IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 Practice Test 3

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Practice Test 3

Q.1) Consider the following statements with reference to the Charter Act of 1813:

  1. Continental system by Napoleon, by which the European ports were closed for Britain, was one of the reasons for bringing or introducing this Act.
  2. Christian missionaries were permitted to come to India and preach their religion.
  3. The regulations made by the Councils of Madras, Bombay and Calcutta were now required to be laid before the British Parliament.

Which of the following statements is/are correct?

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

Q.2) Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below:

List – I (Britishers’ policy)List – II (Governor General)
1.     The ‘Masterly Inactivity Policy’John Lawrence
2.     The policy of Ring FenceWarren Hastings
3.     The policy of Proud ReserveLord Curzon
4.     The forward policyLord Auckland

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

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

Q.3) Which of the following was the major objective of Islington Commission 1917?

  1. To make recommendation for Indian currency and Finance.
  2. To examine the nature of relationship between the government and Princely states.
  3. Recommendation for reforms in Public Services in British India.
  4. To make recommendation on the improvement of the urban governance.

Q.4) Consider the following statements with reference to the advent of Europeans in India:

  1. Portuguese Governor Alfonso de Albuquerque initiated the Blue Water Policy (Cartaze system).
  2. The English defeated the Dutch in the Battle of Bedara (1759) which confined Dutch to Malay Archipelago.
  3. Second Carnatic war (1749- 54) was an extension of the Anglo-French rivalry in Europe, Austrian War of Succession.

Which of the following statement given above is/are incorrect?

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

Q.5) With reference to the Vernacular Press Act, consider the following statements:

  1. It provided the government with extensive rights to censor reports and editorials in the vernacular press.
  2. The magistrate’s action was final and no appeal could be made in a court of law

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.6) Consider the following statements about the evolution of the local bodies during the British Rule:

  1. Lord Mayo is called the father of local self-government in India.
  2. The Royal Commission on Decentralization advocated reducing the financial powers of the local bodies.

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.7) Consider the following with reference to Tipu Sultan’s policies against the British:

  1. Tipu Sultan stopped the export of sandalwood, pepper and cardamom through the ports of his kingdom to Britishers.
  2. He always maintained good relations with the Marathas so as to create a unified front against the British.

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

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

Q.8) Consider the following statements about the land revenue policy of British India:

  1. Mahalwari settlement was introduced in the Punjab, the Central Provinces and parts of North Western Provinces.
  2. In Mahalwari system, village community has been considered as owner of land.
  3. It was introduced by Thomas Munro and Read.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.9) With reference to socio-cultural polices of British India, ‘Lex Loci Act 1850’ was related to –

  1. Forbid trade union activity of coercive or purely political nature and even sympathetic strikes.
  2. Confine the production of cotton to certain location in Bengal and prohibit the same in other area.
  3. Deport ‘undesirable’ and ‘subversive’ foreigners.
  4. Property inheritance right to Hindu converts to Christianity.

Q.10) Consider the following statements with reference to the Indian states during British conquest of India:

  1. Asaf Jah founded the independent state of Hyderabad.
  2. Jat state of Bharatpur was founded by revolting against Bahadur Shah.
  3. Kerala ruler Martand verma organized his army along the Western model.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.11) In the Modern Indian History, the “Calico Act “was related to –

  1. It was a legislation to give complete control over the ports of Calcutta to the Britishers excluding other European powers.
  2. It was a legislation banning the use of printed cotton textiles – chintz – in England.
  3. The legislation banned the small handloom weavers to produce at home and compulsory employed the workers in British spinning wheel cotton Industries.
  4. It gave complete taxation power to Britishers over the Bengal region.

12) Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below:

List – I (Institutions in British India)List – II (Region)
1.     Fort William CollegeMadras
2.     Bethune SchoolBengal
3.     Sanskrit CollegeMaharashtra

Which of the pairs given above is/are incorrectly matched?

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

Q.13) Consider the following statements with respect to Cornwallis:

  1. He had very strong positive opinion about Indian’s character, ability and integrity.
  2. He introduced the Regulation of 1791 that defined the powers of District Magistrates.
  3. He restricted the company employees from carrying out private trade.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.14) Consider the following statements with respect to civil and criminal Administration of British India:

  1. A law commission was set up under Macaulay for codification of Indian law in 1883.
  2. Warren Hastings separated Administrative and Commercial Functions.
  3. Lord Cornwallis introduced the subordinate civil service in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.15) Consider the following statement in context of reasons for decline of Portuguese during British India:

  1. Their religious policy of conversion backfired.
  2. The discovery of Brazil diverted colonizing activities of Portugal to west.
  3. Portuguese started secret methods of earning through clandestine practices of piracy in the sea.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.16) Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below:

List – I (Books)List – II (Authors)
1.     Essays on Indian EconomicsGopal Krishna gokhale
2.     Some Economic aspects of British rule in IndiaG. Subramaiya Ayer
3.     The Land Systems of British IndiaPowell Baden

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

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

Q.17) Consider the following statements with respect to economic impact of British policy in India:

  1. British agrarian policy led to the rise of Absentee landlordism in India.
  2. Loss of traditional livelihood was not accompanied by Industrialization in India.
  3. The first cotton textile mill was set up in Bombay by Cowasjee Nanabhoy in 1853.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.18) Consider the following statements about the education policy of British India?

  1. Lord Wellesley established the Fort William College for study of Hindu law and philosophy.
  2. Macaulay committee believed in the downward filtration theory.
  3. Hartog committee suggested for compulsory education at primary level.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.19) Consider the following statements with respect to Anglo Maratha struggles:

  1. Pindaris were the main reasons behind the third Anglo-Maratha war.
  2. Treaty of Wadgaon was signed as a result of first Anglo-Maratha war.
  3. One of the main reasons for the defeat of Marathas was their unstable economic policies.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.20) In the modern Indian history the term “wootz” was related to –

  1. A type of taxation imposed by Mysore state on traders.
  2. A special type of high carbon steel produced in south India.
  3. A type of privilege to trade granted to Portuguese by the Indian rulers.
  4. The soldiers of Hyderabad Nizam to collect the taxes harshly were called Wootz.


Q.21) The ‘State of the World Population 2020’ report is released by which of the following?

  1. Population Action International
  2. Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
  3. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  4. World Bank

Q.22) Which of the following are the most likely places to find the Black Panther in its natural habitat?

  1. Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Keibul Lamjao National Park
  3. Askot wildlife sanctuary
  4. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.23) With reference to recently launched Green-Ag Project, consider the following statements:

  1. It aims to bring farms under sustainable land and water management.
  2. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the national executing agency of the project.
  3. The Green Climate Fund provides funds for the project.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.24) Consider the following statements about RAISE national programme:

  1. It aims to ensure cleaner and greener office spaces in the country.
  2. It is a joint initiative of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and US Agency for International Development’s (USAID).

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.25) The term BELYO, recently seen in news is related to

  1. Blockchain platform
  2. Extra-terrestrial object
  3. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  4. Satellite Launch Vehicle

Q.26) Consider the following pairs:

Mega Food ParkState
1.     GreentechRajasthan
2.     ZoramAssam
3.     PaithanMaharashtra

Which of the pairs given above are incorrectly matched?

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

Q.27) With reference to Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a statutory body.
  2. It can recall goods or withdraw services that are dangerous, hazardous or unsafe.
  3. It has suo moto powers to inquire or investigate into matters relating to violations of consumer rights or unfair trade practices.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.28) Consider the following statements regarding United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):

  1. It is a specialized agency of the United Nations
  2. It publishes the World Drug Report

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

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

Q.29) Recently declared Indigenous Mango Heritage Area, Kannapuram is located in which of the following State?

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Karnataka
  3. Kerala
  4. Tamil Nadu

Q.30) Match the following components of Accelerate Vigyan scheme launched recently to strengthen scientific research mechanisms in the country:

ComponentsDeals with
1.     SANGOSHTIA.     Research Internships
2.     VRITIKAB.     Organisation of workshops
3.     KARYASHALAC.     High-End Workshops
4.     SAYONJIKAD.     Catalogue the capacity building activities

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

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

Erosion of America’s farmland by wind and water has been a problem since settlers first put the prairies and grasslands under the plough in the nineteenth century. By the 1930s, more than 282 million acres of farmland were damaged by erosion. After 40 years of conservation efforts, soil erosion has accelerated due to new demands placed on the land by heavy crop production. In the years ahead, soil erosion and the pollution problems it causes are likely to replace petroleum scarcity as the nation’s most critical natural resource problem.

Q.31) As we understand from the passage, today, soil erosion in America

  1. Causes humans to place new demands on the land.
  2. Is worse than it was in the nineteenth century.
  3. Happens so slowly that it is hardly noticed.
  4. Is worse in areas which have a lot of petroleum production.

Passage 2

Marcia says that all of her friends have a cell phone, but Marcia’s mom doesn’t want to buy her one. Marcia’s mom doesn’t want Marcia to play video games either. What is more, the Internet scares her. Marcia’s mom says, “If Marcia has a cell phone, how do we know whom she is talking to? Video games are bad for you. The Internet is dangerous and uncontrolled. It’s like having a gun in the house. We should just ban her from using the computer, and I’m not buying her a cell phone until she is eighteen. This is the only way we can be sure that Marcia is safe.”

Marcia’s dad disagrees with Marcia’s mom. Although he agrees that there are some dangers to it, he likes the Internet, and finds it to be very useful. “The trouble is,” he says, “We just can’t stop Marcia from using the Internet, as this would put her at a disadvantage. What is more, I like video games. I think that, when played in moderation, they are fun. Obviously, it is not good to play them without restraint or self-control. Finally, I think Marcia needs a cell phone. We can’t take these things away.”

Q.32) In paragraph 1, Marcia’s mom says, “It’s like having a gun in the house.” She says this in order to

  1. support the idea that the Internet is dangerous
  2. reject the claim that guns can be safe if used responsibly
  3. encourage Marcia’s dad to purchase a gun
  4. explain why the Internet is uncontrolled

Q.33) Marcia’s mom can best be described as

  1. ridiculous
  2. careful
  3. cruel
  4. rude

Q.34) A forester wants to plant 44 apples tree, 66 banana trees and 110 mango trees in equal rows (in terms of number of trees). Also, he wants to make distinct rows of tree (i.e. only one type of tree in one row). The number of rows (minimum) that required is

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 10
  4. 11

Q.35) Three times the first of three consecutive odd integers is 3 more than twice the third. What is the third integer?

  1. 7
  2. 9
  3. 13
  4. 15

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