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Previous year history questions(Set-5)

Questions on Pre Indus

  1. The Stone age people domesticated 1990

A.Asses B. Dogs  C. Horses  D. Cow

 

The wolves saw that wherever man lived, food was available since man discarded whatever he could not eat. The wolves scavenged them. In no time the wolves begun to hover around human settlements. Probably some one brought a baby wolf and domesticated it. Animal Biologists estimate that some wolves became dogs in just twenty years. Thus  companionship of man with the dog is as old as the emergence of man. (Skeletons of the dog have been found in the underground shelters of man belonging to the old stone age at Burzahom in Kashmir)

The cow comes in during the days man was a nomad. He moved his cows, goats etc., as he went along since they were portable food. When farming began, the cow became valuable since it gave birth to calves which might grow up as bulls and could be used in tilling the field. Horses and nomads belong to the same age, the age of the hunters

 

Questions asked on Indus Valley Civilization

2.  Which one of the following animals was NOT represented on the seals and Terraacotta art of the Harappan culture?2001

(a) Cow    (b) Elephant      (c)   Rhinoceros (d) Tiger

 

The Bull is the sacred animal of Harappan culture. The cow is the sacred animal of the Aryans.

So you don’t see the cow on any Indus seals.

Terracotta art means material made out of mud. All other animals are represented in one or the other seals. Many of them are on the hiorned deity seal sitting in yoga mudra

 

Questions asked on Vedic Period

         3. The term ‘Aryan’ denotes1999

(a) an ethnic group        (b) a nomadic people
(c) a speech group         (d) a superior race

 

  • But actually it is only a speech group. Thus we speak of the Aryan group of languages. In practice it was used to denote a superior race. Hitler called himself aryan

 

4. Which one of the following four Vedas contains an account of magical chance and spells?2004

(a) Rig-Veda

(b) Yajur-Veda

(c) Atharvana-Veda

(d) Sama-Veda

 

 

Questions asked on Jainism and Buddhism

  • In the excavations at Boghazkoi in Asia Minor, which date about 1400 B.C., inscriptions are found containing the names  of deities like Indra, Varuna, and Nasatya
  • The people who called themselves Aryans as distinct from the local people called Dasyus settled first in the Sapta Sindhu or the Land of the Seven Rivers.  They gave the name Bramhavarta to this
  • In the beginning they were confined to the area which  came to  be  known as the Sapta-Sindhu, comprising of the  modern  day Eastern Afghanistan, Punjab and parts of Western U.P..That  the  former  regions were occupied  by  the  Aryan  is obvious  from  the  mention of rivers like  the  Kubha (in Kabul),  Suvastu, Krumu,  Gomati,  Susartu,  Sindhu, and  its  five  tributaries  – Vitasta,  Askini,  Parushni,  Vipasa  and  Sutadri     Mention  is also made of Ganga, Yamuna,  Saraswati,  Ghaggar and Saryu etc.
  • The Rigveda refers to the profit seeking merchants going to the sea The  Atharva Veda refers to the Mujavant peak which  may  be safely identified as the modern Hindukush mountains. This is  the place  from where they secured their intoxicating drinks  or  raw materials  for the same: Soma (Opium?)
  • The Bharatas were residents, in the time of the Rigveda, of the region between the Saraswati and the Yamuna.
  • The Purus were closely connected with the Bharatas, and they lived  on  either  side  of the  Saraswati  [Bharatas  and  Purus amalgamated forming the Kurus]. Closely  allied  with  the Bharatas was  the  tribe  of  the Srinjayas who lived in their neighbourhood, probably in Panchala.
  • The Druhyus, Turvasas and Anus lived between the Asikini and Purushni.
  • The Ladu  and  Turvasa lived in  the  Southern  Punjab  and probably further South.
  • The Matsyas lived in the region of modern Alwar,  Bharatpur and Jaipur district.
  • The Chedis, who dwelt probably between the Yamuna  and  the Vindhyas, had a very powerful king named Kasu.
  • The Kusinaras were dwelling in the middle country.
  • The Kikatas (Kiratas), who were non-Aryans, were living in Magadha.
  • The Chandalas , Parnakas, and Simyus etc. were Dasa  tribes who mostly inhabited the Gangetic Valley.
  • There is   no  archaeological  evidence   of   the   Aryan civilization  of  early times.  We get such evidence  only  after 1000 B.C. of what is called the Bronze The  Parsis are believed to belong to the same group as  the Aryans. Their sacred book is the Zend Avesta. Their chief God the Ahura Mazda.  Like the Vedic Aryans they also worship fire
  • SIMILARITY BETWEEN VEDA AND AVESTA
  • (i) The ceremony of upanayana is the same.
  • (ii) The conventional number of gods remained thirty-three.
  • (iii) Like the Vedic gods, those of the Avesta too hold up the sky to prevent them falling down.
  • (iv) Image   worship   is unknown in both the Avesta and  the
  • (v)  There was a large number of common cults words such  as homa (soma), manthra (mantra), yazata (yajata) etc.
  • Major Vedic Rituals
  • Our   knowledge  of  Vedic  rituals  is  derived  from   the Brahmanas, the Samhitas and Kalpasutras.  The Brahmanas deal with sacrifices  and  rituals; the Samhitas with the mantras  and  the Kalpasutras contain aphorisms
  • Rajasuya: Royal consecration ceremony, organised  with  great pomp.   Prayers  for the welfare of the people  and  the  country offered.
  • Aswamedha: assertion of the status of Sarvabhouma chakravartin
  • Marriage  regarded  a sacrament and  not  a  contract.   Most important  rituals  here were the Saptapadi and  looking  at  the Arundhati star.
  • Simanta performed at any time from the fourth to  the  eighth month of the first pregnancy only
  • Jatakarman performed immediately after birth.  The  navel  is cut  after the father breathes three times on the child.   Secret name given to the child.
  • Namakarna on the tenth day
  • Anna Prasana.  First feeding of the child with solid food  in the sixth month
  • Upanayana in the eighth, eleventh or twelfth year according to person’s caste.
  • Shraddha  performed to the dead – near and  distant:  father, grand father and great grandfather The  Kings  began  to  perform  various  sacrifices-Rajasuya (Royal  consecration)  Asvamedha (Horse sacrifice)  and  Vajapeya (Chariot race)
  • THE BATTLE OF THE TEN KINGS
  • The Rig  Vedic Aryans seem to have been  divided  into  two rival groups.
  • One of these included the Srinjayas and Bharatas.
  • To the other group belonged the Yadus,  Turvasas,  Druhyas, Anus and Purus, who were in alliance with five indigenous tribes.
  • The battle  of  ten  kings was  fought  between  the  tribe Bharatas  and  its ally on the one side and groups of  the  above mentioned  ten  It was fought on the bank  of  the  river Parusni.
  • Caste system is not mentioned any where in the Rigveda The foundation  of  the Hindu social system  based  on  the classes  has  to be traced from the Purusasukta  of  the  Rigveda which  divides society into four major classes,  e.,  brahmana, rajanya, vaisya and sudra.
  • I am a poet, my father is a leach (doctor), and my mother is a grinder of corn — says a person in the Rig Veda.
  • In the  Vedic  period, women  enjoyed  a  very  respectable position in society.
  • Women took part in Vedic discussions, and mixed with men in popular festivities.
  • Non-Aryan women  appear to have joined the  army  in  large numbers.
  • Widows were allowed to remarry, probably in such cases where the dead had left no son.
  • The  customs  of  child  marriage,  sati  and  slavery  were unknown.
  • According to some scholars the hymns of the Rig  Veda  were composed on the banks of the River Saraswati.
  • Words that occur frequently in the Rig Veda and the number of times they occur
  • Om 1028
  • Jana 275
  • Vis 171
  • Gau 176
  • Pushan was regarded as the God of Sudras.
  • The people also came to worship the snake.
  • They had faith in witch-craft, charms, spells and spirits
  • Varnashrama: The  life of an individual Aryan  was  divided into four stages:
  • (a) Brahmacharya  (b) Grihasta  (c) Vanaprastha  (d) Sanyasa
  • New officials came into existence like purohita or chaplain, Samgrahitri (Treasurer) Bhagadugha (Tax collector),  Sthapati (Provincial governor etc.,)
  • OLD NAME OF RIVERS
  • New Name   Old Name
  • Sutlej –            Shutudri
  • Beas –               Vipas
  • Ravi –             Parushni
  • Chenab –         Askini
  • Jhelam –         Vitasta
  • Indus –           Sindhu
  • *Sarsuti –       Sarasvati
  • *(now lost in the Rajasthan desert)
  • Ghaggar –      Drishadvati
  • Swat –            Suvastu
  • Kurram –        Krumu
  • Kabul –          Kubha
  • Gomal –        Gomati
  • The  sites  inhabited by the later Vedic people  are  called Painted Gray Ware (P.G.W).

The  Atharva Veda refers to Mujavant which  may  be  safely identified as the modern Hindukush mountains from where the Aryans used to get opium to make their soma and sura (intoxicating drinks) The Hindus even today use the Khas Khas ( gasgase) to make their Payasams

 

Answers:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. D
  4. C

Previous year history questions(Set-4)

  1. The ancient Indian playMudrarakshasa of Visakhadutt has its subject on2002

(a) a conflict between Gods and Demons of ancient Hindu lore

(b) a romantic story of an Aryan prince and a tribal woman

(c) the story of the power struggle between two Aryan tribes

(d) the court intrigues at the time of Chandragupta Maurya

 

  • It refers to the Mauryan period though Vishakadatta was one of the gems in the court of Chandragupta II, the Gupta monarch. Rakshasa was a minister of the Nandas

 

2. ‘Mrichchhakatika’ an ancient Indian book written by Shudraka deals with “2003

(a) the love affair of a rich merchant with the daughter of  a courtesan

(b) the victory of Chandragupta II over the Shaka Kshatrapas of western India

(c) the military expeditions and exploits of Samudragupta

(d) the love affair between a Gupta King and a princess of     Kamarupa

 

 

3. Consider the following statements:2003

  1. Kitab-i-Nauras. a collectionof songs in praise of Hindu deities and Muslim saints, was written by Ibrahim Adil Shah II.
  2. Amir Khusrau was the originator in Indiaof the early form of the musical style known as Qawali.

Which of these statements is/are correct ?

(a)Only 1      (b)  Only 2        (c) Both 1 and 2       (d)    Neither 1 nor 2

 

 

4. Consider the following statements:2004

  1. The chinese piligrim Fa-Hien attended the fourth Great Buddhist Council held by Kanishka.
  2. The chinese piligrim Hiuen-Tsang met Harsha and found him to be antagonistic to Buddhism

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)1 only    (b) 2 only  © Both 1 and 2   (d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

 

5. Who among the following was not a contemporary of the other three? 2005

(a)Bimbasara       (b)Gautama Buddha  ©Milinda  (d)Prasenjit

 

 

 

Answers:

  1. D
  2. A
  3. B
  4. D
  5. C

Previous year history questions(Set-3)

  1. Which one of the following statements is not correct ?   1999
    (a) ‘Neel Darpan’ was a play based on the exploitation of the indigo farmers
    (b) The author of the play ‘Ghashiram Kotwal is Vjay Tendulkar
    (c) The play ‘Navanna’ by Navind Chandra Das was based on the famine of Bengal
    (d) Urdu theatre used to depend heavily on Parsi theatre

 

2. In which one of the following cities is the Lingaraja Temple located?2001

(a)Bhubaneswar      b)Bijapur   ©Kolkata  (d)Shravanabelagola

 

3. Who amongst the following Englishmen, first translated Bhagvad-Gita into English? 2001

(a)William Jones              (b)Charles Wilkins

©Alexander Cunningham  (d)John Marshal

 

 

4. Match the following:2002

Ancient site            Archaeological findings

A.Lothal                          1.Ploughed field

B.Kalibangan                 2. Dockyard

C.Dholavira                   3. Terracotta replica of a plough

D.Banawali                    4.An inscription comprising ten large sized signs of the                                                             Harappan script

    A              B      C      D

a.1                2      3      4

b.2                1      4      3

c.1                2      4      3

d.2                1      3      4

  • Lothal had a big dock yard belonging to the Harappan period. This shows that the people traded with West Asia. Lothal also had rows of workshop sites where at they seem to have manufactured many things. Lothal is in Gujarat at the head of the Gulf of Cambay . You may be asked to identify Lothal on a map with several numbers marked.
  • Their Industry, trade and Commerce: They manufactured Cotton cloth.  They also mined copper.  They traded with Bahrein  (known as Tilmun. The people of Bahrein referred to the Indus region  as Melhua),  Egypt and Mesopotamia.  Cotton fabrics, copper  vessels ivory  were the chief objects of trade.  They had  also  contacts with South India.  Kolar gold has been found among the ruins of  the Indus valley.
  • Lothal is situated on the bank of Bhogavar.
  • Only at Lothal and Rangpur, Rice husks have been found.
  • The  use  of  weights and measures  proves  that  they  knew arithmetic as well which is shown by a scale found at Lothal.  It was  surrounded  by  a  thick, mud-brick  wall  on  three  sides, southern, western and northern.
  • On the eastern side is located a dockyard and wharf  loading platform
  • Lothal has the uniqueness of having double burial i.e., the practice  of  burying a male and a female together  in  a  single grave.
  • At Lothal the houses opened on the main street while at Mohenjodaro the doors did not open on the main street. Also  the houses had no windows : fear of sand storms?
  • Questions can be asked on any one of the above slides. Also study the geological time scale give in this directory.
  • http://www.india-history.com/prehistory/stone-age-india.htmlMap of stone Age settlements in India available at thi site on the Internet. Note : Burzahom is in Kashmir not marked in the map
  • Expect questions on
    Gold was imported from Kolar and silver and tin from Rajasthan
  • Precious stones from the Ooty region
  • Details about Kalibangan, Kot Diji, Amri, Harappa, Mohenjadaro, Chanmhudaro, Dholavira, Kulli culture
  • Parpola Brothers and Rev Fr Heras who tried to decipher the Indus script and held it to be Proto Dravidian
  • Expect questions on Ramaptyhecus, siva pithecus
  • Burzhamon, Bhimbetka paintigs
  • Ivory from the elephants which were present in the forests at the edge of the Indus cities then
  • Tiger, bison, rhino important animals of the Indus forests
  • Dam and flood irrigation. Hence Indra is called Vretraghna or destroyer of the dams
  • Additional details on which no questions have been asked so far
  • Mohenjo Daro is in the  Larkhana District  of Sind and Harappa on the banks of the river  Ravi  in the Montgomeny District of the Punjab.  Both these places are now in Pakistan
  • The most important building at Mohenjo daro was  the  Great Bath 180 feet long and 108 wide with galleries and side rooms all round.   In  the middle there was a swimming pool with  steps  on either side.
  • D.Bannerjee  and  Sir John  Marshall  were  very  much responsible for the discovery of the remains of this civilization
  • The Indus Valley civilization may have  been  at  it  highest between 3200 and  2750  C.   This civilization extended  from Rupar at the foot of the Simla Hills to Suktagendor on the Makran coast and from near Mathura to Bhagatrav the mouth of the Tapti.
  • Harappa was even larger than Mohenjodaro and culturally  was the  capital  of the Northern region.  At Harappa there  was  the Great     Harappa  is in a  more  ruined  condition  than Mohenjodaro. It  is  called Harappan because  this  civilization  was discovered  first in 1921 at the modern site of Harappa  situated in the province of West Punjab in Pakistan
  • Other important centres are Kalibangan, Rupar and Chanhudaro . Chanhu-daro is about  130  km  south  of Mohenjo-daro  in Sindh. Kalibangan is situated on the ancient Sarasvati, now  called Ghaggar in Rajasthan.
  • In Kalibangan many houses had wells. Dirty  water flowed from the house to the streets which had drains.  Sometimes these  drains were covered with bricks and sometimes  with  stone slabs.
  • The existence of wheel conveyance is proved by a cart-wheel having a single hub Chanhudaro situated at eighty miles south of Mohenjodaro
  • According to the latest excavations the Northern most site is Manda (J & K) and the southern-most, Diamabad (Maharashtra) in Ahmadnagar District.
  • Among recent discoveries the most remarkable is the Harappan site at Shortughai on the south plain of the oxus in the  north-eastern Afghanistan.  This site probably exploited trade in lapis lazuli  from  the mines of Badakshan and perhaps  other  material such as copper. There were many other region ns such as Amri, Nal, Zhob, Kulli and Kot Diji, which apparently participated in varying degree  in giving something of their own to the Harappa culture. Kulli as famous for the black soap stone boxes use for keeping cosmetics by women
  • The people of Bahrein (known n ancient tims as Tilmun) referred to the Indus region as Melhua.  The Indus people traded with Egypt and Mesopotamia.  Cotton fabrics, copper  vessels ivory  were the chief objects of trade.  They had  also  contacts with South India.  Kolar gold has been found in the ruins of  the Indus valley. Both the gold ornaments and Kolar gold have the same silver content. Actually satellite photography shows the existence of cairsn between Kolar and Mohenjodaro. (Cairn stones are used even today in the villages for people carrying their head loads to load hem on these stiones and have some rest)
  • The Brahuis  who   live in Baluchistan  speak  a  Dravidian language (vattelittu)  but  are of Turko-Iranian origin,  and  are  ethnically quite  distinct  from  the  various  peoples  speaking  Dravidian languages in central and southern India.
  • It is believed that the Indus Valley people worshipped  the Mother Goddess, the Pipal tree, the Shiva  Linga, Shiva as Pasupati etc
  • The Indus people had almost all the offensive weapons but no defensive weapons

 

5. Which one of the following statementsis not correct?2002

(a) The statue of Gomateshwara at Sravanabelagola represents the last Tirthankara of Jains

(b) India’s largest Buddhist monastery is in Arunachal Pradesh

(c) The Khajuraho temples were built under Chandela Kings

(d) The Hoysalesvara temple is dedicated to Siva

 

 

Answers:

  1. B
  2. A
  3. B
  4. B
  5. A

Previous year history questions(Set-2)

  1. Consider the following statements 1999
    The striking feature of the Jama Masjid in Kashmir completed by Zain-ul-Abidin include (s)
    1. turret                   2. similarity with Buddhist pagodas                   3. Persian style
    Which of the above statements is/are correct ?
    (a) 1 alone             (b) 1, 2 and 3 (c) 2 and 3        (d) 1 and 3

 

2. The first writer to use Urdu as the medium of poetic expression was 1999

(a) Amir Khusru              (b) Mirza Ghalib

(c)Bahadur Shah Zafar     (d) Faiz

 

3. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer  1999

List I                                                 List II  
A.Pandit Vishnu                1. Introduced the scheme of Raga
Digambar Paluskar             classification in Indian music
B. Venkatamahi                  2. Proponent of the Carnatic music
C. Shyama Shastri               3. Proponent of the Khayal form of                                                                                               Hindustani music
D. Amir Khusru                   4. Wrote the music for the song Vande                                                                                         Mataram

        A       B       C       D
(a)    4      1      3      2

(b)    4      1      2      3
(c)    1      4      3      2

(d)   1      4      2      3

 

4. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer       1999

List I (Libraries)                                List II (Locations)
A. Saraswati Mahal Library                                  1. Patna
B. Library of Tibetan Work and Archives          2. Dharamsala
C. Raza Library                                                        3. Thanjavur
D. Khuda Baksh Oriental Public Library            4. Rampur

(a)        3      2      4      1

(b)        3      2      1      4
(c)        2      3      1      4

(d)        2      3      4      1

 

5. The following persons came to India at one time or another  1999

  1. Fa-Hien      2. I-Tsing     3. Megasthenese        4. Hieun Tsang
    The correct chronological sequence of their visits is

(a) 3, 1, 2, 4  (b) 3, 1, 4, 2  (c) 1, 3, 2, 4   (d) 1, 3, 4, 2

 

 

Answers:

  1. D
  2. A
  3. B
  4. A
  5. B

Mock Set 7

With reference to Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana,

  1. The account holder will receive RuPay debit card
  2. It will cover an accident insurance of 30000/-
  3. Cover a life insurance of 30000/-
  4. Account holder eligible for over draft facility of 5000/- based on performance during the first 6 months.

The correct statements are:

  1. 1, 2 & 4
  2. 1, 2 & 3
  3. 1, 3 & 4
  4. All of the above

2. The vision of ‘Digital India’ includes:

  1. To transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy
  2. The phases will be implemented in phases from 2015 to 2018
  3. The programme has been envisaged by Dept of Electronics and Information Technology.
  4. All of the above

3.With reference to “Make In India” initiative:

  1. Aimed at showcasing India as an investment destination
  2. Implemented by Dept of Industrial Policy and Promotion
  3. Implemented by Dept of Ministry of Commerce & Industry
  4. e-biz portal would provide a 24X7 online realtime platform for all central regulatory clearances.

The correct statements are:

  1. 1, 2 & 4
  2. 1, 3 &4
  3. 1, 2 & 3
  4. All of the above

4. Seasons are caused by which of the following? 

  1. The tilt of the earth’s rotation relative to the ecliptic as earth revolves around the sun
  2. The varying amount of sunspot activity
  3. The earth’s orbit around the sun as an exlipse rather than a circle
  4. The rotation of during a 24-hour day

5. The accumulation of stress along the boundaries of lithospheric plates results in which of the following?

  1. Earthquakes
  2. Magnetic reversals
  3. Hurricanses
  4. Increased deposition of deep-sea sediments

 

6.Which of the following elements is a metal 

  1. S
  2. Se
  3. I
  4. Ga

7.Which of the following items will be attracted to the north pole of a permanent magnet by a magnet force? 

  1. The north pole of another permanent magnet
  2. A piece of iron that is not a permanent magnet
  3. A positively charged glass rod
  4. A negatively charged rubber rod

 

8. Pollination by birds is called 

  1. autogamy
  2. ornithophily
  3. entomophily
  4. Anemophily

9. As you go down into a well, your weight 

  1. increases slightly
  2. decreases slightly
  3. remains exactly the same
  4. None of the above

 

10. Which of the following elements was unknown to ancient civilizations? 

  1. tin
  2. aluminum
  3. mercury
  4. sulfur

Answers:

1 c
2 d
3 d
4 a
5 a
6 d
7 b
8 b
9 b
10 b

Prelims-Set 6

1.Which of following statement is incorrect about the Biosphere?
a.    Biosphere is combination of lithosphere, hydrosphere and Atmosphere
b.    Biosphere is missing at extreme of north and south pole
c.    Organisms are uniformly present in Biosphere
d.    All of the above


2. What is the carbon credit?

a.    It is the difference between the carbon emission allowed and actually emitted carbon
b.    It is the loan amount by IMF for reducing pollution
c.    It is loan given to poor people for buying Modern Stoves
d.    All of the above
3.  What is the meaning of coral bleaching?
a.    Paling of coral color or decline in zooxanthellae due to climate change
b.    Impacts of excessive sea  trade on fishing industry
c.    Both a and b
d.    None of the above

4.With reference to the objectives of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme, which one of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. To prevent gender biased sex selective elimination.
  2. To ensure survival & protection of the Girl Child but not education.
  3. To ensure survival, protection and education of the Girl Child.
  4. Kerala was chosen for the nation-wide launch of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao initiative because of the highest sex ratio in the state.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Codes:

  1. 1, 3 and 4
  2. 1, 2 and 4
  3. 1 and 3
  4. 1 and 4

5. National programmes under National Rural Health Mission includes

  1. National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme(NVBDCP)
  2. National Leprosy Eradication Programme(NLEP)
  3. National Programme for Control of Blindness(NPCB)
  4. National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme(NIDDCP)

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

 

  1. 1 & 2
  2. 1, 2 &4
  3. 1, 3 & 4
  4. All of the above

6. With reference to National Biodiversity Authority

  1. Established under the Biological Diversity Act.
  2. Located in Kochin
  3. To respect and protect the knowledge of local communities related to biodiversity.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  1. 1 & 2
  2. 1, 2 & 3
  3. 1 & 3
  4. 2 & 3

7. With reference to Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd (MUDRA) Bank

  1. MUDRA will be set up through a statutory enactment
  2. The bank will be responsible for refinancing micro-finance institutions in the business of lending to small entities.
  3. Launched with a corpus of Rs. 20,000 crore and credit guarantee of Rs. 3,000 crore.

The correct statements are:

  1. 1 & 2
  2. 1, 2 & 3
  3. 1 & 3
  4. 2 & 3

8.Government Of India decides to decontrol petrol process, Diesel, LPG, Kerosine prices. But what is decontrol?

  1. Prices to be fixed by oil firms, not government
  2. No more subsidy, but market linked prices
  3. Prices aligned to global crude prices and prices change periodically
  4. All of the above

9. As per Tiger estimation 2014, conducted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate change, the state with highest tiger population is

  1. Madhya Pradesh
  2. Uttarakhand
  3. Karnataka
  4. Tamil Nadu

10. Objectives of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are

  1. Elimination of open defecation
  2. Conversion of insanitary toiletsto pour flush toilets
  3. Eradication of manual scavenging
  4. 100% collection and scientific processing/disposal/reuse/recycling of municipal solid waste

The correct statements are:

  1. 1 & 2
  2. 1, 2 &4
  3. 1, 3 & 4
  4. All of the above
1 c
2 a
3 a
4 c
5 d
6 c
7 b
8 d
9 c
10 d

Mock Set 5

1. Which of following is part of world network of Biosphere?

A. Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve
B.    Sunderban Biosphere Reserve
C.    Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
D.    All of the above

2.    Consider the following statements about the biodiversity hotspot?

I)    Norman Mayer is associated with scientists responsible for making the list of biodiversity hotspot
II)    These areas are biodiversity rich and species are endemic to  this area
III)    Biodiversity is under the threat

Which of above the statement is/are true?
A.    I
B.    I and II
C.     I, II and III
D.    III
3. Which of following is hotspot in India?

A.  Western Ghat
B.    Simlipal
C.    Sundarban
D.    Nanda Devi
4. Which of following is incorrectly matched:

A. Sunderban    : West Bengal
B.    Simplipal       : Tamilnadu
C.    Nanda Devi  : Uttarakhand
D.    Manas           :  Assam

5.Which of following statement is correct about the wetlands?

A.  Ramsar  convention is related to wetland
B.    Wetland is area where water influences the environment, plant and animal.
C.    Ramsar Convention was signed in 1971 in Iran
D.    All of the above.

6.    Consider the following statements about the functions of wetland

I)    It stores the flood
II)    It  recharges the ground water
III)    It provides different products such as fish, timber etc

Which of above the statements are true about the function of wetland?

A.  I
B.    II
C.    I,II and III
D.    III

7.    Which of following statement is correct about the wetland in India?

A.   Tso Marari and Chandartal are Glaciated Wetlands
B.    Chilka in Odisha is an example of lagoon wetland
C.    Loktak lake is oxbow wetland it is in Manipur
D.    All of the above
8. Consider the following statements about the Mangrove forests

I)    Mangrove trees grow in saline coastal regions
II)    Sundarban is world largest mangrove forest
III)    Mangrove forest support varieties of life
IV)    Andaman and Nicobar island also have mangrove forest

Which of above statements are true or correct?

A. I only
B.    II only
C.    I, II , III and IV
D.    IV only
9. Which of following statement is true about the Ecotone?
a.    It is meeting place of two different eco systems
b.    It is meeting place of two same eco systems
c.    Density of species is very low here
d.    All of  the above.

10. Consider following statement about the estuary
I)    Estuary is place where the river fresh waster meets with ocean water
II)    This area is highly productive
III)    This area is highly unproductive
IV)    All of the above
Which of above the statements is/are true?
a.    I) only
b.    II) only
c.    I) and II)
d.    III)

 

1 D
2 C
3 A
4 B
5 D
6 C
7 D
8 C
9 a
10 c

Mock Set 4

Mock Set 4

1.Who among the following founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art to revive the ancient art traditions of India?
[A]Abanindranath Tagore
[B]Ravindranath Tagore
[C]Surendranath Ganguly
[D]Mukul Dey
2.In which among the following countries, Battaglione Azad Hindoustan, a legion unit of Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) was formed during the World War II ?
[A]Japan
[B]Germany
[C]Italy
[D]Singapore

3. Which among the following is India’s first Oil refinery ?

[A]Guwahati Refinery
[B]Vishakhapatnam Refinery
[C]Digboi Refinery
[D]Barauni Refinery

4. Consider the following statements?
(i) The National flag was designed by Pingali Venkatija.
(ii) It was adopted by the constituent assembly on July 22, 1947.
(iii) Ratio of flag width to length is 2 : 3.

Which of the above are true.
(a) i & ii
(b) ii & iii
(c) all of the above
(d) none of the above

5.Consider the following statements?
(i) State emblam is an adaptation of Sarnath Lion.
(ii) The words Satyamev Jayate an inscribed on the abacus in devnagiri script.
(iii) The words Satyamev Jayate were taken from Mundaka Upanishad.

Which of the above are false.
(a) i & ii
(b) ii
(c) none
(d) all of the above

6. Consider the following statements?
(i) National Anthem was composed by Rabindranath Tagore.
(ii) It was first sung at the Calcutta session of Indian National Congress.
(iii) The complete song consists of 6 stanzas.

Which of the above are false.
(a) i & ii
(b) ii & iii
(c) iii
(d) i & iii

7. Consider the following statements?
(i) Vande Mataram ws composed by Bankim Chandra in Sanskrit.
(ii) It was adopted by Constitutional Assembly on January 24, 1950.
(iii) It has equal status with Jana Gana Mana.

Which of the above are true.
(a) all of the above
(b) i & ii
(c) ii & iii
(d) i & iii

8. Consider the following statements?
(i) Panthera Tigris is the National Animal.
(ii) Pavo Cristatus is the National Bird.
(iii) Lotus is the National flower.

Which of the above are false.
(a) i & ii
(b) ii & iii
(c) all of the above
(d) none of the above

9.  Which of following statement is correct about the Annex II countries?

A. Annex II countries are entitled for financial aid from Annex I countries
B.    Annex II countries are developed countries and they are supposed to aid financially the developing countries for environmental adaptations
C.    Developing countries are part of Annex II
D.    All of above statements are correct
10. Consider the statements about the Biosphere, which one is correct?

A.  Conserve the diversity of plants, animals and micro organism
B.    Conserve the diversity and integrity of animal only
C.    Conserve the diversity and integrity of micro organism only
D.    All of the above

1 A
2 C
3 C
4 C
5 C
6 C
7 a
8 d
9 B
10 A

Mock Set 3

1.Consider the following statements:

  1. 100% FDI is allowed in Greenfield projects in Pharmaceuticals industry in India.
  2. 100% FDI is allowed in Brown field projects in Pharmaceuticals industry in India

Which of the given above is/ are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

 

 

2.In the United Nation’s Human Poverty Index which of the following is not a   component?

  1. Long term unemployment for developing countries
  2. Relative poverty for developed countries
  3. Adult literacy rate for developing countries
  4. All of the above

 

3.A country is classified by United Nations as a Least Developed Country on which of the following parameters?

  1. Low income levels of population
  2. Human resource weakness
  3. Political instability
  4. Economic vulnerability
  5. Inequality in ownership of resources

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 2 and 4 only
  2. 1,2 and 5 only
  3. 1,2,3 and 4 only
  4. 1,2,3,4 and 5

 

4.Receipts in budget can be capital or revenue. Which of these is/are capital receipts?
1. Loan recoveries
2. Provident funds deposits
3. Grants
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

 

5.With reference to contribution from taxes, consider the following statements:
1. Contribution from direct taxes is more than that from indirect taxes.
2. Corporation tax is the largest contributor.
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

6. Gross capital formation will increase if:
1. gross domestic savings increases
2. gross domestic consumption increases
3. GDP increases
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) None

7. Consider the following data:
1. Revenue deficit (RD) = 3% of GDP |
2. Grants for capital formation = 1.8% of GDP
3. Primary deficit (PD) = 1.2%
4. Non-plan expenditure = 1.5%
In the above scenario, effective revenue deficit (ERD) will be:
a) 1.2%
b) 1.5%
c) 1.8%
d) cannot be calculated

8.If indirect taxes in an economy are increased, then which of the following can occur ?
1. GDP at factor cost increases
2. GDP at factor cost decreases
3. GDP at market price increases
4. GDP at market price decreases
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 3 only
d) 4 only

9.Who among the following resigned from the membership of the Viceroy’s Executive Council as a protest against Jallianwala Bagh Massacre ?
[A]C. P. Ramaswami Iyer
[B]Muhammad Ali Jinnah
[C]B. N. Sarma
[D]Shankaran Nair
10.In which of the following languages was the Ghadar Journal was first published ?
[A]Urdu
[B]English
[C]Pushtu
[D]Punjabi

 

21 c
22 a
23 a
24 a
25 c
26 d
27 d
28 C
29 D
30 A

Mock Set 2

1.The Constitution of India provides for a single integrated Judicial system. What does this imply?

  1. Decisions made by higher court may be binding on the lower courts
  2. Appellate system exists in India
  3. It means all administration of Courts in the country is based on the same principle of Justice.

Which of the statements given below is/are correct?

a) 1 and 3

b) 3 Only

c) 2 and 3

d) 1 and 2

2. Consider the following statements with respect to the role of Judiciary in India:

  1. The Judicial system provides a mechanism for resolving disputes not only between the citizen and the government but also between two states and between the centre and state government.
  2. Every citizen of India can approach the Supreme Court or the High Court if they believe that their Fundamental rights are violated.
  3. Judiciary has the power to strike down any law

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. a) 2 Only
  2. b) 1 and 2
  3. c) 1 and 3
  4. d) 1, 2 and 3

3.Consider the following Statements:

  1. According to Article 21 of the constitution, every person has a Fundamental Right to be defended by a lawyer
  2. Article 39A of the constitution places a duty upon the State to provide a lawyer to any citizen who is unable to engage one due to poverty or other disability
  3. The Criminal Justice system includes police, public prosecutor, defence lawyer, judge only.

 

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 1 Only
  4. 2 and 3

4.Which of the following prices is/are fixed by the central government?

  1. Maximum Retail Price (MRP)
  2. Minimum Support Price (MSP)
  3. Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP)

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 only
  4. 2 and 3 only

 

5.Which of the following statements, regarding the Inflation Indexed Bonds (IIB’s) in India is/ are correct?

  1. Pertinence for IIB’s has grown due to inflation rate being higher than bank interest rate and also to deepen the domain of public debt.
  2. IIB’\s are based on Consumer Price Index (CPI)
  3. Foreign Institutional Investor’s (FII’s) are barred from purchasing IIB’s.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

 

 

6.Consider the following statements:
1. India’s GDP is more than its GNP.
2. Net Factor Income from Abroad (NFIA) is positive for 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

 

7.Which of the following interest rates is still regulated?
1. Savings account interest rate
2. Fixed deposit interest rate
3. Current account interest rate
  Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 3 only
d) None

 

8.With reference to pulses, consider the following statements :
1. India is the largest producer of pulses.
2. India imports pulses to meet its domestic demand.
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

9.Which one of the following recommendations were given by Urjith Patel Committee on streamlining Monetary Policy of India?

  1. The setting up of five members Monetary Policy Committee to do the single task of reigning in inflation.
  2. Actions of the Monetary Policy Commitee should be held accountable in Parliament
  3. Range of plus-minus two percent will be provided over the target rate of four percent for inflation.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1,2 and 3

 

10.Consider the following statements with regard to Consumer Protection Act, 1986:

  1. It applies to private, public and cooperative sectors.
  2. Its provisions are only compensatory in nature
  3. Complaints can also be filed for alleged deficiency in any service that is rendered free of charge or under a contract of personal service.

Which of the given above is/ are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 2 and 3 only

Answers:

1 c
2 b
3 d
4 d
5 a
6 a
7 d
8 c
9 d
10 a

 

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