Set no - "A"


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Set no -"A"
Qs.No. Question Correct Answer Set No. Topic Page No.
1 What will follow if a Money Bill is substantially amended by the Rajya Sabha? A I Polity 58
2 Which one of the following statements is correct? (a) In India, the same person cannot be appointed as Governor for two or more States at the same time C I Polity 74, 75, 104
3 Which-one of the following pairs is correctly matched? Geographical Feature Region B II World geography 24, 50, 100
4 With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements: B - - -
5 Recombinant DNA technology (Genetic Engineering) allows genes to be transferred C VI Science & technology 95
6 The Chinese traveller Yuan Chwang (Hiuen Tsang) who visited India recorded the general conditions and culture of India at that time. B - - -
7 Consider the following: 1. Star tortoise B V Biodiversity 214, 216
8* Which of the following can be found as pollutants in the drinking water in some parts of India? C VI Environment ecology 246, 248
9 With reference to Indian History, the Members of the Constituent Assembly from the Provinces were C I Polity 5
10 Consider the following animals: 1. Sea cow B - - -
11 Consider the following statements: 1. An amendment to the Constitution of India can be initiated by an introduction of a bill in the Lok Sabha only. D I Polity 62, 73
12 Consider the following statements: Attorney General of India can D I Polity 63, 64
13 . With reference to the usefulness of the by-products of sugar industry, which of the following statements is/are correct? D II World geography 130
14 Variations-in the length of daytime and nighttime from season to season are due to D III Climate change 146, 163
15* The Narmada river flows to the west, while most other large peninsular rivers flow to the east. Why? A V Indian geography 11
16 On the planet earth, most of the freshwater exists as ice caps and glaciers. Out of the remaining freshwater, the largest proportion C - - -
17 Consider the following pairs: 1. Nokrek Biosphere Reserve : Garo Hills A V Indian geography 23, 213
18* Consider the following: 1. Electromagnetic radiation D III Climate change 146
19* Which of the following bodies does not/ do not find mention in the Constitution? D I Polity 93, 132, 133
20 The demand for the Tebhaga Peasant Movement in Bengal was for A III Modern history 109
21 The Parliament can make any law for whole or any part of India for implementing international treaties D I Polity 89
22 In the grasslands, trees do not replace the grasses as a part of an ecological succession because of C VI Environment ecology 225
23 Which one of the following is the correct sequence of ecosystems in the order of decreasing productivity D V Indian geography, Biodiversity 43, 193
24* Contour bunding is a method of soil conservation used in A V Indian geography 92
25 The Government enacted the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act in 1996. Which one of the following is not identified as its objective? C I Polity 229
26 Under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, D - - -
27 Improper handling and storage of cereal grains and oilseeds result in the production of toxins known as aflatoxins which are not generally destroyed by normal cooking process. C VI Science 44, 11
28 'Economic Justice' as one of the objectives of the Indian Constitution has been provided in B I Polity 10, 25
29 Due to improper/indiscriminate disposal of old and used computers or their parts, which of the following are released into the environment as e-waste? B VII Current affairs 149
30 Acid rain is caused by the pollution of environment by D VI Science 159
31 With reference to food chains in ecosystems, consider the following statements: A VI Environment ecology 248, 252
32 Consider the following pairs: National Park River flowing through the Park D V Biodiversity 61, 213, 238
33 Consider the following organisms: 1. Agaricus
2. Nostoc
3. Spirogyra
B VI Science 10, 11, 12
34 Which of the following adds/add nitrogen to the soil? C V, VI, III Indian geography, Science, Climate change 81 & 82, 82, 159
35 In which of the following States is lion-tailed macaque found in its natural habitat? A V Biodiversity 224, 234, 259
36 Some Buddhist rock-cut caves are called Chaityas, while the others are called Viharas. What is the difference between the two? B II History 224
37 Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism? C II History 14
38* According to the Constitution of India, which of the following are fundamental for the governance of the country? C I Polity 25
39 The people of India agitated against the arrival of Simon Commission because: C III Modern history 75
40 Quit India Movement was launched in response to B III Modern history 86, 87
41 The balance of payments of a country is a systematic record of A IV Indian economy 124
42* The Reserve Bank of India regulates the commercial banks in matters of D IV Indian economy 72, 73
43 An increase in the Bank Rate generally indicates that the D IV Indian economy 72
44 In India, deficit financing is used for raising resources for A IV Indian economy 240
45 Which of the following characterizes/ characterize the people of Indus Civilization? B II Ancient India 199, 201
46 Which of the following diseases can be transmitted from one person to another through tattooing? B VIII India year book 104
47 Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding vegetative propagation of plants? D II Ancient India 208, 209
48 Which one of the following terms describes not only the physical space occupied by organism, but also its functional role in the community of organisms? C V Biodiversity 242
49 Photochemical smog is a resultant of the reaction among A III Climate change 159
50* Consider the following minerals: 1. Calcium 2. Iron 3. Sodium C VI Science 82
51 Consider the following statements: The Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts C I Polity 64, 137
52 Consider the following Bhakti Saints: 1. Dadu Dayal B II History 268
53 With reference to the food chains in ecosystems, which of the following kinds of organism is/are known as decomposer organism/organisms? B VI, VI Environment ecology, Science 243, 6
54 The most important fishing grounds of the world are found in the regions where C II World geography 109, 111
55 Which of the following is/ are unique characteristic/ characteristics of equatorial forests? D II World geography 60, 124
56 Which of the following constitute Capital Account? B IV Indian economy 60, 124
57 Consider the following historical places: 1. Ajanta Caves B - - -
58 With reference to the history of philosophical thought in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school: C - - -
59 In the context of India, which of the following principles is/are implied institutionally in the parliamentary government? A I Polity 31, 32
60 The annual range of temperature in the interior of the continents is high as compared to coastal areas. What is/are the reason/reasons? A - - -
61 Which of the following is/are the characteristic/characteristics of Indian coal? B V II Indian geography World geography 107,118
62 Which of the following statements regarding laterite soils of India are correct? C V Indian geography 38
63 Consider the following statements: 1. Natural gas occurs in the Gondwana beds. B V Indian geography 103, 19
64* Consider the following crops: 1. Cotton 2. Groundnut C V Indian geography 74
65* "Climate is extreme, rainfall is scanty and the people used to be nomadic herders." D II World geography 79, 86
66* Consider the following statements: 1. Inflation benefits the debtors. 2. Inflation benefits the bond-holders. A IV Indian economy 36, 243
67 Disguised unemployment generally means C IV Indian economy 34
68 Consider the following statements: 1. The Council of Ministers in the Centre shall be collectively responsible to the Parliament. B I Polity 48, 50
69 Consider the following statements: 1. National Development Council is an organ of the Planning Commission. B V Polity 133, 90, 141
70 Consider the following statements: 1. The Chairman and the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha are not the members of that House. B I Polity 37, 47, 72
71 With reference to National Legal Services Authority, consider the following statements: C I Polity 108
72* During a thunderstorm, the thunder in the skies is produced by the C VI Geography theory 211, 212
73* Consider the following pairs: Tribe State A V Indian geography 214
74 Consider the following liquid assets: 1. Demand deposits with the banks D IV Indian economy 86
75 In the context of Indian economy, 'Open Market Operations' refers to C IV Indian economy 67, 68
76 Priority Sector Lending by banks in India constitutes the lending to (a) agriculture D IV Indian economy 78
77 Which one among the following industries is the maximum consumer of water in India? B - - -
78 To obtain full benefits of demographic dividend, what should India do? A IX Economic survey 78
79 In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called Tribhanga'.... A - - -
80* Annie Besant was C III Modern history 101, 140
81 The Ilbert Bill controversy was related to C III Modern history 52
82 A rise in general level of prices may be caused by D IV Indian economy 38
83 Which one of the following groups of items is included in India's foreign-exchange reserves? B IV Indian economy 124
84 Which one of the following is likely to be the most inflationary, in its effect? D IV Indian economy 246, 240, 38
85 Supply of money remaining the same when there is an increase in demand for money, there will be B IV Indian economy 251
86 Fruits stored in a cold chamber exhibit longer storage life because C V - -
87 Consider the following fauna of India: 1. Gharial C V VIII Indian geography, India year book 214, 3
88 Ball bearings are used in bicycles, cars etc. because C - - -
89 Consider the following phenomena: 1. Size of the sun at dusk C - - -
90 Rainbow is produced when sunlight falls on drops of rain. A VI Science 65
91* Many transplanted seedlings do not grow because C - - -
92 Economic growth in country X will necessarily have to occur if C IV IX Indian economy, Economic survey 246, 93
93 Which of the following statements is/are correct? 1. Viruses lack enzymes necessary for the generation of energy. A - - -
94* Which of the following leaf modifications occurs/occur in desert areas to inhibit water loss? D V Indian geography 47-49
95 The known forces of nature can be divided into four classes, viz., gravity, electromagnetism... A - - -
96 The efforts to detect the existence of Higgs boson particle have become frequent news in the recent past.... A VII Current affairs 37
97 Mycorrhizal biotechnology has been used in rehabilitating degraded sites because mycorrhiza enables the plants to D VI Science 11
98 Who among the following constitute the National Development Council? B I Polity 133
99 The national income of a country for a given period is equal to the A IV Indian economy 45
100 Which of the following grants/grant direct credit assistance to rural households? D IV Indian economy 87
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