IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 Practice Test 1

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Practice Test 1


Q.1) Which of the following features in the Indian Constitution are borrowed from the British Constitution?

  1. The idea of the rule of law
  2. Prerogative writs
  3. Federation with a strong Centre
  4. Office of Governor

Choose the correct option:

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

Q.2) Which among the following Act allowed the Court of Directors to manage the commercial affairs but created a new body called Board of Control to manage the political affairs of East India Company?

  1. Government of India Act of 1919
  2. Indian Councils Act of 1909
  3. Charter Act of 1813
  4. Pitt’s India Act of 1784

Q.3) Which of the following functions are performed by the constitution for the benefit of society?

  1. It sets authoritative constraints upon what one may or may not do.
  2. It protects minorities from tyranny of the majority.
  3. It saves us from ourselves.
  4. It specifies who has the power to make decisions in a society.

Choose the correct option:

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

Q.4) Which one of the following objectives is not embodied in the Preamble to the Constitution of India?

  1. Economic liberty
  2. Liberty of thought
  3. Liberty of expression
  4. Liberty of belief

Q.5) Consider the following statements and identify the incorrect statement:

  1. The ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity in our Preamble have been taken from the French Revolution.
  2. The term ‘liberty’ in our Preamble means ‘license’ to do what one likes.
  3. Liberty conceived by the Preamble or fundamental rights is not absolute but qualified.
  4. None of the above.

Q.6) Which of the following Act increased the functions of legislative councils and gave them the power of discussing the budget and addressing questions to the executive?

  1. Government of India Act, 1915
  2. Government of India Act, 1892
  3. Government of India Act, 1861
  4. Government of India Act, 1858

Q.7) Consider the following statements with regard to Preamble:

  1. Some provisions of the Preamble acts as a prohibition upon the powers of legislature.
  2. Preamble is a source of power to legislature.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.8) Which of the following bodies does not/do not find mention in the Constitution?

  1. Inter State Council (ISC)
  2. NITI Aayog
  3. National Development Council (NDC)
  4. Zonal Councils

Choose correct option:

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

Q.9) The suggestion for framing of the Constitution of India by an elected Constituent Assembly was made by

  1. Simon Commissions
  2. Government of India Act, 1935
  3. Cripps Mission
  4. Cabinet Mission

Q.10) Which of the following statements is/are correct with reference to the Constitution of India?

  1. The procedure to nominate members to the Upper House was borrowed from Irish Constitution.
  2. The advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme court was borrowed from the Constitution of Canada.

Choose correct option:

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

Q.11) Indian Constitution provides for a blend of Unitary and Federal features. Which of the following is NOT a federal feature of the Indian Constitution?

  1. Written Constitution
  2. Independent Judiciary
  3. Division of powers
  4. Emergency provisions

Q.12) People as a collective entity i.e. citizens come into being only through the

  1. Laws Enacted by Parliament
  2. Basic Constitution
  3. Voting
  4. Economic equality

Q.13) Which among the following of a democratic country lays down some basic rules about elections?

  1. Parliament
  2. Election Commission
  3. Constitution
  4. None of the above

Q.14) Consider the following statements:

  1. Since the commencement of the Constitution, India practiced the Universal Adult Franchise.
  2. Since its inception, Indian Constitution guaranteed every adult citizen in India above 18, the right to vote.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.15) Which among the following Constitutional Amendment Act is known as ‘Mini-Constitution’ due to the important and large number of changes made by it in various parts of the Constitution?

  1. 7th Amendment Act
  2. 42nd Amendment Act
  3. 44th Amendment Act
  4. 97th Amendment Act

Q.16) In which of the following case the Supreme Court held that ‘the Indian Constitution is founded on the bedrock of the balance between the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles and they are like two wheels of a chariot, one no less than the other’?

  1. Minerva Mills case
  2. Kesavananda Bharati case
  3. Shankari Prasad case
  4. Golak Nath case

Q.17) Which of the following were the changes in the position of the Constituent Assembly of India upon passing of the Indian Independence Act of 1947?

  1. Assembly became a fully sovereign body.
  2. Assembly became the first Parliament of free India.
  3. The total strength of the Assembly increased.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.18) Under which of the following Act, the legislative and executive functions of the Governor-General’s council was separated for the first time?

  1. Charter Act of 1833
  2. Charter Act of 1853
  3. Government of India Act of 1858
  4. Indian Councils Act of 1861

Q.19) Which of the following may result in loss of citizenship of an Indian citizen?

  1. If the citizen voluntarily acquires citizenship of another country.
  2. If the citizen has shown disloyalty to the Constitution of India.
  3. If the citizen has been ordinarily resident out of India for five years continuously.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.20) What was the purpose of formation of the Simon Commission in 1927:

  1. to review the working of Government of India Act, 1919
  2. to give reservation for minorities in constituent assembly
  3. to increase the representation of Indian’s in British parliament
  4. All of the above

Q.21) Consider the following statements regarding Central Zoo Authority (CZA):

  1. It is a statutory body constituted under Environment Protection Act, 1986.
  2. An expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi is appointed as a chairperson of the CZA.
  3. It identifies endangered species of wild animals for purposes of captive breeding.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.22) Identify the painting based on the following description.

It is a traditional Indian painting mostly done by women. Cotton wrapped around bamboo stick is used as brush to paint both mythology and natural objects. It belongs to Eastern Indian region.

  1. Pattachitra
  2. Paitkar Painting
  3. Madhubani painting
  4. Kalighat Painting

Q.23) Consider the following pairs:

Mission to MarsBy
1.     Mars 2020European Space Agency (ESA)
2.     Hope MissionUAE
3.     Tianwen1China

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

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

Q.24) Artificial Intelligence-based platform, ASEEM Portal will bridge demand-supply gap of which of the following?

  1. Skilled workforce
  2. Electricity generated
  3. Coal
  4. Food grains

Q.25) With reference to Scheme for Promotion of Medical Device Parks, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a Central Sector Scheme.
  2. Maximum grant-in-aid for one Medical Device Park will be limited to Rs 1000 crore.
  3. It will be implemented by a State Implementing Agency (SIA).

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.26) Which of the following statements is correct with respect to ‘eSanjeevani’?

  1. It is a web-based comprehensive telemedicine solution.
  2. It is an initiative to promote traditional medicines.
  3. It is an initiative to promote mechanized agriculture.
  4. It is portal to file Income Tax returns.

Q.27) With reference to Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), consider the following statements:

  1. MPI is developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank.
  2. All 10 indicators of MPI have equal weightage in calculating the index.
  3. A person is multidimensionally poor if she/he is deprived in one half or more of the weighted indicators.

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

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

Q.28) Which of the following port city of Iran occupies a strategic position on the narrow Strait of Hormuz?

  1. Bandar-e Jask
  2. Chabahar
  3. Bandar-e Lengeh
  4. Bandar-e Abbas

Q.29) The terms ‘Blackrock, Xerxes, LokiBot’ sometimes mentioned in the news recently are related to

  1. Exo-planets
  2. Crypto-currency
  3. Malwares
  4. Mini satellites

Q.30) With reference to International Comparison Program (ICP), consider the following statements:

  1. It tries to make different countries comparable by calculating net carbon emissions and assess implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
  2. It is managed by the World Bank.
  3. NITI Aayog is the National Implementing Agency (NIA) for India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Directions for the following 3 (three) items:

Read the following two passages and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based in the passage only.

Passage 1

The Dravidian language family, consisting of 80 varieties spoken by nearly 220 million people across southern and central India, originated about 4,500 years ago, a study has found. South Asia, reaching from Afghanistan in the west and Bangladesh in the east, is home to at least six hundred languages belonging to six large language families, including Dravidian, Indo-European and Sino-Tibetan.

The Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 language varieties (both languages and dialects) is today spoken by about 220 million people, mostly in southern and central India, and surrounding countries. The Dravidian language family’s four largest languages — Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu — have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said. Along with Sanskrit, Tamil is one of the world’s classical languages, but unlike Sanskrit, there is continuity between its classical and modern forms documented in inscriptions, poems, and secular and religious texts and songs. “The study of the Dravidian languages is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia, as they played a significant role in influencing other language groups”

Neither the geographical origin of the Dravidian language nor its exact dispersal through time is known with certainty. The consensus of the research community is that the Dravidians are natives of the Indian subcontinent and were present prior to the arrival of the Indo-Aryans (Indo-European speakers) in India around 3,500 years ago. Researchers said that it is likely that the Dravidian languages were much more widespread to the west in the past than they are today.

Q.31) Which of the following statement is correct as per the passage?

  1. South Asia, reaching from Afghanistan in the west and Myanmar in the east, is home to at least six hundred languages.
  2. Sanskrit is one of the world’s classical languages but there is no continuity between its classical and modern forms.
  3. Kannada is the oldest of all the Dravidian languages.
  4. The Dravidian language is spoken in southern and central India only.

Q.32) What is the importance of studying Dravidian languages?

  1. It is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia.
  2. It helps in knowing the culture of people who spoke Dravidian languages.

Choose the correct code:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None of the above

Passage 2

A fundamental principle of constructivist social theory is that people act toward objects, including other actors, on the basis of meaning that the objects have for them. States act differently toward enemies than they do toward friends because enemies are threatening and friends are not. Anarchy and the distribution of power are insufficient to tell us which is which. U.S. military power has a different significance for Canada than for Cuba, despite their similar “structural” positions, just as British missiles have a different significance for the United States than do Soviet missiles. The distribution of power may always affect states’ calculations, but how it does so depends on the intersubjective understandings and expectations, on the “distribution of knowledge,” that constitute their conceptions of self and other. If society “forgets” what a university is, the powers and practices of professor cease to exist; if the United States and Soviet Union decide they are no longer enemies, “the cold war is over.” It is collective meanings that constitute the structures which organize our actions.

Q.33) What seems to be the main idea in the passage?

  1. Cold war is easy to end
  2. Distribution of power does affect the way states behave towards one another
  3. People act towards objects on the basis of what they think about them
  4. Anarchy helps us determine our friends and enemies

Q.34) The sum of first five consecutive even numbers A, B, C, D and E is 120. What is the product of A and B?

  1. 660
  2. 440
  3. 380
  4. 480

Q.35) How many three digit numbers can be formed with the digits 0,1,2,3 (repetition of digits not allowed)?

  1. 16
  2. 18
  3. 14
  4. 20

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