 28, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Sir regarding Q. No. 25
    CoM is collectively responsible to Lok Sabha (Art. 75) not Parliament

  26. Lakshya

    May 28, 2013 at 1:22 am

    In Q.No. 44 State of Nirvana according to Buddhism is end of desires.I Referred this from OLD NCERT Book Ancient India Page 95 Column 2 Para 2 Line 10.

    Suresh Sir, Could you please recheck this.

  27. alok

    May 28, 2013 at 1:23 am

    tegarding que no 48
    answer may be c
    as choice a tells about the balance of trade.
    plz elaborate.

  28. alok

    May 28, 2013 at 2:06 am

    in ques no 9
    creating new money also means that RBI prints more currency then it increases inflation (as in 1970’s double digit inflation was there). also because of this govt has to raise wages of its employees further increasing its expenditure and more inflation. again RBI has to mint more and again inflation and thus a vicious circle creates.

    bt in option (a) no such vicious circle arises. so may b answer is (d).
    plz elaborate

  29. rupinder

    May 28, 2013 at 2:46 am


    regarding question 48 i have one doubt :

    option “A” i.e import and export is part of the current account, which helps us to calculate the balance of payments. so how it alone can tell us BOP ?? capital account is also to be used for BOP .

    i think “D” option should be correct as money is also one form of capital so its should be record of movement of capital from one country to another.

    Also reagarding question 10 . i think answer should be D. because if ur are creating more money(demand) for the same amount of supply in the market there should be inflation.

  30. Amandeep

    May 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Answer for 22 should be D – Siberian Tundra. Please explain in case i’m wrong.

  31. prerna

    May 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    m gettng 194 to 200… m preparing for ifs…. is thr z any chance??? will the cut off for ifs b lower than ias???

  32. prerna

    May 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

    sir wat will b the cut off for ifs???

  33. alok

    May 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

    The ultimate aim of Buddhist practice, then,
    is to annihilate the self. This is where a
    great deal of misunderstanding arises, and
    naturally so; but once it is realized that to
    annihilate the self is to annihilate a delusion,
    this misunderstanding disappears. When the
    delusion is removed, the reality appears; so
    that to destroy delusion is to reveal the
    reality. The reality cannot be discovered
    while the delusion of self continues to
    obscure it.

    plz check it sir

  34. sanjay

    May 28, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Answer option to Q97 is D
    Ecology of Coastal Waters: With Implications For Management(Pg 2)
    By Kenneth H. Mann

  35. kabir

    May 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Q22 answer must be steppe as from book physical geo. gohchengleong page no 150—-climate extreme, scanty rainfall and nomadic peoples kirghizused to live in last century

  36. kiran bs

    May 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    M getting 223 marks. Is that enough to clear prelims..what will be the possible cut off this time. I belong to general category

  37. Amit

    May 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for your input although I had doubt on Q38, answers should be D because food chain is different from food web & shows linear sequence of species which feed on the below species hence levels of species are countable which is option 3 & 1 & 3 are available in only option D, please refer the link for more understanding,

  38. Amit

    May 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Sorry for confusion answer should be “C” for Q38, consisting All. Thanks

  39. vinothpvrt

    May 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    sankhya accept rebirth.

  40. aj

    May 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    all explanation look satisfactory. score

  41. shruthi

    June 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    can i totally rely on dis key coz acc to dis am gettin 225. obc i have any chance? anyone help me. ur doing a wonderful job gktoday. kudos!!

  42. Gulshan kumar

    July 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    For q98 answer is 1&3.Almost all answer key gives in equatorial forest 1,2&3 answer.The same question is solved in upkar ugcnet geography book which i read in 2003-04 during preparation of net exam

  43. satheesh

    July 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    sir with reference to question number 65..uranium also there..just search google.. research papers are there on punjab region regarding uranium contamination in drinking water…here iam not allowed to post the link…

  44. satheesh

    July 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    sorry just confused!!!!

  45. Kaviraj

    September 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Shukriya “”gktoday””

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