UPSC PRELIMINARY MOCK TEST 228

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UPSC PRELIMINARY MOCK TEST 228

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
The Kaladan transport project by India and Myanmar consists of which of the following modes of transport?
  1. Roads
  2. Railways
  3. Shipping
  4. Inland water transport
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
A
1, 2 and 3 only
B
2 ,3 and 4 only
C
2 and 3 only
D
1, 3 and 4 only
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Question 1 Explanation: 
1, 3 and 4 only
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
Which of the following statements are false?
  1. The Ajanta caves were sponsored by the Satvahana dynasty in the Hinayana phase and the Vakataka dynasty in the Mahayana phase.
  2. Unlike the Ellora caves, Ajantha caves are excavated in the sloping sides of a hill and not in a perpendicular cliff.
  3. Ajantha caves have Viharas, Chaitya halls, temples and edifices.
  4. Boddhisatva Padmapani is a famous mural painting associated with the Ajantha caves.
Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?
A
1 and 2 only
B
1 and 4 only
C
1, 2 and 3 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
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Question 2 Explanation: 
1 and 4 only.
  • Ajantha caves are home to only viharas and chaithyas.
  • Unlike the ajantha caves, ellora caves are excavated in the sloping sides of a hill and not in a perpendicular cliff.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
Consider the following statements about 'GRIHA- Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment':
1. GRIHA pre certification has been accepted by Ministry of Environment and Forest for fast track environment clearance.
2. GRIHA endeavors to calculate energy consumption, waste generation, renewable energy adoption, among other points, in an attempt to manage, control and reduce the same to the finest achievable degree.
Which of the following statement is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2
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Question 3 Explanation: 
GRIHA is an acronym for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment. GRIHA is a Sanskrit word meaning - 'Abode'. Human Habitats (buildings) interact with the environment in various ways. Throughout their life cycles, from construction to operation and then demolition, they consume resources in the form of energy, water, materials, etc. and emit wastes either directly in the form of municipal wastes or indirectly as emissions from electricity generation. GRIHA attempts to minimize a building's resource consumption, waste generation, and overall ecological impact to within certain nationally acceptable limits / benchmarks.
Going by the old adage 'what gets measured, gets managed', GRIHA attempts to quantify aspects such as energy consumption, waste generation, renewable energy adoption, etc. so as to manage, control and reduce the same to the best possible extent.
GRIHA is a rating tool that helps people assesses the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks. It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a 'green building'. The rating system, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, will seek to strike a balance between the established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international.
Internationally, GRIHA has been recognized as:
* An innovative tool for sustainable development by the United Nations.
* A tool for implementing renewable energy in the building sector by 'The Climate Reality project'- an organisation founded by Mr. Al Gore; and
* UNEP-SBCI has developed the "Common Carbon Metric" (kWhr/sq m/annum), for international building energy data collection -based on inputs from GRIHA (among others)
In India:
* GRIHA pre certification accepted by MoEF for fast track environment clearance.
* Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Maharashtra gives financial incentives to developers (upto 50% rebate in premium) and occupants of GRIHA compliant projects (property tax rebate).
* NOIDA Authority has notified FAR incentive for GRIHA 4 and 5 Star projects.
* Processing fee waiver from SBI for home loans.
* CPWD Plinth Area Rates have been revised as per GRIHA norms/benchmarks.
* CPWD Centre of Excellence on green buildings and GRIHA established at Ghaziabad.
* DDA, NBCC, BHEL have revised their tender documents to incorporate minimum 3 Star GRIHA compliance.
* PWD, Government of Assam and PWD Kerela have adopted GRIHA
* Cabinet of the Government of Delhi has adopted GRIHA
* Chandigarh Administration has adopted GRIHA "
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
Consider the following statements with respect to Food Planet Prize:
1. Prize is sponsored by Finland
2. Its aim is to recognize ground-breaking initiatives from around the world that addresses the climate change threats towards food supply
Which of the following codes below given is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2
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Question 4 Explanation: 
A new award called the Food Planet Prize, established by the Curt Bergfors Foundation in Stockholm (Sweden), will award two annual $1million awards: the first will be given to an existing scalable solution for sustainable foods. The second will be awarded for innovative initiatives that could transform the global food sector. Nominations for The Food Planet Prize are now open, with the first prizes awarded later in 2020. The nominations will be evaluated by an international jury of leading scientists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs.
Question 5 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW MCQ multiple objective type questions RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to the cultural history of India, storytelling was the profession of who of the following?
A
Kara
B
Palagala
C
Karmara
D
Puranikas
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Question 5 Explanation: 
Puranikas were story tellers or readers of the sacred Puranas. They normally travelled from place to place, preaching or simply reading the Puranas to whoever would listen. The hearers were obliged to give some gifts to the Puranikas in the form of food, money, garments or flowers.
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