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ANSWER KEY GENERAL STUDIES PRE 2010
TEST BOOKLET SERIES – “A”
 

 

 

QUES NO.

QUESTION

CORRECT ANSWER

1

A geographic area with an altitude or 400 meters has following characteristics:

B

2

If a potato is placed on a pure paper plate which is white and unprinted and put in a microwave oven, the potato heats up but the paper plate does not. This is because:

B

3

With reference to the Constitution of India, consider the following: 1.Fundamental Rights

C

4

A new type of El Nino called El Nino Modoki appeared in the news. In this context, consider the following statements:

B

5

Mon 863 is a variety of maize. It was in the news for the following reason

B

6

A cuboid has six sides of different colures. The red side is opposite to black. The blue side is adjacent to white. The brown side is adjacent to blue. The red side is face down. Which one of the following would be the opposite to brown?

C

7

Consider the following statements : The satellite Oceansat-2 launched by India helps in

D

8

Genetically modified "golden rice" has been engineered to meet human nutritional requirements. Which one of the following statements best qualifies golden rice?

B

9

In a tournament 14 teams play league matches. If each team play against every other team once only then how many matches are played?

B

10

Consider the following statements: The Supreme Court of India tenders advice to the President of India on matters of law or fact

B

11

Chlorination is a process used for water-purification. The disinfecting action of chlorine is mainly due to

C

12

With reference to Lok Adalats, which of the following statements is correct?

A

13

Consider the following : 1.       Bluetooth device

C

14

Though coffee and. tea both are cultivated on hill slopes, there is some difference between them regarding their cultivation. In this context, consider the following statements:

C

15

In the context of the affairs of which of the following is the phrase "Special Safeguard Mechanisms" mentioned in the news frequently?

B

16

Which of the following terms indicates a mechanism used by commercial banks for providing credit to the government? (a)      Cash Credit Ratio

A

17

In order to comply with TRIPS Agreement, India enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999. The difference/differences between a "Trade Mark" and a Geographical Indication is/are:

D

18

The SEZ Act, 2005 which came into effect in February 2006 has certain objectives. In this context, consider the following :

A

19

Which one of the following statements is an appropriate description of deflation? (a) It is a sudden fall in the value of a currency against other currencies

C

20

Consider the following statements: 1. Biodiversity hotspots are located only in tropical regions.

C

21

Widespread resistance of malarial parasite to drugs like chloroquine has prompted attempts to develop a malarial vaccine to combat malaria. Why is it difficult to develop an effective malaria vaccine? (a) Malaria is caused by several species of Plasmodium

A

22

Consider the following statements: 1. The boundaries of a National Park are defined by legislation.

C

23

A pesticide which is a chlorinated hydrocarbon is sprayed on a food crop. The food chain is: Food crop - Rat -Snake - Hawk. In this food chain, the highest concentration of the pesticide would accumulate in which one of the following?

D

24

With reference to soil conservation, consider the following practices : 1. Crop rotation

A

25

With reference to the Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) in India, consider the following statements: 1. They cannot engage in the acquisition of securities issued by the government.

B

26

Which one of the following was not stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003? (a)      Elimination of revenue deficit by the end of the fiscal year 2007-08.

A

27

Two trains leave New Delhi at the same time. One travels north at 60 kmph and the other travels south at 40 kmph. After how many hours will the trains be 150 km apart?

A

28

A question paper had ten questions. Each question could only be answered as True (T) or False (F). Each candidate answered all the questions. Yet, no two candidates wrote the answers in an identical sequence. How many different sequences of answers are possible?

D

29

In the parlance of financial investments, the term 'bear' denotes, (a)      An investor who feels that the price of a particular security is going to fall

A

30

A great deal of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to India comes from Mauritius than from many major and mature economies like UK and France. Why? (a)      India has preference, for certain countries as regards receiving FDI

B

31

Six books A, B, C, D, E and F are placed side by side. B, C and E have blue cover and the other books have red cover. Only D and F are new books and the rest are old. A, C and D are law reports and others are Gazetteers. What book is a new law report with a red colour?

D

32

Following are the characteristics of an area in India: 1.       Hot and humid climate

C

 33

Running at a speed of 60 km per hour, a train passed through a 1.5 km long tunnel in two minutes. What is the length of the train?

B

34

India-based Neutrino Observatory is included by the Planning Commission as a mega science project under the 11th five-Year Plan. In this context, consider the following statements:

A

35

The "Instrument of Instructions" contained in the Government of India Act 1935 have been incorporated in the Constitution of India in the year 1950 as

C

36

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produce one of the following as "exhaust"

A

37

Recently, LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) procedure is being made popular for vision correction. Which one of the following statements in this context is not correct?

A

38

Consider the following: 1.       Oxides of Hydrogen

C

39

Six persons M, N, O, P, Q and R are sitting in two rows, three in each. Q is not at the end of any row. P is second to the left of R, O is the neighbour of Q and is sitting diagonally opposite to P. N is the neighbour of R. On the basis of above information, who is facing N?

B

40

A person X has four notes of Rupee 1, 2, 5 and 10 denomination. The number of different sums of money she can form from them is

B

41

Consider the following countries : 1.       Brazil

B

42

Which one of the following is not related to United Nations? (a)      Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

D

43

In the context of Indian economy, consider the following pairs : 1.       Melt down

D

44

With reference to BRIC countries, consider the following statements: 1.       At present, China's GDP is more than the combined GDP of all the three other countries.

D

45

Which of the following is/are treated as artificial currency? (a)      ADR

C

46

Stiglitz Commission established by the President of the United Nations General Assembly was in the international news. The commission was supposed to deal with

B

47

With reference to the mineral resources of India, consider the following pairs :

B

48

As regards the use of international food safety standards as reference point for the dispute settlements, which one of the following does WTO collaborate with?

D

49

An objective of the National Food Security Mission is to increase the production of certain crops through area expansion and productivity enhancement in a sustainable manner in the identified districts of the country. What are those crops?

B

50

In India, the interest rate on savings accounts in all the nationalized commercial banks is fixed by

D

51

With reference to Simon Commission's recommendations, which one of the following statements is correct? (a)      It recommended the replacement of diarchy with responsible government in the provinces

A

52

Four resolutions were passed at the famous Calcutta session of Indian National Congress in 1906. The question of either retention OR of rejection of these four resolutions became the cause of a split in Congress at the next Congress session held in Surat in 1907. Which one of the following was not one of those resolutions?

A

53

Two numbers X and Y are respectively 20% and 28% less than a third number Z. By what percentage is the number Y less than the numbers X?

C

54

After Quit India Movement, C. Rajagopalachari issued a pamphlet entitled “The Way Out”. Which one of the following was a proposal in this WS&Z: pamphlet?

D

55

There are only two known examples of cave paintings of the Gupta period in ancient India. One of these is Paintings of Ajanta caves. Where is the other surviving example of Gupta paintings?

A

56

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty drawn at

B

57

Which bacterial strain, developed from natural isolates by genetic manipulations, can be used for treating oil spills?

D

58

Which feature of some, species of blue-green algae helps promote them as bio-fertilizers?

C

59

India is a party to the Ramsar Convention and has declared many areas as Ramsar Sites. Which of the following statements best describes as to how we should maintain these sites in the context of this Convention?

D

60

Other than Jatropha curcas, why is Pongamia pinnata also considered a good option for the production of bio-diesel in India?

C

61

Due to their extensive rice cultivation, some regions may be contributing to global warming. To what possible reason/reasons is this attributable?

A

62

Sustainable development is described as the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In this perspective, inherently the concept of sustainable development is intertwined with which of the following concepts?

B

63

Given below are the names of four energy crops. Which one of them can be cultivated for ethanol?

B

64

Consider the following pairs : 1.       Bhiterkanika, Orissa …..

C

65

Some species of plants are insectivorous. Why? (a) Their growth in shady and dark places does not allow them- to undertake sufficient photosynthesis and thus they depend on insects for nutrition.

B

66

A person travelled a distance of 50 km in 8 hours. He covered a part of the distance on foot at the rate of 4 km per hour and a part on a bicycle at the rate of 10 km per hour. How much distance did he travel on foot?

B

67

In the context of governance, consider the following: 1.       Encouraging Foreign Direct Investment inflows

B

68

As per the UN-Habitat's Report on Human Settlements 2009, which one among the following regions has shown the fastest growth rate of urbanization in the last three decades?

A

69

In India, which type of forest among the following occupies the largest area?

C

70

Inclusive growth as enunciated in the Eleventh Five Year Plan does not include one of the following :

C

71

How many numbers from 0 to 999 are not divisible by either 5 or 7?

C

72

Tamil Nadu is a leading producer of mill-made cotton yam in the country.  What could be the reason?

B

73

Consider the following statements: 1. On the planet Earth, the fresh water available for use amounts to about less than 1% of the total water found.

C

74

Which one of the following reflects back more sunlight as compared to other three?

C

75

Rivers that pass through Himachal Pradesh are

D

76

Who of the following shall cause every recommendation made by the Finance Commission to be laid before each House of Parliament ?

A

77

Which one of the following is responsible for the preparation and presentation of Union Budget to the Parliament?

B

78

In a group of five persons A, B, C, D and E, there is a professor, a doctor and lawyer. A and D are unmarried ladies, and do not work. Of the married couple in the Group, E is the husband. B is the brother of A and is neither a doctor nor a lawyer. Who is the professor?

B

79

Consider the following actions by the Government: 1. Cutting the tax rates

A

80

Half of the villagers of a certain village have their own houses. One-fifth of the villagers cultivate paddy. One-third of the villagers are literate. Four-fifth of the villagers are below twenty five. Then, which one of the following is certainly true?

B

81

When the Reserve Bank of India announces an increase of the Cash Reserve Ratio, what does it mean?

A

82

Who among the following Governor Generals created the Covenanted Civil Service of India which later came to be known as the Indian Civil Service?

C

83

What was the immediate cause for the launch of the Swadeshi movement?

A

84

Consider the following statements: 1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad persuaded Mahatma Gandhi to come- to Champaran to investigate the problem of peasants.

B

85

By a regulation in 1793, the District Collector was deprived of his judicial powers and made the collecting agent only. What was the reason for such regulation?

C

86

With reference to India, consider the following statements: 1.       The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) in India is available on a monthly basis only.

B

87

Each person's performance compared with all other persons is to be done to rank them subjectively. How many comparisons are needed in total, if there are 11 persons?

C

88

What is the principle by which a cooling system (Radiator) in a motor car works?

D

89

Which among the following do/does not belong/belongs to the GSM family of wireless technologies?

C

90

With reference to the treatment of cancerous tumours, a tool called cyberknife has been making the news. In this context, which one of the following statements is not correct?

D

91

When you travel in certain parts of India, you will notice red soil. What is the main reason for this colour?

C

92

Which one of the following is the appropriate reason for considering the Gondwana rocks as most important of rock systems of India?

B

93

Which one of the following can one come across if one travels through the Strait of Malacca?

D

94

With reference to the river Luni, which one of the following statements is correct?

D

95

Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?       (a)      Govind Sagar                  :         Satluj

C

96

A geographic region has the following distinct characteristics: 1.       Warm and dry climate

A

97

With reference to the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007, consider the following statements :

A

98

In the context of India's Five Year Plans, a shift in the pattern of industrialization, with lower emphasis on heavy industries and more on infrastructure begins in

D

99

Two of the schemes launched by the Government of India for Women's development are Swadhar and Swayam Siddha. As regards the difference between them, consider the following statements:

D

100

With reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, consider the following:

D

101

Three men start together to travel the same way around a circular track of 11 km. Their speeds are 4, 5-5 and 8 kmph respectively. When will they meet at the starting point for the first time?

C

102

With reference to the Consumer Disputes Redressal at district level in India, which one of the following statements is not correct?

C

103

King Cobra is the only snake that makes its own nest. Why does it make its nest?

C

104

As a result of their annual survey, the National Geographic Society and an international polling firm GlobeScan gave India top rank in Greendex 2009 score. What is this score?

D

105

Consider the' following statements: 1. The Taxus tree naturally found in the Himalayas.

D

106

P, Q, R' and S are four men. P is the oldest but not the poorest. R is the richest but not the oldest. Q is older than S but not than P or R. P is richer than Q but not than S. The four men can be ordered (descending) in respect of age and richness, respectively, as

B

107

What causes wind to deflect toward left in the Southern hemisphere?

C

108

Indiscriminate disposal of used fluorescent electric lamps causes mercury pollution in the environment. Why is. mercury used .in the manufacture of these lamps ?

A

109

If there were no Himalayan ranges, what would have been the most likely geographical impact on India?

D

110

In the context of space technology, what is "Bhuvan", recently in the news?

C

111

The latitudes that pass through Sikkim also pass through

A

112

A man fills a basket with eggs in such a way that the number of eggs added on each successive day is the same as the number already present in the basket. This way the basket gets completely filled in 24 days. After how many days the basket was 1/4th full?

D

113

The diameters of two circular coins are in the ratio of 1:3. The smaller coin is made to roll around the bigger coin till it returns to the position from where the process of rolling started. How many times the smaller coin rolled around the bigger coin?

C

114

The difference between the simple interest received from two banks on Rs. 500 for two years is Rs. 2-50. What is the difference between their rates?

A

115

When ten persons shake hands with one another, in how many ways is it possible?

D

116

A candidate attempted 12 questions and secured full marks in all of them. If he obtained 60% in the test and all questions carried equal marks, then what is the number of questions in the test?

D

117

In how many ways can four children be made to stand in a line such that two of them, A and B are always together?

B

118

In a meeting, the map of a village was placed in such a manner that south-east becomes north, north-east becomes west and so on. What will south become?

B

119

Consider the following statements: 1. The "Bombay Manifesto" signed in 1936 openly opposed the preaching of socialist ideals.

D

120

Among the following, who was not a proponent of bhakti cult?

A

121

For the Karachi session of Indian National Congress in 1931 presided over by Sardar Patel, who drafted the Resolution on Fundamental Rights and Economic Programme ?

B

122

Who among the following were official Congress negotiators with Cripps Mission?

B

123

Which one of the following processes in the bodies of living organisms is a digestive process?

A

124

From the point of view of evolution of living organisms, which one of the following is the correct sequence of evolution?

B

125

Consider the following statements : 1. Hepatitis B is several times more infectious than HIV/AIDS

B

126

Excessive release of the pollutant carbon monoxide (CO) into the air may produce a condition in which oxygen supply in the human body decreases. What causes this condition?

B

127

Consider the following statements: 1. Every individual in the population is equally susceptible host for Swine Flu.

D

128

With regard to the transmission of the Human Immuno deficiency Virus, which one of the following statements is not correct?

A

129

What are' the possible limitations of India in mitigating the global warming at present and in the immediate future?

A

130

Consider the following statements: 1. The Commonwealth has no charter, treaty or constitution.

C

131

Examine the following statements: 1. All colours are pleasant.

B

132

In the context of bilateral trade negotiations between India and European Union, what is the difference between European Commission and European Council?

C

133

The approximate representation of land use classification in India is ' (a) Net area sown 25%; forests 33%; other areas 42% .qa

D

134

With reference to the National Investment Fund to which the disinvestment proceeds are routed, consider the following statements:

C

135

In India, which of the following is regulated by the Forward Markets Commission? (a)      Currency Futures Trading

D

136

Which one of the following is not a feature of Limited Liability Partnership firm?

D

137

With reference to the institution of Banking Ombudsman in India, which one of the statements is not correct?

C

138

With reference to India, consider the following: 1.       Nationalization of Banks

B

139

What was the immediate reason for Ahmad Shah Abdali to invade India and fight the Third Battle of Panipat? (a) He wanted to avenge the expulsion by Marathas of his viceroy Timur Shah from Lahore

A

140

With reference to Pondicherry (now Puducherry), consider the following statements: 1. The first European power to occupy Pondicherry were the Portuguese.

C

141

Why did Buddhism start declining in India in the early medieval times?

D

142

Consider the following statements: 1.       Purchase and sale of shares and securities on behalf of customers.

C

143

In India, the tax proceeds of which one of the following as a percentage of gross tax revenue has significantly declined in the last five years?

B

144

Which one of the following authorities makes recommendation to the Governor of a State as to the principles for determining the taxes and duties which may be appropriated by the Panchayats in that particular State?

B

145

Consider the following statements: 1. levied by the Union

A

146

In India, during the last decade the total cultivated land for which one of the following crops has remained more or less stagnant?

A

147

Consider the following statements: 1. The Union Government fixes, the Statutory Minimum Price of sugarcane for each sugar season.

A

148

With reference to Indian economy, consider the following statements: 1. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by four times in the last 10 years.

C

149

Consider the following which can be found in the ambient atmosphere: 1. Soot

C

150

The International Development Association, a lending agency, is administered by the

A