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Practice Test 17

1. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) performs which of the following functions?

  1. To investigate and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards provided for the Scheduled Castes under the Constitution of India
  2. To present to the President, annually and at such other times as the Commission may deem fit, reports upon the working of those safeguards
  3. To inquire into specific complaints with respect to the deprivation of rights and safeguards of the Scheduled Castes
  4. To participate and advise on the planning process of socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes and to evaluate the progress of their development under the Union and any State

Select the correct answer using the code below:

 (a) 1, 2 and 3 only

 (b) 2, 3 and 4 only

 (c) 1, 2 and 4 only

 (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

2. Which Article of the Constitution of India provides that, “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.”?

 (a) Article 19

 (b) Article 21

 (c) Article 25

 (d) Article 29

3. The Senkaku Islands are located in the

 (a) South China Sea

 (b) East China Sea

 (c) Yellow Sea

 (d) Sea of Japan

4. Consider the following statements about the United Nations Human Rights Council:

  1. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system.
  2. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.
  3. The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN Secretariat.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 and 2 only

 (b) 2 and 3 only

 (c) 1 and 3 only

 (d) 1, 2 and 3

5. Consider the following statements about the Securities and Exchange Board of India:

  1. It was first established in 1988 as a non-statutory body for regulating the securities market.
  2. The chairman of SEBI is nominated by the Union Government of India.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

6. Ghana is located on the:

 (a) Gulf of Aden‎

 (b) Gulf of Guinea

 (c) Gulf of Tadjoura

 (d) Winam Gulf

7. The National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM) has been launched by the:

 (a) NITI Aayog

 (b) Prime Minister’s Office

 (c) Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure

 (d) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

8. Consider the following statements with reference to ‘Grand ICT Challenge’:

  1. It was launched by National Jal Jeevan Mission in partnership with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).
  2. The mission focuses on service delivery rather than mere creation of infrastructure.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

9. The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) is mainly used for:

 (a) price fluctuation measurement

 (b) growth measurement

 (c) determining dearness allowance

 (d) improve rural wage

10. Consider the following statements:

  1. There is no evidence of dairy production was in place in the Indus Valley civilization.
  2. The Indus Valley people knew only copper and iron.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

11. Consider the following statements with reference to the Motion of Thanks.

  1. It is addressed by the President of India.
  2. The motion is put to vote only in Lok Sabha.       
  3. It is addressed at the beginning of every new session of the Parliament.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

 (a) 1 and 2

 (b) 1 and 3

 (c) 2 only

 (d) 2 and 3

12. With reference to the Legislative Assembly of a State in India, consider the following statements:

  1. The Governor makes a customary address to Members of the House at the commencement of the first session of the year.
  2. When a State Legislature does not have a rule on a particular matter, it follows the Lok Sabha rule on that matter.

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

13. Consider the following statements:

  1. The State Election Commission is a Constitutional Authority.
  2. The powers and functions of the State Election Commission are identical to those vested in the Election Commission of India.
  3. State Election Commissioner cannot be removed by the Governor, though appointed by him.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 and 2

 (b) 2 and 3

 (c) 1 and 3

 (d) All of the above

14. Galwan Valley is situated to the:

 (a) West of Leh

 (b) East of Aksai Chin

 (c) West of Gilgit

 (d) South of Depsang Plains

15. Consider the following statements about World Gold Council:

  1. It works across all parts of the industry, from gold mining to investment.
  2. WGC members comprise the world’s leading gold mining companies.
  3. It is headquartered in New Delhi, India.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 and 3

 (b) 2 and 3

 (c) 1 and 2

 (d) 1, 2 and 3

16. Which of these is the first gold mine of India?

 (a) West Singhbhum

 (b) Sonbhadra Mine

 (c) Kolar Gold Field

 (d) Hatti Gold Mines

17. The ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (JCPOA) was in news recently, is commonly referred as:

 (a) USA Nuclear Deal

 (b) Iran Nuclear Deal

 (c) Iraq Nuclear Deal

 (d) India Nuclear Deal

8. Consider the following statements:

  1. World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
  2. WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland
  3. India became a party to the WHO Constitution on 12 January 1948.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 and 2

 (b) 2 and 3

 (c) 1 and 2

 (d) 1, 2 and 3

19. Kala Utsav is an initiative of the:

 (a) Ministry of Education

 (b) Ministry of Tourism

 (c) Ministry of Culture

 (d) Ministry of Home Affairs

20. Which of the following is not included in the assets of a commercial bank in India?

 (a) Advances

 (b) Deposits

 (c) Investments

 (d) Money at call and short notice

21. Which Article of the Constitution of India safeguards one’s right to marry the person of one’s choice?

 (a) Article 19

 (b) Article 21

 (c) Article 25

 (d) Article 29

22. Consider the following statements with reference to the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation):

  1. It is a global health partnership of public and private sector organizations dedicated to “immunisation for all”.
  2. The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to GAVI Alliance for ‘providing sustained access to childhood vaccines around the globe’.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

23. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee Report has recommended a debt to GDP ratio of 60% for the general (combined) government by 2023, comprising 40% for the Central Government and 20% for the State Government.
  2. The Central Government has domestic liabilities of 21% of GDP as compared to that of 49% of GDP of the State Government.
  3. As per the Constitution of India, it is mandatory for a State to take the Central Government’s consent for raising any loan if the former owes any outstanding liabilities to the letter.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 and 3 only

 (c) 1 and 3 only

 (d) 1, 2 and 3

24. With reference to the Indian Economy, consider the following statements:

  1. ’Commercial Paper’ is a short term unsecured promissory note.
  2. ‘Certificate of Deposit’ is a long-term instrument issued by the Reserve Bank of India to a corporation.
  3. ‘Call Money’ is a short term finance used for interbank transactions.
  4. ‘Zero-Coupon Bonds’ are the interest bearing short term bonds issued by the Scheduled Commercial Banks to corporations.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

 (a) 1 and 2 only

 (b) 4 only

 (c) 1 and 3 only

 (d) 2, 3 and 4 only

25. Consider the following statements:

  1. National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) will be implemented by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) with a total outlay of Rs. 6000 Crore for a period of five years.
  2. The first supercomputer designed and built under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) by C-DAC at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi is named as “Param Shivay”.
  3. The GOI in its budget 2020 has announced a National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA) with a total budget outlay of Rs 8000 Crore for a period of five years.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 and 3

 (b) 2 Only

 (c) 2 and 3

 (d) 1, 2 and 3

26. The ‘Gaza Strip’ is located between Israel and:

 (a) Jordan

 (b) Syria

 (c) Egypt

 (d) Lebanon

27. Malayali is a tribal group from the:

 (a) Eastern Ghats in North Tamil Nadu.

 (b) Western Ghats in North Kerala.

 (c) Western Ghats in North Karnataka.

 (d) Eastern Ghats in South Tamil Nadu.

28. Consider the following statements regarding the Indian National Centre for Oceanic Information Services (INCOIS):

  1. It is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  2. Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS) is the first advisory service started by INCOIS.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

29. Which of the following best describes the term “Merchant Discount Rate” sometimes seen in news?

 (a) The incentive given by a bank to a merchant for accepting payments through debit cards pertaining to that bank.

 (b) The amount paid back by banks to their customers when they use debit cards for financial transactions for purchasing goods or services.

 (c) The charge to a merchant by a bank for accepting payments from his customers through the bank’s debit cards.

 (d) The incentive given by the Government to merchants for promoting digital payments by their customers through Point of Sale (PoS) machine and debit cards.

30. Which one of the following links all the ATMs in India?

 (a) Indian Banks’ Association

 (b) National Securities Depository Limit

 (c) National Payments Corporation of India

 (d) Reserve Bank of lndia

Q30. The ‘Suresh Mathur Committee’, was recently constituted for which of the following purposes?

a) To lay down standards for metro rail systems.

b) To review the regulatory framework on micro insurance.

c) To recommend measures to boost domestic output of oil and gas agencies.

d) Inter Country removal and retention of Children through Hague Convention.

Q31. With reference to the ‘Solid Waste Management Rules 2016’, consider the following statements:

1. Waste generators now have to segregate waste into three streams.

2. The disposal through construction of landfill is now allowed in hilly areas.

3. Both defense establishments and Ports are not covered under SWM rules 2016.

4. It aims to integrate waste/rag pickers and Kabadiwalas in the formal system.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Q32. Consider the following statements:

1. Paris Climate Agreement is a long-term goal is to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels.

2. The agreement will enter into force from 2020.

3. It was formulated within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q33. With reference to the ‘ Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act 2006’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The act provides only community rights and not individual rights.

2. The process of recognizing the rights of the people lies under the Gram Sabha.

3. In case of married persons rights will be registered in the name of the wife.

4. The maximum limit of forest land to be recognized as a right under the Act is 5 hectare.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1 and 4

b) 2 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q34. With Reference to the ‘Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017’, consider the following statements:

1. Conservation and management principles will be determined by wetlands authority.

2. Rules replaced national wetland committee with the central wetlands regulatory authority (CWRA).

3. Under rules Centre will prepare list of all wetlands in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q35. Consider the following statements:

1. Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) is a program under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

2. The South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) aims at working as a strong regional intergovernmental body for combating wildlife crime.

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

Q36. Consider the following statements with respect to Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC):

1. Environment Protection Act (EPA) 1986 mandates all local bodies to setup BMC.

2. Kerala is the first state in India to have completed the formation of a BMC.

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

Q37.Arrange the following Greenhouse Gases in order of increasing Global Warming Potential (in a time horizon of 20 years):

1. Methane

2. Carbon dioxide

3. Nitrous Oxide

4. Sulphur hexafluoride

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1-2-3-4

b) 2-1-3-4

c) 4-3-2-1

d) 3-1-2-4

Q38. With Reference to the ‘The National Green Tribunal Act’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It allows for giving relief and compensation to people affected by damages.

2. India became the third country in the world to have a dedicated green tribunal.

3. Green tribunal is mandated to dispose of cases within 1 year of appeal.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 3 and 2 only

c) 2 only

d) 1 and 2 only

Q39. Consider the following statements about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES):

1. It is a specialised agency of the United Nation.

2. It is administered through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

3. It aims to ensure that international trade in plants and animals does not threaten their survival in the wild.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q40. Which of the following statements is correct about the project TRINITEA?

a) It is a project of NASA to find about the evidence regarding the presence of Black hole.

b) It is a project of ESA to deviate the asteroids that collides with Earth.

c) It aims at providing support to the Small Tea Growers at the farm and market level.

d) It is a tri ministerial project of Government of India for the socio-economic development of the girl child.

Q41. It is emitted by natural sources such as wetlands, as well as human activities such as leakage from natural gas systems and the raising of livestock. It is one of the major contributors to the warming of the earth due to its capacity to absorb both incoming and terrestrial radiation. The greenhouse gas being described here is:

a) Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

b) Nitrogen oxide

c) Methane

d) Carbon dioxide

Q42. With Reference to the ‘The Ozone Depleting Substances Rules’, consider the following statements:

1. Ozone Depleting Substances (Regulation and Control) Rules came in year 2001.

2. Rules prohibit the use of CFCs in manufacturing but allowed in inhaler.

3. Rules don’t prohibit the use of Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q43. With reference to ‘Sacred Groves’, consider the following statements:

1. They are generally dedicated to local folk deities.

2. The largest number of sacred groves can be found in Himachal Pradesh.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Sacred Groves

b) Buffer Zones

c) Tropical Forests

d) Temperate Forests

Q44. Consider the following statements about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands:

1. It is the only global environmental treaty that deals with this particular ecosystem.

2. Birdlife international is International Organization Partners (IOPs) of the Convention.

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

Q45. Which of the following statements are correct regarding AICHI Biodiversity targets for the 2011-2020 periods?

a) The targets were adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity at its Nagoya conference.

b) India is the 1st country in Asia which has submitted a report which provides an update of progress in achievement of 15 National Biodiversity Targets in line with 20 Global AICHI Targets.

c) Both a and b

d) Neither a nor b

Q46. Consider the following statements with respect to “Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB):

1. The DCGI is advised by the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) and the Drug Consultative Committee (DCC)

2. All medical devices in the country come under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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

Q47. How does National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) help in protecting the indian agriculture?

1. It checks biopiracy and protects the indigenous and traditional genetic resources.

2. It directly monitors and supervises the scientific research on genetic modification of crop plants.

3. Application for Intellectual Property Rights related to genetic/biological resources cannot be made without the approval of NBA.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q48. The effectiveness of any greenhouse gas molecule will depend on which of the following factors?

1. Magnitude of the increase in its concentration

2. Lifetime in the atmosphere

3. Wavelength of the radiation it absorbs

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q49. Consider the following statements regarding IRV (Indian Rhino Vision) – 2020:

1. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests along with the Bodo Autonomous Council.

2. Among 4 priorities: Anti – poaching, Monitoring, Translocations and Community conservation – Translocations forms the backbone of the programme.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q50. With Reference to the ‘Island Protection Zone (IPZ) 2019 for Andaman and Nicobar’, consider the following statements:

1. It allows eco-tourism projects 20 meters from the high tide line (HTL) in smaller islands and at 50 meters in larger ones.

2. The notification allows for construction of roads, roads on stilts by reclaiming land in exceptional cases for defence installations, public utilities or strategic purposes in ecosensitive zones.

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

Q51. Which of the following correctly define ‘Biodiversity Cold spots’?

a) High biological diversity of endemic plants with high rate of habitat loss

b) High biological diversity of endemic plants with low rate of habitat loss

c) Low biological diversity of endemic plants with low rate of habitat loss

d) Low biological diversity of endemic plants with high rate of habitat loss

Q52. Consider the following statements about International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO):

1. It is an intergovernmental organization promoting the sustainable management and conservation of tropical forests.

2. It promotes the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber.

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

Q53. The ‘Red Data Book’ published by IUCN contains a list of which of the following?

1. Endemic plant and animal species present in the biodiversity hotspots.

2. Threatened plant and animal species.

3. Protected sites for conservation of nature and natural resources in various countries.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 3 only

Q54. Which of the following is/are the cause(s) of climate change?

1. Changes in solar output

2. Cyclical changes in Earth’s orbit and tilt

3. Volcanism

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q55. Which of the following can be considered as advantages of seaweed cultivation?

1. Habitat for fish breeding grounds

2. Production of methane

3. Food for humans

4. Fertilizers

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q56. The term ‘’Montreux Record’’ is associated with which of the following convention/protocol:

a) Bonn convention

b) Ramsar convention

c) Vienna convention

d) Montreal protocol

Q57. Which of the following can be considered as the causes of Man – Animal Conflict?

1. Land use transformation

2. Injuries to people

3. Stochastic events

4. Human population growth

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2 and 4 only

Q58. Which of the following ecological factors is/are responsible for Coral Bleaching?

1. Overexposure to high solar irradiance

2. Extreme low tides

3. Increase in ocean temperature

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1, 2 and 3

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Q59. Consider the following statements:

1. India represents the Palaearctic and Australian realm of Biogeography.

2. India is divided into 10 Bio geographic zones and 5 Biomes.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 & 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q60. Consider the following statements about the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):

1. All states members of the United Nations are eligible for IPBES membership.

2. IPBES does for biodiversity what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) does for climate change.

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

Q61. Which of the following can be considered as natural causes for Biodiversity loss?

1. Floods

2. Pollution

3. Landslides

4. Earthquakes

5. Habitat destruction

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 2, 4 and 5 only

c) 1, 2 and 5 only

d) 1,3 and 4 only

Q62. Which of the following have the lowest albedo?

a) Bare soil

b) Desert Sand

c) Fresh Asphalt

d) Ocean ice

Q63. What is the objective of The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)?

a) To achieve an economic partnership that will cover trade in goods, services and investment.

b) To create a political and economic union like European Union.

c) To reduce trade barriers and secure improved market access.

d) Both a and c

Q64. Consider the following statements about Cartagena Biosafety Protocol (CBP):

1. It is an additional agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

2. It regulates the import and export of LMOs from one country to another.

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

Q65. “Pegasus”, recently in the news is a/an:

a) Spyware

b) AI-enabled robot

c) New species of Penguin

d) Quantum Computer

Q66. With reference to the Bio Carbon Fund, consider the following statements:

1. It supports projects that generate financial returns from the sale of emission reductions.

2. It is managed by the World Bank.

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

Q67. Which one of the following is the correct statement with respect to “Organoids”?

a) Chemical messengers that are secreted directly in to the blood, which carries them to organs and tissues of the body to exert their functions.

b) A group of cells grown in laboratories that mimic the cell arrangement of a fully-grown organ.

c) The process of producing genetically identical individuals of an organism either naturally or artificially.

d) Protein molecules in cells which work as biological catalysts.

Q68. Consider the following statements about Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):

1. It is legally binding convention.

2. It covers all aspects of biological diversity

3. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is located in Montreal, Canada.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q69. With reference to the G4 nations seeking early reform of United Nations Security Council (UNSC), consider the following statements about G4?

1) The G4 nations comprise Brazil, Turkey, India, and Japan.

2) The G4’s primary aim is the permanent member seats on the Security Council.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q70. ‘Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary’ is situated in which of the following states?

a) Karnataka

b) Maharashtra

c) Tamil Nadu

d) Telangana

Q71. With reference to Tipu Jayanthi, consider the following statements about Tipu Sultan:

1) He devised a new land revenue system.

2) He had built a “state commercial cooperation” to set up factories.

3) He died defending his fort in Seringapatam

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q72. Consider the following statements.

1. Temple architecture in South India began under the Pallava ruler Mahendravarman.

2. Madurai School of temple architecture has Islamic Influence.

3. The Meenakshi temple in Madurai has the tallest gopuram in the world.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

 a) 1, 2

 b) 1, 3

 c) 2, 3

 d) 1, 2, 3

Q73. Recently, there has been a debate about Daylight saving time (DST), In this context consider the following statements:

1. The concept Daylight saving started during World War 2.

2. Countries near the equator do not use DST.

3. It causes a loss of one hour of sleep in the autumn and an extra hour of sleep in the spring.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 2 and 3 only

Q74. With reference to the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), consider the following statements:

1. It brings together students, teachers and scientists to study the global environment.

2. It is a United Nations (UN) led initiative.

3. Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC) is the nodal agency for implementing the GLOBE programme in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Q75. With reference to Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions by mountain streams, consider the following statements:

1) Streams in plains have a higher average CO2 emission rate per square meter than streams at higher altitudes.

2) Streams in plains have higher average CO2 emissions due to the less turbulent flow of water on plains.

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

Q76. The adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the outcome of:

a) Rio+20 Summit

b) Paris Climate Summit

c) Cancun Climate Summit

d) Rio+10 Summit

Q77. In the context of US military raid on ISIS and the death of its leader, consider the following statements about ISIS:

1. The aim of ISIS is to establish an “Islamic state based on Sharia law or Islamic Caliphate”.

2. It has vowed to convert India into a Khurasan State.

3. Khurasan is a historic name for a region that covers Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q78. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a financial mechanism for which of the following international environmental conventions?

1. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

2. Minamata Convention on Mercury

3. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

4. Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 1, 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only

Q79. Consider the following statements:

1. Alpha diversity refers to the overall diversity for the different ecosystem within a region.

2. Beta diversity refers to a comparison of diversity between ecosystems.

3. Gamma diversity refers to diversity within a particular area or ecosystem.

Which of the statements given above are not correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q80. Consider the following statements about the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD):

1. It is a legally binding international agreement.

2. National action programmes (NAPs) are the key instruments to implement the Convention.

3. It is committed to a centralised and national approach in combating desertification.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q81. Consider the following statements about Earth Hour:

1. It is held annually.

2. It is celebrated generally in the month of March.

3. WWF is the parent organiser of the Earth Hour.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 Only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q82. Consider the following statements:

1. Epiphytes are non-parasitic plants that grow on another plant.

2. Xerophytic plants need large amounts of water to survive in an environment.

3. Mesophytes are terrestrial plants which are neither adapted to particularly dry nor particularly wet environments.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 Only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q83. With reference to Brucellosis, consider the following statements:

1. It is a bacterial disease which affects domestic animals.

2. It doesn’t affect human beings.

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

Q84.Which of the following sets of pair(s) is/are correctly matched?

Agreement/initiative Convention/protocol

1. Nairobi declaration Stockholm convention

2. Delhi declaration United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

3. Changwon declaration United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q85. The term ‘Kappaphycus Alvarezii’, recently in the news, is related to:

a) It is an indigenous herb with special medicinal value found in Arunachal Pradesh.

b) It is a rare species of lizard found in Western Ghats

c) It is a parasite that spreads malaria in tropical regions.

d) It is invasive seaweed which killed coral reefs in Gulf of Mannar.

Q86. The “Living Planet Index” report is released by:

a) World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

b) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

c) Animal welfare board of India

d) UNFCCC

Q87. The term “Day Zero”, recently in the news is related:

a) It refers to a situation of chronic water scarcity.

b) It is celebrated with the launch of a new calendar.

c) A day observed by United Nations for the protection of wildlife.

d) The day is observed as a zero carbon emission.

Q88. Consider the following statements regarding Ecological succession:

1. Autogenic succession is done by same community over the same community.

2. Allogenic succession is brought about outside forces.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q89. Consider the following statements:

1. Dragonfly is NASA’s mission to fly a drone to Saturn’s moon Titan.

2. Titan is the largest natural satellite of Saturn.

3. The surface of Titan contains rivers and lakes of frozen water.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q90. Consider the following statements with regard to ‘Carbon credit’:

1. They are awarded for greenhouse emissions reduced or removed from the atmosphere by an emission reduction project.

2. The carbon credit system was ratified in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol.

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

Q91. Which one of the following best describes the term ‘Side Pocketing’, commonly used in economic parlance?

a) It is a tool used by schedule banks which provide customers with an option to have additional saving.

b) It is an initiative of NABARD to provide assistance to entrepreneurs in rural areas.

c) It is a framework that allows mutual funds to segregate the bad assets in separate portfolio within their debt schemes.

d) It is a programme of the government to develop the backward areas in the periphery of urban centres.

Q92. With reference to REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), consider the following statements:

1. It aims to enhance forest carbon stocks along with sustainable management of forest.

2. It is developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

3. Under it, developing countries would receive payments for results-based actions.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3 only

Q93. With reference to the ‘Arogyapacha’, consider the following statements:

1. It is a medicinal plant endemic to Kerala.

2. It was traditionally used by the Kani tribal community.

3. It is used to combat fatigue.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q94. Consider the following about Fluorinated gases:

1. They are emitted through semiconductor manufacturing processes.

2. They have the least global warming potential of all gases.

3. These gases are a cause of concern as they cannot be destroyed by any known natural processes.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q95. The mutual delegation of executive power between centre and states cannot occur

a) From Centre to State through President

 b) From State to Centre through Governor

 c) From Centre to State through Parliament

 d) From State to Centre through State legislature

Q96. Consider the following statements with respect to Brown Carbon:

1. It is emerging as a solution to trap increasing atmospheric carbon.

2. It reflects all ultraviolet and visible light falling on it.

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

Q97. Recently in the news, Carbon Quantum Dots is a:

a) Desalination technique.

b) Process used in chimneys to filter pollutants in the air.

c) Diagnostic tool for detection of cancerous cells in the human body.

d) Device used in LED television screen for better visual effects.

Q98. Consider the following about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM):

1. It allows industrialized countries to buy certified emission reduction (CER) and to invest in emission reductions in developing economies.

2. If emission reduction in a project would have happened anyway, it is still counted as a part of CDM.

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

Q99. ‘Solanum Plastisexum’, recently seen in the news, is related to:

a) It is a species of tomato found in north Australia that exhibits hermaphrodites.

b) It is marine species found in the Southern Ocean.

c) It is a type of weed that usually attacks wheat plants in subtropical regions.

d) It is a plant species which is useful for treating dengue fever

Q100. With reference of the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker, consider the following statements:

1. He/ She hold the office during the pleasure of the President.

2. He/ She need not be a member of the House at the time of his/her election but has to become a member of the House within six months from the date of his/her election.

3. If he/she intends to resign, the letter of his/her resignation has to be addressed to the Deputy Speaker.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

 a) 3 only

 b) 1, 2

 c) 2, 3

 d) None

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