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IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions "Test-5"

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions "Test-5"

ENVIRONMENT ISSUES

BIODIVERSITY

 

1.Which of the following has the greatest biodiversity on earth ?

a)Tropical Amazonian rain forests in south America

b)Eastern Ghats and Western Himalayas

c)Sahara deserts

d)Savana forests

2.Which of the Following Bird Sanctuary /National Park nestle a large number of peafowl, the national bird.

a. Maenam Sanctuary

b. Kitam Sanctuary

c. Gorumura Park

d. Kaziranga National park

3.Which of the Following is the second-largest habitat of the one-horned rhinoceros in the country.

a.Maenam Sanctuary

b. Kitam Sanctuary

c. Gorumura Park

d. Kaziranga National park

4.Which of the Following Bird Species reported from India are listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN Red List version 2013.2

1.Slender-billed Vultur

2.Red-headed Vulture

3.Indian Vulture

4.White backed Vulture

Of these which is/are Correct ?

a.1,2 Only

b. 2,4 Only

c. 2,3, 4 Only

d. 1,2,3,4

5.Which of the Following Bird Species reported from India are listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN Red List version 2013.2

1.Baer’s Pochard

2.Forest Owlet

3.Great Indian Bustard

4.Bengal Florican

Of these which is/are Correct ?

a.1,2 Only

b. 2,4 Only

c. 2,3, 4 Only

d. 1,2,3,4

6.Which of the Following Bird Species reported from India are listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN Red List version 2013.2

1.Siberian Crane

2.Spoon –Billed SandPiper

3.Sociable Lapwing

4.Jerdon’s Courser

Of these which is/are Correct

a.1,2 Only

b. 2,4 Only

c. 2,3, 4 Only

d. 1,2,3,4

7.Which of the Following Bird Species reported from India are listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN Red List version 2013.2

1.White –bellied Heron

2.Himalayan Quail

3.Pink –Headed Duck

Of these which is/are Correct ?

a.1,2 Only

b. 2,3 Only

c. 1,3 Only

d. 1,2,3

8.Which one of the following regions of India is now regarded as an ‘ecological hot spot’?

a.Western Himalaya

b. Eastern Himalayas

c.Western ghats

d. Eastern ghats

9.Which one of the following is not included under in situ conservation ?

a)Sanctuary

b)Botanical garden

c)Biosphere reserve

d)National park

WTO

10.Consider the Following Statements

1.WIPO : Francis Gurry

2. World Bank : Jim Yong Kim

3. World Economic Forum : Klaus Schwab

Of These Which is/are Correct?

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 and 3 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d. 1,2,3

 INTERNATIONAL TRADE 

11.Consider the Following Statements

1.Purchase Managers’ Indices (PMI is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector

2.In India Manufacturing Purchase Managers’ Indices (PMI) is Published by HSBC Monthly

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c.Both 1 & 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

12.Consider the Following Statements

1.There were altogether 277 CPSEs under the administrative control of various ministries/departments as on 31 March 2013.

2.The ONGC is the Top Profit Making CPSE during 2012-13

3.Air India Ltd is the Top Loss Making CPSE During 2012-13

Of These Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1 & 2

b. Only 1 & 3

c. Only 2 & 3

d. 1,2,3

13.Consider the Following Statements

1.India ranked as the fourth largest producer of crude steel in the world during 2013 after China, Japan, and the USA.

2.India was also the largest producer of sponge iron in the world during 2013, accounting for 25 per cent of world production.

3.In global clothing exports, India ranked ninth as per World Trade Organization (WTO) data 2012 (latest)

4.In global textile exports, India ranked third, trailing China and the EU.

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.1,2 Only

b.1,2,3 Only

c.2,3,4 Only

d.1,2,3,4

14.Which of the Following State is Not a Part of DMIC Project

a.Haryana

b.Punjab

c.Uttar Pradesh

d.Madhya Pradesh

15.Which one of the following is the correct decreasing sequence in terms of the value (in rupees) of the minerals produced in India in the year 2012-13?

a. Metallic minerals-Fuel minerals-Nonmetallic minerals

b. Fuel minerals-Metallic minerals-Nonmetallic minerals

c. Metallic minerals-Non-metallic minerals-Fuel minerals

d. Fuel minerals-Non-metallic minerals- Metallic minerals

16.Out of 3461 reporting mines in India , Majority of Mines are Located in Which of the Following State.

a.Andhra Pradesh

b.Odisha

c.Madhya Pradesh

d.Chattisgarh

17.Arrange the Following in Chronological Order Of their Contribution to Total value of mineral production

a.Coal – Petroleum- Iron Ore- Natural Gas

b.Petroleum-Iron Ore – Natural Gas – Coal

c.Iron Ore- Natural Gas – Coal –Petroleum

d.Natural Gas –Coal – Petroleum-Iron Ore

18.Consider the Following Statements about Rourkela Steel Plant.

1.Rourkela Steel Plant is the first integrated steel plant in the public sector in India.

2.It was set up with German collaboration .

3.RSP was the first plant in India to incorporate LD technology of steel making.

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1 & 2

b.Only 2 & 3

c.Only 1 & 3

d. 1,2,3

19.Consider the Following Statements

1.Bokaro Steel Plant is Eleven - times winner of Prime Minister's Trophy for best Integrated Steel Plant in the country

2.Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) is India's sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates .

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1

b.Only 2

c.Both 1 & 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

20.Consider the Following Statements

1.ISO 9001 : 2000 - Quality Management System Standard

2.ISO:14001 – Environment Management System

3. SA : 8000 – Certification for Social Accountability

Of These Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1 & 2

b.Only 2 & 3

c. Only 1 & 3

d.1,2,3

21.Which of the Following Pair is Not Correctly Matched

a.Algoma Power Plant, Canada : Suzlon Power

b. Integrated Steel Plant at Jajpur (Orissa): Tata Steel

c. Nabinagar Power Plant (Bihar): Indian Railways

d.Mahan Power Plant ,Madhya Pradesh : Essar Power

22.Consider the Following Statements

1.Maharashtra Elektrosmelt Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Steel Authority of India Ltd.

2.Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd, RINL has been awarded the Navaratna status

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1

b.Only 2

c. Both 1 & 2

d. Neither 1 Nor 2

23.Consider the Joint Ventures of SAIL

1.Mjunction Services Limited is a 50:50 joint venture between SAIL and Tata Steel

2.S & T Mining Company Pvt. Limited is a50:50 joint venture company with Tata Steel for joint acquisition & development of mineral deposits

3.International Coal Ventures Private Limited is a Joint Venture Company Between SAIL & NMDC

Of These Which is /are Correct ?

a.1 & 2 Only

b. 2 & 3 Only

c. 1 & 3 Only

d.1,2,3

24.In India the Public Sector is most dominant in

a. steel production

b. organized term-lending financialinstitutions

c. transport

d. commercial banking

25.Consider the Following Statements

1.Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Sector Manufacturing enterprises constitute 31.8 per cent of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) sector

2.India’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking by the World Bank has gone down from 131 to 134 out of the 189 countries in 2014.

Of These Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1

b.Only 2

c.Both 1 & 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

26.The First Industrial Policy of India was Declared on

a.6-4-1950

b. 6-4 -1949

c. 6-4-1948

d. 6-4-1951

27.In India the overall Index of Industrial Production, Which of the following are among those Eight Core Industries?

1. Cement

2. Fertilizers

3. Natural Gas

4. Refinery products

5. Textiles

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 5 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

UNTOUCHED QUESTIONS BY UPSC ON UNO (EXCLUSIVE CONTRIBUTION BY Kiran)

NO CHANCE FOR UPSC TO GO BEYOND

28.The Report “Global Food Security Avoiding Future Famines “ was Published by

a.UNEP

b. FAO

c. World Bank

d. World Economic Forum

377.On New Year’s Day 1942, who among the Following signed a short document which later came to be known as the United Nations Declaration

a. Roosevelt, Churchill, Maxim Litvinov, T. V. Soong

b. Roosevelt ,Churchill, Joseph Broz Tito , Jawaharlal Nehru

c. Roosevelt, Churchill , Jan Smuts , Peter Fraser

d. Roosevelt , Churchill , Benjamin Franklin, John Adams

29.The amendment to Which of the Following Article enlarges the membership of the Security Council from eleven to fifteen.

a.Articel 22

b.Article 23

c.Article 24

d.Article 25

30.Consider the Following Statements ?

1.English, French, Chinese, Russian,Arabic and Spanish are Official Languages of UNO

2.The working languages at the UN Secretariat are English and French.

Of These which is/are correct?

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c.Both 1 and 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

31.Consider the Following Statements

1.Non Permanent Members of The Security Council of UN are elected by the General Assembly for a term of 2 Years

2. The presidency of the United Nations Security Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month

Of These which is/are Correct?

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

32.Along with General Assembly of UNO , Which of the following elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.

a.UN Security Council

b. Interpol

c. United Nations Trusteeship Council

d.UN Secretariat

33.Consider the Following Statements about League of Nations

1.The Locarno Agreements signed in October 1925, which marked the beginnings of a Franco-German reconciliation

2.Covenant of the League of Nations became Part of the Treaty of Versailles

3.League of Nations was Officially Inaugurated on 10 January 1920

Of these which is /are correct ?

a.Only 1 and 2

b. Only 2 and 3

c. Only 1 and 3

d.1,2,3

34.Which of the Following Pairs is wrongly Matched

a.Aristide Briand : Put Forward very first political project of a European Federal Union

b. President Woodrow Wilson : Chaired Peace Conference in Paris in 1918

c.Paul Hymans of Belgium : President of the First Assembly of League of Nations

d.Lord Balfour : First President of International Court of Justice

35.Which of the Following Country is Not one among the First four Permanent Members of League of Nations Council

a. France

b. Italy

c. Japan

d. Germany

36.Apart from Geneva which of the Following City Competeted to become the Seat of League of Nations

a. Brussels

b. Paris

c. New York

d. Sanfrancisco

37.Consider the following organizations:

1. International Development Association

2. International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

3. International Labour Organization

4. World Food Programme

Which of these are agencies of the United Nations

a. 1 and 2

b. 2 and 3

c. 3 and 4

d. 1, 2, 3 and 4

NUCLEAR ENERGY

38.Consider the Following Statements About Proposed Nuclear Reactors in India with International Co-operation

1.Kudankulam(TN) : Rosatom, Russia

2.Jaitpur (MH) : Areva , France

3.Kovvada (AP) : G E Hitachi, Japan

4.Chayya Mithi Virdi(GJ) : Westinghouse Electric ,USA

Which of the Above is/are Correctly Matched

a.1,2,4 Only

b.2,3,4 Only

c.1,3,4 Only

d.1,2,3,4

39.Consider the Following Nuclear Reactors

1.Gorakhpur(Haryana)

2.Chutka (Madhya Pradesh)

3.Mahi Banswara (Rajasthan)

4.Kaiga (Karnataka)

Of These Indigenous Nuclear Reactors Includes

a.1,2 Only

b. 2,3,4 Only

c.1,4 Only

d.1,2,3,4

40.Consider the Following Statements

1.According to GHG Emission 2007 Report of Ministry of Environment & Forests, India ranks 4th in aggregate GHG emissions in the world, behind USA, China, EU.

2.Presently, of the total installed electricity generation capacity of over 1.9 lakh Mega Watts in India, Nuclear Energy Contribution is More when Compared to Renewable Sources

3.India have 21 nuclear power reactors in the country with an installed capacity of 4780 MW of electricity.

Of These Which is/are Correct ?

a.1,2 only

b.2&3 Only

c.1,2,3

d. None Of these

 

DEFENCE

41.Consider the following statements:

1. INS Vikramaditya is an aircraft carrier.

2. INS Rajali is an Indian Naval Air Station

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

42.Consider the following statements:

1. INS Sarayu is an indigenous Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel.

2. INS Trikand is an Stealth Frigate

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

43.INS Vikramaditya acquired by the Indian Navy has been built by

a. Israel

b. USA

c. Russia

d. France

44.Consider the following statements:

1. INS Satpura is an indigenously built stealth frigate .

2. INS Ranvijay is Guided Missile Destroyer

3. INS Kuthar is a Missile corvette

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 & 2 Only

b. 1 & 3 Only

c. 2 & 3 Only

d. 1,2,3

45.In the context of the Indian defence, what is ‘Dhruv’?

a. Aircraft-carrying warship

b. Missile-carrying submarine

c. Advanced light helicopter

d. Intercontinental ballistic missile

46.In the context of the Indian defence, what is ‘Tejas ’?

a. Aircraft-carrying warship

b. Missile-carrying submarine

c. Advanced light helicopter

d. Intercontinental ballistic missile

47.In the context of the Indian defence, what is ‘HAWK ’?

a. Advanced Jet Trainer

b. Missile-carrying submarine

c. Advanced light helicopter

d. Intercontinental ballistic missile

48.In the context of the Indian defence, what is “Nirbheek”?

a. Advanced Jet Trainer

b. Missile-carrying submarine

c. Advanced light helicopter

d. Light Weight Revolver

49.In the context of the Indian defence, what is C-17 Globe Master III?

a. Advanced Jet Trainer

b. Military Transport Aircraft

c. Advanced light helicopter

d. Light Weight Revolver

50.In the context of the Indian defence, what is “Vaibhav”?

a. Advanced Jet Trainer

b. Military Transport Aircraft

c. Indian Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Vessel

d. Light Weight Revolver

51.Consider the Following Statements

1.Corpat is the Joint Naval Exercises Between India and Indonesia

2. Komodo is the Joint Maritime Exercise Between India and China

Of these which is/are Correct?

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c.Both 1 & 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

52.Recently the Chinese Navy had conducted rare exercises in the Lumbok Strait , Where is Lumbok Strait

a.Indian Ocean

b. South China Sea

c.East China Sea

d.Yellow Sea

53.‘Hand-in-Hand 2013’, a joint antiterrorism military training was held by the officers of the Indian Army and officers of Army of which one of the following countries?

a. China

b. Japan

c. Russia

d. USA

54.Which of the Following Pairs is Wrongly Matched

a. Indo – UK Joint Military Exercise : Ajeya Warrior

b. Indo – Nepal Joint Military Exercise : Surya Kiran-V

c. Indo – UK Exercise : Konkan

d. India-Singapore Navy exercise : ‘SLINEX’

55.Which of the Following Pairs is Wrongly Matched

a. Indo – French Exercise : Shakti -2013

b. Indo – Saudi Arabia Naval Exercise : Naseem Al Bahar

c. Indo – Japan Maritime Exercise : Jimex

d. India-Singapore exercise : SIMBEX

56.Consider the Following Statements

1.”Iron Fist” is IAF Exercise

2.”Indra “ is Army’s biggest war game exercise

3.’TROPEX’ is Indian Navy’s major annual exercise

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 & 2 Only

b. 1 & 3 Only

c. 2 & 3 Only

d. 1,2,3

57.Consider the Following Statements

1. P 8I is a Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft

2. Chakra is a nuclear submarine

Of these which is/are Correct?

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c.Both 1 & 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

58.Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?

a. Central Air Command:Allahabad

b. Eastern Air Command:Shillong

c. South Western Air Command :GandhiNagar

d. Western Air Command : Mumbai

59.Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?

a. Southern Air Command: Thiruvananthapuram

b. Eastern Naval Command: Visakhapatnam

c. Armoured Corps Centre and School : Jabalpur

d. Army Medical Corps Centre and School : Lucknow

60.Consider the following statements regarding the Armed Forces:

1. Officers’ Training Academy is located in Nagpur.

2. Western Naval Command is Located at Mumbai

3. Southern Command of Indian Navy has its Headquarters at Chennai.

Which of these statements are correct?

a. 1, 2, 3

b. 1 & 2 Only

c. 2 only

d. 3 only

SPACE

61.Which of the Following Pairs about ISRO’S Launch of Foreign Satellites is wrongly matched

1. SPOT-6 : French Earth Observation Satellite

2.PROITERES : Japan’s Micro Satellite

3. NEOSSAT : Australia’s Satellite to Track near-Earth asteroids or satellites in Geostationary orbit

4. UNIBRITE : Austria’s satellite To photometrically measure low-level oscillations and temperature variations in stars

of These which is /are Correct

a.1,2,3

b. 1,2,4

c. 2,3,4

d.1,2,3,4

62.The Satellite with ARGOS and ALTIKA (SARAL) launched by India Helps in

1. Continental ice studies

2.Protection of biodiversity

3. to study ocean circulation and sea surface elevation

Which of the Following Statements given above is/are correct

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d. 1,2,3

63.Radar Satellite-1 (RISAT-1) Launched by India Helps in

1.provides cloud penetration and day-night imaging capability

2. paddy monitoring in kharif season

3. management of natural disasters like flood and cyclone

Which of the Following Statements given above is/are correct

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d. 1,2,3

64.GSAT-15 Satellite Launched by India Helps in

1.Direct-To-Home (DTH) Services

2.Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services

3.Air traffic management over Indian Air Space

Which of the Following Statements given above is/are correct

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d. 1,2,3

65.Which of the Following Pair/s is/are wrongly Matched Lunar Explorations Country

1.SMART -1 : European Space agency

2. Lunar A : Japan

3. SELENE : China

Codes

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 and 3 Only

c. 3 Only

d. 1 and 3 Only

66.Which of the Following Space Companies and their Location is Wrongly Paired ?

a.EADS Astrium –Paris

b.Intelsat – Luxembourg

c.Avanti Group –London

d.Inmarsat –Washington ,D.C

67.Which of the Following Space Companies and their Location is Wrongly Paired ?

a.DLR –Cologne

b.KARI– Daejeon

c.Eutelsat –Paris

d.OHB Systems–Washington ,D.C

68.Consider the Following Statements

1.ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) is a Space Company of Singapore and ISRO will launch its 400-kg TeLEOS-1 earth observation spacecraft

2. DMC International Imaging, is a Space Company of UK and ISRO will launch its three 350-kg DMC-3 disaster monitoring satellites

Of These which is/are Correct

a. Only 1

b .Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

69.Consider the Following Statements about Chandrayan -2

1.ISRO had the responsibility for the Moon Lander and ROSCOSMOS had the responsibility to realize the Rover Module, Orbiter .

2.Land Craft Module System of Chandrayan-2 perform the Objectives of Remote Sensing the Moon

Of These which is/are Correct ?

a. Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

70.Consider the Following Statements

1.Department of Space (DOS) in the 10th Five Year Plan launched the Disaster Management Support (DMS) programme.

2.Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite system was commissioned with the launch of IRS-1A, in 1988.

3.With eleven satellites in operation, IRS is the largest civilian remote sensing satellite constellation in the world

Of These which is/are Correct ?

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 and 3 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d.1,2,3

71.The Jupiter ICy Moon Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft to visit the Jovian system, focused in particular on studying three of Jupiter's moons; Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa Belongs to?

a. NASA

b. European Space Agency (ESA)

c. CNES,France

d. ROSCOSMOS

72.Consider the Following Statements

1.China is the First Country landed a Rover on the Moon Since 1976

2. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array is an Explorer mission that will allow astronomers to study the universe in low energy X-rays like Chandra and XMM-NEWTON .

3.Styx and Kerberos are Mar’s new moons

Of these Which is/are Correct

a.1 Only

b.1 and 2 Only

c. 2 and 3 Only

d.1,2,3

73.NASA Launched Global Precipitation Satellite along with

a.Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

b. European Space Agency (ESA)

c.CNES,France

d.ROSCOSMOS

74.Consider the Following Statements About GSAT-7 Satellite

1.GSAT -7 is an advanced multi-band communication satellite

2.It was Launched From Kourou, French Guiana.

Of These Which is/are Correct

a.Only 1

b.Only 2

c.Both 1 & 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

75.Which of the Following Do Not have GAGAN Payload

a.GSAT-8

b.GSAT-10

c.GSAT-15

d.GSAT-14

76.In Which of the Following Satellite The New Technologies Like Fiber Optic Gyro, Active Pixel Sun Sensor, Ka band beacon propagation studies being Tested on

a.GSAT-8

b.GSAT-10

c.GSAT-15

d.GSAT-14

77.Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine, effortlessly put Which of the Following Satellite

a.GSAT-8

b.GSAT-10

c.GSAT-15

d.GSAT-14

78.The INSAT system is a joint venture of

a.Department of Space, Department of Telecommunications, India Meteorological Department, All India Radio and Doordarshan.

b. Department of Space, Department of Telecommunications, India Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Science

c. Department of Space, Department of Telecommunications, India Meteorological Department, Department of Ocean Development

d. Department of Space, Department of Telecommunications, India Meteorological Department,Ministry of Rural Development

79.In the Context of India’s MARS Mission ISRO Used a Method of Travel Called a “Hohmann Transfer Orbit” , What it is ?

a.is an elliptical orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different altitudes, in the same plane.

b. is an elliptical orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different altitudes, in Different planes.

c. is an Circular orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different altitudes, in the same plane.

d. is an Circular orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different altitudes, in Different planes.

80.Consider The Following Statements

1.Athalometer – Measures Black Carbon

2.Nephelometer – Measures scattering coefficient

3.Boundary Layer Lidar – Measures Chemical Pollution

Of these which is/are Correct ?

a.1 and 2 Only

b. 2 and 3 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d.1,2,3

81.Consider the Following Statements

1.INSAT-3D is an Advanced Communication Satellite

2. INSAT-3D Was Launched from Kourou, French Guiana on 26 July, 2013.

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1

b.Only 2

c.Both 1 and 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

82.Selene-1, the lunar orbiter mission belongs to which one of the following?

a. China

b. European Union

c. Japan

d. USA

83.SMART-1 the lunar orbiter mission belongs to which one of the following?

a. China

b. European Space Agency

c. Japan

d. NASA

84.LUNAR A the lunar orbiter mission belongs to which one of the following?

a. China

b. European Space Agency

c. Japan

d. NASA

85.NASA’S InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a

a.LUNAR Mission

b.MARS Mission

c.Pluto Mission

d.Mission to Study Exoplanets

86.Which of the Following Pairs is Wrongly Matched

1.NASA JAXA Mission Measures Global Rain, Snow

2.Cryosat is a NASA Programme which will monitor variations in the extent and thickness of polar ice through use of a satellite in low Earth orbit

3. NASA had joined the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy

Of These Which is/are Correct?

a.Only 1 and 2

b. Only 2 and 3

c. Only 1 and 3

d.1,2,3

87.Consider the Following Statements

1.Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope is used to perform gamma-ray astronomy observations from low Earth orbit.

2.Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) Telescope provides a vast storehouse of knowledge about the solar system, the Milky Way, and the Universe.

3. Herschel Space Observatory will collect long-wavelength radiation from some of the coldest and most distant objects in the Universe.

4. The James Webb Space Telescope will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Of these Which is /are Correct ?

a.Only 1 and 4

b. Only 3

c. 1,2,3 Only

d.1,2,3,4

88.Which of the Following Pairs is Wrongly Matched

a.Galileo Navigation Satellite :European Union

b.GLONASS : Russia

c.GPS : USA

d.Compass System : Japan

89.Consider the Following Statements

1.Planck Cosmology Probe is a European Space Agency mission.

2. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) is NASA’S LUNAR MISSION

Of these Which is/are Correct ?

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

ENERGY

90.Khirvire Wind Power Project in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra was Successfully Commissioned by

a.SUZLON Energy

b. NTPC

c.NHPC

d. Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited(SJVNL)

91.Consider the Following Statements

1.Ultra Mega Solar Power Project of 4000 MW to be set up at Sambhar, Rajasthan

2.Hindustan Salts Limited ,PSU is a Part of this Project

Of these which is/are Correct

a.Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

WIND ENERGY

92.Consider the Following Statements

1.The states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand do not have any wind potential site.

2.Gujarat is the Leading Producer of Wind Energy with 3113 MW

3. Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) has successfully commissioned Khirvire Wind Power Project in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra

Of These Which is /are Correct ?

a.Only 1 & 3

b. 2 & 3 Only

c. 1 & 2

d.1,2,3

TIDAL ENERGY

93.Which of the Following Region has Highest Estimated Potential of about 7000MW of Tidal Energy

a.Gulf of Kutch

b. Gulf of Cambay

c. Gangetic Delta in Sunderbans

d.Gulf of Mannar

94.Which of the Following Pair is Wrongly Matched

a.Durgaduani Creek in Sunderbans : Tidal Power Project

b.Vizhinjam ,KeRALA : Wave Energy Project

c.Tiruchendur ,TN : OTEC Project

d.Mandavi ,Gujarat : Wave Energy Project

HYDRO Power

95.Consider the Following Statements

1.Installed Capacity of Hydro Power in India is 1,48,701 MW

2.India ranks 5th in terms of exploitable hydro-potential on global scenario.

Of these Which is/are Correct?

a.Only 1

b.Only 2

c.Both 1 &2

d.Neither 1 nor 2

96.Arrange the Following River Basins in Chronological Order as per Their Probable Installed Capacity (MW)

a.Brahmaputra Basin –Indus Basin – Ganga Basin- Eastern Flowing Rivers of South India

b.Indus Basin –Ganga Basin –Eastern Flowing Rivers of South India – Brahmaputra Basin

c.Ganga Basin –Eastern Flowing Rivers of South India – Brahmaputra Basin – Indus Basin

d.Brahmaputra Basin- Ganga Basin- Indus Basin-Eastern Flowing Rivers of South India

97.Which of the Following is Not a Site for Solar Power Project

a.Sambhar ,Rajasthan

b.Neemuch,Madhya Pradesh

c. Neemrana ,Rajasthan

d. Tanakpur , Uttarkhand

OIL & GAS

98.Which of the Following Pairs is Wrongly Matched ?

OIL FIELDS : Location

a.Sirte Basin :Libya

b.Lan Tay and Lan Do : Malaysia

c.Rovuma -1 : Mozambique

d.Magadan : Russia

 

99.Consider the Following Statements

1.India has the fourth largest proven coal reserves in the world

2.India is the fourth largest consumer of energy in the world after USA, China and Russia

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions "Test-4"

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions


ENVIRONMENT ISSUES

BIODIVERSITY

 

1.The first Biosphere Reserve established in India for conserving the gene pool of flora and fauna and the life style of tribals is

a) Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

b) Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve

c) Uttarakhand Biosphere Reserve

d) Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve

2.Out of all the Biosphere Reserves in India, four have recognized on the World Network by UNESCO. Which one of the following is not one of them?

a. Gulf of Mannar

b. Kanchejunga

c. Nanda Devi

d.Sunderbans

Breaking: Official Notice for CSAT Exam 2014 Change, English Comprehension marks will not be counted.

Official Notice for changes in CSAT Exam 2014 is just now notified.

English Comprehension marks will not be counted, you can safely ignore those questions. No Change in Exam date or Pattern.

IAS Pre Exam will be conducted on planned date: 24 August 2014.

 

Instructions from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT); Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 

  1. Candidates taking Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014, being conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 24 August, 2014 may note the following:-
  2. The Paper II of the CSE (Preliminary) is of 200 marks and 2 hours duration. It contains a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). It contains some questions based on a few paragraphs in English.
  3. The Union Government has decided that for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be held on 24thAugust, this section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) will not count for gradation or merit.
  4. The Paper-II would contain a section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level). Candidates must therefore note that they do not have to answer the questions on this English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) section. These questions will not be evaluated.
  5. However, the duration of the Paper II would remain 2 hours and candidates can utilize the entire time in answering all questions except those in the Section containing English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level).
  6. The maximum marks for Paper II would be “200 minus the marks earmarked for the English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)”.
  7. Candidates must note that the section on English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level) would not count towards gradation or merit. Even if they attempt it, marks will not be counted for gradation or merit.

As per decision taken by the Government of India, certain amendments have been made vide an Extra-Ordinary Gazette Notification No. 202 dated 16.08.2014, in the Rules of Civil Services Examination, 2014 notified earlier on 31.5.2014.

The candidates appearing in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission on 24.08.2014 (Sunday), may please note the following changes made in the scheme of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 as per above mentioned amendments made by the Government :

a) Both Paper-I and Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 to be conducted on 24.8.2014 will be of two hours duration each.

b) The questions on English Language Comprehension skills (of Class X level) contained in each set of Test Booklets of Paper-II are not to be attempted as these questions shall not be evaluated for gradation or merit. The Candidates are, therefore, advised not to attempt questions on English Language Comprehension skills for which Hindi translation has not been given in the respective Test Booklets of Paper-II.

c) The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014, shall thus comprise of two compulsory papers of which Paper-I will be of 200 marks and Paper II will be of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills.

d) Final merit for qualifying the candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Written Examination will be drawn by using the aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 marksand marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 marks minus the maximum marks allocated to the questions on English Language Comprehension skills (i.e. those questions in Paper-II for which Hindi translation has not been given).

Click Here for Official Notification

Courtesy: UPSC

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions"Test-3"


IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions


ENVIRONMENT ISSUES

BIODIVERSITY

1.Consider the Following

1.Temperature

2.Precipitation

3.Altitude

Which of the Above Factors Determines Biodiversity

a. Only 1 & 2

b. Only 2 & 3

c. Only 1 & 3

d.1,2,3

2.Consider the following statements :

1. Biodiversity hotspots are located only in tropical regions.

2. India has four biodiversity hotspots i.e., Eastern Himalayas, Western Himalayas, Western Ghats and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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.

3.Biosphere reserves differ from National parks and Wild life Sanctuaries because in the former

a) human beings are not allowed to enter

b) people are an intergral part of the system

c) Plants are paid greater attention than the animals

d) living organisms are brought from all over the world and preserved for posterity

4.Buffer Zone of biosphere reserve is where

a) no human activity is allowed

b) human activity limited

c) free human activity

d) wild animals are absent

5.The term biodiversity coined for first time by

a) RH whittaker

b) E O wilson

c) R D Barnes

d) N myers

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 21 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 21 August 2014


CABINET Nod for mobile towers in Naxal belts

  • The Cabinet approved the long-pending proposal to install mobile towers in nine Naxal-affected states by BSNL at a cost of Rs. 3,216 crore that will be borne by the government. It gave the nod for the setting up of 1,836 base transmission towers to improve connectivity.

(Notification) Haryana PSC: H.C.S. (Judicial Branch) Examination - 2014

Haryana Public Service Commission

RECRUITMENT TO SUBORDINATE JUDICIAL SERVICES
SELECTION COMMITTEE OF (PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT)

H.C.S (Judicial Branch) Examination – 2014

The Haryana Public Service Commission invites online applications from eligible candidates for 119 posts (117 actual posts and 02 anticipated posts) of Civil Judge (Junior Division) in the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial Branch) Examination - 2014. The category wise break-up of vacancies is as under:-

Sr. No. Category No. of posts Remarks
1 General 53 --
2 Scheduled Castes of Haryana 22 --
3 Backward Classes (A) of Haryana 11 --
4 Backward Classes (B) of Haryana 05 --
5 Special Backward Class of Haryana 05 --
6 Economically Backward Person in General Category 05 --
7 Ex-Servicemen of Haryana 12 Out of backlog of 07 posts, 03 posts are being advertised for the third time, 04 posts are being advertised for the second time.
8 Physical Handicapped persons of Haryana 06 Out of backlog of 03 posts, 02 posts are being advertised for the third time, 01 post is being advertised for the second time
9 Anticipatory 02 --
  Total 119  

(News) Candidates for civil services prelims cannot attend foundation course: Govt


Candidates for civil services prelims cannot attend foundation course: Govt


Candidates who have been allocated IAS, IFS and IPS among others and are also appearing for this year’s civil services preliminary examination cannot attend Foundation Course, the government has said.

A candidate has to attend a Foundation Course after his or her selection in the civil services.

Candidates who have been allocated IAS, IFS, IPS, and central services, Group-‘A’, on the basis of civil services exam 2013, may note that they have to report for the mandatory Foundation Course from September 1, 2014 to institutes to be indicated to them, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.

UPSC: Minimum Qualifying Cut-off Marks For Civil Services Examination 2013

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Union Public Service Commission

Civil Services Examination 2013

The minimum qualifying marks for various communities have been as under:-

Exam General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-2 PH-3 Total
CS (Prelim)* 241 222 207 201 199 184 163 400
CS (Main)# 564 534 518 510 510 502 410 1750
CS (Final) 775 742 719 707 725 718 613 2025

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions "Test - 2"


IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions "Test - 2"


ENVIRONMENT ISSUES

BIODIVERSITY

1.Diversity is biodiversity present

a) within community

b) between community

c) ranges of community

d) All of these

2.Mark the national tree

a) Ficus religiosa

b) Mangifera indica

c) Ficus bengalensis

d) Azadirachta indica

3.Hoolock Gibbons are Conserved in India at

1.Mehao Wild Life Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh)

2.Hollongapar Wild Life Sanctuary (Assam)

3.Garampani Wild Life Sanctuary (Assam)

Of these Which is/are Correct

a.1 and 2 Only

b.1 and 3 Only

 c. 2 and 3 Only

d.1,2,3

4.Recently Govt of India Established NEW National Institutes of Design at Four Locations .Which of the Following is Not One of Them?

a. Jorhat (Assam)

b. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

c. Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)

d. Kurukshetra (Haryana)

5.Ex situ conservation is carried out in

a) sanctuary

b) National park

c) Biosphere reserve

d) Zoo

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions "Test -1"

IAS PRE 2014 Expected Questions

BIODIVERSITY

1. Which of the Following Pairs about UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) network – 2013 & 2014 SITES ASIAN REGION is Wrongly Matched
 

a. The Snake Island–Laotie Mountain biosphere reserve : China

b. Minami Alps : Japan

c. Mount Chibo : Korea

d. Gochang : Malaysia

2. Consider the Following Statements about UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) network – 2013 & 2014 SITES ASIAN REGION

1.Crocker Range is in Indonesia

2.Ziarat Juniper Forest is in Pakistan

Of These Which is/are Correct ?

a. Only 1

b. Only 2

c. Both 1 & 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

3.Who among the Following were Exempted from India’s Biological Diversity Act ,2002

1.local people and communities of the area for free access to use biological resources within India

2.growers and cultivators of biodiversity and to Vaids and Hakims to use biological resources.

3.collaborative research through government sponsored or government approved institutions Codes

a.1 &2 Only

b. 2 & 3 Only

c. 1 & 3 Only

d.1,2,3

4.At Which of the Following Places Vulture Breeding Farm is Not Located

a. Pinjore (Haryana)

b. Buxa (West Bengal)

c. Guwahati (Assam)

d. Porbandar (Gujarat)

5.Taxol plant (Taxus wallichiana) listed under the red data is Found in

a. Eastern Himalaya

b. DIHANG – DIBANG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

c. Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve

d. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 20 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 20 August 2014


Multi-level parking lots planned

  • Chennai Metro Rail Limited planned to create multi-level parking lots at a few stations.
  • Initially, the stations will have only surface-level parking facilities on the elevated stretch. Once, the entire phase-I becomes operational by August 2016, multi-level car parking lots may be created, according to officials. Stations, including Koyambedu, CMBT, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani etc. would have ground-level parking lots initially.

No LoP post for Congress: Speaker

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has written to the Congress that neither “rules” nor “tradition” permits her to accede to the party’s demand for the post of Leader of the Opposition as it had failed to win at least 10 per cent of the seats in the House.
  • The Speaker’s decision came in response to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s letter to her, seeking the post for Mallikarjun Kharge, the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 19 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 19 August 2014


RTOs to be scrapped soon, hints Gadkari

  • Mr. Gadkari, delivering the J. S. Karandikar memorial lecture in Pune, referred to “outdated laws and systems” that needed to be scrapped as they often engendered corruption. “Systems like RTOs ought to be abolished; there is no need for such dinosaurs. We are in the process of preparing a law to replace them,” he said, observing that the institution of the RTO was “a harassing ground for citizens” which offered officials a massive potential for earning wealth by illicit means.

  • Mr. Gadkari also spoke of a system which employing new technology to nab traffic violators would be mooted soon. “Under this system, any person violating traffic laws will be served a notice at his or her place.

  • Moreover, if that person moves court against the notice and loses, then he or she will have to pay three times the original fine amount,” he said, adding that the government was in the process of preparing a plan to improve traffic in urban areas on lines of traffic models in the United Kingdom and other developed countries.

Modi invites ideas on new body to replace plan panel

  • “We need a new body with a new soul. We will have to think about giving a new shape to the Planning Commission,” Mr. Modi had said in his August 15 address.

  • Modi tweeted, “Inviting you to share your ideas on what shape the new institution to replace the Planning Commission can take. A special Open Forum has been created on my government website for suggestions on the new institution. Let the ideas flow.”

  • “We envision the proposed institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States,” he added. The tweet also had a link through which people can put forward their suggestions.

  • Among the first to react to the tweet was former MP and economist N.K. Singh: “Making Planning Commission a Reforms Commission casts a new obligation for initiating innovative ideas on economic and social reforms. No other government had the zest to restructure Planning Commission, which has outlived its utility and fallen out of sync with economic realities.”

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 18 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 18 August 2014


Serious breach of Julian Assage’s human rights

  • Speaking at a joint press conference with Mr. Assange, held to mark the completion of the second year of the Wikileaks founder’s stay as a political asylee in his country’s embassy in London, Mr. Patino highlighted the “serious breach” of Julian Assange’s human rights, and of the “lost two years” during which the Swedish prosecuting authorities have stone-walled all attempts by Ecuador to find a just way out of the impasse.

  • Mr Assange, who looked visibly tired, neither denied nor confirmed media reports that he had a life-threatening illness. He said that confinement of the kind he had experienced would impact even the healthiest person.

  • “There is no precedent for this kind of captivity,” a member of Mr. Assange’s team told . “It is very unusual that in a highly civilized country a person like Julian is held captive without charge, and cannot even go to a hospital.”

  • “Ecuador is a small country taking a very brave position. We now want to appeal for high profile support for Julian from around the world – including India.”

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 17 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 17 August 2014


DoT working on modalities of BSNL-MTNL merger

  • In a bid to revive BSNL and MTNL, Department of Telecom is working on modalities to merge the two state-run telecom companies and also undertake organisational restructuring.
  • Asked if there is a timeline for the merger, the source said there is no set timeframe but it might take one to two years.
  • Minister of Communications and IT Ravishankar Prasad had also met the senior management of BSNL and MTNL recently to discuss the blueprint for reviving the loss-making PSU telecom companies.
  • The total debt of the two firms has increased to Rs. 21,208 crore at the end of June 2014.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 16 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 16 August 2014


India, Singapore decide to scale up trade ties

  • India and Singapore decided to scale up ties in key areas of investment and trade which has witnessed a huge surge from $4.2 billion to about $19.4 billion in the last one decade.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Singaporean counterpart K. Shanmugam held extensive talks on entire gamut of bilateral relations and discussed ways to speed up air and maritime connectivity and coastal development.

  • During their talks spread over a working lunch hosted by Mr. Shanmugam, the two leaders agreed to work towards a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong at the earliest possible opportunity.

  • Singapore being the largest foreign investor last year, the visit by Ms. Swaraj, who arrived on Friday night, is aimed at further enhancing investment to India in various infrastructure projects including the new government’s ambitious 100 smart cities venture. In the budget, the new Indian government had proposed to develop 100 ‘smart cities’ as satellite towns of larger cities and allocated Rs 7,060 crore for the ambitious project.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 15 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 15 August 2014


Crowd-sourced ad for I&B Ministry

  • The idea behind this exercise is to involve people in governance and bridge the divide between the rulers and the ruled.

  • With this same end in view, the Human Resource Development Ministry has recently launched an internship programme where college and research students can work in various education departments and help in policy formulation.

  • According to the Ministry, it got 1,000 entries of which 10 were shortlisted by a panel of field experts, artists and academics.

  • This is the second time that a Ministry has crowd-sourced an advertisement for an occasion, the first instance was on World Day to Combat Desertification on the request of Environment and Forests Ministry.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 13 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 13 August 2014


Parliament adjourned sine die

  • The Budget session of Parliament, the first of the Narendra Modi Government, ended on reflecting the changed political reality with fewer disruptions and adjournments, and more debates and discussions unlike in the recent past.

  • Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die marking the completion of the budget session.

  • Besides the maiden General Budget and the Railway Budget of the BJP-led NDA coalition, the highlights of the month—long session was the passage of the landmark National Judicial Appointments Commission bill and the SEBI bill.

  • Several other bills were passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha including the one seeking to clear legal hurdles in the appointment of former TRAI chief Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 12 August 2014


Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 12 August 2014


BJP may extend Parliament Session to enable passage of bills

  • The current Session of Parliament may be extended to enable the passage of bills, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu told BJP MPs .

  • Government is keen to get important bills passed like the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, Constitution (121st Amendment) Bill, Repealing and Amending Bill, Factories (Amendment) Bill, the Insurance Bill, the Securities Laws (Amendment) Bill and the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Amendment Bill.

PM announces Rs. 8,000-crore package

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi waived off Jammu and Kashmir’s Rs. 60-crore liability towards the Food Corporation of India and announced a special Central assistance of Rs. 8,000 crore for four major road projects.
  • Listing ‘Prakash’ (energy), ‘Paryavaran’ (ecology) and ‘Paryatan’ (tourism) as development boosters the State needs, Mr. Modi said the development of J&K was a top priority for his government.
  • Mr. Modi also inaugurated two power projects — at Nemo Bazgo in Leh and at Chutak in Kargil — besides laying the foundation stone of a Rs 1,788-cr transmission line that would connect entire Ladakh region to the northern grid via Srinagar and Drass.

(Final Result) UPSC: IES / ISS Examination, 2014

UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

Final Result : IES / ISS Examination, 2014

1. Based on the results of the Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service written examination 2014 held by the UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION in May 2014 followed by interviews for Personality Test held in July & August 2014, the following are the lists, in order of merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to posts in Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service.

2. The number of candidates recommended for appointment to different services are as under:

Service GEN OBC SC ST Total
Indian Economic Service 09 02 02 01 14
Indian Statistical Service 07 08 07 Nil 22
( including 01 PH-1 )
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