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UPSC PREVIOUS YEAR PRELIMINARY QUESTIONS ANSWERS

Question 21 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
In which one among the following categories of protected areas in India are local people not allowed to collect and use the biomass?
A
Biosphere Reserves
B
National Parks
C
Wetlands declared under Ramsar Convention
D
Wildlife Sanctuaries
Question 22 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The basic aim of Lead Bank Scheme is that
A
big banks should try to open offices in each district
B
there should be stiff competition among the various nationalized banks
C
individual banks should adopt particular districts for intensive development
D
all the banks should make intensive efforts to mobilize deposits.
Question 23 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What is the provision to safeguard the autonomy of the Supreme Court of India?
  1. While appointing the Supreme Court Judges, the President of India has to consult the Chief Justice of India.
  2. The Supreme Court Judges can be removed by the Chief Justice of India only.
  3. The salaries of the Judges are charged on the Consolidated Fund of India to which the legislature does not have to vote.
  4. All appointments of officers and staffs of the Supreme Court of India are made by the Government only after consulting the Chief Justice of India.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 and 3 only
B
3 and 4 only
C
4 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 24 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Which of the following special powers have been conferred on the Rajya Sabha by the Constitution of India?
A
To change the existing territory of a State and to change the name of a State
B
To pass a resolution empowering the Parliament to make laws in the State List and to create one or more All India Services
C
To amend the election procedure of the President and to determine the pension of the President after his/her retirement
D
To determine the functions of the Election Commission and to determine the number of Election Commissioners
Question 25 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Rainbow is produced when sunlight falls on drops of rain. Which of the following physical phenomena are responsible for this?
  1. Dispersion
  2. Refraction
  3. Internal reflection
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
A
1 and 2 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 26 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Consider the following statements:
  1. The Chairman and the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha are not the members of that House.
  2. While the nominated members of the two Houses of the Parliament have no voting right in the presidential election, they have the right to vote in the election of the Vice President.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2
Question 27 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Acid rain is caused by the pollution of environment by
A
carbon dioxide and nitrogen
B
carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide
C
ozone and carbon dioxide
D
nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide
Question 28 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Consider the following animals:
  1. Sea cow
  2. Sea horse
  3. Sea lion
Which of the above is/are mammal/mammals?
A
1 only
B
1 and 3 only
C
2 and 3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 29 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
In the South Atlantic and South-Eastern Pacific regions in tropical latitudes, cyclone does not originate. What is the reason?
A
Sea surface temperatures are low
B
Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone seldom occurs
C
Coriolis force is too weak
D
Absence of land in those regions
Question 30 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to 'fuel cells' in which hydrogen-rich fuel and oxygen are used to generate electricity, consider the following statements :
  1. If pure hydrogen is used as a fuel, the fuel cell emits heat and water as by-products.
  2. Fuel cells can be used for powering buildings and not for small devices like laptop computers.
  3. Fuel cells produce electricity in the form of Alternating Current (AC).
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A
1 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 31 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to Union Budget, which of the following, is/are covered under Non Plan Expenditure? 1. Defence expenditure 2. Interest payments 3. Salaries and pensions 4. Subsidiess, Select the correct answer using the code given below.
A
1 only
B
2 nd 3 only
C
1, 2, 3 and 4
D
None
Question 32 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The fundamental object of Panchayati Raj system is to ensure which among the following? 1. People's participation in development 2. Political accountability 3. Democratic decentralization 4. Financial mobilization Select the correct answer using the code given below.
A
1, 2 and 3 only
B
2 and 4 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
1, 2, 3 and 4
Question 33 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Match items in the List I (Location) with those in the List II (Known for/in News for) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:
Codes: A B C D "
A
2 1 4 3
B
3 4 1 2
C
2 4 1 3
D
3 1 4 2
Question 34 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to Indian history, which of the following is/are the essential element/elements of the feudal system? 1. A very strong centralized political authority and a very weak provincial or local political authority. 2. Emergence of administrative structure based on control and possession of land 3. Creation of lord-vassal relationship between the feudal lord and his overlord Select the correct answer using the code given below.
A
1 and 2 only
B
2 and 3 only
C
3 only
D
1, 2 and 3
Question 35 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to 'Li-Fi', recently in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct? 1. It uses light as the medium for high-speed data transmission. 2. It is a wireless technology and is several times faster than 'WiFi'. Select the correct answer using the code given below.
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2
Question 36 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Assertion (A) : A jet aircraft moving at Mach Number equal to q travels faster at an altitude of 15 km than while moving at level. Reason (R) : The velocity of sound depends on the temperature of the surrounding medium.
A
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A.
B
Both A and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A.
C
A is True but R is false
D
A is false but R is true
Question 37 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
With reference to a conservation organization called Wetlands International', which of the following statements is/are correct? 1. It is an intergovernmental organization formed by the countries which are signatories to Ramsar Convention. 2. It works at the field level to develop and mobilize knowledge, and use the practical experience to advocate for better policies. Select the correct answer using the code given below. "
A
1 only
B
2 only
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2
Question 38 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
With which one of the following is BRIT (Government of India) engaged?
A
Railway Wagons
B
Information Technology
C
Isotope Technology
D
Road Transport
Question 39 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What is/are common to the two historical places known as Ajanta and Mahabalipuram? 1. Both were built in the same period. 2. Both belong to the same religious denomination. 3. Both have rock-cut monuments. Select the correct answer using the code given below.
A
1 and 2 only
B
3 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
None of the statements given above is correct
Question 40 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What is the approximate percentage of persons above 65 years of age in India's current population?
A
14 - 15%
B
11 - 12%
C
8 - 9%
D
5 - 6%
There are 40 questions to complete.

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