UPSC PRELIMINARY MOCK TEST 156

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Question 21 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to Indian Classical dance forms, consider the following statements:
  1. Tribhanga is a very feminine stance where the body is deflected at the neck, torso and the knees.
  2. Sattriya dance form is exclusively based on the Tribhanga posture.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2
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Question 21 Explanation: 
Statement 1 is correct. Tribhanga is a standing body stance or position used in the conventional Indian sculptor, art and Indian classical dance forms like Odissi. Tribhanga, as compared to contrapposto pose, literally meaning three parts break, consists of three bends in the body; at the neck, waist and knee, hence the body is oppositely curved at waist and neck which gives it a gentle "S" shape and is considered the most graceful and sensual of the Odissi positions. It is closely associated with Lord Krishna, the Hindu mythology, who is often portrayed in the posture.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The Sattriya dance form is not exclusively based on the Tribhanga posture. Sattriya dance tradition is governed by strictly laid down principles in respect of has tamudras, footworks, aharyas, music etc. This tradition, has two distinctly separate streams - the Bhaona-related repertoire starting from the Gayan- Bhayanar Nach to the Kharmanar Nach, secondly the dance numbers which are independent, such as Chali, Rajagharia Chali, Jhumura, Nadu Bhangi etc. Among them the Chali is characterized by gracefulness and elegance, while the Jhumura is marked by vigor and majestic beauty. Sattriya also reflects the influence of local folk dances of Assam.

Question 22 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
Consider the following statements about GSTN 1.) The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) is a non-government non-profit private limited company . 2.) It has been set up primarily to provide IT infrastructure and services to the Central and State Governments, tax payers and other stakeholders for implementation of GST 3.) The Revenue Model of GSTN will consist of User Charge to be paid by stakeholders who will use the system and thus it will be a self-sustaining organization. Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?
A
1,2 and 3
B
2 and 3
C
2 only
D
1 and 3
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Question 22 Explanation: 
All the statement are in accordance with GSTN

Important Point about GSTN:

  • The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) is a non-government non-profit private limited company created for providing the front end and back end IT and infrastructural support for the working of GST.
  • Given its non-government nature, the shareholding is important. Here, the Governments -centre, states plus UTs hold 49% of GSTN. Central government holds 24.5% while the remaining governmental share of 24.5% is held by states and UTs. It has an authorized capital of Rs.10 crore to establish and operate the IT backbone of GST.
  • The remaining 51% share is divided among five financial institutions-LIC Housing Finance with 11% stake and ICICI Bank, HDFC, HDFC Bank and NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Ltd with 10% stake each.

Following are the main functions of GSTN:

(i) facilitating registration;

(ii) filing and forwarding the returns to Central and State tax authorities;

(iii) computation and settlement of IGST;

(iv) matching of tax payment details with banking network;

(v) providing various Management Information System reports to Governments.

(vi) analysis of tax payers' profile; and

(vii) running the matching engine for input tax credit.

Question 23 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
Consider the following statements with respect to powers of Election Commission.
  1. Election Commission can disqualify candidates who commit electoral malpractices.
  2. The Constitution empowers the Election Commission to decide whether a candidate has incurred disqualification by holding an office of profit.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
Both
D
None
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Question 23 Explanation: 

What are the limitations of the EC's powers?

  • The EC does not have the power to disqualify candidates who commit electoral malpractices. At best, it may direct the registration of a case.
  • The EC also does not have the power to deregister any political party. However, the Constitution empowers the EC to decide whether a candidate has incurred disqualification by holding an office of profit under the appropriate government, or has been declared an insolvent, or acquired the citizenship of a foreign state.

When a question arises whether a candidate has incurred any of these disqualifications, the President of India or Governor has to refer it to the EC. The poll panel's decision on this is binding. "

Question 24 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
Which of the following institution releases the Global Pension Index?
A
World Economic Forum
B
UNICEF
C
Melbourne Mercer
D
World Bank
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Question 24 Explanation: 
India has improved its ranking in the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index. The index is published by the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) in collaboration with Mercer with most of the funding from the State Government of Victoria. The primary objective of this research is to benchmark each country's retirement income system. It covers 37 countries, is based on how they fare on providing pension and retirement benefits to citizens across different income groups. "
Question 25 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
In which of the following, there are high chances of interacting species living closely together?
  1. Mutualism
  2. Competition
  3. Parasitism
  4. Predation
  5. Commensalism
  6. Amensalism
Select the correct answer code:
A
1, 2, 3, 4
B
3, 4, 5
C
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
D
1, 2, 4, 6
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Question 25 Explanation: 

Predation, parasitism and commensalism share a common characteristic- the interacting species live closely together. "

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